In a seemingly desperate last minute attempt to distance itself from the KKK/neo-Nazi contingent whose support it had previously cultivated, the Trump campaign has overcompensated. Previously, Trump had tried to have it both ways, winking at the farthest fringes of the alt-right and at one point refusing to disavow David Duke’s support. Now his son and surrogate Eric is alarmingly calling for Duke’s execution:
“Ross, it’s disgusting and by the way, if I said exactly what you said, I’d get killed for it but I think I’ll say it anyway,” the Republican nominee’s son said after host Ross Kaminsky of 630 KHOW Denver radio suggested Duke deserves a bullet to the head. “The guy does deserve a bullet.”
Whoa. Former KKK Imperial Wizard Duke is not a popular guy. But normal Americans don’t want him killed. We just want him to go back to being marginalized, like he was before the Trump campaign brought the alt-right into the mainstream.
This lurch into the opposite direction is reminiscent of when Trump reacted to the massive exodus of colonists out of the Middle East and Africa by averring that we have to let them in because they are “living in hell.” When the mob backing him reacted negatively, he spun on a dime and proclaimed that he would allow no Muslims into the country. This wild tacking back and forth is not generally considered a mark of competent leadership.
Alt-righters who are subtler than Duke regarding race hate are advised that they will follow him under the bus when they have outlived their usefulness. Despite Trump hiring Steve Bannon of the alt-right’s flagship website Breitbart.com as his campaign CEO, there is no reason other than a few characteristically obnoxious comments to believe he shares their racial agenda.
On a tip from Varla.