MICHIGAN: Detroit Man Wrongly Named As Nazi Terrorist To Sue Right Wing Sites That Accused Him

Homocon Jim Hoft might get sued.

The Detroit Free Press reports:

A Michigan man was falsely accused by conservative and alt-right websites as being the driver of Saturday’s deadly car attack on anti-racist protesters in central Virginia, in the hours after the tragedy, according to the man’s attorney.

The man, who the Detroit Free Press is not naming because his family reported online they have received threats, wrote on Facebook that he drives a 2009 Chevy Impala, not the vehicle involved in the fatal attack in Charlottesville, Va. “im not the one,” he wrote on Facebook, adding he was from Michigan. His Facebook page says he lives in Detroit.

The attorney who specializes in defamation cases said he planned to use the full power of the law against those who falsely claimed that his clients had anything to do with the fatal crash. “I don’t think it’s careless,” he said. “I think it was their intent to try to muddle” the truth of what happened in Charlottesville.

From the Daily Beast:

“REPORT: Driver in Virginia Car Attack Was Anti-Trump Protester,” Gateway Pundit blared, plus the name of the Michigan man, whose name The Daily Beast is withholding. “WOW! DUDE HIT THE WRONG CROWD,” the subheadline read. The post was deleted with no retraction.

“BREAKING: #Charlottesville Car Terrorist Is Anti-Trump, Open Borders Druggie,” reported GotNews, a website owned by far-right provocateur Chuck Johnson. “[Name redacted] likes taking drugs and getting stoned, a look at his social media shows. What he under the influence when he crashed into the crowd at Charlottesville?” the post read. That post has since been removed.

  • bkmn

    But free speech…….

  • another_steve

    Oy vey, can all this get any more squalid?

    Have we not met our “Squalid Quota” for the year?

  • safari

    Good.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • bkmn

    Can we hope that this might bankrupt Hoft?

    • Jonathan Smith

      can we hope it bankrupts Hoft and his backers?

      • bkmn

        I have not seen any word of ties between Hoft and the Mercers, but I won’t be surprised to hear of one at a later date. I have no doubt that Mercer would let Hoft dangle from a rope before Mercer’s bottom line was impacted.

        • Ninja0980

          Should be noted Kellyanne is on the Mercer’s payroll too, as is anyone else still sticking with Trump.

    • SockMikey

      You of course mean monetarily, moral bankruptcy has already occurred.

    • Kevin Perez
    • David Walker

      What ever will happen to his butt boy reporter?

    • Randy503

      Let’s hope he goes all full Peter Thiel on the website. Fake News has to pay!

  • The_Wretched

    As predictable as it is risible. This wasn’t a mistake or jumping the gun. The alt-right takes no responsibility for the violence the do or foment, it’s always someone else’s (PoC, progressive, LGBTQ etc) fault.

    • safari

      “You make us run you over”

      • CottonBlimp

        They are literally arguing that too.

      • Steverino

        “You make me hate you… I didn’t wanna do it… I didn’t wanna do it…”

  • Todd20036

    Sometimes, the Nazis’ most vulnerable spot is in the wallet.
    Other times, it’s in the balls.

  • kcken

    Where is that traitorous ASSHOLE Peter Thiel when you need him to pony up some cash. This time for a GOOD cause.

  • Jonathan Smith
    • Gregory B

      Thanks, so do I!

    • Todd20036

      … but do they like being grabbed?

      • Adam King

        Mama has a fuck-with-my-babies-and-I’ll-cut-you look.

        • Bad Tom

          And she has the tools to do it, too.

        • clay

          I thought she was saying, “Wouldn’t you lay so your teats are inaccessible?”

        • vorpal 😼

          Based on colour, looks like those kittens came from an mixed-breed relationship. The righties will love that.

      • Jonathan Smith

        if YOU wanna dare that Mama Cat, go for it

    • clay

      16 paw massage?

      • Lumpy Gaga

        More cat pee than Trump can handle.

    • another_steve

      Mama in the middle is saying, “You don’t like it? Go fuck yourself.”

  • Pat

    These hate groups seem to have plenty of money for websites, organizing and recruiting. Lawsuits like this one will go a long way towards relieving them of their cash. i hope this is only the first of many.

  • JWC

    O/T one thing about Charollottville nazi an young bombers It sure has kept Russia off the radar

    • Gregory B

      Not to worry, I’m confident that Mueller is hard at work even as he shakes his head at Trump’s latest failures as president.

      • JWC

        Well as Trump can’t entertain 2 thots at once that is good

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Explains why @YesYoureRacist hasn’t posted all day 🙁

    • Ninja0980

      Someone on there might have been wrongly identified.
      I get what he was trying to do but labeling someone who wasn’t there as a racist Nazi is just as bad as what these guys did.
      And it appears he may have done just that.

    • Taylor Bixler

      He was on CNN earlier today. My understanding of his method is that he works hard to ensure he does not doxx people. Would be curious, but I assume he did not falsely out the Arkansas dude.

  • boobert

    It’s the same thing as chump trying to put the blame on both sides. You saw who was marching with guns,armor, nazi flags, torches and hitler salutes, and it wasn’t the liberal left.

  • safari
    • Jonathan Smith
      • ted-

        RAPIST!

    • Dagoril

      What is BTC? Big Turkish Cock?

      • Jonathan Smith

        i wish.
        BitCoin

        • Bad Tom

          I want to know how they plan to receive BitCoin at a P.O. Box.

          • Droz

            Flash drive?

          • Bad Tom

            Yeah. Prolly.

            Although all the people could find an army of ASR-33s somewhere, and punch (very slowly) scads of paper tapes, and mail those. After writing a smrt phone app to punch BitCoin to ASR-33 paper tape.

            I kind of like my plan. The frantic searches on eBay for paper tape punch supplies alone would be worth it.
            ——-
            The reverse snipe
            EBAY BIDDING FOR ROLL OF PAPER TAPE

            Bidder 1: $2
            Bidder 2: $4
            Bidder 1: $6
            Bidder 2: $8
            Me: $50
            Bidder 1: $52
            Bidder 2: $55
            Me: $100

            Bidder 1: $101
            Bidder 2: $105
            Bidder 1: $107
            Auction ends.
            Seller is delighted.

          • Bad Tom
          • Mickey Bitsko

            Shades of high school business class circa early 1970’s.
            (⁽⁽ ⁰ ⁾⁾ Д ⁽⁽ ⁰ ⁾⁾)

          • Robincho

            Just route it through the microwave…

          • Shy Guy
          • Bad Tom

            Actually, that’s pretty cool.

            It might be a tad advanced for the like of David Duke, though.

    • TexasBoy

      So long, farewell auf wiedersehen, adieu Adieu, Adieu to you and you and you.

      • Tom Mears

        Their web host is (was) GoDaddy. Stormer finally crossed the line far enough. They tried to posthumously Dox the woman who was killed, appealing to readers to report dirt on her. GoDaddy pulled the plug on the site citing multiple TOS violations.

        • John30013

          *That* was the straw that broke the camel’s back? I guess all the Nazi hatred and propaganda wasn’t enough for them….

        • Nowhereman

          I believe they got a lot of complaints is why. They did what they usually do to uppity women–called her fat and ugly and (gasp!) single.

      • Nowhereman
    • Donald’s dog-whistle was heard loud and clear by its intended recipients.

      https://twitter.com/hunterw/status/897187962848497664

      • Todd20036

        It’s not my dick that did it.

        In any case, I have to agree with them. Trump’s chance to make a sincere statement was over 1-2 hours after the incident ended.
        Instead, he gives this half assed one 3 days later that frankly no one is buying.

      • Nowhereman

        “The point of a Jewish weapon” ? What does that even mean?

        • Harley

          Circumcision scissors

          • Robincho

            Drat! Moiled again!… — Snidely Whipstein

          • JCF

            LOL

      • Randy503

        I guess the Fake News is never happy, is it?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      ??

      Was ‘The Stormer’ one of the pubs which ran with the bad ID on the Charlottesville perp?

      • clay

        Yep.

      • UrsusArctos

        And GoDaddy killed their hosting, Google pushed them away with a barge pole. They’re toast.

        • Nowhereman

          I think that’s the way to do it. It’s the free market in action. Google doesn’t have to give them a platform to launch their racist/sexist shit.

    • Hank

      Oh the Hypocrisy!!!

      To use the term “shekels” (the basic monetary unit of modern Israel) by a Nazi web page!! How pathetic.

    • Steverino

      Daily Storm Trooper would be a more accurate title.

      • Shy Guy

        I think that’s what they were going for.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Much easier for a private person to win a defamation suit. Those who are rushing to identify alt-Nazi participants should take heed.

    • Yeah… it may *feel* good to doxx and get Nazis fired from their jobs or evicted from their homes, but in practice it’s a bad idea.

      For one thing, it will radicalize them even more. When one has nothing to lose, the idea of blowing shit up becomes attractive.

      • m_lp_ql_m

        I donno… I mean, I know of gay people that got fired and became homeless, and they only ended up destroying themselves.

        • ColdCountry

          Gay people are better people.

      • Uncle Mark

        True…but did you see the reaction of those Nazis, who participated in the evening march on campus, when their photos ended up in the national papers? They were suddenly claiming they weren’t Nazis, and trying to distance themselves from the event.

        It’s the price of free speech, babies !! You can’t be anonymous, while standing up and demanding to be heard. Conversely, there are consequences for such free speech…for good or for bad. If they lack the testicular fortitude to be seen and heard, then they need to stay under their rocks.

        It’s very easy to be part of a crowd and just be one of many faces blurred together, but when some of these “geniuses” figure out that they could be ID’d, they may think twice before going out in public (or online) in an attempt to terrorize/bully others with their rallies and other activities.

      • ColdCountry

        But you can’t just let it go.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Slight correction: They’re not “alt-Nazis” –– they’re Nazis, period.

      • doninkansas

        exactly! refuse to call them anything but Nazis. well, unless they are wearing their Klan robes, then I do call them Klan.

        • Judas Peckerwood

          Or Nazis in Klan robes.

    • ColdCountry

      But they are falsely accusing an innocent person, as opposed to simply identifying someone who was there. Well, as long as they aren’t doing things like calling the person’s boss, or something. But just putting the information out there shouldn’t get you in trouble. At least, that’s my opinion, which is worth as much as the next opinion….

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Octavio

      Ay ¡Chemado!

    • Hank

      I cannot wit to see TIME Magazine put this out as “Nazi of the Year”!!!

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  • Lizard

    Good.

    On a side note…I’ve seen photos of both protests, Nazi and anti-Nazi, and I cannot for the life of me figure out how anyone could possibly think a terrorist could confuse them. One of them is nothing but young-ish white men carrying swastikas and confederate flags. The other is diverse and wearing completely different clothing. The contrast is staggering.

    • Bad Tom

      Also, only one side was armed like an army.

    • M Jackson

      Only one of those groups received a memo telling them not to be brown, disabled, or fat.

    • Steverino

      And the tiki torches are a dead giveaway.

  • boatboy_srq

    Remind us again who engages in all these “false flag” incidents?
    /s

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Good! Over on Chuck what’s his name’s site even his loyal readers where posting that he better retract this story because it’s false and that kid will probably sue you.

    YAY! They’re all getting sued!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Stubenville

      Unfortunately, I think they’ll end up with a ten year old Kia Rio with bald tires and a gaming tower with an Intel Core i5 and a kick-ass graphics card. Everything else in the basement belongs to the website owner’s mom.

      • Adam King

        Then sue the mom for harboring a Nazi.

      • olandp

        It doesn’t really matter what they get, as long as it destroys their organization.

    • Gustav2

      Because his site is…wait for it…

      FAKE NEWS!

  • Ninja0980

    I hope Ben Domenech gets included in that since he eagerly tweeted that 4chan was about to break the case.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    WTF is going on in this country? Nothing is normal anymore.

    https://twitter.com/jules_su/status/897157043898994692

    • clay

      Needed– a whole lot of black umbrellas.

      Also– fuck you, Fred Phelps.

      • Todd20036

        Too bad he died, and was excommunicated.

        • clay

          (not seeing tha down side on those)

      • another_steve

        And just where are those Westboro girls today? Haven’t seen them in the news lately.

        Has Satan consumed them?

    • Gigi

      And they wonder why they never get invited to parties.

    • CB

      When I first saw this, the cruelty of it made me choke up. I’m honestly not sure how much more of this I can take at times. That sweet young woman was mowed down by a crazy person, and there was a time when people would be empathetic, even if they disagreed with her politics. I don’t even understand how someone could even come up with that kind of foulness.

      • PickyPecker

        Interwebs anonymity.

        • CB

          Oh, I know. That’s what appears to give people permission, but WHO EVEN THINKS LIKE THIS? That’s what so upsets me.

          • PickyPecker

            I strongly believe that the anonymous factor involved with the interwebs, on-line gaming and such over time allows individuals to explore places of their psyche they just shouldn’t. However, i must say….if it prevents people from actually carrying out atrocities against others, I’ll give it a pass. Gotta pretty much take what is online/games/etc for what it is and move on. IMO.

          • CB

            That makes a lot of sense. Thanks.

          • Steverino

            Kind of like having rape fantasies, but end up just masturbating instead.

    • ColdCountry

      If they do this, I have a feeling it will get much the same reaction as the WBC gets. But I disagree on the mace, just screen them off, the way the “angels” and the bikers do at a WBC protest. Don’t add to the family’s distress with violence.

    • vorpal 😼

      I declare it National Punch-a-Nazi Day.

      • PickyPecker

        Can we make it a 2017 daily celebration? asking for a friend.

        • Mike_in_the_Tundra

          Thank you for asking for me.

    • UrsusArctos

      I heard her dad on NPR. He was proud of her and would probably see this type of crap as a badge of honor. That said, I hope the family gets shielded from the shitshow that the goons will try to cook up.
      No, not mace. Baseball bats and hammers. Shattered shins and tibias will give them something to think about as they play culture warrior on their Mom’s computers.

    • Nowhereman

      I think that they’ve pushed the rest of us so far at this point that they will get beaten up and run out of town on a rail if they do. The cops aren’t too happy with them, either. They lost two of their own who were monitoring these racists from the air. I was tickled pink to see the rally organizer get forced off the stage when he tried to make a speech and chased from the venue. He had to have cops escort him out. I don’t think the cops hurried to his rescue, either.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Yeah, he got manhandled a lot of times and the cops didn’t bother the manhandlers.

    • kareemachan

      Unfortunately, my first thought was wondering if the frigging WBC will be there. After all, we (or me, at least) haven’t heard (thankfully) any of their BS lately… 🙁

  • Uncle Mark

    Hey, Nazi President Trump, look who’s getting sued for publishing fake news? You must be so happy. Isn’t this what you always advocated that fake news outlets get sued…or was that only for the NYT & Washington Post? Bwhaaa…haaaaa….haaaa !!!

  • Leo
    • another_steve

      Playing to his base.

      What the sane world thinks/believes is 100 percent irrelevant to him.

    • clay

      So, I guess Trump’s China investigation is fake, since CNN carried it.

    • JWC

      Fake news ..he likes that term bandies it about constatntly and Why not he invented the term as he was the major perpetrttor of Fake news he developed it

      • Steverino

        Classical projection.

      • Friday

        Nah, he projected it. He was just tryign to counter the fact that what was properly called fake news, was on his side.
        Fake News was originally actually the fake news all over FB and Twitter from scammers and Russian operatives etc posing as a news article. Drumph decided “Any news exposing me or REpublicans or that I don’t like is fake news.”

        • JWC

          He thinks he invented it

    • What a fucking man-baby. He disgraces and debased the country and the office holds every single day.

    • ultragreen

      Imposing trade barriers on Chinese imports to the US, or even threatening to do this, will not encourage China to bring North Korea under control. This is very bad timing on the part of the Trump administration.

      • thatotherjean

        Has the Trump administration done anything that might be considered good timing, by sane people?

    • beariac
  • Cuberly
    • Cuberly
      • thatotherjean

        Good.

    • Leo

      “Contingency planning” = the equivalent of a Trump’s ceremonies to sign memo’s and not actual legislation. In that sense I’m thankful for the idiocy.

      • Cuberly

        The fact he conflates those as legislative accomplishments is sort of reassuring in a way. It’s all for show, it’s impotent bullshit.

        That’s not to say some of it results in some sort of impact but for now….meh.

  • Gustav2

    Charlottesville Car Crash Suspect’s Mother Accused Him Of Violent Attacks

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Records from 911 calls show the driver charged with killing a woman at a white nationalist rally was previously accused of beating his mother and threatening her with a knife.

    Authorities say 20-year-old James Fields drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters on Saturday in Charlottesville. At least two dozen were wounded in addition to the woman killed.

    The records the Florence Police Department in Kentucky show the man’s mother had called police in 2011. Records show Fields’ mother, Samantha Bloom, told police he stood behind her wielding a 12-inch knife. Bloom is disabled and uses a wheelchair.

    In another incident in 2010, Bloom said that Fields smacked her in the head and locked her in the bathroom after she told him to stop playing video games. Bloom told officers Fields was on medication to control his temper.

    • Karl Dubhe

      He got into the military after he beat his mother?

      What a prime example of the ‘master’ race…

      • clay

        If it was 2011, those were when he was a juvenile.

        Odd that he was already medicated in 2010.

        • safari

          TMZ said he was 13 and 14 when those calls were made.

          • Steverino

            She should have just let him play video games. But not in her basement.

        • Karl Dubhe

          Math, how does it work again?

          That’s my bad. 🙂 I should have been able to do that….

        • Mike_in_the_Tundra

          Unfortunately, he’s probably schizophrenic. He’s going to plea insanity.

          • clay

            Yeah, but that usually doesn’t manifest at 13-14.

          • Mike_in_the_Tundra

            He was a prodigy.

          • UrsusArctos

            Master Race

      • safari

        He never made it out of basic training.

        • Karl Dubhe

          He made it out of basic. It just took him 4 months to do it, and it came with a discharge from the military. 😀

      • thatotherjean

        Didn’t the military turn him down? The article I read said that he was turned down because he takes (took?) anti-psychotic medications.

        • Karl Dubhe

          I heard both, but it seems that he did get the boot from boot camp.

          Will wait for the trial to have the story confirmed. Unless Trump pardons the son of a biscuit eater.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      THIS is why domestic abuse needs to be taken way more seriously. If you can beat up someone who’s supposed to be your nearest & dearest, you are a danger to the general society.

      A lot of domestic abusers don’t just stop at the SO but can kill people linked to the SO including their children. And in this case, a ton of strangers.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Hoping the man bankrupts them.

  • DisqusD37

    Sue them down to their balls. On second thought… take those, too.

    • billbear1961

      if you can find them

      • DisqusD37

        Touché.

  • Leo

    Almost every CNN panel today has been batshit crazy. Entertaining though.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV0YZwtxUvw

    • Ninja0980

      Paris Dennard, black, gay and a Republican.
      What an idiot.

      • Gustav2

        P Dennard needs to get under control

      • SoCalGal20

        I saw him on the weekend. How self loathing do you have to be? Symone Sanders was not having his bullshit.

    • I’m coming to hate ‘entertainment’ that pretends to be news analysis and commentary.

    • Keith Boykin! <3

  • Leo

    Symone Sanders is reading Joe Arpaio/Trump down for FILTH right now. lmfao.

  • safari

    This story is quintessentially Michigan
    https://twitter.com/LSJNews/status/897202200815980544

    • safari

      (I’m on the pro-dune side. One ate a town in the 19th century.)

      • Gustav2

        So am I, love the dunes at Silver Lake. They will be there gobbling up anything you build long after this family’s summer tans have faded away. It’s not like they didn’t know it could happen.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Eventually, the dunes will get to the point where no bulldozer operator is gonna take the job on. What, then?

          • Silver Badger

            Dune buggies!

        • Mike_in_the_Tundra

          Rehoboth?

    • SoCalGal20

      Revenge of the sand dunes!!!! Yes, Michigan has actual sand dunes.

      That’s awesome.

  • billbear1961

    Trump and his fellow Nazis want to terrify and silence us. They’ve got to GO!!

    These Are Donald Trump’s Racist Troops

    The violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville wasn’t an unintended consequence of the president’s politics. It was the goal.

    BY BRIAN BEUTLER

    It is tempting to view President Donald Trump’s response to the weekend mob of murderous neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, as a logical, if morally heinous, extension of Southern Strategy politics.

    Liberal journalists, including Judd Legum and Chris Hayes, have adopted an analysis of cynicism, in which Trump has intuited the importance of white supremacists to his political coalition, and will thus go to great lengths to placate them, so the coalition doesn’t splinter.

    This thinking feels so plausible in part because the Southern Strategy is such a well understood facet of modern Republicanism. It can’t be a stretch to accuse the Republican president of deploying the most elemental of Republican political tactics.

    The truth is in fact far worse. Trump and many of his closest advisers aren’t making common cause with vile racists for political advantage. They are the vile racists, and are supporting fellow racists at substantial political risk because they want the racist vision to prevail.

    The argument that Trump appeases and placates white supremacists as a form of coalition management is an argument that proves too much. If it were correct, Trump would have something to show for it that other Republicans who flirt with only subtler bigotries do not. Instead, Trump ran behind nearly every Republican senator who was in cycle in 2016. He managed to win the presidency despite garnering fewer votes not only than his opponent, Hillary Clinton, but than any victorious president since 2000, in population-adjusted terms.

    In his remarks on Saturday, when he infamously condemned bigotry “on many sides,” Trump also admonished citizens to “love each other, respect each other, and cherish our history.” This all sounds banal enough until you place it in the context of the unrest itself. Nazis and neo-Confederates gathered in Charlottesville, nominally at least, to protest plans to remove a monument to Robert E. Lee from a city park. The generic appeal to history is the pretext racists use to support the valorization of a slave society and its military leaders. Trump didn’t just draw a moral equivalence between Nazis and counter-protesters, but took the Nazis’ side in the dispute that motivated their violence.

    Trump is most likely not literate enough to have composed those words. His affinity for white supremacists is more atavistic than intellectual. It is almost certain, though, that this particular coded language was written into his prepared text by one of three fascistic advisers: Stephen Miller, a one-time fellow traveler of Richard Spencer, who coined the term “alt-right”; Sebastian Gorka, the bellowing ogre who was affiliated with the Nazi-aligned Hungarian nationalist order of Vitézi Rend; or Steve Bannon, the anti-modernist Breitbart impresario who idolizes Nazi propagandists.

    Not everyone who works for Trump supports the same ends as the racists in Charlottesville, but those who do have created a formidable power center within the White House. Contrary to myth, the caretaker generals of the Trump administration have not fully cleaned house, and to the extent that they’ve driven some messianic right-wingers from the administration, the imprint those departed staffers have left behind is unmistakable.

    Most recently, The Atlantic reported that national security advisor General H.R. McMaster had removed a former Pentagon official named Rich Higgins from the National Security Council after discovering that Higgins had written and circulated a paranoid and wildly inappropriate memo, which argues that conducting “political warfare” against Trump’s enemies is a matter of dire urgency for the country.

    Last week, Foreign Policy obtained the memo and published it online. It is seven pages long and completely demented. Higgins posits a vast alliance spanning establishment Republicans and Marxists who together with Islamists employ “Maoist insurgency” tactics, including the formation of a “counter-state” which “function[s] as a hostile competing state acting within an existing state,” aimed at eventually “seizing state power.” It is all the way around the bend. But its existence is no accident, and its content reflects a non-outlying viewpoint, held by many senior officials in the administration, including the president himself. According to Foreign Policy, the memo made its way from the NSC to Donald Trump’s eldest son. Trump, Jr. reportedly shared it with his father who “gushed over it” and became “furious” when he learned that Higgins had been fired.

    The memo is, in a critical sense, a governing incarnation of the notorious pro-Trump treatise “The Flight 93 Election,” published in September of last year. That essay, nearly as unmoored from reality, held out similar enemies as foils to motivate Trump-skeptical conservatives to vote for him nonetheless. First, saving the country from imagined forces like “cultural marxism,” and real forces like white demographic decline, required conservatives to abandon their moral bearings. Now that he’s president, it requires enlisting the national security apparatus into political war against those same enemies—their own countrymen. “The Flight 93 Election” was published pseudonymously, then revealed to have been written by Michael Anton, who now serves—where else?—on Trump’s National Security Council.

    The arrival of these ugly people and their ugly views into the halls of power would be alarming even if they hadn’t infiltrated the security services. Upon Trump’s election, the National Rifle Association transformed almost overnight from an organization that posed as a civil liberties advocacy group into, essentially, a pro-government paramilitary outfit. The fantasy of mowing protesters over with cars became so potent among Trump’s core supporters that Republicans in several states introduced legislation aimed at indemnifying motorists who strike protesters with motor vehicles.

    The killing in Charlottesville wasn’t an unintended consequence of allowing white supremacists to coexist with others in the conservative coalition. It was the realization of concerted efforts to make their vision of politics a dominant strand within the party. That white supremacists and Nazis feel redeemed by Trump’s election, permitted by his words to stir up more Charlottesvilles, isn’t a consequence Trump and his brigade of racists have simply made peace with. It’s the thing in itself.

    https://newrepublic.com/article/144306/donald-trumps-racist-troops

    • Hank
      • billbear1961

        Hank, could you post some of it here on JOE??

        I either have to subscribe to the Post or take down “ad block” to access their articles (and I haven’t decided what I want to do yet).

        • Hank

          I received the link from a friend an e-mail. So I am copying the entire article here for you, Bill…. and everyone else. (I subscribe to the NYTimes, myself, and have adblocker up as well!)

          One author pored over Trump’s tweets for months. These are the conclusions he drew.

          SHANNON WHEELER has spent much of this year poring over thousands of President Trump’s tweets, and just when he believes he’s lost the ability to be shocked, @realDonaldTrump hits a fresh nerve.

          “I keep thinking I’ve been inoculated,” says Wheeler, an Oregon-based cartoonist, “but then I read something new that [hits] like an adrenaline shot to the hypothalamus.”

          The fruits of Wheeler’s creative endurance will go on display Tuesday, when the publisher Top Shelf releases his book “Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump.”

          “I’m doing the same thing I did in high school,” the Eisner-winning cartoonist (“Too Much Coffee Man”) tells The Post’s Comic Riffs. “I would listen to my teachers and do drawings making fun of them.” Only now, he notes, he’s skewering the tweets of a man whose rhetoric stirs and influences and inspires and repulses millions.

          And what Wheeler sees in the tweeting commander-in-chief is a leader who is often playing to his base, using his 140-character missives as trial balloons. “He thinks: ‘How is my audience going to respond to this?’ ” the cartoonist says. “Tweeting is like a thermometer for him.”

          Or, as Wheeler writes in his book’s introduction: “His implicit message isn’t about himself, it’s about his reader. He encourages his fans to be themselves — not with aspiration, but indulgence. Be sexist. Be racist. Be fearful. Be selfish. Hate and fear the world.”

          By Shannon Wheeler. (Top Shelf Productions 2017)

          An initial challenge for Wheeler was how to sift through more than 30,000 of the verified account’s tweets (since 2009) for deeper meaning. He culled that total to about 1,000 of Trump’s least promotional tweets. From those, he found satiric clay to work with by identifying the president’s most repeated themes and compulsive narratives — from crowd size to ratings to identifying people he perceives as enemies. Beyond caricature and parody, he writes, “I want to show how he contradicts himself, and lead[s] the reader to question reality.”

          “Every day, I wake up and look at my phone and wonder: ‘What happened last night [on Trump’s Twitter feed]?’ ” Wheeler tells The Post. “As horrifying as it is for people, it’s also a sort of entertainment for [much of] the country.”

          Illustration by Shannon Wheeler. (Top Shelf 2017)

          In assessing the tweets honestly, however, Wheeler also aims to understand Trump voters. His conclusion: Much of that backing is not necessarily “a love of Trump,” he says, “but a hatred of the Washington situation, and it’s an anger that’s being acted out.”

          As Wheeler’s approach to dissecting Trump’s prose evolved, so did his Trump cartoon character who appears throughout the book.

          “He’s a bully,” Wheeler says of his caricature. “He’s like the fifth-grader who got held back one grade and he’s now a little bit bigger than you are and he’s still a kid, but you’re a little bit scared of him.”

          Wheeler’s Trump is a rotund scamp with a mischievously fiendish spirit.

          “I was trying to draw him ‘ugly’ and it was not working, and then I was starting to feel: ‘What is inside of him?’ It is the impish child. You think: ‘This is the [playground] kid who would be made fun of if he weren’t making fun of other people.”

          “When I started drawing him as a monster — like an ogre, a mean person — another insight I had from his tweets if that he thinks of himself as a protagonist,” Wheeler says. “Once I realized that and started drawing him that way, it clicked into focus.”

          Not all of Wheeler’s colleagues were pleased with that depiction, though. “Three political cartoonists implored me to draw him villainous,” the author says. “I was like: ‘It doesn’t feel right for me to draw him in that way. It doesn’t give me any insight to [visually] vilify him in that way.”

          by Shannon Wheeler (Top Shelf Productions 2017)

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          With that approach, instead of slinging mud that can turn matters opaque, he’s actually attempting to render a window into Trump. One example is how he focuses on his favorite Trump tweet.

          “It’s his ‘I’m still doing my taxes’ tweet ,” Wheeler says. “I just drew a closed door, because that’s where Trump draws this kind of privacy. He will publicly expose himself about his proclivities and on all these other levels, but on money, he holds that very private.”

          Perhaps Wheeler’s last true challenge with this book was turning in the final work in June, with a fresh Trump news cycle heating up. “As soon as we closed the book, there was a new slew of Russia stuff — it broke my heart,” the cartoonist says. “It was so juicy and funny.”

          And even after half a year of poring over Trump’s own special brand of Twitterature, Wheeler is still stumped by one thing: “In all my work, I’ve never been able to figure out: How did we wind up with this president?”

          Read more:

          A New Yorker cartoonist is creating a new book that illustrates President Trump’s tweets

          • billbear1961

            Thanks very much, Hank!

            Juicy and funny? I understand the creature is a clown, a joke, but he’s a dark and dangerous one. How anyone can find him impish is beyond me! There’s nothing cute about a truly sinister and hateful BULLY.

            Perhaps the cartoonist has to be victimized by him personally before he can understand that.

            (Some people find gangsters amusing, too. I don’t.)

          • -M-

            I’ll look for the book to see if it would make an effective gift for someone who needs to see Trump exposed, but that description does make me worry that it’s too cute.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Most script or ad blockers enable you to pretty easily set up exemptions for specific sites.

  • Octavio

    Just paid for and confirmed my ticket outta here and back to the Austral world for Friday afternoon. Time to load upon Valium for the flight. Yay! Wahoo! Yay, again!!! 🛫 ✈️ 🛬 😀

    • PickyPecker

      Enjoy and be safe out there, Octavio!! xo

    • Gustav2
      • djcoastermark

        Sigh, and prices have only gone up since 2007.

    • SoCalGal20

      It was nice having you back here for a while! Looking forward to your return. Safe travels!

    • greenmanTN

      Are you flying coach?

      Carol Burnett- No frills airline

      http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2q4lmi

      • Octavio

        Business class on LATAM. LATAM is quite wonderful. They fill the cabin with recordings of the deep Amazon as you wait to take off and during short stop overs. Good food service with real wine glasses, knives and forks, too. Much better than Delta. 😀

  • vorpal 😼

    FAKE NEWS from the far right???

    • billbear1961

      like there’s any other kind from that “source”

      • vorpal 😼

        Ourson!
        =excited hugs and snugs=

    • UrsusArctos

      *clutches pearls*

  • dcurlee

    I hope the guy gets enough he never has to work again

  • SoCalGal20

    I hope that guy sues to get the websites, along with monetary damages.

  • Nowhereman

    Good. Sue the bastards every time. Keep them off balance and put them out of business. I was glad to see that Google turned down the Nazi site that was thrown off of GoDaddy.

    • kareemachan

      Which begs the question: who hosts Gateway Pundit?

  • CharlestonDave

    Perhaps some of the legal eagles here can enlighten me…what happens if an unbiased jury cannot be found?

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I have heard of some cases where they move the place of trial so they can get a jury pool that’s less familiar with a case.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    This is literally the textbook definition of Libel (defamation)

    li·bel
    ˈlībəl/Submit
    noun
    1.
    LAW
    a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation; a written defamation.
    synonyms: defamation, defamation of character, character assassination, calumny,