Trump mourns loss of ‘beautiful statues and monuments’ in wake of Charlottesville rally over Robert E. Lee statue – Washington Post

Following the violence in Charlottesville, Va. that was sparked by plans to remove the Robert E. Lee statue, cities across the country are stepping up efforts to pull Confederate monuments from public spaces. (Reuters)

President Trump on Thursday mourned the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments” in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville during a white supremacist demonstration protesting the planned removal of a statue depicting Confederate military commander Robert E. Lee.

Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

…can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

…the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

Trump’s string of morning tweets made clear the president was not willing to back down over his claims Tuesday that some of the demonstrators had legitimate grievances over the loss of Southern “history,” and that “both sides” were to blame in the mayhem that left a woman dead and at least 19 more injured. Trump made those claims a day after he had belatedly condemned the neo-Nazi and Klux Klan groups that organized the Unite the Right rally, and politicians from both parties have criticized the president for inflaming racial tensions and failing to provide clear moral leadership for the nation.

[Trump and race: Decades of fueling divisions]

Some white supremacist leaders, including David Duke, the former KKK grand wizard, have praised Trump for his “honesty” and “courage.”

President Trump asked if statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson should be removed since they owned slaves while speaking in New York on Aug. 15. (The Washington Post)

During his remarks Tuesday and again in his tweets Thursday, Trump argued that Lee and fellow Confederate general Stonewall Jackson, who commanded Southern forces in the Civil War to secede from the United States, are important and admired historical figures in the South and that they could be equated to Founding Fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who owned slaves and thus could potentially be subject to a modern-day backlash that would tarnish their legacies.

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Embattled Bannon causes storm with comments to liberal writer – Los Angeles Times

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Embattled Bannon causes storm with comments to liberal writer

The political world’s latest feast is chewing over the stunningly candid comments of Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump‘s polarizing and already embattled chief strategist, trashing associates and policies on North Korea and China — to a liberal writer, no less.

This dish isn’t quite as wild as last month’s phone call from Anthony Scaramucci to a New Yorker reporter. That one cost Scaramucci his job 10 days in for its combination of profanity, allusions to sex acts and backstabbing.

Still, Bannon knew that history when he decided to unload his opinions to the liberal co-editor of the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner, whom he had never met.

He is either very confident in his job status or wants to get a few things off his chest before seeing the exit.

Bannon spoke openly about dispatching rivals in the administration, including in the Defense and State departments, who oppose his drive to confront China on trade. “They’re wetting themselves,” he added.

And he flatly contradicted Trump’s strategy of tough talk in the face of North Korea’s nuclear threat: “There’s no military solution, forget it.”

“Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, ” Bannon said. “There’s no military solution here, they got us.”

Trump has all but declared victory after Kim Jong Un tamped down his threats to attack Guam this week.

Because there’s no solution to the North Korea problem, the White House should stop worrying about getting China’s help on that issue and go hard against Chinese trade, Bannon said, pushing an issue that has been top priority for him. 

The U.S. and China are in an “economic war,” Bannon said, adding that “one of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years, and it’s gonna be them if we go down this path” of not confronting the Chinese over trade.

Such a sharp public contradiction on an important and volatile issue like Korea is startling for a top aide who expects to keep his job. Indeed, Trump failed to give Bannon a vote of confidence on Tuesday, saying “we’ll see” when asked if Bannon would stay at the White House.

That lack of a strong endorsement added more intrigue to the American Prospect article.

So was he on the record? Some allies have suggested that Bannon did not think he was. But Kuttner seemed to anticipate those arguments, saying that the question never came up in their phone call. Like most reporters, he therefore considered it on the record.

Bannon is, after all, a former news chief.

“Steve Bannon is not exactly Bambi when it comes to dealing with the press,” Kuttner wrote. “He’s probably the most media-savvy person in America.”

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$50K Winning Powerball Ticket Sold In Connecticut As Jackpot Soars To $510 Million – Patch.com

There’s going to be a lot of people typing into Google around 11 p.m. Saturday “Powerball winning numbers for August 19, 2017” as no one won the $430 million jackpot Wednesday, which means the grand prize is now at a staggering $510 million and if you’re the lucky winner you’d clear $324.2 million.

Though no one won the jackpot Wednesday, again there was another $50,000 winning ticket sold in Connecticut. In fact, the Connecticut Lottery says there were 41,722 “winning” tickets sold in Connecticut on Wednesday, August 16. But don’t get too excited as most of those range from $4 to $21.

Besides one $50,000 ticket sold in Connecticut, 26 people won $300, and 90 people won $100. If you want to see if you won some money, the winning Powerball numbers for Wednesday, Aug. 16 are: 64-43-60-9-15. The Powerball is 4.

Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time. The record in the game was a $1.6 billion drawing in January 2016, which was won by a group of Tennessee workers. And five months ago, on Feb. 22, a lucky player in Indiana won the $435 million Powerball jackpot, the 10th largest in the game’s history.

Each ticket costs $2. Find out where you can buy your Powerball tickets here. The Powerball game is played by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball number. The odds of picking the correct Powerball grand prize numbers are one in 292,201,338.

Last night’s jackpot is small when compared with the January 2016 record Powerball jackpot, which was worth nearly $1.6 billion. But Americans will still drop by the nearest convenience store with dreams of cash and buy a ticket.

The billion-dollar-plus prize won in the Jan. 13, 2016, drawing was the largest lotto jackpot awarded in U.S. history and was split by three winners. In the summer of 2016, a New Hampshire player won a $478 million prize; the June 10 win of $447 million was the eighth largest jackpot in the game’s history.

If you still want to take a chance — someone has to win, right? — you have a better chance of hitting the jackpot if you let the computer pick your numbers. The Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates the Powerball game, says about 75 percent of winning tickets are selected when the numbers are chosen by a computer.

The lottery game is played in 44 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball draws can be seen on hundreds of TV stations nationwide. It may also be available on cable or your mobile device. The draws are also posted on YouTube and on our site. Where to watch the Powerball drawing on TV.

Claiming, Safeguarding Winnings
So, what should you do if you win the big prize? Many lottery winners hire an attorney, financial planner or both, since most people don’t exactly know what to do when they suddenly come into so much money. Some even bring their lawyer with them to claim their prize. The lottery does not offer any counseling services or advice for winners.

You have two choices when you claim your prize: the full value paid in 30 installments over 29 years, or a one-time lump sum that is smaller than the actual total.

Then there are the taxes. The federal tax on lottery winnings is 25 percent. Then, any extra income taxes like state or city would apply.

Financial experts say that if you can get more than a 3 or 4 percent return on an investment, the lump sum is actually the best way to go in the long-term.

Patch Editor Deb Belt contributed to this story.

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Trump’s personal lawyer forwards email equating Robert E. Lee to George Washington – The Week Magazine

During the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, Vice News Tonight correspondent Elle Reeve embedded herself with the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other alt-right participants, and her documentary of the melee is pretty intense. On Wednesday night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper had Reeve on to talk about her documentary and what she saw, in the light of President Trump’s less-than-robust criticism of white supremacists on Tuesday. She said the most striking thing about the “Unite the Right” activities was how well-organized they were.

“Everyone who was there knew exactly what they were signing up for,” Reeve said. So, Cooper asked, “when the president says that there were ‘good people’ at this march, that they were quietly there to protest a removal of the Robert E. Lee statue, that not all of them were neo-Nazis or white supremacists, what do you think? Is that true?” Reeve laughed. “No,” she said. “Everyone who was there knew what they were doing. They were shouting ‘Jews will not replace us!’ It was very well coordinated, they had an order to the chants. Like, there was no mistaking, there was no innocent person wandering up and accidentally getting involved in this. … They had a set time, they lined up, everyone got in line, they got their torches, we saw them snake all the way through the field. It was very clear that they had planned this.”

Cooper asked how Trump’s comments are being received by the white nationalists. “They love it,” Reeve said. “The president continues to exceed the expectations of white nationalists. One texted me last night, ‘My god I love this man. He really has our back.'” They see Trump’s condemnation of neo-Nazis and white supremacists as “for the media, so the media will quiet down, but the real statement is he’s okay with them, at least in their interpretation,” she added. Reeve and Cooper also discussed the radicalized Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans who protect the white nationalists, some of the shocking things the white supremacists told her in the video, their grievances, and how scary it was making the documentary. Watch below. Peter Weber

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No Powerball winner, lottery jackpot now $510 million (see smaller prizes won in NY) – Syracuse.com

Posted August 17, 2017 at 07:29 AM | Updated August 17, 2017 at 07:50 AM

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No Powerball winner, lottery jackpot now $510 million (see smaller prizes won in NY)

No one won the $430 million Powerball jackpot in Wednesday’s drawing. The winning numbers were 09-15-43-60-64 + POWER BALL ( 4 ) POWER PLAY x 3.

No tickets matched all six numbers, so the jackpot is now over half a billion dollars — $510 million — to become one of the 10 largest in U.S. lottery history. The next drawing will be Saturday night.

But don’t throw out your tickets yet: Some lotto players in New York still won smaller prizes totaling more than $1.1 million.

Alan Diaz | AP

Second prize: $1 million

Powerball players can win $1 million by matching all five numbers. Zero tickets won the second prize.

Third prize: $50,000

3 tickets in New York matched four numbers + the Powerball for a $50,000 prize.

Fourth & fifth prizes: $100

166 tickets in NY matched four of five numbers for a $100 prize. Another 359 tickets matched three numbers + Powerball for a $100 prize.

Sixth & seventh prizes: $7

8,573 tickets in NY matched three of five numbers for a $7 prize. Another 7,477 tickets matched two numbers + Powerball for $7.

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Trump isolated as US military, business and political leaders condemn racism – CNN

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President Trump defended the Charlottesville marchers. Here’s what we saw. – NET Website

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HARI SREENIVASAN: At President Trump’s press conference yesterday in New York, he made a series of statements about the participants in the deadly weekend protests in Charlottesville.

NewsHour’s P.J. Tobia was at the protests. He compares what he saw on the ground to the president’s comments.

P.J. TOBIA: The Unite the Right rally was formally supposed to begin on Saturday, but neo-Nazis and white nationalists held a surprise torchlight march on Friday night. They filed through the University of Virginia’s main campus, chanting, in a display reminiscent of 1930s Germany.

PROTESTERS: Jews will not replace us! Jews will not replace us! Blood and soil! Blood and soil!

P.J. TOBIA: But at his Trump Tower news conference yesterday, President Trump defended the marchers.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I looked the night before. If you look, there were people protesting, very quietly, the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. I’m sure, in that group, there were some bad ones.

P.J. TOBIA: NewsHour producer Mark Scialla and I arrived in Charlottesville the next morning. By that time, police were pushing white nationalists and neo-Nazis from the grounds where they had originally been permitted to demonstrate. The city called for a state of emergency and canceled the permit.

On their way out of the park, they clashed with counterdemonstrators. The white nationalists were far outnumbered, but most looked ready for a fight, wearing helmets and carrying sticks and shields. From what we observed, the white nationalists were far more aggressive than the counterprotesters.

Yesterday, though, the president suggested, again, both sides were equally violent.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: It looked like they had some rough, bad people, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them.

But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest, because, you know, I don’t know if you know, they had a permit.

P.J. TOBIA: A few of those protesting the Nazis and white nationalists were armed with sticks and helmets too. The president accused them of also using violent tactics, as he defended the so-called alt-right, a loose affiliation of white nationalist supremacist groups.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Excuse me. What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?

(CROSSTALK)

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Let me ask you this. What about the fact that they came charging — that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do.

P.J. TOBIA: The vast majority of counterprotesters we saw were unarmed, like this group of local clergy.

WOMAN: Fear and hate have been given license in our country. Violence — racialized violence has been given permission in this country, and we are here to stand for love.

COUNTERPROTESTERS: Black lives matter! Black lives matter!

P.J. TOBIA: There were also many local people who came to defend what they see as Charlottesville’s values.

WOMAN: It’s not what we love, and it feel, you know, like abuse. It feels like our wonderful city is being abused.

P.J. TOBIA: By midday, the white nationalists were routed from the park, and regrouped at a separate location. It appeared the counterprotesters had won the day, as I explained on Saturday’s NewsHour.

The protest had turned kind of festive. There were people with funny signs. There was laughing and sing and chanting.

But, moments later, a car driven by 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. plowed into the group of anti-white nationalist Nazi protesters, killing one and sending 19 more to the hospital. Those who know the driver, Fields, say he had long idolized Adolf Hitler, and believed in white supremacy.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I think the driver of the car is a disgrace to himself, his family and this country, and that is — you can call it terrorism. You can call it murder. You can call it whatever you want.

P.J. TOBIA: Even those who were physically unscathed were shaken and terrified.

After the attack, protesters and counterprotesters dispersed. We followed a Pennsylvania militia carrying long guns and Confederate Battle Flags. They wandered into a largely African-American neighborhood. They were soon met by angry locals, who pelted them with rocks.

Soon after, they packed up their guns and left the area.

For the PBS NewsHour, I’m P.J. Tobia in Washington.

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Charlottesville Violence Spurs New Resistance to Confederate Symbols – New York Times

BALTIMORE — It happened in the dead of night.

Around midnight, as Tuesday turned into Wednesday, a crew of police officers and workers wielding a large crane began making rounds of the city’s parks and public squares, hauling away monuments to Confederate heroes.

When they were through, before sunrise, four statues that had stood for decades were gone, one chapter in a searing drama that is roiling cities across the county, particularly in the South.

“I thought that there’s enough grandstanding, enough speeches being made,” Mayor Catherine E. Pugh of Baltimore said at a news conference on Wednesday. “Get it done.”

Elsewhere it was not so simple. From Birmingham, Ala., to Gainesville, Fla., to Durham, N.C., to Lexington, Ky., local and state officials this week faced bitter divisions over Confederate statues. Many of the issues had been building for years, but were now freshly volatile in the wake of the violence that exploded Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.

Suddenly, it seemed, the questions of what to do with the roughly 700 remaining statues and monuments to the Lost Cause had come in for perhaps their hardest reckoning. At stake are not just the controversial pieces of public art, but civic, political and racial issues now inextricably tied to them.

In Charlottesville, the violence left a 32-year-old woman dead after far-right protesters gathered to protest plans to move a statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a local park. And on Tuesday, President Trump, in remarks defending some of the far-right protesters, asked aloud whether the removal of Confederate statues would prompt the erasure of monuments to slaveholders like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Now local and state officials in states like North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee are facing the outrage of liberal and African-American constituencies, who say the statues should have never gone up in the first place, and the fury of some whites who fear their history is being erased.

On Wednesday night, Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia said that Confederate monuments in the state should be taken down, and he urged local and state leaders to move them into museums. Two years ago, Mr. McAuliffe argued in support of keeping the statues in public spaces, saying that “these are all parts of our heritage.”

In some cases, conservative Southern legislatures have passed laws preventing the statues’ removal or destruction.

In Birmingham, officials on Tuesday erected a black plywood barrier to block any view of the base of a Confederate obelisk that has loomed over a city park since 1905. Mayor William A. Bell Sr. said it was an attempt to respond to valid concerns while obeying a state law that effectively bans taking down Confederate monuments.

“What Charlottesville represented was an open defiance by hate groups of the tradition of this country to bring social and racial harmony,” Mr. Bell said in an interview at City Hall on Wednesday. “The condonement by the president of the actions of the alt-right, the white supremacists and the neo-Nazis gave a greater urgency to take some kind of action.”

The number of controversies has been remarkable: In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam reiterated his opposition to a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a founder of the Ku Klux Klan, that is housed at the State Capitol. In Richmond, Va., the former capital of the Confederacy, Mayor Levar M. Stoney said he believed the enormous Confederate statues on the city’s Monument Avenue should be removed, after saying as recently as Monday that they should stay up with additional context. In Texas, Houston officials opened a review of the city’s public art collection as part of an effort to decide whether Confederate statues should remain on public property.

The issue was not contained to the South: In Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, crews on Wednesday took down a plaque noting a place where Lee once planted a tree.

In Montreal, a downtown department store, Hudson’s Bay, removed a plaque commemorating an 1867 visit by Jefferson Davis, who was the president of the Confederacy.

The sense of urgency mirrors the reaction to the 2015 murders of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., by a white supremacist, Dylann S. Roof.

But around the South in recent years, many others bristled at the idea that Confederate history was being erased.

Some flew Confederate battle flags out the back of their trucks, while others filed lawsuits to stop the removal of statues in places like New Orleans, where four statues were removed in May, and Charlottesville, where a suit challenging the city’s planned removal of the Lee statue is pending.

Here in Baltimore, there was little open protest: The city is politically liberal and 63 percent black. But there was nonetheless an abundance of caution. The four statues, which included a double equestrian statue of Lee and Stonewall Jackson, came down by 5:30 a.m.

Mayor Pugh, at a news conference on Wednesday, said that given the nation’s current political climate, it was best to move “quickly and quietly” as a matter of public safety. “The mayor has the right to protect her city,” Ms. Pugh said later in an interview.

“For me, the statues represented pain, and not only did I want to protect my city from any more of that pain, I also wanted to protect my city from any of the violence that was occurring around the nation.”

Birmingham, like Baltimore, is a majority-black city, but the issue was more complicated. On Wednesday, the Alabama attorney general, Steven T. Marshall, sued the city and asked a judge to impose a fine of $25,000 a day.

In a statement, Mr. Marshall said the city’s plywood obstruction was in “violation of the letter and spirit of the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act.”

On Monday in Durham, liberal demonstrators pulled down a statue of a Confederate soldier, and at least one activist was arrested on suspicion of taking part in the protest.

Soon after, Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, published an online essay, declaring: “We cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery. These monuments should come down.”

But Mr. Cooper is hampered by a 2015 law passed by the Republican-dominated Legislature that forbids the removal of such statues. He called for repeal of the law, and warned of possible violence if left-leaning protesters took the matter into their own hands.

“The likelihood of protesters being injured or worse as they may try to topple any one of the hundreds of monuments in our state concerns me,” he wrote. “And the potential for those same white supremacist elements we saw in Charlottesville to swarm the site, weapons in hand, in retaliation is a threat to public safety.”

In Georgia on Tuesday, Stacey Abrams, one of the top candidates vying to be the Democratic nominee in the coming governor’s race, reignited the long-running debate over a large carving of Confederate generals on the side of Stone Mountain, the granite outcropping east of Atlanta.

In a series of tweets, she called for the removal of the carving, arguing that it “had no purpose other than celebration of racism, terror & division.”

To supporters of the monuments, the resistance was familiar. And echoing Mr. Trump, they worried whether the fervor would spread to monuments of other figures.

Jimmy Hill, the commander of the Alabama division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said he had even seen, and been alarmed by, social media posts that proposed toppling monuments to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to “even the score.”

“I don’t want to see any civil rights statues desecrated or toppled over or taken down,” he said. “We don’t have to glorify every single event that happened, but if they’re already here, people need to remember what happened in our history.”

Nicholas Fandos reported from Baltimore, Richard Fausset from Atlanta and Alan Blinder from Birmingham, Ala. Jess Bidgood contributed reporting from Richmond, Va., and Matthew Haag from New York.

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Here’s what white supremacy looks and sounds like now. (It’s not your grandfather’s KKK.) – Washington Post


President Trump points to members of the media as he answers questions in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday. (AP)

In a remarkable exchange with the press on Tuesday about the deadly violence in Charlottesville over the weekend, President Trump said, “I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups. Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.”

On one level, the president is right. Not all the right-wing groups ostensibly there to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee were neo-Nazis or white supremacists, as we have traditionally understood them.

But the face of white supremacy has changed in important ways. The Charlottesville “Unite the Right” event was designed to reconstitute and rebrand various white right-wing groups under the banner of the “alt-right” and make the movement more publicly visible. This newer, more diffuse, younger, and technologically-enabled movement — promoted by prominent White House adviser Steve Bannon, among others — seeks to advance white identity politics through appeals to equality, democratic multiculturalism, and freedom of speech.

While different in style, rhetoric, and tactics than the Ku Klux Klan or neo-Nazis, the alt-right is just as committed to a white supremacist vision of America’s future.

Today’s white identity politics borrows some of the language of multiculturalism

Fifteen years ago, political scientist Carol Swain argued that the white nationalists she studied were drawing on the civil rights movement’s language of equality and multiculturalism in order to advance the interests of white people as a distinct social and identity group.

Through our research, we learned that the contemporary alt-right is both capitalizing on and extending this strategy. Over the past six months, we conducted an inductive, interpretative analysis of the key actors and ideas in the movement. We reviewed published secondary literature, including our own previous research, and used a snowball method to identify sites that were participating in an online discussion about the meaning and boundaries of the alt-right and had a stake in the outcome. This lead us to identify 51 sites that actors themselves cited as being important to the movement. We found that what these groups have in common is a white nationalist ideology that sees race as the primary basis of social affiliation and a legitimate means for making claims on political power.

[White identity politics isn’t just about white supremacy. It’s much bigger.]

At the same time, their ideas take advantage of a discourse of multiculturalism. For example, alt-right supporters are resentful because they believe other races and ethnicities can freely participate in identity politics while they cannot — which makes them “unequal.” In American Renaissance, the influential white supremacist Jared Taylor argues:

Question: What do you call a black person who prefers to be around other black people, and likes black music and culture? A black person. What do you call a white person who listens to classical music, likes European culture, and prefers to be around white people? A Nazi. All non-whites are expected to have a strong racial identity; only whites must not.

Adopting equality language is part of a strategy for appealing to mainstream whites. This involves rejecting more explicit racism and instead appealing to dominant political norms and styles of argument.

The alt-right argues that white pride isn’t the same as white supremacy

Many alt-right sites argue that white identity politics is decidedly not racist. Instead these groups argue that whites are simply asserting the same desires and rights that every racial and ethnic group is both biologically wired for and politically entitled to: cultural pride and self-determination.

Take one example from the alt-right journal Radix, co-authored by the white nationalist site founder and coiner of the term “alt-right” Richard Spencer:

What this means is that efforts to eliminate “racial discrimination” are fighting against a deeply rooted fact of our human nature, even of our biological nature….

Moreover, it is almost exclusively White people who are being asked today not to prefer their own race to others. Blacks, Mexicans, Jews, and others are allowed — indeed, encouraged — to form exclusive organizations and pursue their particular interests.

Indeed, while neo-Nazis making explicit claims for white superiority were on full display in Charlottesville, we found that equality language was more common across the alt-right sites we analyzed.

To be sure, many writers and sites, such as American Renaissance and The Daily Stormer (currently offline), openly embrace white racial superiority. But more often the language sounded like popular alt-right website Vox Day’s widely-circulated description:

The Alt Right does not believe in the general supremacy of any race, nation, people, or sub-species. Every race, nation, people, and human sub-species has its own unique strengths and weaknesses, and possesses the sovereign right to dwell unmolested in the native culture it prefers.

Indeed, alt-right writers often pointed to the supposedly inherent traits of different races and ethnicities, such as Asian intelligence and West African sprinting, as evidence for racial difference without overall superiority or inferiority.

Its supporters hope to poach the Republican Party’s “white base”

We found evidence that the alt-right aims these arguments at the Republican mainstream. Gregory Hood writes at the alt-right Radix Journal that the Republican Party has a “white base” that is fertile ground for the alt-right. The alt-right’s aim is to “racialize” the Republican Party’s core group of voters, getting them to see race as an indelible feature of social life and white identity as the basis for group solidarity and politics. Hood continues,

Yes, we know racializing Republicans will break the Party as currently constituted. That’s the point. And ironically, breaking your stupid movement will actually do more to “conserve” the limited government ideals you claim to believe in than campaigning for Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney.

Alt-right adherents often argue that the establishment Republican Party is one with liberals and the Democratic Party, especially on immigration, free trade, and economic policy. They believe Republicans are sacrificing white people on the altar of global financial capitalism with its free trade and widespread migration. The alt-right preaches instead isolationism, which adherents believe will boost white nationhood by restricting immigration and disentangling the United States from foreign countries. This, they argue, will in turn help white people, especially the white working class, by promoting their economic and political interests and keeping jobs and trade at home.

[Southern whites who supported Jim Crow once opposed the Nazis. So what happened?]

But while the language differs from earlier groups, the alt-right’s vision of racial purity and white power is the same

And yet, even as the alt-right seemingly eschews white supremacist language, at least in some public forums to broaden the movement’s appeal, its racially pure vision of a white America is as racist, exclusionary and anti-democratic as that of the segregationist “authoritarian enclaves” of the Jim Crow era.

The alt-right believes that whites should explicitly be at the center of political, cultural, economic and social power in the United States. It believes in defending white supremacy from the encroachment of non-whites. A sweeping historical essay by Taylor points out (accurately, but also approvingly) the country’s deeply racist and exclusionary past, writing,

Today’s egalitarians are therefore radical dissenters from traditional American thinking. A conception of America as a nation of people with common values, culture, and heritage is far more faithful to vision (sic) of the founders.

This is the vision that President Trump is tacitly, if not explicitly, supporting when he calls the Charlottesville marchers “very fine people.”

[These are the 3 reasons fascism spread in 1930s America — and might spread again today.]

Daniel Kreiss is associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kelsey Mason is writing an honors thesis on the alt-right and the Republican Party as a senior in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Trump’s Embrace of Racially Charged Past Puts Republicans in Crisis – New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s embrace of the country’s racially charged past has thrown the Republican Party into crisis, dividing his core supporters who have urged him on from the political leaders who fear that he is leading them down a perilous and shortsighted path.

The divisions played out in the starkly different responses across the party after Mr. Trump insisted that left-wing counterprotesters were as culpable as neo-Nazis and white supremacists for the bloodshed in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. Much of the right was ecstatic as they watched their president fume against the “violent” left and declare that “very fine people” were being besmirched for their involvement in the demonstration.

Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, said in an interview that if Democrats want to fight over Confederate monuments and attack Mr. Trump as a bigot, that was a fight the president would win.

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“President Trump, by asking, ‘Where does this all end’ — Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln — connects with the American people about their history, culture and traditions,” he said.

“The race-identity politics of the left wants to say it’s all racist,” Mr. Bannon added. “Just give me more. Tear down more statues. Say the revolution is coming. I can’t get enough of it.”

Much of the party’s political class, however, was in shock. Former Presidents George and George W. Bush issued a rare joint rebuke of Mr. Trump’s stance, saying hate should be rejected “in all forms.”

And among younger Republicans there was a sense that the damage would be profound and enduring.

“The last year and especially the last few days have basically erased 15 years of efforts by Republicans to diversify the party,” said David Holt, a 38-year-old Oklahoma state senator running for mayor of Oklahoma City. “If I tried to sell young people in general but specifically minority groups on the Republican Party today, I’d expect them to laugh me out of the room. How can you not be concerned when the country’s demographics are shifting away from where the Republican Party seems to be shifting now?”

The political blow that Mr. Trump has sustained is deep and worsening. Barely one-third of Americans now say they approve of the job he is doing, according to twopolls released this week — a fresh low for a president who was already among the most unpopular in modern times.

With midterm elections looming next year, Republican leaders find themselves in precarious territory, unwilling to abandon Mr. Trump for fear of losing his supporters even as the president’s position slips with the broader electorate.

“The political price we may pay almost should be catastrophic,” said Mike Murphy, a longtime Republican strategist. “A hanging in the morning will clarify the mind.”

But Mr. Trump’s tenacious base sees in the Charlottesville fallout something to cheer: a field general leading the latest charge in the battle to take their country back. Much as Mr. Trump promised he would restore America to its lost greatness during his presidential campaign — a vow that, to many, clanged with sentimentality for a whiter, less tolerant nation — he is using symbols of the Confederacy to tell conservatives that he will not allow liberals to blot out their history and heritage.

“Good people can go to Charlottesville,” said Michelle Piercy, a night shift worker at a Wichita, Kan., retirement home, who drove all night with a conservative group that opposed the planned removal of a statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

After listening to Mr. Trump on Tuesday, she said it was as if he had channeled her and her friends — all gun-loving defenders of free speech, she said, who had no interest in standing with Nazis or white supremacists: “It’s almost like he talked to one of our people.”

Conservatives like Ms. Piercy, who have grown only more emboldened after Charlottesville, believe that the political and media elite hold them and Mr. Trump to a harsh double standard that demands they answer for the sins of a radical, racist fringe. They largely accept Mr. Trump’s contention that these same forces are using Charlottesville as an excuse to undermine his presidency, and by extension, their vote.

But Republicans who are looking at the country’s rapidly changing demographics — growing younger, less white and more urban — say Mr. Trump’s Republican Party is not the party of the future.

Representative Will Hurd, who is half-black and represents a sprawling, heavily Hispanic district in Texas, said of Mr. Trump’s latest eruption, “It’s embarrassing.”

Representative Tom Rooney, 46, of Florida said it baffled him that Mr. Trump was so equivocal. “To the people in my generation, it’s just something that’s so obvious: This is repugnant,” he said.

Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, who has written a new book excoriating the “Faustian bargain” his party made with Mr. Trump, said on Wednesday that being complicit now would extract a big political price later. “We’ve got to stand up to these kinds of things if we want to be a governing majority in the future,” he said.

Yet for many Republicans, evidence that a more inflammatory wing of the party is ascendant is hard to ignore. The party’s far right claimed a victory on Tuesday night when Roy S. Moore, the former Alabama chief justice who was removed twice from the bench, won the most votes in the state’s primary election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s vacant Senate seat.

Mr. Moore, who has defied orders to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building and told lower court judges to ignore the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, will now face the party establishment’s candidate of choice, Senator Luther Strange, in a runoff election next month.

When Mr. Moore spoke to a congregation in Jasper, Ala., this week, he did not mention the events in Charlottesville, nor did anyone else. He did, however, receive a round of head nods for declaring, “We’re living in the most apostate civilization in the history of the world,” a statement that echoed the so-called alt-right’s castigation of liberal “degeneracy.”

When the two highest-ranking Republicans on Capitol Hill addressed Mr. Trump’s latest remarks, neither mentioned the president by name.

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate majority leader, issued a short statement that declared, “There are no good neo-Nazis.” Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin put out a harshly worded denunciation of white supremacy, but his swipe at Mr. Trump was indirect. “There can be no moral ambiguity,” he said. (The Bushes also did not name Mr. Trump in their condemnation of racial hatred.)

Those who singled him out, like Senator Jerry Moran, Republican of Kansas, were in the minority. “White supremacy, bigotry and racism have absolutely no place in our society, and no one — especially the president of the United States — should ever tolerate it,” Mr. Moran wrote.

Like the president, Mr. Trump’s most loyal supporters dismiss his critics as opportunists. They see the charges that Mr. Trump is too accommodating of racists as an accusation that they must be racist, too.

“He was being realistic about what was going on,” said Denise O’Leary, a medical assistant in Wichita. Ms. O’Leary wondered why no one else was coming down on the leftist demonstrators. “There was violence on both sides, there was,” Ms. O’Leary said. “We need to be honest about that.”

To Rollie Weisser, a semiretired freight hauler from Wisconsin, the hypocrisy is absurd.

“President Trump caught a bunch of hell because he didn’t come down hard enough” on white supremacist protesters, Mr. Weisser said one morning this week as he sipped coffee in a West Bend, Wis., McDonald’s. “They say he came down too hard on Kim Jong-un.”

Mr. Weisser added, “Make up your mind.”

David Bozell, the president of the conservative activist group For America, said conservatives like him sometimes did not dare speak up in support of the president anymore: “We’re being told, ‘Sit down, shut up, you Nazi.’”

As for those upset by the president’s contention that the right’s violence was matched by the left’s, Mr. Bozell invoked the five white officers killed last summer by a sniper who expressed anger about police shootings of blacks. “Tell that to the families of those slain Dallas police officers,” he said.

Mr. Trump has always appreciated the emotional pull of questioning bias and fairness, especially with his white working-class base. And he fully understands how their vote for him was in many ways an attempt to rebalance the inequity they saw holding them back — economically, politically and culturally.

But there are growing signs that his support among the most faithful voters is sliding. Gallup and the Marist Poll, which both released surveys this week, found that right-leaning voters were drifting away from Mr. Trump. Seventy-nine percent of registered voters who identified as “strong Republicans” in the Marist Poll now approve of his job performance, compared with 91 percent in June.

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