On Thursday afternoon, Queen Hillary will give a much heralded speech in Nevada that has been previewed by the paparazzi and presstitutes as an attempt to link Donald Trump and his supporters to white supremacists and neo-Nazis. The address will chain the GOP nominee and his supporters to the so-called Alt-Right, a nebulous and diverse collection of online personalities that the Democrats and their pocket media have transformed into a societal menace worthy of a Draconian crackdown on free speech.
Interestingly – or maybe not so – the big speech coincides with much national media attention on bullying, trolling and calls for the censoring of online comments so that the right of the thin-skinned to not be offended can be preserved. Over the past week, an increasing number of articles from major media sources have popped up with the same theme of racism among Trump supporters, the Alt-Right, cyberbullying and online censorship – too many to be a coincidence considering the topic of Clinton’s speech.
The Associated Press reported on the private social media accounts of Trump staffers in the big story “Racism and talk of religious war: Trump staff’s online posts”:
The AP examined the social media feeds of more than 50 current and former campaign employees who helped propel Trump through the primary elections. The campaign has employed a mix of veteran political operatives and outsiders. Most come across as dedicated, enthusiastic partisans, but at least seven expressed views that were overtly racially charged, supportive of violent actions or broadly hostile to Muslims.
A graphic designer for Trump’s advance team approvingly posted video of a black man eating fried chicken and criticizing fellow blacks for ignorance, irresponsibility and having too many children. A Trump field organizer in Virginia declared that Muslims were seeking to impose Sharia law in America and that “those who understand Islam for what it is are gearing up for the fight.”
The AP’s findings come at a time when Trump is showing new interest in appealing to minority voters, insisting he will be fair in dealing with the 11 million people in the U.S. illegally and explicitly pitching himself to African-Americans, saying “what do you have to lose?”
Since Trump declared his candidacy last summer, he has paid about 120 people on his campaign, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Over the weekend, the campaign reported about 70 people drawing salaries, a number that did not include a few dozen more working as consultants. A slew of hires in early August were not yet reflected in Trump’s filings.
In a stunning admission of cherry picking that is consistent with the new set of standards that the media has adopted to destroy trump, AP notes that:
The AP was able to review the accounts of only a minority of Trump staffers: Others set their accounts to private, some could not be found or identified with confidence as Trump campaign employees.
But then in a classic case of false equivalence absolved Team Hillary of any sort of social media mischief:
The AP also reviewed the public social media accounts of more than three dozen employees of Hillary Clinton’s far larger campaign staff and found nothing as inflammatory. One staffer said Trump’s style of speaking reminded him of a roommate who had taken too many hallucinogenic mushrooms. AP also reviewed images attached to more than 19,000 stolen internal emails from the Democratic National Committee for racially or religiously inflammatory memes, finding nothing of note.
The increased establishment chatter on Trump’s supporters and their alleged racism coincides with the Republican nominee’s attempts to reach out to black voters who are only being used by Hillary and her ilk and will be quickly forgotten. The one thing that has the Democrats and the Clinton crime syndicate waking up in a cold sweat is that Trump will make inroads with the non-white demographic that the phony Clintons have so carefully cultivated.
Time Magazine has also published a massive cover story on trolling which includes a timely invocation of the Alt-Right – as in right before Hillary’s big address. I excerpt the following from “How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet”:
The people who relish this online freedom are called trolls, a term that originally came from a fishing method online thieves use to find victims. It quickly morphed to refer to the monsters who hide in darkness and threaten people. Internet trolls have a manifesto of sorts, which states they are doing it for the “lulz,” or laughs. What trolls do for the lulz ranges from clever pranks to harassment to violent threats. There’s also doxxing–publishing personal data, such as Social Security numbers and bank accounts–and swatting, calling in an emergency to a victim’s house so the SWAT team busts in. When victims do not experience lulz, trolls tell them they have no sense of humor. Trolls are turning social media and comment boards into a giant locker room in a teen movie, with towel-snapping racial epithets and misogyny.
But trolling has become the main tool of the alt-right, an Internet-grown reactionary movement that works for men’s rights and against immigration and may have used the computer from Weird Science to fabricate Donald Trump. Not only does Trump share their attitudes, but he’s got mad trolling skills: he doxxed Republican primary opponent Senator Lindsey Graham by giving out his cell-phone number on TV and indirectly got his Twitter followers to attack GOP political strategist Cheri Jacobus so severely that her lawyers sent him a cease-and-desist order.
The alt-right’s favorite insult is to call men who don’t hate feminism “cucks,” as in “cuckold.” Republicans who don’t like Trump are “cuckservatives.” Men who don’t see how feminists are secretly controlling them haven’t “taken the red pill,” a reference to the truth-revealing drug in The Matrix. They derisively call their adversaries “social-justice warriors” and believe that liberal interest groups purposely exploit their weakness to gain pity, which allows them to control the levers of power. Trolling is the alt-right’s version of political activism, and its ranks view any attempt to take it away as a denial of democracy.
In this new culture war, the battle isn’t just over homosexuality, abortion, rap lyrics, drugs or how to greet people at Christmastime. It’s expanded to anything and everything: video games, clothing ads, even remaking a mediocre comedy from the 1980s. In July, trolls who had long been furious that the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters starred four women instead of men harassed the film’s black co-star Leslie Jones so badly on Twitter with racist and sexist threats–including a widely copied photo of her at the film’s premiere that someone splattered semen on–that she considered quitting the service. “I was in my apartment by myself, and I felt trapped,” Jones says. “When you’re reading all these gay and racial slurs, it was like, I can’t fight y’all. I didn’t know what to do. Do you call the police? Then they got my email, and they started sending me threats that they were going to cut off my head and stuff they do to ‘N words.’ It’s not done to express an opinion, it’s done to scare you.”
Because of Jones’ harassment, alt-right leader Milo Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter. (He is also an editor at Breitbart News, the conservative website whose executive chairman, Stephen Bannon, was hired Aug. 17 to run the Trump campaign.) The service said Yiannopoulos, a critic of the new Ghostbusters who called Jones a “black dude” in a tweet, marshaled many of his more than 300,000 followers to harass her.
One counter-trolling strategy now being employed on social media is to flood the victims of abuse with kindness. That’s how many Twitter users have tried to blunt racist and body-shaming attacks on U.S. women’s gymnastics star Gabby Douglas and Mexican gymnast Alexa Moreno during the Summer Olympics in Rio. In 2005, after Emily May co-founded Hollaback!, which posts photos of men who harass women on the street in order to shame them (some might call this trolling), she got a torrent of misogynistic messages. “At first, I thought it was funny. We were making enough impact that these losers were spending their time calling us ‘cunts’ and ‘whores’ and ‘carpet munchers,’” she says. “Long-term exposure to it, though, I found myself not being so active on Twitter and being cautious about what I was saying online. It’s still harassment in public space. It’s just the Internet instead of the street.” This summer May created Heartmob, an app to let people report trolling and receive messages of support from others.
Now I’ve read Time for many a moon and I can’t recall ever seeing the terms “cunts” and “carpet munchers” being used before. So conspicuous and gratuitous are they in what is a family magazine that the clear intent is that they are being invoked for the simple reason of shock. You have to give it to these people, they are an incredible thing to watch with the production of nearly seamlessly integrated propaganda across multiple and diverse venues and platforms. The art of social engineering and manipulation has become a veritable art form and the virtuosos are regularly cranking out command performances as they go after Trump and his supporters tooth, fang and claw.
Look for the enduring theme of this most important of all elections to be a referendum on internet freedom as well as free speech and the necessity for President Hillary Clinton to mobilize the federal government to engage in a purge of all unacceptable opinion that may offend any of the nation’s precious little snowflakes. It’s dirty as hell but it’s damned good politics for the Clinton crime family as they keep the spotlight off of Hillary’s disastrous Middle East policies, her emails and the pay-for-play racketeering of the Clinton Foundation.
The media will certainly do it’s part