Video: ‘Very fine people on both sides’

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When President Trump claimed in an unhinged, angry press conference on Aug. 15th that there were “very fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville, he endorsed a group of neo-Nazis and white supremacists whose stated goal is to create an ethnically cleansed, white-only state.

P.S. – The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist site whose editors helped orchestrate the Charlottesville insanity, trumpets the President’s endorsement:

Trump Defends Charlottesville Nazis Against Jew Media Lies

The entire Jewish media is pretending that the violence at Charlottesville was initiated by our side, while painting the opposition as good boys who didn’t do nuffin’… That, of course, is a disgusting distortion of reality…

Hail Trump!

Hail Our People!

Hail Victory!

Sources used in the above video:
Charlottesville: Race and Terror (VICE News/HBO)
How White Supremacists Branded Hate in Charlottesville (NYTimes)
Heil Trump in Charlottesville
Trump’s Press Conference, August 15th

About Matthew Taylor

Matthew A. Taylor is co-founder of PeacePower magazine, and author of "The Road to Nonviolent Coexistence in Palestine/Israel," a chapter in the book Nonviolent Coexistence.

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  1. yourstruly
    August 20, 2017, 11:54 am

    anti-fascists must confront the violence of fascism with images that demonstrate the stark contrast between fascism and the just and peaceful world. This means absolutely no violence on our part, the menace that is fascism countered with symbols, songs, poetry, chants and short speeches, all illustrative of the what sort of world, were it up to us.

    • Misterioso
      August 21, 2017, 10:34 am

      @Kay24

      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.807833?utm_source=smartfocus&utm_medium=email&utm_content=opinion/.premium-1.807833&utm_campaign=Gideon+Levy&utm_term=20170820-04:44&writerAlerts=true

      “The Hebrew neo-Nazis”

      “Why Israelis are remaining silent about U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments about ‘many fine people’ taking part in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville”
      Gideon Levy. Aug 20, 2017, Haaretz.

      EXCERPTS:

      “Israel has no moral right to judge U.S. President Donald Trump over his forgiving remarks about the neo-Nazis in his country. First, Israel wasn’t really shocked by what he said. After all, it is willing to accept anything from anyone who supports the Israeli occupation. That’s axiomatic at this point. Whether it’s a Hungarian fascist or an American neo-Nazi, as long as they support the occupation – even if they secretly hate Jews – they are considered friends of Israel and moral people.

      “The best of the ‘friends of Israel’ today are fascists and evangelicals, xenophobes and Islamophobes. What’s most important is that they support the occupation. It’s only opponents of the occupation who are anti-Semites, and we will mount a special effort to combat them. We will forgive everyone else.”

      “The Israeli alt-right is not neo-Nazi. But a thousand neo-Nazi flowers bloom on its margins that no one thinks about weeding out. Fascism in Israel has long been accepted. Neo-Nazis haven’t, but the distinction between the two is vague. If the extremist Lehava organization isn’t neo-Nazi, what is? If Beitar Jerusalem’s La Familia fan group isn’t neo-Nazi, what is? If the firebombing of the Dawabsheh family home in the West Bank village of Duma and the kidnapping and murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir aren’t neo-Nazi acts, what are? And what about the Arabic-language highway sign near the settlement of Halamish declaring: ‘This area is under the control of the Jews. The entry of Arabs is forbidden and constitutes a risk to your life!’ ”

      “In the West, most contemptuous efforts are directed against foreigners. In Israel, they are directed mostly against the people who are native to the country. Complaining about Trump? That would already be the height of hypocrisy.”

  2. chinese box
    August 20, 2017, 6:54 pm

    Leaving aside what Trump did or didn’t mean for a moment, I’ve noticed that “moral equivalence” has become a talking point repeated in the media with regards to Charlottesville. If anyone recalls, that that was also a standard pro-Israel “meme” (or what have you) during the second intifada (“there is NO moral equivalence!”) in US media when talking about the suicide bombings.

    It’s frightening how hasbara language is becoming part of the discourse, even when Israel is not even the subject being discussed.

    • CigarGod
      August 20, 2017, 7:38 pm

      “They’ll drink the sand because the don’t know the difference.
      Michael Douglas in “The American President.”

  3. JLewisDickerson
    August 20, 2017, 7:49 pm

    I am not now, nor have I ever been, a VFP (very fine person)!

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