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David Duke: Donald Trump Speaks Like An Alt-Right Leader

Yesterday, Louisiana-based white nationalist and U.S. Senate candidate David Duke reacted to the news of Hillary Clinton’s upcoming speech about Donald Trump’s ties to the alt-right, a racist movement championed by Duke, by noting that Trump speaks just like alt-right leaders.

Duke said that Clinton “is really concerned and really scared because she realizes that there’s a sleeping tiger in this country, European-Americans, that are waking up to the realization that every right they have—the real racism in America is against white people.”

He praised Trump for capitalizing on these grievances and attempting to drive up the GOP’s share of the white vote, a strategy heralded by white nationalists as the key to political success.

“No candidate in this country would dare even stand up and say, ‘Yes, I definitely am going to defend the rights and the heritage of European-Americans,’” he continued. “One can go on to say, ‘Yes I want to respect the rights of all but I believe our people have rights too and the ethnic cleansing of America has got to stop.’ I believe this is a sleeping tiger that is easily awakened.”

Trump, Duke went on to say, “has energized European-Americans in sort of the implicit statements he makes, such as ‘take America back,’ and we’re going to take America back.”

While Trump Champions The Alt-Right In America, Putin Spreads Its Ideology Through Europe

For years, the GOP has been moving away from its identity as a traditional center-right party and morphing into something that more resembles the populist fringe parties of Europe.

Donald Trump’s candidacy has all but completed this transformation. If anyone still had doubts, Trump’s hiring of Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon was the clearest sign yet that the Republican Party has become a vehicle for what in the U.S. is known as the ‘alt-right’ movement.

The alt-right thinks the mainstream conservative movement has been compromised by feminism, racial tolerance and “globalism,” and that only a reactionary, populist movement that speaks to the plight of white men can save America from political correctness and multiculturalism. The alt-right is drenched in racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and misogyny. But that didn’t stop Bannon from calling his outlet “the platform for the alt-right.”

While avowed white nationalists have always had a place in the conservative movement—most recently, Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa proudly detailed his white supremacist views to a cable TV audience—Trump has thrown such forces into the mainstream.

Trump’s view of America as a weak, crime-ridden and chaotic place would resonate with any regular reader of Breitbart’s news coverage.

Breitbart News depicts an America where white people are under attack from the Obama administration, anti-Christian feminists and LGBT rights activists, African Americans who seek to discriminate against white people, Latino immigrants obsessed with rape and violence, and Muslim refugees who support terrorism.

The U.S. isn’t the only country experiencing a surge in the alt-right’s ideology. Anti-immigrant ethnic nationalists are on the rise in Europe, and European far-right leaders from France’s Jean-Marie Le Pen to the Dutch politician Geert Wilders have jumped aboard the Trump Train.

This is all good news to one of the European far-right’s most enthusiastic backers: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia under Putin’s leadership has been promoting ultraconservative political groups in Europe with the goal of weakening the EU and the liberalism, democracy and cultural pluralism that comes with it. The National Front, a French political party rooted in Holocaust denialism and anti-immigrant sentiment, is open about its financial links to Russian banks, and neo-fascist parties including Jobbik of Hungary, Vlaams Belang of Belgium and the Northern League of Italy likewise have Russian ties.

“As European far-right leaders openly voice their support for Moscow, it would be wise to remember that Putin’s Russia is not just another ‘meddling power’ lobbying for its interests,” writes Alina Polyakova. “It is a government hostile to the West and the value system—democracy, freedom of expression, political accountability—that it represents.”

The Syrian refugee crisis has presented a great opportunity for these far-right movements in Europe to spread their messages of xenophobia. Russia, whose bombing campaigns in Syria have ravaged the civilian population, has been happy to help promote the anti-refugee message. Russian state-sponsored media outlets have enthusiastically fanned the flames of anti-refugee suspicion, bolstering the far-right’s criticism of how the EU and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have approached refugee resettlement.

The Russian government has also sponsored a global right-wing effort to portray the U.S. and Europe as victims of cultural rot due to homosexuality, abortion rights and secular government, and Russia as the protector and preserver of traditional Christian values. In 2014, major conservative groups from the U.S. and Europe convened at the Kremlin to praise the government’s crackdown on LGBT rights advocates while lamenting the social liberalism in their home countries.

Trump, who aspires to be the Russian president’s “new best friend,” has praised Putin as “a leader, unlike what we have in this country,” and has seemed to side with Putin’s position on the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria and shared in fueling doubts about the future of the EU and NATO. Trump’s campaign is stacked with officials with Russian ties and, at least according to his eldest son, his businesses have seen “a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” Merkel, on the other hand, has been a frequent target of Trump’s attacks, and the GOP nominee has dubbed Clinton “America’s Angela Merkel.” (Just to show how far to the right the GOP has drifted, Merkel is the leader of Germany’s main center-right party).

Beyond his expressed support for Russian policies, Trump seeks to govern in the same illiberal, authoritarian manner that Putin has demonstrated, itching to dilute the freedom of the press and laws barring war crimes and human rights abuses and deport undocumented immigrants and refugees legally settled in the country. Like the Religious Right activists who have rallied behind Putin, Trump believes that Christians have been sidelined and marginalized in America, promising to return them to their rightful positions of power.

Such contempt for civil rights, diversity and democracy pervades the alt-right, which calls for a more “masculine,” racially chauvinist response to a society it sees as weak and rootless. One alt-right meme shows “President Trump” congratulating Putin, both decked out in military garb, “on retaking Constantinople.”

While Trump and the alt-right emerged without the help of the Russian government, Putin’s display of authoritarianism and aid to far-right movements have helped bring their ultraconservative designs into the political mainstream.

(This post also appears on the Huffington Post).

Krikorian: Trump Will Lose If He Retreats On Immigration

For years, the Nativist Right has been urging the GOP to ratchet up its hardline stance on immigration, arguing that tough anti-immigrant rhetoric and proposals will energize white voters and lead to Republican victories at the ballot box.

Nativists pointed to Donald Trump’s victory in the GOP primaries as proof that such a political strategy is viable.

That theory was always flawed: after all, Republican primaries tend to be a largely white affair. Now that the entire general electorate is at stake, polls have shown Trump trailing Hillary Clinton in nearly every swing state. Perhaps realizing this, the GOP presidential nominee has yet again attempted to reposition himself on the issue of immigration, all while denying that he is changing his position at all.

After campaigning for more than a year on a deport-them-all platform, Trump said on Tuesday that he was open to “softening” his stance by only seeking to deport the “bad ones” while providing a road to legal status for most undocumented immigrants—something much closer to President Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s stances on the issue.

Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies is one of the many conservative commentators who have been disappointed by Trump’s confusing, hazy attempt to reposition himself on immigration.

If Clinton defeats Trump, Krikorian says in a National Review column today, it will be because the Republican nominee retreated from his prior immigration views—despite the fact that Trump would lose badly if the election was held today:

I’ve been joking to reporters over the past couple of days that Trump’s supporters wouldn’t be likely to abandon him unless he embraced Chuck Schumer’s immigration policy.

Guess what!

Ann Coulter makes the same point in her new book, entitled (with unintended irony) In Trump We Trust: “[T]here’s nothing Trump can do that won’t be forgiven. Except change his immigration policies.”

But Trump probably just threw away his only remaining chance to win in November with Wednesday’s Jeb Bush impersonation. He won the primaries with immigration control as his marquee issue; had he stuck to his guns, and still lost, the GOP Brain Trust, not to mention the Democrats, would more plausibly have been able to argue that opposition to their agenda was the reason. It still would have been a silly claim, since had he not grabbed hold of the immigration issue, the very idea of President Trump would have remained a Simpsons joke – if he’d remained consistent and still lost, it would have been despite his immigration position, not because of it.

But now that he’s channeling Little Marco and Low-Energy Jeb on immigration, that story line has evaporated. Many of the voters who stuck with him through his various antics will start drifting away, so that in any state where the results are close in November could plausibly have been won if Trump hadn’t pulled a Schumer.

It’s liberating, in a sense. While Trump was still clearly seen as the voice of immigration skepticism, I was worried that his oafish shenanigans would taint the immigration issue, especially if he was defeated by Hillary. But now that he’s no longer that voice in any meaningful sense, I can watch the circus undisturbed. His defeat will be on his head alone.

Conservative Pundit: Laughter Proves Hillary Is Seriously Ill

Hillary Clinton health truthers have pointed to everything from pillows to flashlights as proof that the Democratic nominee is facing a serious health crisis.

You can now add laughter to the list of symptoms that prove that she is at death’s door.

Earlier this week, Graham Ledger of the conservative One America News Network spoke about Clinton’s health with Dr. Jane Orient of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which, despite its innocuous name, is a far-right group that champions a whole host of bizarre claims.

Ledger, wondering if the former secretary of state has brain damage or has suffered seizures, pointed to Clinton’s appearance last year before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, where she laughed at a question about whether she had spent the night of the 2012 attack alone. (The attack had ended earlier in the day.)

“Certainly, inappropriate laughter, and it’s prolonged, that can be a sign of traumatic brain injury or other neurologic problems,” Orient said.

Phyllis Schlafly Angry About Non-English Resources For Disaster Survivors

In a column today, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly criticized the Obama administration for making sure that disaster relief services, such as the ongoing efforts to help flood victims in Louisiana, do not discriminate against survivors who have limited English proficiency.

Ensuring that relief agencies have materials in languages other than English, according to Schlafly, is part of a larger plan by President Obama “to transform America by undermining our common culture and language.”

People with limited English proficiency, she said, should simply “become proficient in English.”

With only five months left in the White House, Obama is still hard at work “fundamentally transforming” our country into something much different from the nation we all grew up in. Here are recent examples of how he is determined to transform America by undermining our common culture and language.

This month’s catastrophic flooding in Louisiana is said to be America’s worst national disaster not caused by an earthquake or a hurricane. While Obama continued playing golf on the exclusive island of Martha’s Vineyard, his federal bureaucrats are making sure that the crisis won’t go to waste.

On August 16, five federal agencies issued an incredible 16-page, single-spaced “Guidance” warning relief agencies not to discriminate in the use of disaster funds. Agencies receiving funds must “post a statement of nondiscrimination” on all public notices and “should also identify a point of contact for the public to submit complaints of discrimination.”

The Guidance refers to “unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin” which is prohibited by the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but it doesn’t stop there. It also tries to ban discrimination on account of “limited English proficiency,” which Congress has never prohibited.

The sneaky part is the way the federal Guidance includes the phrase “limited English proficiency,” as if the language you speak is part of your “national origin.” In fact, people from every country can and do learn English, and there is no good reason for our government to conduct official business in any other language.

Don’t assume that the Obama administration is merely responding to a genuine need for services by recent immigrants who have not yet learned English. In the name of multiculturalism, the administration is actively discouraging the transition to English by immigrants and their children, and promoting other languages instead.

Tom DeLay: America On The Verge Of Death

Yesterday, former House GOP Majority Leader Tom DeLay appeared on American Family Radio’s “Today’s Issues” to promote his new book, “Revive! Revolution! Rebirth!

DeLay warned that the U.S. is on the brink of destruction unless “God wants it turned around” and conservative Christians begin “getting out of their churches, hitting the streets and putting God back in the public square.”

“If we don’t turn this country around, if we don’t bring God to the center of our social order, if we don’t have a revolution for the Constitution,” he warned, “America will die.”

Trump Adviser: 'The Lord Is Raising Up' Trump To 'Make America A Leader Again'

Last week, televangelist Jim Bakker invited pastor Ramiro Peña of Christ the King Baptist Church of Waco, Texas, onto his program to discuss the upcoming presidential election.

Peña has been a vocal supporter of Donald Trump: He is a member of the National Hispanic Advisory Council for Trump and prayed at an event for Hispanic conservatives at the Republican National Convention and at a meeting between Trump and Hispanic leaders.

After Bakker claimed that Trump will rebuild America’s infrastructure, noting that “Jesus was a builder,” Peña declared that God “is raising up spiritual leaders across the land.”

“I believe the Lord is raising up one such as Mr. Trump to lead,” he said, “to give leadership to the nation and make America a leader again.”

Bakker, for his part, has repeatedly praised Trump and has promoted a prophetic message that God will put Trump in the White House.

Ben Stein: 'I Am Not A Doctor' But…

Hillary Clinton health truthers have lots of “evidence” that the Democratic nominee for president is sick: a Diazepam pen held by a Secret Service agent (actually a flashlight); the seizure that wasn’t; the slip; the railing and the pillow.

Now, Newsmax host Steve Malzberg has found more proof that Clinton is gravely ill: She wore “a long coat with black pants” while addressing an event in Nantucket.

Malzberg’s guest, Ben Stein, said that he is not a doctor, but went ahead and diagnosed Clinton anyway.

“Well, I think part of that is the story is that she’s always wearing a bulletproof vest, so that may have something to do with it, but I don’t think she looks well,” he said. “When you see pictures of her face, I hate to say this, but my dear departed mother had lupus and she was taking a powerful hydrocortisone and Mrs. Clinton looks to me like she’s taking hydrocortisone. I am not a doctor but I sure pay a hell of a lot of attention to the effects of drugs and I’d like to know what meds Mrs. Clinton is taking and what she’s taking.”

Stein’s evidence?

“Wrinkles, puffiness, a flushed appearance and a kind of very slight, furry, furry look on her face, a very slight furry, not like she’s Santa Claus, but a very slight furry look on her face.”

Alex Jones: Elites Intermarry To Preserve Demonic Bloodline

Yesterday, Trump ally and conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Alex Jones hosted Steve Quayle, an End Times radio host, and Gary Heavin, the founder of the Curves fitness chain and a conservative activist, to discuss the Satanic powers running the government.

Quayle explained that God is using Donald Trump to give Americans one last warning that judgment is coming: “Donald Trump, in my opinion, is God’s prosecuting attorney. He’s laying out the evidence. It’s like everything evil is swarming upon him. I think the fascinating thing about this is that I gave a word that I really thought was an answer to prayer, God said, ‘Before I allow America to be destroyed by the Russians and the Chinese, now this is hard to take, I’m going to reveal the sins of America’s leaders to the people and the people’s sins before a Holy God.’”

Later, Heavin explained that the Nephilim still roam the earth today and are actually demons, and that God has been trying to “cleanse the DNA” from humanity by destroying these entities.

“That’s why the elites try to intermarry, it’s to keep that bloodline,” Jones said.

Alex Jones: 'Flies Landing On' Obama Prove He’s Satanic

Alex Jones has once again accused President Obama of having a demonic nature, this time while interviewing End Times talk radio host Steve Quayle on his conspiracy theory program yesterday.

“Why do you think Obama always has flies landing on him?” Jones asked, wondering why “everywhere he goes, there’s just flies all over the place.”

Referring to Michelle Obama’s joke that the president is “snore-y and stinky” in the morning, Quayle explained the real reason the president has poor body odor: “Can I tell you something? Michelle Obama—and you should have your guys look this up—was talking about his odor, now I’ll tell you why. Beelzebub in the New Testament means Lord of the Flies. Lord of the Flies. Beelzebub is another name for who? Satan.”

Later, Quayle went into detail about why Obama’s purported stench is further evidence of his evil nature, with Jones mentioning that Skull and Bones members worship demons in “big pools of feces.”

The Obama “Lord of the Flies administration,” according to Quayle, is bent on honoring Satan and destroying humanity, possibly through vaccines, as Jones mentioned, or chemtrails.

Jones warned that the demonic elite brings out “kooks” to “misrepresent things so they can then distract everybody.”

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