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Trump Advised "No Quarter" Stand

by Oui Mon Jun 8th, 2020 at 07:30:33 AM EST

Marking peaceful protesters as antifa terrorists, will the fake god in the White House open the gates of Civil War bloodshed as his legacy?

Truly the long expected "Nero watching Rome burn" epic moment for America. And future presidential candidate Tom Cotton willing to throw fuel on the fire.

Trump takes note as the far right lobbies for violent crackdown on peaceful protests | The Guardian |

As protests over the police killing of George Floyd continue across the US, a slew of influential rightwing figures have been urging an ever more violent crackdown on the demonstrations - and it appears Donald Trump is listening.

Republican politicians, media personalities and rightwing activists have floated ideas including deploying specific units of the military, while one Republican candidate for Congress has even suggested she will shoot protesters.

Tom Cotton, a US senator for Arkansas who is said to be plotting a run for president in 2024, has been one of the loudest voices.

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In a follow-up tweet, Cotton added: "And, if necessary, the 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, 1st Cav, 3rd Infantry--whatever it takes to restore order. No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters."

The phrase "no quarter" has historically meant to kill opponents, rather than arrest them, as MediaMatter's Lis Power swiftly pointed out, but Cotton's demand for the US military to take to the streets of cities and towns across the country was cheered by the president.

The agitating hasn't been restricted to Cotton.

On Sunday Noah Pollak, a writer for the conservative Washington Free Beacon, posted a photograph on Twitter of inmates being held in stress positions at Guantánamo Bay - the US naval prison where many Muslim men have been tortured since it opened in 2002 - along with the suggestion:

"We did it with al-Qaida terrorists, now it's time to do it with antifa. Imagine the joyous feeling if you knew the people wearing orange jumpsuits in this picture had face piercings, purple hair, and were from Portland, Oregon. Camp X-Ray, GITMO."

White House deletes tweet that falsely identified synagogue anti-terrorism barrier as tool of terrorists | CNN News |

The statue of Winston Churchill too was targeted, probably his life-long policy to rebuild the British Empire at whatever cost.

A reminder of the Boer War in South Africa establishing White Supremacist Rule, concentration camps and the infamous fight taking no prisoners: "No Quarter".

Winston Churchill statue daubed with 'was a racist' graffiti during Black Lives Matter protests | The Independent |

Video footage showed a small crowd of demonstrators chanting "Churchill was a racist" and "Boris [Johnson] is a racist".

NASCAR fans react to Confederate flag ban with anger, relief and a bit of humor

by Oui on Thu Jun 11th, 2020 at 07:10:30 AM EST
by generic on Thu Jun 11th, 2020 at 09:31:47 AM EST
Top US general says wrong to appear with Trump at protest site | AFP |

Breaking Ranks: Dissent and the Military Professional | US Army - Oct. 2010 |

by Oui on Thu Jun 11th, 2020 at 09:31:24 PM EST
Confederate base names stir tensions over America's dark past | BBC News |

As the Black Lives Matter movement demonstrates, for many Americans there is still unfinished business from the Civil War years.

The benefits of black emancipation were partial and never fully realised. Oppression, disproportionate poverty and racism continue to this day, more than 150 years after the conflict ended.

Other Americans who still hold to the myths about "the old South" take a very different view. And then there are the hardcore right-wing and racist militias, who freely use the symbols of the Confederacy to symbolise their own cause.

Indeed, the Civil War is rarely out of the news, be it for controversy over statues commemorating Confederate leaders or famous generals or, most recently, for the long-standing naming of a small number of US military bases after rebel commanders.

Some long-contested statues are finally being removed and the Pentagon has appeared ready to take a fresh look at the dozen or so establishments named after Confederate generals.

Senior officials, a spokesman said on Monday, were "open to a bipartisan discussion on the topic of removing Confederate names from the bases".

Think about it for a moment.

As retired Gen David Petraeus put it in a recent article in The Atlantic: "The irony of training at bases named for those who took up arms against the United States, and for the right to enslave others, is inescapable to anyone paying attention..."

But US President Donald Trump is having none of it, insisting that the names will not be changed.

He argues that you cannot change history and that these bases are an integral element of the US military's past.

Take the Confederate Names Off Our Army Bases | The Atlantic by David Petraeus |

Wow! Trump expressed solidarity with LOSERS! That's BIG. 🤬

Trump's rebel-yell tweet: Confederate names will stay on bases

by Oui on Fri Jun 12th, 2020 at 07:23:46 AM EST
We see no racism from our ventage point ...

Trump advisor Larry Kudlow says he doesn't think systemic racism exists in the U.S. | CNBC |

A recent poll from Monmouth University found about 75% of Americans believe racial and ethnic discrimination is a big problem in the U.S. Experts also point to the disproportionate impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on black Americans as evidence of racial inequality in the U.S.

Kudlow, in trying to push back against the existence of systemic racism, touted efforts by the Trump administration on criminal justice reform and historically low unemployment figures for black and Hispanic workers last year.

Asked again by a reporter whether he believes there is systemic racism "at all" in the U.S., Kudlow said, "I do not."

Kudlow said he believes the "harm comes when you have some very bad apples" in law enforcement, and he condemned Floyd's death.

by Oui on Fri Jun 12th, 2020 at 12:01:19 PM EST
by Oui on Sun Jun 14th, 2020 at 08:10:12 PM EST
by Oui on Sun Jun 14th, 2020 at 10:35:10 PM EST
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Trump says he'll leave office peacefully if he loses in November | Politico |

President Donald Trump sought to brush aside fears he might not leave office willingly if November's election doesn't go his way.

"Certainly, if I don't win, I don't win," he told Fox News' Harris Faulkner in an interview that aired Friday. If he doesn't win the election, Trump continued, "you go on, do other things."

Trump's promise not to pull a Xi Jinping or a Putin style rigged election ... more admirers of the president: Duterte - Bolsonaro - Netanyahu - or a traditional Rocket Man from North Korea.

The exhausting playbook behind Trump's battle with Twitter | MIT Technology Review |

by Oui on Mon Jun 15th, 2020 at 11:43:31 AM EST
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