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Trump’s Zealots: White Supremacists and Evangelicals Gearing up for a New Civil War?

The Logic of Profit over People

Authored by Gilbert Mercier, via News Junkie Post…

Let us not be naive. If President Trump recently called on his adoring followers to “liberate” states like Michigan, Virginia, Maryland and Minnesota, which all happen to have Democrat governors, this is not about freeing people from the supposed tyranny of lockdown and social distancing measures. What the gun toting, Trump 2020 and Confederate-flag waving Trump storm-troopers have been organized and likely paid to do, is to make sure the United States goes back to work as soon as possible. Naturally, this is despite the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging in all 50 states, at various levels, with no end in sight.

The rush to “open America back for business” is an imperative dictated by Wall Street corporations large and small and, last but not least, Trump’s desperate attempt to be reelected in November. For Trump, it is likely to be a futile effort to find a way out of the massive global economic crisis. This is, of course, a symptom of capitalism‘s borderline criminal logic that the survival of the economy and the financial markets should matter more than human life. Capitalism is a ruthlessly blind killer that has always favored, in times of war or peace, profit over people.

Civil War Redux: The United States of Trumpistan?

Technically the American Civil War ended on April 9, 1865. But after 155 years, the war between the Confederate states and the North lives in the American psyche. The dark stain of the racism that embraced slavery and an inherent superiority of white men has faded somewhat but is still there. The election of Donald Trump in 2016 made it okay for it to be openly shown again without any of the shame of appearing politically incorrect. Trumpistan is more or less the rebirth of the old Confederacy. It is anchored in geography but is mostly a state of mind.

Trumpistan is America’s barely told heart of darkness from another era, which pillared the gun and the Bible. It is a state of mind so schizophrenic that the sanctity of the life of the unborn does not contradict the near worship for the US military war machine. Trumpistan is where Donald Trump won the 2016 election. He is planning to do it again in November 2020 regardless of his poor handling of the COVID-19 crisis, and the economic crash. Trump is a political animal concerned only with his own survival. One can expect from him and his sycophants an absolute ruthlessness in the coming months. Trump and the money and media apparatus that supports him are counting on and investing in two different segments connected to reliable voting blocks: first, the fascist “rebel flag” nostalgic heirs of the Confederacy; second the Evangelical Christians.

Fascist White Supremacists: Capitalism‘s Foot Soldiers

During the recent protests in Michigan against the lockdown and stay-home state policies, one protester’s sign read: “Social Distancing = Communism.” This is the ideological angle of Trump’s most belligerent storm-troopers. It is about galvanizing the conservatism electorate into believing that run-of-the-mill mainstream corporate Democrats are the fifth column of socialism’s radical left. The fallacy is enormous, but through history, propaganda 101’s rule of thumb has always been that the bigger the lie, the more likely gullible people will swallow it whole, no questions asked. Who exactly is behind the supposed grassroots protests by the so-called patriots? In the forefront of it — and he was omnipresent with bullhorn in hands in Austin, Texas, on April 17 — is Trump’s underground propagandist, InfoWars’ Alex Jones. Alex Jones was more instrumental than anyone would like to admit in Trump’s 2016 election win.

While InfoWars and other more obscure far-right websites have been activated, one can only speculate about the deep pockets behind what appears to be a rather complex and concerted strategy to undermine Democrat-controlled states. Mercer’s hedge fund, the financial entity behind Breitbart has been mentioned, as well as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who is a billionaire, a creationist like Vice President Pence and, last but not least, the sister of Blackwater founder Erik Prince. DeVos and Mercer can only be called alleged sponsors of the “reopen America patriots,” because so far no tangible money trails have materialized, and it is likely to remain that way. Regardless of the ideological smoke screen, the action is a desperate effort to jolt a moribund economy. The pragmatics in Trump’s inner circle know that it’s the economy, stupid! and that, with 30 to 40 million people unemployed, Trump will not win his reelection bid.

Evangelical Christians

The Evangelical Christian component of Trump’s core support might not be as monolithic as the above group and like it was a few years ago. Quite a few sincere Evangelicals have seen the light shining on Trump’s hypocrisy, lies, and misdeeds. Also, regardless of religious beliefs, it has become hard to forgive the president for his questionable character and the callousness of his behavior, not to mention a vacillating competence and unstable temperament. In this period of fear, where death seems to lurk from everywhere, even believers can appreciate a steady hand guiding the ship. While they are convinced Jesus will save them, their inherent human fiber might make them want to delay their ultimate journey.

Elections in the Times of COVID-19

Everything should be at stake in the upcoming post-COVID-19 US elections in November 2020, but very little will be. Here and elsewhere democracy has been dead so long it has become the shadow of a ghost. Without real alternative visions and new societal options, it will be yet another lesser-of-two-evils scenario. The main precept will be the safekeeping of the global corporate empire enforced by NATO and the US military. It will be another imperial election from which the outcome will be either our modern day Caligula’s second term or Barack Obama‘s third term. While this mindless charade takes place, many thousands of human lives worldwide will be sacrificed on the altar of global capitalism to try to prevent its imminent collapse.

Editor’s Notes: Gilbert Mercier is the author of The Orwellian Empire. All photographs by Gilbert Mercier.

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Chris Leeming
Chris Leeming
April 20, 2020

This is the worst and most untruthful article I have ever seen on the Duran and makes me want to cancel my subscription. The only way that someone could have have been this wrong is if they are just evil and don’t care at all about people, particularly the people of the US Trump is the FIRST president who has put the people first rather than the fat cat financiers. It is the socialists who are holding out for pork for their big corporate doaners and pet projects.

penrose
penrose
Reply to  Chris Leeming
April 20, 2020

In succinct terms, the article is BS.

Bennie Campbell
Bennie Campbell
Reply to  penrose
April 21, 2020

Basically!!!

Conor Hanley
Conor Hanley
Reply to  Chris Leeming
April 20, 2020

Er, he just bailed out the ‘fat cat financiers’ with trillions but don’t let reality get in the way of seeing Trump as he is not the propaganda. Sure, he has a few gut felt rightest views that resonate with mainstreet but he’s not really their friend.

Fredric Van Coppenolle
Fredric Van Coppenolle
Reply to  Conor Hanley
April 21, 2020

Excuse me, but did not the Dems vote for this as well. Perhaps you should take your anti Trump glasses off and see the bigger picture or stay in your narrow little pea-nut world. Work outside your little box.

Bennie Campbell
Bennie Campbell
Reply to  Chris Leeming
April 21, 2020

My sentiments exactly!!!👍

bluedogg
bluedogg
Reply to  Chris Leeming
April 21, 2020

Boy are you brainwashed you could’nt find your ass with both hands and a hunting dog,Trump and repeat after me hasen’t done a damn thing for the working class,from his huge tax break for the wealthy including himself of course to his pandering of the Jews in Israel he’s become nothing but a joke and dis-grace to the country and no the democrats are no better just one big happy family.!!!

Ray Joseph Cormier
April 20, 2020

I find this article credible.

Glock-enspiel
Glock-enspiel
Reply to  Ray Joseph Cormier
April 21, 2020

What a load of bigoted, 1960’s leftist dogma from Gilbert Mercier. Trump supporters paid to do what- drive around state capitol buildings blowing the horns in their cars? No one I know knows anyone who has NYC’s Cuomovirus, and the names of those who allegedly died due to ‘Covid-19’ are unknown. NYC’s recent stats ( if to be believed at all ) show that it is the elderly of all races followed by unhealthy blacks and Mestizos who are the most prone to suffer from Cuomovirus followed by whites being third. Fetid, heavily minority-majority and poorly-administered NYC needed to have… Read more »

Herbert Dorsey
Herbert Dorsey
April 20, 2020

This article only trumpets the anti-Trump propaganda of the deep state. When people have their livelihood and freedom taken from them by fascist elements of the U.S. under the guise of protecting us from a virus, they have every right to protest. Sweden, the only sensible country in the E.U., did not impose on people’s freedoms and suffered no greater consequences from Covid-19 than the rest of the E.U.

Bennie Campbell
Bennie Campbell
Reply to  Herbert Dorsey
April 21, 2020

Exactly!!!👍

bluedogg
bluedogg
Reply to  Herbert Dorsey
April 21, 2020

Idiot your one of those who have voted time and time again for those right wing bastards, staring with Reagan and now that Bush with the Patriot Act as stole your freedoms,you run all over the net to cry and whine that oh its someone else’s fault, you and your kind broke it now you own, it so quit your crying and whining brace up like a man and face it.!!!!

Michael Woodbridge
Michael Woodbridge
April 20, 2020

At least conspiracy theorists on the Right usually provide some kind of factual framework with which to embellish their theories. Gilbert Mercier hasn’t even bothered to do that. There can be little doubt now as to why President Trump is winning the argument when the Left retreat into such a world of make believe and appear to have given up on any attempt at serious debate.

Tony123
Tony123
April 21, 2020

Where the heck did you get this character from.?Thought I was reading the New York times! I like Trump. I am far from a zealot or a Supremist.

Tjoe
Tjoe
Reply to  Tony123
April 25, 2020

I’m with you. The idea that we are all fringe zealots for Trump ignores the possibility that his opponent was a pile of dung, part of the tower demolitions and has a trail of dead bodies. Biden is simply her alter ego AND CLEARLY CONTROLLED BY THE DNC. So once again the Democrats will cry and cry.

When you have two piles to choose from….you end up with government that STINKS.

Have you noticed how even Tulsi Gabbard went against everything she stood for and endorsed Biden. It’s interesting how silent she went…the SELLOUT.

Bennie Campbell
Bennie Campbell
April 21, 2020

This article is BS/Propaganda!

Occam's razor
Occam's razor
Reply to  Bennie Campbell
April 23, 2020

Trump is the epitome of BS/Propaganda, as well as Pompeo’s merkkan mantra… “We lied, we cheated, we stole.

Fredric Van Coppenolle
Fredric Van Coppenolle
April 21, 2020

Dear Mr. Gilbert Mercier, I believe in God and the second amendment, but I am certainly not a racist. Also I might just vote for the Presidents second term. You need to rethink your categories. What you wrote sounds bigoted and stereotyping a whole lot of human beings. Something is wrong about your thinking. I am very surprised The Duran allowed some writings like this on their site. Gee Duran, honestly, this is bigoted trash. What Mr. Gilbert Mercier claims these people, he writes about, are seems to be a self-projection of his own extremism. Please consider some alternatives.

St. Longinus
St. Longinus
April 23, 2020

It’s interesting how this author, Gilbert Mercier, either completely forgot (impossible) or purposefully neglected (likely) to remind the Duran readers that 3 rich Likudist Republican Jewish Coalition members were not merely instrumental in Trump’s election but laid their thumbs down heavily on the scales in his favor. From an article by Eli Clifton at fpif.org titled, “These Three Billionaires Paved Way For Trump’s Iran Deal Withdrawal” dated May 9, 2018: “Indeed, today’s unpopular announcement [about withdrawing from the JCPOA aka the “Iran Deal”) may have been exactly what two of Trump’s biggest donors, Sheldon Adelson and Bernard Marcus, and what… Read more »

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