The Associated Press reports:
President Donald Trump has signed a resolution condemning white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups following a white-nationalist rally in Virginia that descended into deadly violence.
The resolution also urged Trump and his administration to speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, anti-Semitism and white supremacy.
That’s not entirely accurate. In fact it’s a pretty thoughtless and likely intentional misinterpretation of the breadth of this resolution and its real world implications.
As I’ve already pointed out, the resolution expresses “support for the Charlottesville community”, which is great, but then demands the President rejects “White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups” and urges him and his cabinet to “use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups”.
Who gets to define “hate”?
Were it simply this symbolic, I wouldn’t be banging on about it. Were epithets like “white nationalist” or “white supremacist” not used against people like me, and sites like Breitbart.com, it may be excusable — and mockable — as simple virtue signaling.
But it’s not just symbolic.
The resolution demands “the President and the President’s Cabinet… use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups” and requires “the heads of other Federal agencies… improve the reporting of hate crimes and… emphasize the importance of the collection, and… reporting to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, of hate crime data by State and local agencies”. …
This isn’t just an attack on the KKK and fringe groups. It’s a veiled attack on anything the establishment considers to be a threat to its long-standing though swiftly diminishing hegemony over the political discourse in this country. If you’re on the political left — especially if you’re a Bernie supporter — don’t think they won’t try and apply this to you, too. This is real fascism.
Charlottesville may have been the swamp’s Reichstag fire moment.
hat-tip Tim Ireland