//The Republican encouragement of the white supremacist agenda gains force and spreads its tentacles among teenagers.//
Joanna Schroeder has a message for parents of teen and tween white boys: If you don’t pay attention to their online lives, the white supremacists will.
“I’ve been watching my boys’ online behavior & noticed that social media and vloggers are actively laying groundwork in white teens to turn them into alt-right/white supremacists”
…”terms she tells parents to listen for include snowflake; kek, a form of “lol” that sometimes refers to an ironic white nationalist ‘religion’; cuck; chad; femenoid; beta; “Blood and Soil,” and the numbers 14 or 88, for their association with Hitler and Nazism.”
Does it surprise anyone that this is the legacy that Donald Trump and his Republican minions are creating for America? We have a President and a Republican Party that openly espouse racism, bigotry, and xenophobia—a President who had words of praise for neo-Nazis marching in the streets shouting “Jews will nor replace us” and uses ethnic slurs in his speeches, most prominently in his campaign speeches in 2018. A President who talks about Hispanic migrants the way Hitler talked about the Jews.
IndieDems noted early on Trump’s rise to power mirror-imaged Hitler’s rise to power in the 1930s. (See Republicans & Nazis: The Photos that Explain the Connection). The Republican mirror-imaging of the Nazis has gained substance and content throughout almost the three years of Trump’s presidency. It now leaps out at us from the daily headlines reporting Trump’s effort to get Ukraine to serve his domestic political prospects by threatening to withhold American military aid if Ukraine did not undertake an investigation of Joe Biden’s alleged involvement in Ukrainian-based corruption.
The Ukrainian imbroglio has also highlighted once more another of the key practices Trump and the Republicans have adopted right out of the fascist playbook: the flagrant and arrogant use of lies to further their agenda. Statements to a Congressional committee by a plethora of honest, truth-telling U.S. military officers and professional diplomats has exposed Trump’s lies beyond a shadow of a doubt. (See Federal Bureaucrats Are the Saviors of America)
The use of social media to lure teen-aged white males into white nationalist or outright neo-fascist organizations is an inevitable progression of the degradation of our values at the hands of the Trumpists. The Trumpists have revived and re-invigorated the mentality of the Republicans who viewed Joseph McCarthy as a hero and then proceeded to bring us the White House-based criminality and corruption of Watergate and IranContra.
Seventy years after McCarthyism, Republicans still have no morals and no shame. The only difference: there are much fewer Republican dissenters willing to speak out against the travesties of the majority. Most particularly, there is no Dwight David Eisenhower putting his stature on the side of honesty, democratic values, and common human decency.