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White nationalists hoping to lure leftists by talking like Bernie Sanders — but there’s a really big catch

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White nationalists are hoping to lure leftists by attacking corporate elites — but they’re still refining their message.

They discussed their plan, and worked on the message, at a top-secret conference Nov. 19 in rural Maryland, where about 60 mostly young men sketched out their plan for next year, reported The Nation.

“We need to be explicitly anti-capitalist, there’s no other way forward for our movement,” said Eli Mosley, of the campus group Identity Evropa. “2018 is going to be the year of leftists joining the white-nationalist movement.”

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The alt-right is following the historical model of fascism, which has often pretended to offer “socialist” positions in hopes of broadening their appeal to middle-class workers.

“I support national health care,” said Richard Spencer, the face of the alt-right movement. “Becoming alt-right means … we have duties to our fellow [white] people. And the trillions spent in insane wars, I would much rather spend that on something that is immediately useful to whites.”

He told The Nation‘s reporter that he supported a government-subsidized minimum income, but his dream ethnostate would be for whites only and would take away the right of women to vote.

“We need to have a kind of altruism,” he said. “We need to be willing to take care of people and not simply think of ourselves as individuals who can acquire as much wealth as possible.”

His claims superficially resemble those made by leftists who reject the “corporate neoliberalism” of Hillary Clinton, but he and his co-panelists can’t help but reveal their hateful views.

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“This cosmopolitan clique of elites,” said Mike Enoch, of The Daily Shoah podcast. “The left will not … name the people behind this … but we can. We can … speak for white Americans who don’t want to sacrifice any more of their children for Jewish wars.”

Spencer giggled through Enoch’s booming speech, as the neo-Nazi podcaster continued blaming Jews for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

“You want to know why there’s so much PTSD, drug abuse, suicide,” Mosley chimed in, “among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars? Because they come back and they don’t know why. ‘Why were we there, what did I do, why did my friends die?’ The answer is, no more of these wars — Jewish wars!”

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Spencer and his allies condemned the Republican tax reform bill as tax cuts for wealthy elites, but they have a harder time relating to individual workers.

The Nation’s reporter spoke to a waitress at an Alexandria, Virginia, bar where the conference was supposed to resume after the Maryland property owner discovered who they were and ordered them to leave.

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The waitress said she recognized the obscure Identity Evropa logo pin some of them wore, as about 40 of them tromped in and demanded pizza and beer.

The white single mother said one of the white nationalists threw a dime at her, and another made inappropriate sexual remarks and threats toward her.

So she and the bar owner, also a woman, kicked them out, and they headed out onto the streets.

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Buffalo has a long history of protecting cops from criminal charges: report

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On Saturday, The Daily Beast documented the recent history of use of force in the Buffalo Police Department, which is reeling from controversy as two officers face assault charges for shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground.

"As shocking as this all may be to outsiders, the shoving of demonstrator Martin Gugino and the defiant response of officers to an effort to discipline two of their own is indicative of the state of police affairs in Buffalo," wrote Jim Heaney. "Has been for a long time, not that you have to go back too far to find other episodes of brutality that have been captured on video."

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Internet disgusted after Buffalo first responders cheer cops charged with assaulting 75-year-old protester

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Commenters on Twitter expressed both contempt and disgust for Buffalo firefighters and police officers who turned out in front of Buffalo City Court to support two suspended police officers with applause and cheering.

Moments after officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault and then released without having to post bail, they were greeted as heroes outside the courthouse.

After a video was posted showing the celebration, commenters on Twitter vented at cops and firefighters for defending the two officers who assaulted the 75-year-old man who had to be rushed to a hospital after they shoved him to the ground where he sustained a head injury.

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Donald Trump’s lurch toward fascism is backfiring spectacularly

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

During the 2016 campaign, as Donald Trump railed against "Mexican rapists" and other "criminal aliens," pollsters found that the share of Americans who said that immigrants worked hard and made a positive contribution to our society increased significantly, and noticed a similar decline in the share who said they take citizens' jobs and burden our social safety net. After Trump was elected and began pursuing his Muslim ban, the share of respondents who held a positive view of Islam also increased pretty dramatically. I'm not aware of any polling of the general public about transgender troops serving in the military before Trump decided to discharge them, but Gallup found that 71 percent of respondents opposed his position after he did.

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