‘Name One Country Where This Happened and It Ended Well’
The only appointment that appeared on President Donald Trump’s official schedule Monday was a “Make America Great Again” campaign rally in Pennsylvania. Now chilling and disturbing video of a portion of the rally is going viral.
In the video, posted by Vox’s Aaron Rupar, President Trump, with Air Force One as a prop in the background, accuses the FBI and the Democrats of treason. The crowd chants, “lock them up!”
The President then brags about his “great new attorney general who will give it a very fair look,” meaning, who will investigate the FBI and the president’s political enemies for treason.
The former head of the federal government’s Office of Government Ethics called it “Shades of 1937,” which seems to be an apparent reference to the rise of Hitler and his Gestapo.
Shades of 1937. https://t.co/de71iHq5pD
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) May 21, 2019
A former Obama administration official offered this warning:
Watch this video. See all the red hats. Hear the chants. Then name one country where this happened and it ended well and peacefully. https://t.co/I14gq6vDZx
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) May 21, 2019
Scholar on fascism and authoritarian leaders:
— Ruth Ben-Ghiat (@ruthbenghiat) May 21, 2019
Former foreign correspondent, columnist, and editorial writer at The New York Times:
This could be a rally in Nuremberg circa 1935: https://t.co/XmjJ9MNk5B
— Clyde Haberman (@ClydeHaberman) May 21, 2019
US President publicly stating HIS Attorney General will go after his polical opponents, both real and imaginary, for treason. Which carries the death penalty. Not. A. Drill. https://t.co/5B7zgpJaIY
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) May 21, 2019
Impeach the miserable Nazi already, Democrats, what are you waiting for, an engraved invitation to a concentration camp? https://t.co/MHeqYZFfW7
— Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) May 21, 2019
If Mussolini had seen this speech he would have said “Now THAT guy gets it!”. This is what fascism looks like. https://t.co/LGZUZRPWIx
— Daylin Leach (@daylinleach) May 21, 2019
If you know the history of past revolutions, it’s not hard to see where this is going. He will end up going after Republicans too. Just wait. https://t.co/uythj5mLbw
— manu saadia 🖖 (@trekonomics) May 21, 2019
With our United States of America plane behind him, the lying demagogue Donald Trump fuels the crowd to shout hostility toward the FBI & other Americans. It remains shocking. It will never be normal. This anti-American behavior by the Abuser-in-Chief must be brought to an end. https://t.co/8H0RLyvooz
— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) May 21, 2019
This is literally the behavior you see in quasi dictatorships & banana republics – and even there it is sometimes not this overt. The Congressional GOP is aiding & abetting this criminal enterprise run out of the White House with the help of Trump’s personal assistant Barr. https://t.co/N0kRRbNMsk
— Not Individual-1 (@yottapoint) May 21, 2019
This CON tears down America. He is nothing more than a cheerleader for this MAGA hat wearing base. He is not interested in being President and does not deserve to be treated as one. He is inciting this minority of citizens against the majority. WHY? https://t.co/TLRPoRsCp7
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 21, 2019
The President of the United States of America, armed with the stature and symbols of his office, accused his investigators of treason while his followers chanted “lock them up.” We aren’t at risk of sliding into authoritarianism. We are already there. https://t.co/4sQg4nfPfn
— Conor Marcus Shaw (@ConorMarcusShaw) May 21, 2019
The face of autocracy and fascism. Treason is working with our enemies even indirectly to influence our elections; inciting war when there is no reason to; defying the most democratic branch of government; representing some Americans and oppressing the rest #GOP #MAGA #Complicit https://t.co/JRDjnQ8VjQ
— Jim Saranteas (@JimSaranteas) May 21, 2019
Fascism always feels inconceivable. Until it’s not. https://t.co/nJy7xZZuEM
— Brandon Wolf (@bjoewolf) May 21, 2019
Demand grows for Pete Buttigieg to come clean about his time at ‘corporate greed machine’ McKinsey
"The political risk is not that his former employer, a multibillion-dollar corporate entity that promotes fraud across the globe, will be mad at him. It's what he would have to disclose."
Days after reports surfaced about the global consulting firm McKinsey's work advising the Trump administration on immigration policy, calls are growing louder for South Bend, Indiana mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to disclose details about the work he did for the company.
Deutsche Bank busted in money-laundering scheme case
Prosectors in Frankfurt have dropped their investigation into two Deutsche Bank employees who were accused of aiding tax evasion schemes in the Virgin Islands, due to "lack of suspicion." The institution has instead been fined for compliance lapses.
“With the closure of these proceedings it is clear that the prosecutors have not found any instances of criminal misconduct on the part of Deutsche Bank employees following the raid of our Frankfurt office in November 2018,” Deutsche Bank spokesman Joerg Eigendorf said in a statement.
“The investigation that has now been closed due to lack of sufficient suspicion had a heavy impact on Deutsche Bank last year,” he added. “It is true that the bank had weaknesses in its control environment in the past. We identified these weaknesses and we have addressed them in a disciplined manner.”
North Carolina towns forced to cancel Christmas celebrations over fear of violence from right wing extremist groups
Two North Carolina towns are canceling their annual Christmas celebration parades "amid fears of violence due to Confederate groups’ participation in the events," The Daily Beast reports.
Citing a “potential for violence,” for the first time in over 70 years the town of Wake Forest, North Carolina says it will have no Christmas parade. Garner, NC, has also canceled its Christmas parade.
The Daily Beast cites "reports that Garner had plans to include a float sponsored by a chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans but said social-media posts led town officials to believe 'the event could be targeted for disruption.'"