In an interview with the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, the son of the founder of Stormfront and the godson of former KKK leader David Duke attempted to explain the undercurrent of white supremacy that led to the storming of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters on Jan. 6th.
With columnist Capehart asking if it was "too wide of a brush" to paint the pro-Trump extremists as white supremacists, Derek Black said the crowd reminded him of the neo-Nazi "Unite the Right" uprising in Charlottesville in 2017.
"There were definitely plenty of people in that crowd who were white supremacists. There were people in that crowd who were present at Charlottesville. You could see them livestreaming from the House Chamber, and if you go back through the old Charlottesville videos, you'll see a lot of the same faces," he explained, adding that organizing after Charlottesville became more difficult but that didn't stop them.
According to Black, the movement is not going away and more can be expected of followers of the extremist ideology despite arrests.
"After a few years, we're going to see them popping up again. And that's something we should expect. And those are people we can say they are part of the white-nationalist movement. They have the ideology, they have the world view of a social movement that goes back for decades and has a lot of imagery and common cause and a lot of the same ideas and figures over and over again," Black stated while clarifying that the storming of the Capitol as lawmakers were attempting to certify the 2020 presidential election was not necessarily a "white-nationalist rally in the same way that Charlottesville was, but it was fused with white nationalism, anti-Semitism, and this ideology of white supremacy."
With Capehart suggesting that Trump tapped into white supremacist's grievances to not only get elected but to build his loyal following, Black concurred.
"There was a back-and-forth between Trump and a lot of the far-right white-supremacist organizers who have benefited from him is that his organizing made it easier to rally people to the cause of white power because a lot of the things he said were exact mirrors of what people within white nationalism say, and that makes it safer," he explained. "I think it's probably more accurate to say that he identified the power of it, and he leaned into it. And not everybody who supported him is a white-nationalist sympathizer, even, obviously, but the way this works is that the ideas that they spread are very potent and do cater to a much, much larger group in America than people who are actually white nationalists. Their whole agenda is to create talking points, to create messages that will then appeal to people who have more latent, almost like common racist ideas, and tell them to make that more extreme, more a part of their identity, more explicit."
As for the insurrectionists being defended as "regular everyday people" concerned about the government as opposed to hardcore militia members, Black stated that, just because people don't belong to militias, that doesn't mean they aren't hardcore white supremacists at heart.
"I grew up really familiar with the white-nationalist movement, and its membership is broadly made up of people who are heads of their own small business, who run a car dealership, who are lawyers, who are doctors, who have advanced degrees, and that level of education and income making you a middle-class American does not insulate you from fully believing the ideology of white supremacy, that I think we kind of fall into that, saying that there are white nationalists and neo-Nazis, and then there are like normal Americans who are getting caught up in it," he told Capehart, before adding, "I would not be surprised as we get more into the backgrounds of people who are being outed and arrested now, if we realize that they're both a surgeon and a longtime contributor to white nationalism."
You can listen to the interview here.
'They are a cancer': Lauren Boebert calls for Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger to be banned from GOP cloakroom -- and the House conference
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) joined a other members of the right-wing Freedom Caucus in demanding the expulsion of Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger from the Republican conference.
The pair each voted to impeach Donald Trump for a second time, and they are the only two Republicans serving on the House select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection, which Boebert has been accused of aiding by leading Capitol tours ahead of the riot and tweeting the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the siege.
"These members should not be allowed in our closed door private meetings or even the Republican cloakroom," Boebert said. "We had important meetings yesterday in the cloakroom. I saw Kinzinger in there. Why is he able to be part of those conversations while he goes back and confers with the opposition. Both of these politicians, Kinzinger and Cheney, have worked more with Pelosi than they have with myself, my colleagues or even [minority] leader McCarthy."
She spent a substantial portion of her remarks complaining about Kinzinger's criticism of her online and on television, and demanded him and Cheney banned from the cloakroom and expelled from the conference entirely.
"They are a cancer to our party and to our caucus and they most be expelled from our conference," Boebert said.
'We're in a war!' The bizarre beliefs of QAnon followers are detailed in this new video — which features Michael Flynn
A new video from YouTuber Andrew Callaghan provides some entertaining insight into the bizarre beliefs of QAnon followers.
Callaghan visited the "God and Country Patriot Roundup," a recent QAnon convention in Dallas, where he spoke to attendees including former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, former GOP Congressman Allen West, and former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos.
But Callaghan's 20-minute video, published Wednesday on his "Channel 5," is devoted mostly to interviews with lay followers of the conspiracy theory.
One woman told Callaghan the belief that prominent Democrats including President Joe Biden are "Satan worshippers, 100 percent" has led to her being ostracized by her family — which causes her to cry all the time — but she is undeterred.
"Once you learn, you don't turn back," she said. "I know what God wants for us and what Jesus wants, and it's what Trump wants, and it's what the patriots want. I would never turn back, no matter how much of my family I lose."
Other attendees complained about how they've been banned from social media platforms due to their conspiratorial posts.
"People don't understand, everything that we've learned, from day one, has been a lie. We were never on the moon. I don't think the Hitler situation was as bad as it was, either," one man told Callaghan. "We're in a war. It's no different than what they were doing to the Jews and different things. They silenced them. They're just doing it through social media and electronically now."
Evan Sayet, a Jewish author and QAnon follower, agreed: "The only difference between woke supremacists and the Nazi supremacists and the white supremacists of the old South is the technology available to them. They don't need to put the Jews, the other, into ghettos, because they can now electronically ghettoize us. This Jew is electronically ghettoized. I am endlessly being imprisoned in Zuckerberg's gulags."
Callaghan also consulted with a QAnon critic and expert, Brace Belden, who tried to explain the basic tenets of the group — including that Donald Trump is either "Q" or somehow behind "Q."
"He's a Christ-like figure who's come to the office of the presidency in order to arrest and execute every single person they don't like," Belden explained.
He added that QAnon followers were disappointed because they had been expecting a "storm" — when Trump would carry out the arrests and executions — but it never came. Meanwhile, the "Q" account stopped posting on the forum 8Chan in December.
"Q is true forever whether there are posts or not, as long as anons never cease to find and spread the truth," one woman told Callaghan, adding that she believes the Capitol insurrection was "an inside job."
"It was an infiltration," another man said. "I was there. I know what it was. Antifa, Black Lives matter, George Soros-funded, same thing. It's all an infiltration. We've learned it. We've seen the court documents since it happened."
Another man said he hopes the storm is still coming thanks to election audits in places like Arizona, while still others said Q and/or Trump have done their jobs by starting a great awakening and now it's time for followers to "take back" the country.
As for Flynn, he denied any knowledge of QAnon when confronted by Callaghan, even though he has appeared on video with his family taking the group's oath, "Where we go one, we go all."
Flynn told Callaghan QAnon is a "boogeyman" and a "new shiny object" created by the media.
"I don't know what QAnon is. I really don't, but I'm going to leave here saying, 'Well, do you believe in God?'" Flynn told Callaghan, prompting the host to point out he was being "very sneaky."
Other QAnon followers suggested that Flynn was just trying to avoid being ostracized. "He was the military man who knew about the Hillary Clinton scandals. His truth is what brought the movement alive," one person said.
Papadopoulos and West also denied any knowledge of QAnon in interviews with Callaghan.
"I don't know about it, and I only talk about things I know," Papadopoulos said, before oddly bringing up arena football.
"I don't know, I'm just here to talk," West said, before invoking Booker T. Washington.
Callaghan also interviewed Will Sommer, a reporter from the Daily Beast who covered the conference.
"I typically feel very bad for the average QAnon believer," Sommer said. "It preys on your emotions. Almost everyone I know, they have a story about someone they know who has lost their mind to QAnon."
The video concludes with ominous music and footage of conference attendees using vaping devices outside the venue. "I love Trump, but I hated when he banned flavored vape juice," one QAnon follower said.
Finally, there is footage of Flynn on stage at the conference telling attendees that a coup like the recent one in Myanmar "should happen here."
Watch it below.
Q Conference www.youtube.com
'Little Marco' Rubio humiliated for attacking Pentagon chief for complying with face shield mandate in the Philippines
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) attacked Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for wearing a mask and face shield when arriving in the Phillippines.
"Embarrassing COVID theatre," Rubio called it.
The Phillippines actually mandates masks and face shields in public, which is probably why all of the other people in the video welcoming him are also wearing a mask and face shield. It's unclear why Rubio didn't mention that.
The Florida man hasn't apologized or recanted his tweet yet, but he's being shredded online for the carelessness and uneducated tweet.
You can see the attacks below:
Little Marco would rather die than be responsible to his base. #WearAMask https://t.co/PzS9oj7dKY— Tracy Ealy (@Tracy Ealy) 1627577437.0
Little Marco: Embarrassing MAGA theater https://t.co/7ib38T1LUo— Christopher Hull (@Christopher Hull) 1627574076.0
Little Marco is subliminally encouraging people to forego vaccines and masks because that's what Jesus would do (or… https://t.co/6Kd7UkU85g— Kay Kendall (@Kay Kendall) 1627577664.0
Little Marco Rubio thinks it's embarrassing to wear a mask (at the advice of medical professionals)when everyone el… https://t.co/O9IIWMfTIK— Star (@Star) 1627578358.0
Little Marco is no shine boy. He's trumps' catamite. https://t.co/VjSbF1UB2s— rbf8493 (@rbf8493) 1627577882.0
“Little Marco” is embarrassing political theatre… https://t.co/synwAFoPuz— Jim Ronayne (@Jim Ronayne) 1627577920.0
Little Marco making himself look like a total dumba$$, once again. https://t.co/UIVEpbcLh0— 5-0 AGAINST 45🌊🌊🇺🇸👮♀️ (@5-0 AGAINST 45🌊🌊🇺🇸👮♀️) 1627574929.0
Little Marco is the kind of guy who gets imprisoned for chewing gum in Singapore 🤦♂️ https://t.co/e79iYvLIQO— Piyush Mittal (@Piyush Mittal) 1627577659.0
@marcorubio @SecDef Oh little marco…..how hard you try; how bigly you fail.— Just Me (@Just Me) 1627577633.0
@marcorubio @SecDef Stick to your Bible quotes and stay out of grown folks business little Marco.— Truth (@Truth) 1627577487.0
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