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FTR #929 The Trumpenkampfverbande, Part 8: The Trumpen Kreis

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NB: This descrip­tion con­tains mate­r­i­al not con­tained in the orig­i­nal broad­cast.

Waffen SS-clad World War II reenactors, in original photo used by Trump [6]

Waf­fen SS-clad World War II reen­ac­tors, in orig­i­nal pho­to used by Trump

Intro­duc­tion: The title of the pro­gram derives from “the Himm­ler Kreis”–Himmler’s cir­cle of friends. In order to finance the day-to-day work­ings of the SS, Reichs­fuhrer SS Hein­rich Himm­ler drew on the eco­nom­ic favors of a group of indus­tri­al­ists and com­pa­nies. Those donors, in turn, ben­e­fit­ted by draw­ing slave labor from the SS’s “inmate inven­to­ry,” there­by deriv­ing eco­nom­ic ben­e­fit for their enter­pris­es.

We bor­row on the Third Reich term to char­ac­ter­ize the Friends of Trump–the Trumpen Kreis.

Begin­ning with review of UK Inde­pen­dence Par­ty leader Nigel Farage, we note the “Brex­it” archi­tec­t’s sup­port [7] for Don­ald Trump. In addi­tion, we note that Farage has a Ger­man wife [8]. Under oth­er cir­cum­stances this would be unre­mark­able. In the con­text of covert operations/clandestine pol­i­tics, a romantic/sexual partner/spouse might also be a case offi­cer and/or pay­mas­ter. 

We bring this up because the “Brex­it” engi­neered by Farage and com­pa­ny removed a major obsta­cle [9] to the cre­ation of a Ger­man-dom­i­nat­ed EU mil­i­tary force.  ” . . . . With Britain, which had always adamant­ly opposed an inte­grat­ed EU mil­i­tary pol­i­cy, leav­ing the EU, Berlin sees an oppor­tu­ni­ty for reviv­ing its efforts at restruc­tur­ing the EU’s mil­i­tary and mobi­liz­ing as many mem­ber coun­tries as pos­si­ble for the EU’s future wars. . . .”

Next, we under­score net­work­ing and sim­i­lar­i­ties between dif­fer­ent, con­tem­po­rary fas­cist move­ments.

In FTR #889 [10], we syn­op­sized Pierre Omid­yar’s polit­i­cal career, includ­ing his par­tial bankrolling of the Maid­an coup that brought the heirs to the Nazi-allied OUN/B to pow­er in Ukraine and his finan­cial sup­port for the elec­tion of Hin­du nationalist/fascist Naren­dra Modi in India.

Inter­est­ing­ly, and per­haps sig­nif­i­cant­ly, Don­ald Trump has drawn sup­port [11] from Hin­du nation­al­ists of the Modi stripe. There is an impor­tant ele­ment of net­work­ing here: Trump cam­paign man­ag­er and “Alt-right” media fig­ure Stephen K. Ban­non is a sup­port­er of Mod­i’s move­ment, as well as that of Nigel Farage.

” . . . . Mr. Trump may be large­ly indif­fer­ent to the rea­sons behind his Hin­du loy­al­ists’ fer­vor, but his most senior advis­ers are not. The campaign’s chief exec­u­tive, Stephen K. Ban­non, is a stu­dent of nation­al­ist move­ments. Mr. Ban­non is close to Nigel Farage, a cen­tral fig­ure in Britain’s move­ment to leave the Euro­pean Union, and he is an admir­er of India’s prime min­is­ter, Naren­dra Modi, a Hin­du nation­al­ist Mr. Ban­non has called ‘the Rea­gan of India.’

It may be pure coin­ci­dence that some of Mr. Trump’s words chan­nel the nation­al­is­tic and, some argue, anti-Mus­lim sen­ti­ments that Mr. Modi stoked as he rose to pow­er. But it is cer­tain­ly not coin­ci­den­tal that many of Mr. Trump’s biggest Hin­du sup­port­ers are also some of Mr. Modi’s most ardent back­ers. . . .”

In FTR #882 [12], we not­ed sim­i­lar­i­ties in fas­cist move­ments around the world, high­light­ing sim­i­lar­i­ties between Hin­du nationalist/fascists from Mod­i’s RSS and Euro­pean and Amer­i­can fas­cists. Those sim­i­lar­i­ties are front and cen­ter in the over­lap between sup­port­ers of Modi and those of Trump. The Trumpenkampfver­bande and Mod­i’s cadre demo­nize Mus­lims.

Trump has also received the sup­port [13] of the mer­cu­r­ial, bom­bas­tic Russ­ian fas­cist Vladimir Zhiri­novsky, whose polit­i­cal career was launched with the assis­tance of Ger­hard Frey, a promi­nent Ger­man Nazi. Trump and Zhiri­novsky have over­lap­ping polit­i­cal styles: ” . . . . His com­bat­ive style, rem­i­nis­cent of Trump’s, ensures him plen­ty of tele­vi­sion air time and mil­lions of votes in Russ­ian elec­tions, often from the kind of blue-col­lar work­ers who are the bedrock of the U.S. Repub­li­can can­di­date’s sup­port.

Zhiri­novsky once pro­posed block­ing off most­ly Mus­lim south­ern Rus­sia with a barbed wire fence, echo­ing Trump’s call for a wall along the U.S. bor­der with Mex­i­co.

Zhiri­novsky, who said he met Trump in New York in 2002, rev­els in his sim­i­lar­i­ties with the Amer­i­can busi­ness­man — they are the same age, favor coarse, some­times misog­y­nis­tic lan­guage and boast about putting their own coun­try first. . . .”

Sup­ple­ment­ing dis­cus­sion about Zhiri­novsky, we under­score some of Frey’s polit­i­cal resume.

In an excerpt from FTR #94 [14] (record­ed on 5/05/1998), we note that Vladimir Zhiri­novsky’s polit­i­cal career received fund­ing from Ger­hard Frey, who was very close to Rein­hard Gehlen and whose anti‑U.S./anti-NATO polit­i­cal stance res­onates with Don­ald Trump’s rhetoric. It was Frey whose Deutsche Nation­al Zeitung and Sol­dat­en Zeitung first pub­lished the dis­in­for­ma­tion that Lee Har­vey Oswald fired at Major Gen­er­al Edwin Walk­er. (Sup­pos­ed­ly this was first dis­closed to the War­ren Com­mis­sion in ear­ly Decem­ber of 1963. Frey pub­lished it in his paper on 11/29/1963!)

Frey’s news­pa­per has a num­ber of Nazis and “for­mer” SS men on its staff, and is close to the OUN/B. The Maid­an coup–financed in part by Pierre Omidyar–brought the heirs to the OUN/B to pow­er.

In FTR #921 [15], we not­ed that Trump kept a book of Hitler’s speech­es by his bed and read it to gain tips on the use of rhetoric. He appears to have bor­rowed a play from Der Fuhrer’s rhetor­i­cal play­book when address­ing [16] the Val­ues Vot­ers Sum­mit:

” . . . He regaled the crowd of Chris­t­ian vot­ers in his usu­al bom­bas­tic way, but near the end of the speech, Trump seemed to play into the hands of his accusers who claim that not only does Trump remind peo­ple of infa­mous dic­ta­tors like Ital­ian fas­cist Ben­i­to Mus­soli­ni and Ger­man Nazi leader Adolf Hitler with his jin­go­ism, bla­tant nativist nation­al­ism, and over-the-top fact-twist­ing scape­goat­ing, but he sounds like them as well. He para­phrased the infa­mous Nazi Par­ty slo­gan, ‘Ein volk, ein reich, ein Fuhrer!’ . . . 

. . . . If one saw the speech, or watch­es it in replay, Trump begins rais­ing his voice on the first use of the word ‘one,’emphasizing each part of the ver­bal trip­tych. Not only does he invoke the tra­di­tion­al lines from the Pledge of Alle­giance, he pro­gress­es from, just as the Nazi Par­ty slo­gan does, ‘one peo­ple’ (‘ein volk’) to ‘under one god’ (an implied uni­fied Chris­t­ian nation or ‘ein reich’) to ‘one flag’ (‘ein Fuhrer,’ the sym­bol of a uni­fied nation). . . .”

Trump is also bor­row­ing a rhetor­i­cal page [17] from the Nazi play­book in his attacks on the press: ” . . . . On Sat­ur­day night [18], a new and for­eign accu­sa­tion came to the fore: ‘Lügen­presse!’

The term, which means ‘lying press’ in Ger­man, has a his­to­ry dat­ing back to the mid-1800s and was used by the Nazis to dis­cred­it the media. In recent years, it has been revived by Ger­man far-right anti-immi­grant groups. And on Sat­ur­day, it made an appear­ance at a Trump ral­ly in Cleve­land, Ohio. . .

. . . . Bre­it­bart News [edit­ed by Trump cam­paign man­ag­er Stephen K. Ban­non] report­ed favor­ably on the term in an inter­view [19] ear­li­er this year with the leader of the Ger­man far-right group PEGIDA, writ­ing, ‘It will come as no sur­prise to many that the main­stream media would lash out against a word that high­lights their own, inten­tion­al fail­ings. But [Lutz] Bachmann’s PEGIDA has pop­u­lar­ized the term to the point where it has become a pil­lar — even a ral­ly­ing cry — for the nation­al­ist, pop­ulist move­ments across the con­ti­nent.’ . . .

. . . . Mean­while, the hatred toward the press among the larg­er pop­u­la­tion of Trump sup­port­ers grows increas­ing­ly pro­nounced near­ly every day. In these final weeks of the cam­paign, at near­ly every ral­ly, Trump riles up his audi­ence against the press as reporters sit in the media pen, easy tar­gets for vit­ri­ol. Reporters dis­em­bark­ing the press bus at Trump’s ral­ly in Naples, Flori­da, on Sun­day, the day after the ‘lügen­presse’ inci­dent, were imme­di­ate­ly greet­ed by boos and shouts of ‘Tell the truth!’ . . . ”

Note that PEGIDA mints polit­i­cal cur­ren­cy from its anti-immi­grant/an­ti-Mus­lim stance.

Con­clud­ing the broad­cast, we note [20] that David French, a con­ser­v­a­tive vet­er­an of the Iraq war, has been vicious­ly trolled by Trump’s Alt-Right fol­low­ers because of his adop­tion of an Ethiopi­an orphan: ” . . . . In par­tic­u­lar, the alt-right made a point to attack French’s youngest daugh­ter, whom his fam­i­ly had adopt­ed from Ethiopia. You see, alt-righters view bring­ing in chil­dren of col­or to Amer­i­ca as the ulti­mate betray­al of the white race, which is why they had par­tic­u­lar scorn for French.

‘I saw images of my daughter’s face in gas cham­bers, with a smil­ing Trump in a Nazi uni­form prepar­ing to press a but­ton and kill her,’ he writes. ‘I saw her face pho­to-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a ‘niglet’ and a ‘din­du.’ The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nan­cy, claim­ing that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with ‘black bucks.’ Peo­ple sent her porno­graph­ic images of black men hav­ing sex with white women, with some­one pho­to­shopped to look like me, watch­ing. . . .There is noth­ing at all reward­ing, enjoy­able, or sat­is­fy­ing about see­ing man after man after man brag in graph­ic terms that he has slept with your wife. It’s unset­tling to have a phone call inter­rupt­ed, watch images of mur­der flick­er across your screen, and read threat­en­ing e‑mails. It’s sober­ing to take your teenage kids out to the farm to make sure they’re both pro­fi­cient with hand­guns in case an intrud­er comes when they’re home alone.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: 

1a. One of Trump’s most vocal and vis­i­ble sup­port­ers abroad has been Nigel Farage head of the UK Inde­pen­dence Par­ty and a pri­ma­ry archi­tect of the “Brex­it.”

“Obscene Don­ald Trump Com­ments ‘Alpha Male Boast­ing;’ BBC; 10/09/2016. [7]

Obscene remarks made about women by US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump were no more than “alpha male boast­ing”, Nigel Farage has said.

The UKIP inter­im leader told Fox News the remarks were “ugly” but some­thing “if we are being hon­est that men do”.

Mr Trump’s remarks, made 11 years ago, have led at least 33 senior Repub­li­cans to with­draw their sup­port from his pres­i­den­tial bid. . . .

1b. Inter­est­ing, and pos­si­bly sig­nif­i­cant, is the fact that Farage has a Ger­man wife. In oth­er cir­cum­stances, this might well be insignif­i­cant. In the world of clan­des­tine oper­a­tions, how­ev­er, a wife or para­mour can be a case offi­cer and/or pay­mas­ter.

In this con­text, we note that Britain’s unwill­ing­ness to con­tribute forces to a Ger­man-dom­i­nat­ed, all-EU mil­i­tary struc­ture that was a sig­nif­i­cant ele­ment in gen­er­at­ing sym­pa­thy for the Brex­it in British pow­er elite cir­cles.

We won­der if Farage may have been car­ry­ing water for the Ger­mans in this regard. Cer­tain­ly, the Brex­it removed a sig­nif­i­cant obsta­cle to the all-EU army. The Brex­it fig­ures to dam­age Britain in the years to come. Was the intent of Farage’s move­ment to deal a sig­nif­i­cant blow to one of Ger­many’s most effec­tive oppo­nents in the Sec­ond World War?

“Alleged Sight­ing of Farage at Ger­man Embassy Sparks Cit­i­zen­ship Spec­u­la­tion” by John Hen­ley; The Guardian; 8/16/2016. [8]

A report­ed sight­ing of Nigel Farage queu­ing at the Ger­man embassy has prompt­ed fevered, but prob­a­bly inac­cu­rate, spec­u­la­tion on social media that the Euroscep­tic for­mer Ukip leader could be apply­ing for dual cit­i­zen­ship.
A spokesman said he could not con­tact Farage – whose wife, Kirsten Mehr, is Ger­man – so was unable to con­firm whether he had even been at the embassy on Mon­day when a Face­book user report­ed see­ing him.
“There is absolute­ly noth­ing at this point to cor­rob­o­rate that he was actu­al­ly there,” the spokesman said. “So far, all there is to sug­gest this is one Face­book post. Since when does one Face­book post make a sto­ry?”
Sources close to Farage sub­se­quent­ly said the sug­ges­tion he might be apply­ing for dual nation­al­i­ty was not true. . . . .

1c. Next, we review the oppo­si­tion of the UK to the con­cept of an all-EU mil­i­tary structure–an obsta­cle now removed, thanks to the Nigel Farage-led “Brex­it.” ” . . . . With Britain, which had always adamant­ly opposed an inte­grat­ed EU mil­i­tary pol­i­cy, leav­ing the EU, Berlin sees an oppor­tu­ni­ty for reviv­ing its efforts at restruc­tur­ing the EU’s mil­i­tary and mobi­liz­ing as many mem­ber coun­tries as pos­si­ble for the EU’s future wars. . . .”

The Euro­pean War Union;” german-foreign-policy.com; 6/28/2016. [9]

Togeth­er with his French coun­ter­part, the Ger­man for­eign min­is­ter has announced the EU’s trans­for­ma­tion to become a “polit­i­cal union” and its res­olute mil­i­ta­riza­tion for glob­al mil­i­tary oper­a­tions. In a joint posi­tion paper, Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier (SPD) and Jean-Marc Ayrault (PS) are call­ing for the EU’s com­pre­hen­sive mil­i­tary buildup, based on a divi­sion of labor, to enable future glob­al mil­i­tary oper­a­tions. Fol­low­ing the Brex­it, the EU should, step-by-step, become an “inde­pen­dent” and “glob­al” actor. All forces must be mobi­lized and all “of the EU’s polit­i­cal instru­ments” must be con­sol­i­dat­ed into an “inte­grat­ed” EU for­eign and mil­i­tary pol­i­cy. Stein­meier and Ayrault are there­fore push­ing for a “Euro­pean Secu­ri­ty Com­pact,” which calls for main­tain­ing “employ­able high-readi­ness forces” and estab­lish­ing “stand­ing mar­itime forces.” The Euro­pean Coun­cil should meet once a year as “Euro­pean Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil.” Before this paper was made pub­lic, Ger­many’s for­eign min­is­ter and chan­cel­lor had made com­ments also pro­mot­ing a Ger­man glob­al pol­i­cy and mas­sive rear­ma­ment, pos­si­bly also with EU-sup­port.

The EU’s Glob­al Mis­sion

In a joint posi­tion paper prop­a­gat­ed by the Ger­man for­eign min­istry yes­ter­day, Ger­man For­eign Min­is­ter Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier (SPD) along with his French coun­ter­part, Jean-Marc Ayrault (PS) announced steps toward a polit­i­cal union. They not­ed that Britain’s with­draw­al from the EU has cre­at­ed “a new sit­u­a­tion” with con­se­quences “for the entire EU.”[1] Berlin and Paris “firm­ly believe” that the EU pro­vides “a his­tor­i­cal­ly unique and indis­pens­able frame­work” not only for “the pur­suit of free­dom, pros­per­i­ty, and secu­ri­ty in Europe,” but also “for con­tribut­ing to peace and sta­bil­i­ty in the world.” There­fore, fur­ther steps will be made “towards a polit­i­cal union in Europe” and “oth­er Euro­pean states” are invit­ed “to join us in this endeav­or.” The EU should become “more coher­ent and more assertive on the world stage.” It is not only an actor “in its direct neigh­bor­hood” but also on “a glob­al scale.” In their paper, Stein­meier and Ayrault wrote, “on a more con­test­ed and com­pet­i­tive inter­na­tion­al scene, France and Ger­many will pro­mote the EU as an inde­pen­dent [!] and glob­al [!] actor.”

Euro­pean Secu­ri­ty Com­pact

To imple­ment the EU poli­cies of glob­al pow­er, Stein­meier and his French coun­ter­part drew up ele­ments for a “Euro­pean Secu­ri­ty Com­pact.” “Exter­nal crises” have become “more numer­ous” and have moved geo­graph­i­cal­ly “clos­er to Europe both east and south of its bor­ders.” There is no men­tion that the EU and its major pow­ers have sig­nif­i­cant­ly con­tributed to the foment­ing war and civ­il war — euphem­ized by Stein­meier and Ayrault as “crises”: In Ukraine, by seek­ing, through the Asso­ci­a­tion Agree­ment, to ful­ly inte­grate the coun­try into its sphere of hegemony;[2] in Libya, through its aggres­sion, oust­ing the Gaddafi government;[3] or in Syr­ia, through its polit­i­cal and low-inten­si­ty mil­i­tary sup­port of an increas­ing­ly jihadist-con­trolled insurgency.[4] Nev­er­the­less, the Ger­man for­eign min­is­ter and his French coun­ter­part announce that they not only sup­port “the emerg­ing gov­ern­ment of nation­al accord in Libya,” but that they are also “con­vinced that Africa needs a con­tin­u­ous com­mit­ment, being a con­ti­nent of great chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties.”

Max­i­mum of Inse­cu­ri­ty

Accord­ing to Stein­meier and Ayrault, the “Euro­pean Secu­ri­ty Com­pact” will be com­pre­hen­sive and include “all aspects of secu­ri­ty and defense dealt with at the Euro­pean lev­el.” The for­eign min­is­ters write that the EU must “ensure the secu­ri­ty of our cit­i­zens.” How­ev­er, the con­crete demands indi­cate that the “Euro­pean Secu­ri­ty Com­pact” will, of course, not bring greater secu­ri­ty, but rather the con­trary, a max­i­mum of inse­cu­ri­ty — an increase in EU-pro­voked wars and the inevitable effects, they will have on the cen­ters of Euro­pean prosperity.[5]

Every­thing for Poli­cies of Glob­al Pow­er

As a first step, the paper writ­ten by France and Ger­many’s for­eign min­is­ters pro­pos­es that “a com­mon analy­sis of our strate­gic envi­ron­ment” be made. These reviews will be reg­u­lar­ly pre­pared “by an inde­pen­dent sit­u­a­tion assess­ment capa­bil­i­ty, based on the EU intel­li­gence and sit­u­a­tion cen­tre” and sub­mit­ted and dis­cussed at the “For­eign Affairs Coun­cil and at the Euro­pean Coun­cil.” On the basis of this com­mon “under­stand­ing,” the EU should “estab­lish agreed strate­gic pri­or­i­ties for its for­eign and secu­ri­ty pol­i­cy.” It is polit­i­cal expe­ri­ence that reach­ing an “under­stand­ing” in the process of for­eign and mil­i­tary pol­i­cy stan­dard­iza­tion, the stand­point of the strongest mem­ber-state — Ger­many — will be tak­en par­tic­u­lar­ly into con­sid­er­a­tion. The results should then be “more effec­tive­ly” than ever, imple­ment­ed “as real pol­i­cy,” accord­ing to the paper. The objec­tive is an “inte­grat­ed EU for­eign and secu­ri­ty pol­i­cy bring­ing togeth­er all [!] EU pol­i­cy instru­ments.”

Arms, Arms, Arms

Stein­meier and Ayrault write in detail that to “plan and con­duct civ­il and mil­i­tary oper­a­tions more effec­tive­ly,” the EU should insti­tute a “per­ma­nent civ­il-mil­i­tary chain of com­mand.” In addi­tion, it must “be able to rely on employ­able high-readi­ness forces.” In order to “live up to the grow­ing secu­ri­ty chal­lenges,” Euro­peans need “to step up their defense efforts.” For this, the Euro­pean mem­ber states should “reaf­firm and abide by the com­mit­ments made col­lec­tive­ly on defense bud­gets and the por­tion of spend­ing ded­i­cat­ed to the pro­cure­ment of equip­ment and to research and tech­nol­o­gy (R and T).” A few days ago, Chan­cel­lor Angela Merkel had already tak­en the first step in this direc­tion, when she declared that Ger­many’s defense bud­get should now begin to con­verge with that of the Unit­ed States, in terms of their respec­tive GDP per­cent­ages — Ger­many spends 1.2 per­cent of its GDP on mil­i­tary, while the US spends 3.4 percent.[6] Next, Stein­meier and Ayrault explain that a “Euro­pean semes­ter” should sup­port the coor­di­na­tion of the indi­vid­ual mem­ber coun­tries’ future mil­i­tary plan­ning. “Syn­er­gism” is the objec­tive. Through­out the EU, an arms buildup must be as coor­di­nat­ed and effi­cient as pos­si­ble. The EU should pro­vide com­mon financ­ing for its oper­a­tions. “Mem­ber states” could estab­lish per­ma­nent struc­tured coop­er­a­tion in the field of defense “or push ahead to launch oper­a­tions.” Par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant is “estab­lish­ing stand­ing mar­itime forces” or acquir­ing “EU-owned capa­bil­i­ties in oth­er key areas.”

More Domes­tic Repres­sion

The Social Demo­c­rat Stein­meier and the Social­ist Ayrault write that to ensure “inter­nal secu­ri­ty,” the “oper­a­tional capac­i­ty” must be enhanced at the EU lev­el. This includes mak­ing the best use of “reten­tion of flight pas­sen­ger data (PNR)” — the “data exchange with­in the EU” must be “improved” — but also “mak­ing the best use of Europol and its coun­tert­er­ror­ism cen­tre.” “In the medi­um term,” there should oth­er­wise be the “cre­ation of a Euro­pean plat­form for intel­li­gence coop­er­a­tion.” Last week­end, SPD Chair, Sig­mar Gabriel and the Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, Mar­tin Schulz (SPD) called for the exten­sion of domes­tic repres­sion as well as the cre­ation of a “Euro­pean FBI.”[7]

Seize the Oppor­tu­ni­ty

Just a few days ago, For­eign Min­is­ter Stein­meier declared in the US jour­nal “For­eign Affairs” that Ger­many has become “a major pow­er” and will “try its best” on the world stage “to hold as much ground as possible.”[8] With Britain, which had always adamant­ly opposed an inte­grat­ed EU mil­i­tary pol­i­cy, leav­ing the EU, Berlin sees an oppor­tu­ni­ty for reviv­ing its efforts at restruc­tur­ing the EU’s mil­i­tary and mobi­liz­ing as many mem­ber coun­tries as pos­si­ble for the EU’s future wars.

[1] This and the fol­low­ing quotes are tak­en from “A strong Europe in a World of Uncer­tain­ties” — Joint con­tri­bu­tion by the French For­eign Min­is­ter Jean-Marc Ayrault and Fed­er­al For­eign Min­is­ter Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier. www.auswaertiges-amt.de.
[2] See Expan­sive Ambi­tions [22] and Die Ver­ant­wor­tung Berlins [23].
[3] See Vom West­en befre­it (II) [24].
[4] See Forced to Flee (I) [25].
[5] Zu den Rück­wirkun­gen der von europäis­chen Staat­en geführten Kriege s. etwa Der Krieg kehrt heim [26]Der Krieg kehrt heim (II) [27] and Der Krieg kehrt heim (III) [28].
[6] See Auf Welt­macht­niveau [29].
[7] See Flex­i­ble Union with a Euro­pean FBI [30].
[8] See Auf Welt­macht­niveau [29].

2. In FTR #889 [10], we syn­op­sized Pierre Omid­yar’s polit­i­cal career, includ­ing his par­tial bankrolling of the Maid­an coup that brought the heirs to the Nazi-allied OUN/B to pow­er in Ukraine and his finan­cial sup­port for the elec­tion of Hin­du nationalist/fascist Naren­dra Modi in India.

Inter­est­ing­ly, and per­haps sig­nif­i­cant­ly, Don­ald Trump has drawn sup­port from Hin­du nation­al­ists of the Modi stripe.

There is an impor­tant ele­ment of net­work­ing here: Stephen K. Ban­non is a sup­port­er of Mod­i’s move­ment, as well as that of Nigel Farage.

” . . . . Mr. Trump may be large­ly indif­fer­ent to the rea­sons behind his Hin­du loy­al­ists’ fer­vor, but his most senior advis­ers are not. The campaign’s chief exec­u­tive, Stephen K. Ban­non, is a stu­dent of nation­al­ist move­ments. Mr. Ban­non is close to Nigel Farage, a cen­tral fig­ure in Britain’s move­ment to leave the Euro­pean Union, and he is an admir­er of India’s prime min­is­ter, Naren­dra Modi, a Hin­du nation­al­ist Mr. Ban­non has called ‘the Rea­gan of India.’

It may be pure coin­ci­dence that some of Mr. Trump’s words chan­nel the nation­al­is­tic and, some argue, anti-Mus­lim sen­ti­ments that Mr. Modi stoked as he rose to pow­er. But it is cer­tain­ly not coin­ci­den­tal that many of Mr. Trump’s biggest Hin­du sup­port­ers are also some of Mr. Modi’s most ardent back­ers. . . .”

In FTR #882 [12], we not­ed sim­i­lar­i­ties in fas­cist move­ments around the world, high­light­ing sim­i­lar­i­ties between Hin­du nationalist/fascists from Mod­i’s RSS and Euro­pean and Amer­i­can fas­cists. Those sim­i­lar­i­ties are front and cen­ter in the over­lap between sup­port­ers of Modi and those of Trump. The Trumpenkampfver­bande and Mod­i’s cadre demo­nize Mus­lims.

“Among Don­ald Trump’s Biggest Fans: Hin­du Nation­al­ists” by Jere­my Peters; The New York Times; 10/14/2016. [11]

. . . . This cel­e­bra­tion of Mr. Trump in New Del­hi in May, and oth­ers like it in India this year, are the work of a small, devot­ed and increas­ing­ly vis­i­ble fac­tion of Hin­du nation­al­ists in India and the Unit­ed States who see Mr. Trump as the embod­i­ment of the cock­sure, polit­i­cal­ly incor­rect, strong­man brand of pol­i­tics they admire.

That some of Mr. Trump’s most pas­sion­ate fol­low­ers are Indi­an may seem, at first, some­what strange, giv­en how fond he is of scorn­ing Asian coun­tries where cheap labor saps demand for Amer­i­can work­ers. A poll on Asian-Amer­i­cans’ polit­i­cal lean­ings con­duct­ed in August and Sep­tem­ber found that just 7 per­cent of Indi­an-Amer­i­cans said they would vote for Mr. Trump.

But in one of the more pecu­liar pair­ings of this most pecu­liar polit­i­cal sea­son, Mr. Trump has unwit­ting­ly fash­ioned a niche con­stituen­cy in the over­lap between the Indi­an right and the Amer­i­can right, which share a lot of the same anx­i­eties about ter­ror­ism, immi­gra­tion and the loss of pres­tige that they believe their lead­ers have been too slow to reverse. . . .

. . . . “There’s a lot of par­al­lels there,” said Sha­l­abh Kumar, the found­ing chair­man of the Repub­li­can Hin­du Coali­tion. “Mr. Trump is all about devel­op­ment, devel­op­ment, devel­op­ment; pros­per­i­ty, pros­per­i­ty, pros­per­i­ty; tremen­dous job growth. And at the same time, he rec­og­nizes the need to con­trol the bor­ders.”

As one of Mr. Trump’s biggest Hin­du finan­cial back­ers, Mr. Kumar, who runs an elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­ny in Illi­nois and grew up in the state of Pun­jab along the Pak­istani bor­der, has helped orga­nize a speech by the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee in Edi­son, N.J., at a Bol­ly­wood-themed char­i­ty con­cert on Sat­ur­day. The pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit ter­ror­ism vic­tims.

“It will be an incred­i­ble evening,” Mr. Trump said in a video pro­mot­ing it, one of the few eth­nic events he has agreed to do dur­ing this cam­paign.

Mr. Trump may be large­ly indif­fer­ent to the rea­sons behind his Hin­du loy­al­ists’ fer­vor, but his most senior advis­ers are not. The campaign’s chief exec­u­tive, Stephen K. Ban­non, is a stu­dent of nation­al­ist move­ments. Mr. Ban­non is close to Nigel Farage, a cen­tral fig­ure in Britain’s move­ment to leave the Euro­pean Union, and he is an admir­er of India’s prime min­is­ter, Naren­dra Modi, a Hin­du nation­al­ist Mr. Ban­non has called “the Rea­gan of India.”

It may be pure coin­ci­dence that some of Mr. Trump’s words chan­nel the nation­al­is­tic and, some argue, anti-Mus­lim sen­ti­ments that Mr. Modi stoked as he rose to pow­er. But it is cer­tain­ly not coin­ci­den­tal that many of Mr. Trump’s biggest Hin­du sup­port­ers are also some of Mr. Modi’s most ardent back­ers.

At times, the sim­i­lar­i­ty of Mr. Trump’s and Mr. Modi’s polit­i­cal vocab­u­lary is strik­ing. . . .

3a. Trump has also received the sup­port of the mer­cu­r­ial, bom­bas­tic Russ­ian fas­cist Vladimir Zhiri­novsky, whose polit­i­cal career was launched with the finan­cial assis­tance of Ger­hard Frey, a promi­nent Ger­man Nazi.

“Putin Ally Tells Amer­i­cans: Vote for Trump or Face Nuclear War” by Andrew Osborn; Reuters; 10/12/2016. [13]

Amer­i­cans should vote for Don­ald Trump as pres­i­dent next month or risk being dragged into a nuclear war, accord­ing to a Russ­ian ultra-nation­al­ist ally of Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin who likes to com­pare him­self to the U.S. Repub­li­can can­di­date.

Vladimir Zhiri­novsky, a flam­boy­ant vet­er­an law­mak­er known for his fiery rhetoric, told Reuters in an inter­view that Trump was the only per­son able to de-esca­late dan­ger­ous ten­sions between Moscow and Wash­ing­ton.

By con­trast, Trump’s Demo­c­ra­t­ic rival Hillary Clin­ton could spark World War Three, said Zhiri­novsky, who received a top state award from Putin after his pro-Krem­lin Lib­er­al Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty of Rus­sia (LDPR) came third in Rus­si­a’s par­lia­men­tary elec­tion last month.

Many Rus­sians regard Zhiri­novsky as a clown­ish fig­ure who makes out­spo­ken state­ments to grab atten­tion but he is also wide­ly viewed as a faith­ful ser­vant of Krem­lin pol­i­cy, some­times used to float rad­i­cal opin­ions to test pub­lic reac­tion. . . .
. . . . Zhiri­novsky likes to shock lib­er­al pub­lic opin­ion and he has fre­quent­ly heaped scorn on the West, which he and oth­er Russ­ian nation­al­ists regard as deca­dent, hyp­o­crit­i­cal and cor­rupt­ed by polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

His com­bat­ive style, rem­i­nis­cent of Trump’s, ensures him plen­ty of tele­vi­sion air time and mil­lions of votes in Russ­ian elec­tions, often from the kind of blue-col­lar work­ers who are the bedrock of the U.S. Repub­li­can can­di­date’s sup­port.

Zhiri­novsky once pro­posed block­ing off most­ly Mus­lim south­ern Rus­sia with a barbed wire fence, echo­ing Trump’s call for a wall along the U.S. bor­der with Mex­i­co.

Zhiri­novsky, who said he met Trump in New York in 2002, rev­els in his sim­i­lar­i­ties with the Amer­i­can busi­ness­man — they are the same age, favor coarse, some­times misog­y­nis­tic lan­guage and boast about putting their own coun­try first. Zhiri­novsky has even said he wants a DNA test to see if he is relat­ed to Trump. . . .

. . . .In oth­er com­ments that have delight­ed Moscow, Trump has ques­tioned the val­ue of NATO for Wash­ing­ton, has spo­ken ambigu­ous­ly about Rus­si­a’s 2014 annex­a­tion of Ukraine’s Crimea and sug­gest­ed that the Unit­ed States under his lead­er­ship would adopt a more iso­la­tion­ist for­eign pol­i­cy. . . .

4b. In an excerpt from FTR #94 [14] (record­ed on 5/05/1998), we note that Vladimir Zhiri­novsky’s polit­i­cal career received fund­ing from Ger­hard Frey, who was very close to Rein­hard Gehlen and whose anti‑U.S./anti-NATO polit­i­cal stance res­onates with Don­ald Trump’s rhetoric. It was Frey whose Deutsche Nation­al Zeitung and Sol­dat­en Zeitung first pub­lished the dis­in­for­ma­tion that Lee Har­vey Oswald fired at Major Gen­er­al Edwin Walk­er. (Sup­pos­ed­ly this was first dis­closed to the War­ren Com­mis­sion in ear­ly Decem­ber of 1963. Frey pub­lished it in his paper on 11/29/1963!)

Frey’s news­pa­per has a num­ber of Nazis and “for­mer” SS men on its staff, and is close to the OUN/B. The Maid­an coup brought the heirs to the OUN/B to pow­er.

Notice how the fas­cist, er “alt-right” par­ties in Europe in 1998 cor­re­spond to con­tem­po­rary fas­cist par­ties in the U.S. and Europe.

5a. In FTR #‘s 918 [31] and 919 [32], we explored the Buerg­er Zeitung’s “Open Let­ter to Stal­in,” a gam­bit that we feel cor­re­sponds well to Don­ald Trump’s rel­a­tive­ly benign com­ments bout Putin/Ukraine/Crimea etc. In addi­tion to the “all things Steuben” ori­en­ta­tion of Trump advi­sor Joseph E. Schmitz, we note Don­ald Trump’s links to the Steuben Soci­ety milieu.

Recall that, as we saw in FTR #918 [31], the Steuben Soci­ety was part of the Nazi Fifth Col­umn [33] in this coun­try pri­or to World War II and the Under­ground Reich pres­ence in the after­math [34] of the con­flict.

“Don­ald Trump;” wikipedia. [35]

. . . . Trump has said that he is proud of his Ger­man her­itage; he served as grand mar­shal [36] of the 1999 Ger­man-Amer­i­can Steuben Parade [37] in New York City.[12] [38][nb 1] [39]. . . . .

5b. More about Trump’s asso­ci­a­tion with the Steuben soci­ety.

“NY Restau­rant Takes Down Trump Pho­to Amid Yelp Com­plaints” by Sarah Tisinger; WQAD.com; 8/5/2016. [40]

. . . . “He is also very involved with the Steuben asso­ci­a­tion and wished us luck when we opened the restau­rant 8 years ago with that pic­ture. Does not mean we sup­port his views. . . .

6. In FTR #921 [15], we not­ed that Trump kept a book of Hitler’s speech­es by his bed and read it to gain tips on the use of rhetoric. He appears to have bor­rowed a play from Der Fuhrer’s rhetor­i­cal play­book when address­ing the Val­ues Vot­ers Sum­mit.

” . . . He regaled the crowd of Chris­t­ian vot­ers in his usu­al bom­bas­tic way, but near the end of the speech, Trump seemed to play into the hands of his accusers who claim that not only does Trump remind peo­ple of infa­mous dic­ta­tors like Ital­ian fas­cist Ben­i­to Mus­soli­ni and Ger­man Nazi leader Adolf Hitler with his jin­go­ism, bla­tant nativist nation­al­ism, and over-the-top fact-twist­ing scape­goat­ing, but he sounds like them as well. He para­phrased the infa­mous Nazi Par­ty slo­gan, ‘Ein volk, ein reich, ein Fuhrer!’ . . . 

. . . . If one saw the speech, or watch­es it in replay, Trump begins rais­ing his voice on the first use of the word ‘one,’emphasizing each part of the ver­bal trip­tych. Not only does he invoke the tra­di­tion­al lines from the Pledge of Alle­giance, he pro­gress­es from, just as the Nazi Par­ty slo­gan does, ‘one peo­ple’ (‘ein volk’) to ‘under one god’ (an implied uni­fied Chris­t­ian nation or ‘ein reich’) to ‘one flag’ (‘ein Fuhrer,’ the sym­bol of a uni­fied nation). . . .”

“Did Don­ald Trump Para­phrase Hitler’s Slo­gan ‘Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer’ at Val­ues Vot­ers Sum­mit?” by Nor­man Byrd; Inquisitr; 9/9/2016. [16]

Don­ald Trump has been often accused of sound­ing like and/or pat­tern­ing his speech­es after Adolf Hitler, and after deliv­er­ing his Val­ues Vot­ers Sum­mit speech Fri­day in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., he’ll like­ly be accused of para­phras­ing Hitler once again. Because inas­much as many polit­i­cal speech­es speak to nation­al­ism and patri­o­tism, and nei­ther Trump nor Hitler are excep­tions to the rule (and far from it), 2016 Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump seems to have tak­en a line straight from the Nazi Par­ty slo­gan “Ein volk, Ein reich, Ein Fuhrer!” (“One peo­ple, one empire, one leader!”).

Right Side Broad­cast­ing streamed the Val­ues Vot­ers Sum­mit [41] in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., live on YouTube Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 9, pre­sent­ing sev­er­al speak­ers — such as Repub­li­can Nation­al Com­mit­tee chair­man Reince Priebus and for­mer New York City May­or Rudy Giu­liani — at the annu­al con­fer­ence. The main speak­er, of course, was Repub­li­can Par­ty nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. He regaled the crowd of Chris­t­ian vot­ers in his usu­al bom­bas­tic way, but near the end of the speech, Trump seemed to play into the hands of his accusers who claim that not only does Trump remind peo­ple of infa­mous dic­ta­tors like Ital­ian fas­cist Ben­i­to Mus­soli­ni and Ger­man Nazi leader Adolf Hitler with his jin­go­ism, bla­tant nativist nation­al­ism, and over-the-top fact-twist­ing scape­goat­ing, but he sounds like them as well. He para­phrased the infa­mous Nazi Par­ty slo­gan, “Ein volk, ein reich, ein Fuhrer!”

After quot­ing from the book of John from the Chris­t­ian bible, Trump spoke to peo­ple stand­ing togeth­er in the Unit­ed States. “Imag­ine what our coun­try could accom­plish if we start­ed work­ing togeth­er as one peo­ple, under one god, salut­ing one flag.”

If one saw the speech, or watch­es it in replay, Trump begins rais­ing his voice on the first use of the word “one,” empha­siz­ing each part of the ver­bal trip­tych. Not only does he invoke the tra­di­tion­al lines from the Pledge of Alle­giance, he pro­gress­es from, just as the Nazi Par­ty slo­gan does, “one peo­ple” (“ein volk”) to “under one god” (an implied uni­fied Chris­t­ian nation or “ein reich”) to “one flag” (“ein Fuhrer,” the sym­bol of a uni­fied nation). . . .

7. It’s look­ing increas­ing­ly like a fun­da­men­tal mes­sage of Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign in the final cou­ple of weeks is going to be “I’m actu­al­ly win­ning, and all those polls show­ing me not win­ning are from a lying media that’s try­ing to make me lose”.

” ‘Thieves and Crooks’: Trump Per­sists with Attacks on Media and Polls” by Ben Jacobs; The Guardian; 10/24/2016. [42]

Repub­li­can nom­i­nee appears in Flori­da to deride US media and false­ly claim hacked emails of Hillary Clin­ton cam­paign chair show poll rig­ging

Don­ald Trump esca­lat­ed his rhetoric against the media [43] and against poll­sters on Mon­day, alleg­ing that both were part of a “rigged sys­tem” try­ing to under­mine his can­di­da­cy.

Speak­ing in a ral­ly in St Augus­tine, Flori­da, Trump false­ly claimed that hacked emails of John Podes­ta showed that the Clin­ton cam­paign chair was “rig­ging the polls by over­sam­pling Democ­rats”.

The Repub­li­can nom­i­nee, whose cam­paign is man­aged by the poll­ster Kellyanne Con­way, called this “a vot­er sup­pres­sion tech­nique”. Over­sam­pling is a method used by poll­sters to get bet­ter mea­sure­ments of spe­cif­ic sub-groups and is entire­ly nor­mal in polling.

The state­ment fol­lowed a tweet from the Repub­li­can on Mon­day morn­ing in which he claimed [44]: “Major sto­ry that the Dems are mak­ing up pho­ny polls in order to sup­press the the Trump [sic]. We are going to WIN!”Almost every inde­pen­dent poll [45] has con­sis­tent­ly shown a steady lead for Clin­ton since late July and Con­way has repeat­ed­ly con­ced­ed in recent days that Trump is behind.

Trump also esca­lat­ed his attacks on media. He said the press, which he described as being com­posed of “thieves and crooks”, may be even more cor­rupt than the rival whom he has repeat­ed­ly derid­ed as “Crooked Hillary”. The Ivy League-edu­cat­ed Trump, who lives in an ornate pent­house on Fifth Avenue in New York, also slammed jour­nal­ists as being out of touch with work­ing Amer­i­cans, say­ing: “The media is enti­tled, con­de­scend­ing and even con­temp­tu­ous of peo­ple who don’t share their elit­ist views.” He warned vague­ly of those who “rig the media” and said: “They can wield absolute pow­er over your life, your econ­o­my, and your coun­try.”

In addi­tion, Trump com­plained at his ral­ly, which was broad­cast live on cable news: “Some­times I’ll have these great events and it isn’t cov­ered.” . . . .

8. News that Trump is trail­ing in the polls has been treat­ed by his fol­low­ers as jour­nal­is­tic dis­hon­esty, expressed with the Ger­man term “lugenpresse”–lying press.

” . . . . On Sat­ur­day night [18], a new and for­eign accu­sa­tion came to the fore: ‘Lügen­presse!’

The term, which means ‘lying press’ in Ger­man, has a his­to­ry dat­ing back to the mid-1800s and was used by the Nazis to dis­cred­it the media. In recent years, it has been revived by Ger­man far-right anti-immi­grant groups. And on Sat­ur­day, it made an appear­ance at a Trump ral­ly in Cleve­land, Ohio. . .

. . . . Bre­it­bart News [edit­ed by Trump cam­paign man­ag­er Stephen K. Ban­non] report­ed favor­ably on the term in an inter­view [19] ear­li­er this year with the leader of the Ger­man far-right group PEGIDA, writ­ing, ‘It will come as no sur­prise to many that the main­stream media would lash out against a word that high­lights their own, inten­tion­al fail­ings. But [Lutz] Bachmann’s PEGIDA has pop­u­lar­ized the term to the point where it has become a pil­lar — even a ral­ly­ing cry — for the nation­al­ist, pop­ulist move­ments across the con­ti­nent.’ . . .

. . . . Mean­while, the hatred toward the press among the larg­er pop­u­la­tion of Trump sup­port­ers grows increas­ing­ly pro­nounced near­ly every day. In these final weeks of the cam­paign, at near­ly every ral­ly, Trump riles up his audi­ence against the press as reporters sit in the media pen, easy tar­gets for vit­ri­ol. Reporters dis­em­bark­ing the press bus at Trump’s ral­ly in Naples, Flori­da, on Sun­day, the day after the ‘lügen­presse’ inci­dent, were imme­di­ate­ly greet­ed by boos and shouts of ‘Tell the truth!’ . . . ”

“The Alt-Right Has Adopt­ed An Old Nazi Term For Reporters” by Rosie Gray; Buz­zFeed; 10/24/2016. [17]

“A sly ref­er­ence,” says a white nation­al­ist leader.

It’s become a famil­iar rou­tine by now: Trump sup­port­ers harangu­ing the press at ral­lies, boo­ing them and scream­ing at them.

“Tell the truth!” and “CNN sucks!” have become sta­ples at near­ly every Trump ral­ly. On Sat­ur­day night [18], a new and for­eign accu­sa­tion came to the fore: “Lügen­presse!”

The term, which means “lying press” in Ger­man, has a his­to­ry dat­ing back to the mid-1800s and was used by the Nazis to dis­cred­it the media. In recent years, it has been revived by Ger­man far-right anti-immi­grant groups. And on Sat­ur­day, it made an appear­ance at a Trump ral­ly in Cleve­land, Ohio.

After the ral­ly fin­ished, one man approached the press pen and shout­ed insults, accus­ing the media of being in the tank for the Clin­tons and being “bought and paid for.” Anoth­er man, wear­ing a Make Amer­i­ca Great Again hat and hold­ing a sign with the same slo­gan, walked up beside him and began yelling at the press that we were “lügen­presse,” adding that the phrase means “lying press” in Ger­man. The first man start­ed shout­ing it too, then turned to the sec­ond and made a self-dep­re­cat­ing remark about not pro­nounc­ing it right.

Friend­ly inter­ac­tion out­side the press pen. “Lugen­presse!” pic.twitter.com/MWUZynJ8jx [46]— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) Octo­ber 23, 2016 [47]

The trav­el­ing press was quick­ly hus­tled out of the venue and on toward the next ral­ly; I didn’t have a chance to ask the man his name, or how he came across this term. I tweet­ed the video I shot of the two men and left it at that, not real­iz­ing how quick­ly and wide­ly the moment would be cir­cu­lat­ed.

Richard Spencer, the white nation­al­ist leader who is con­sid­ered one of the lead­ers of the alt-right, was able to shed some light on this for me.

“I see ‘lying press’ and ‘Lügen­presse’ all over the place,” Spencer said in an email. “It’s typ­i­cal Alt Right: seri­ous… iron­ic… and with a sly ref­er­ence to boot.”

Spencer said the term had been in use in Amer­i­can alt-right cir­cles for “a year, at the least.”

The web­site Occi­den­tal Dis­sent, one of the nodes of alt-right online com­men­tary, fre­quent­ly uses the term, and the #lugen­presse hash­tag on Twit­ter is fair­ly active and large­ly used by alt-right Twit­ter accounts:

I look for­ward to the harsh crack­down on @CNN [48] and oth­er #Lying­Press [49]#Lugen­presse [50] orga­ni­za­tions when DJT takes office.— The Rad­i­cal Sax­on (@Loyal_Laddie) Octo­ber 13, 2016 [51]

It fun­ny how stu­pid the MSM is. Time after time they attack Trump, only to lat­er find out that it made him stronger. #lugen­presse [52]pic.twitter.com/S8deHgGU3c [53]— Neil Turn­er ?? (@NeilTurner_) Octo­ber 13, 2016 [54]

With the inter­net, the Cit­i­zens can see how much the media lies and dis­torts. #Lugen­presse [50]https://t.co/IyiMOi5AKF [55]— #Fre­eR­icky Viking ?? (@thebasedviking) Sep­tem­ber 20, 2016 [56]

Bre­it­bart News report­ed favor­ably on the term in an inter­view [19] ear­li­er this year with the leader of the Ger­man far-right group PEGIDA, writ­ing, “It will come as no sur­prise to many that the main­stream media would lash out against a word that high­lights their own, inten­tion­al fail­ings. But [Lutz] Bachmann’s PEGIDA has pop­u­lar­ized the term to the point where it has become a pil­lar — even a ral­ly­ing cry — for the nation­al­ist, pop­ulist move­ments across the con­ti­nent.”

A pan­el of Ger­man lin­guists, in response, named “Lügen­presse” the worst word [57] of 2014.

The alt-right has been embold­ened this year by Trump’s rise; the chair­man of Bre­it­bart News, who has spo­ken of his web­site being a home for the alt-right, is now Trump’s cam­paign CEO, and Hillary Clinton’s speech tying Trump to the alt-right launched the move­ment to new heights of noto­ri­ety. The embrace of a term like “lügen­presse” is, as Spencer says, clas­sic alt-right; the proud “shit­lords” of the move­ment take pride in embrac­ing edgy ter­mi­nol­o­gy, the more anti-PC the bet­ter.

Mean­while, the hatred toward the press among the larg­er pop­u­la­tion of Trump sup­port­ers grows increas­ing­ly pro­nounced near­ly every day. In these final weeks of the cam­paign, at near­ly every ral­ly, Trump riles up his audi­ence against the press as reporters sit in the media pen, easy tar­gets for vit­ri­ol. Reporters dis­em­bark­ing the press bus at Trump’s ral­ly in Naples, Flori­da, on Sun­day, the day after the “lügen­presse” inci­dent, were imme­di­ate­ly greet­ed by boos and shouts of “Tell the truth!”

9. We hope that “Michael the Black Man” (see Item #10) likes this:

“How neo-Nazi Trolls Tor­ment­ed an Anti-Trump Con­ser­v­a­tive for Adopt­ing a Black Daugh­ter” by Brad Reed; Raw Sto­ry; 10/21/2016. [20]

If you’ve nev­er inter­act­ed with Don­ald Trump’s hard­core “alt-right” fol­low­ers online, con­sid­er your­self lucky.

For the past year-and-a-half, the alt-right has used social media to vicious­ly tor­ment Don­ald Trump’s crit­ics on both the right and the left. Nation­al Review writer David French [58], who briefly flirt­ed with launch­ing his own inde­pen­dent pres­i­den­tial can­di­da­cy to chal­lenge Trump, writes on Fri­day about the awful harass­ment he and his fam­i­ly have been sub­ject­ed to over the past year.

In par­tic­u­lar, the alt-right made a point to attack French’s youngest daugh­ter, whom his fam­i­ly had adopt­ed from Ethiopia. You see, alt-righters view bring­ing in chil­dren of col­or to Amer­i­ca as the ulti­mate betray­al of the white race, which is why they had par­tic­u­lar scorn for French.

“I saw images of my daughter’s face in gas cham­bers, with a smil­ing Trump in a Nazi uni­form prepar­ing to press a but­ton and kill her,” he writes. “I saw her face pho­to-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a ‘niglet’ and a ‘din­du.’ The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nan­cy, claim­ing that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with ‘black bucks.’ Peo­ple sent her porno­graph­ic images of black men hav­ing sex with white women, with some­one pho­to­shopped to look like me, watch­ing.”

And it wasn’t just base­ment-dwelling 4Chan users send­ing abu­sive images at the French fam­i­ly, as one night his wife received a death threat from a pro-Trump vet­er­an.

“The moment we land­ed back at home after I declined to run for pres­i­dent, she turned on her phone to see an e‑mail from a Trump fan, a vet­er­an who informed her that he knew the busi­ness end of a gun and told her direct­ly that she should shut her mouth or he’d take action,” he writes.

All this has tak­en a toll on him, and he says he’s nev­er been more depressed about being a pub­lic fig­ure.

“It’s mis­er­able,” he explains. “There is noth­ing at all reward­ing, enjoy­able, or sat­is­fy­ing about see­ing your beau­ti­ful young daugh­ter called a ‘niglet.’ There is noth­ing at all reward­ing, enjoy­able, or sat­is­fy­ing about see­ing man after man after man brag in graph­ic terms that he has slept with your wife. It’s unset­tling to have a phone call inter­rupt­ed, watch images of mur­der flick­er across your screen, and read threat­en­ing e‑mails. It’s sober­ing to take your teenage kids out to the farm to make sure they’re both pro­fi­cient with hand­guns in case an intrud­er comes when they’re home alone.”

10. Not sur­pris­ing­ly, Trump has enlist­ed a for­mer mem­ber of a vio­lent, anti-Semit­ic far-right cult to cam­paign for him among blacks.

” ‘Blacks for Trump’ Sup­port­er a For­mer Mem­ber of Vio­lent Cult’ by Alle­gra Kirk­land; Talk­ing Points Memo; 10/26/2016. [21]

The man who has appeared behind Don­ald Trump at numer­ous south Flori­da ral­lies bear­ing a “Blacks for Trump” sign is a for­mer mem­ber of the mur­der­ous Yah­weh ben Yah­weh cult and a fix­ture at Repub­li­can cam­paign events.

At Tuesday’s Trump event in San­ford, the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee praised [59] the “great” “Blacks for Trump” signs behind him, one of which was held by a white woman and anoth­er by a man who goes by the name “Michael the Black Man.”

Accord­ing to the Mia­mi New Times [60], the man, who also goes by the names Mau­rice Wood­side and Michael Symon­ette, was a for­mer mem­ber of the Yah­weh ben Yah­weh cult. In 1990, the group’s charis­mat­ic leader, Hulon Mitchell Jr., was charged for con­spir­a­cy to mur­der. He required inductees to kill peo­ple to gain entry to the cult.

Though “Michael” was charged for alleged­ly con­spir­ing in two mur­ders and his broth­er tes­ti­fied that he stuck a sharp­ened stick into one man’s eye­ball, he was not con­vict­ed. In the fol­low­ing years, accord­ing to the New Times, he was charged with oth­er crimes includ­ing grand theft auto, car­ry­ing a weapon onto a plane, and threat­en­ing a law enforce­ment offi­cer. He was nev­er con­vict­ed.

The news­pa­per report­ed that “Michael” made a name for him­self in the Mia­mi area in recent years as a vir­u­lent­ly anti-gay, anti-lib­er­al preach­er who has opened a ral­ly for Rick San­to­rum [61] and earned praise from Glenn Beck [62].

The Trump cam­paign has posi­tioned him at the front of the crowd at mul­ti­ple events, includ­ing a Sept. 17 ral­ly in down­town Mia­mi and anoth­er on Oct. 12 in Lake­land.

The “Blacks for Trump” signs “Michael” pass­es out at ral­lies fea­ture the URL to his web­site, Gods2.com, which is full of anti-Hillary Clin­ton con­spir­a­cy videos. Vis­i­tors can also pur­chase “Trump & Repub­li­cans Are Not Racist Gods2.com” shirts for $20. [63]

“Michael” told the New Times that he is sup­port­ing Trump in part out of his loathing for Clin­ton.

“One rea­son is because Hillary’s last name is Rod­ham, and their fam­i­ly mem­bers are Roth­schilds, who enslaved 13,000 slaves as col­lat­er­al,” he said.