THE NATIONALIST

I won’t use his name, because I’ve reached the point where just seeing that name in the news makes me want to throw up. So I’ll call him the Nationalist. He named himself a Nationalist a few days ago. In fact he called himself a proud Nationalist. When asked by reporters if he knew that Nationalist and Nationalism were associated with White Nationalists, a neo-Nazi group, he said “Never heard of them.”

Did he realize Hitler was a “proud Nationalist?” He doesn’t respond to the question. Though he doesn’t say it, the Nationalist knows that his followers understand he is referring to a whites-only nation and nationalism. As one writer John Donovan put it:

“The specific word ‘nationalism,’ some critics say, is a call to voters who are white nationalists or support strict agendas that exclude all sorts of traditionally non-American groups, recent immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ people and others.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has reported on an increase in anti-Semitism, noted recently: “Adherents of white nationalist groups believe that white identity should be the organizing principle of the countries that make up Western civilization. White nationalists advocate for policies to reverse changing demographics and the loss of an absolute, white majority. Ending non-white immigration, both legal and illegal, is an urgent priority — frequently elevated over other racist projects, such as ending multiculturalism and miscegenation — for white nationalists seeking to preserve white, racial hegemony.”

The Nationalist in the White House (what an ironic name for this guy’s “home”) has been campaigning since day one with his mantra “Make American Great Again.” And he and his followers have defined that as opposition to brown and black people. Stop them at the border, he bellows. Don’t let Muslims into the country. Imprison children of asylum-seekers in concentration camps.

His Nationalist policies have incited people to commit hate crimes. Just this week—because of the Nationalist’s oft repeated comments–a fellow in Florida sent bombs to former presidents, government officials, CNN, and others who have opposed the policies of the “proud Nationalist.” And today, an anti-Semitic—no doubt feeling entitled by the Nationalist—shot and killed eleven (11) ELEVEN people in a Pennsylvania synagogue.

You know this Nationalist’s name. I won’t write it. I just hope the name disappears and the guy who uses it.

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