It is becoming clear that whatever did or didn’t happen in Charlottesville, it is now the latest thing over which to call for Trump’s removal from office. The idea that a New York property tycoon who happily saw his daughter convert to Judaism in order to marry a Jewish guy is a white supremacist is absolutely laughable, but then so was the collusion with Russia story and look at how long that ran for. The media only dropped it when it started looking like the only people that would be found colluding with Russia were Democrats, and now they need another reason to call for Trump’s impeachment.
Nobody should be surprised by what’s happened in Charlottesville. As others have pointed out, particularly Brendan O’Neill, this is the inevitable outcome of the identity politics which predated Obama but became a defining feature of his two terms. The usual suspects – the media, deranged lefties, and Democrats – have predictably blamed the whole thing on Trump and when he failed to single out their ideological enemies for special criticism, instead preferring to condemn all sides, they took it as proof that he is in fact a Grand Wizard of the KKK. At this stage, one wouldn’t expect anything else.
In addition, you have the Never Trumpers and gelded Republicans condemning Trump, mainly because they don’t like the Alt-Right and, with a lot of them being Jews, don’t like the anti-semitism which plagues those quarters. Their complaint is that in his latest speech Trump differentiated between the Alt-Right and Nazis, which to me seems rather uncontroversial even if there is some overlap. The problem is, the Republicans and Never Trumpers are only marginally more in touch with the millions of voters who put Trump in office than the lunatics calling Trump a white supremacist.
I don’t have a much in common with the Alt-Right politically and they come across to me as a bunch of immature blokes who’ve spent too much time in the comments of red-pill, PUA sites, but they’re a potent political force (for now) and they’re not Nazis. I like that they’re upsetting the cosy apple-cart of the loony-left Democrats and the pointless Republicans because it was an apple-cart that needed upsetting: best it’s done sooner by a bunch of clowns wearing Pepe the Frog t-shirts and a reality TV host than a seriously nasty and capable bastard backed by proper money and interests. As has been pointed out repeatedly, Trump was a symptom not a cause, and his election ought to have served as a shot across the bows of the political establishment, particularly the Republicans, that forces beyond their control are building in American politics. It’s a warning they seem determined to ignore.
The term Nazi has been thrown around so much that when real Nazis show up waving swastikas the only people who care are those who think a Nazi is anyone to the right of Bernie Sanders, and decent Americans who think they ought to say something. I can imagine that after eight years of Obama embracing the BLM movement, race riots in Ferguson and elsewhere, and endless accusations of racism, an awful lot of white Americans are simply shrugging their shoulders at the appearance of a gaggle of supposed Nazis carrying torches they bought at Home Depot. The expectation is that we all rush out to condemn them, but a yawn is probably more realistic. Nobody sane is buying the Nazi bogeyman, and nobody thinks Trump is a white supremacist. I suspect most people aren’t even particularly concerned over his handling of the issue, having learned to ignore the hysterical screaming from the media.
Trump”s opponents have tried the Russian puppet, and now they’re trying the Nazi smear. The old adage of a dead girl or a live boy would more likely get him on the front cover of Vogue than out of office these days. I’m genuinely curious what they’ll try next.