President Trump has responded to the huge turn out of counter demonstrators at Saturday’s Alt Right ‘conservative’ Free Speech Rally in Boston by referring to them as ‘Anti Police agitators‘ on Twitter. In another desperate attempt to appease his Right Wing support base after being forced into a temporary climb down on Charlottesville on Monday, following widespread condemnation by British MPs and other prominent European politicians, Trump has attempted to criminalize the opposition.
In stark contrast to the Presidential viewpoint, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans was to describe the Boston Free Speech Rally Response, which saw some 40,000 protesters taking to the streets to oppose racism and bigotry, as ‘A Great Day For Our City’. In a statement to the press in the wake of a large scale event that saw fewer than forty arrests in total, Evans announced that “99.9 percent of the people were here for the right reason and that’s to fight hate and bigotry.”
Meanwhile, the Far Right has attempted to hit back at the opposition with the submission of a petition, containing some fifty five thousand signatures, calling on the ‘pentagon’ to declare Antifa a ‘terrorist organization’. The petition. which was posted on the White House website on Thursday, then goes on to elaborate further by saying that ‘just as they rightfully declared ISIS a terror group, they must declare AntiFa a terror group – on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, and safety.’ Similar sentiments to those expressed by Richard Spencer in an interview with Lacy MacAuley on ABC’s 20/20 on Friday.
Whatever President Trump decides to do with respect to the petition, which has already reached more than 63.600 of the 100,000 signatures that it requires by September 16th for the White House to be forced to review its proposals, his Alt Right ‘America First’ agenda is already getting the Presidency into deeper and deeper trouble. On Friday James Murdoch, 21st Century Fox CEO and son of prominent Donald Trump ally media moghul Rupert Murdoch, hit out at the President in a published statement in which he spoke of how ‘standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this…..’
In the aftermath of last weekend’s Far Right rally in Charlottesville, Trump and his administration have been forced into more than one attempt to save face in the wake of international condemnation. Last Thursday US Attorney General Jeff Sessions incurred the wrath of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, after mounting an attack on so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ during the course of a speech in Miami in which he simultaneously praised the Miami-Dade jurisdiction for cooperating with federal authorities. The following day the Russian news service RT quoted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as admitting that ‘Only about 12 percent of our senior foreign service officers are non-white, while only nine percent of Foreign Service specialists are African-American.’ A complete about face for an administration that was elected on an Alt Right anti-immigration racist mandate.
In the meantime, the Charlottesville ‘Terrorist Attack‘, as it has been referred to by the town’s Mayor, has been attracting a whole host of conspiracy theories from both sides of the political spectrum. As well as several videos seeking to cast aspersions on the evidence relating to the driver of the vehicle that killed Heather Heyer, a number of ‘false flag’ related theories have been circulating in relation to an ad that appeared on Craigslist shortly before the Charlottesville incident took place. The ad is suggestive of someone having been looking for ‘Actors and Photographers…in Charlotte’ North Carolina, a key KKK stronghold, in the run up to the Alt Right rally at Charlottesville taking place. Posted by the LA-based public relations firm Crowds on Demand, an organization that apparently prides itself on being ‘YOUR HOME FOR PROTESTS, RALLIES, AUDIENCES, PR STUNTS, AND CELEBRITY EVENTS’, the ad has generated a huge amount of discussion on social media. As to whether or not the appearance of this ad was anything more than a coincidence at present remains to be seen. However, in view of what happened in Virginia on August 12th it is not inconceivable that there was more than one agent provocateur present in the crowd.
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