|The alt-right unloads on Clinton aide Huma Abedin with a horrifying gusto.|
If you read Breitbart.com, wear sunglasses, sunscreen, Deet, and maybe thigh-high waders, especially if you're going to read the comments. Also, get your shots.
I didn't get the implications of what Donald Trump's campaign-staff reset meant until I read Ben Shapiro's article in the WaPo this morning:
But it wasn’t until March 29 that Breitbart’s full embrace of the alt-right became clear. That’s the day the site featured Yiannopoulos’s lengthy piece glorifying the alt-right. Yiannopoulos had already given interviews in which he stated that “Jews run the banks” and “Jews run the media,” dismissing anti-Semitic memes as merely “mischievous, dissident, trolly.” He wrote, along with co-author Allum Bokhari, this insane sentence: “There are many things that separate the alternative right from old-school racist skinheads (to whom they are often idiotically compared), but one thing stands out above all else: intelligence.”I went to Breitbart to get a sense of what Shapiro meant by that. You'll see what I found below. Before we get there, you need to know that until the Michelle Fields' incident Ben Shapiro was editor-in-chief at Breitbart. He left because Bannon preferred to cut Michelle Fields loose rather than support her against Trump's then campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who had literally manhandled Fields at a Trump rally.
Now, here's a sample of an article in Breitbart this morning connecting Clinton aide Huma Abedin to radical Islam entitled "Roger Stone: How Did Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Get Security Clearance, ‘Given Very Clear Ties to a Radical Offshoot of Islam?’":
“It is funny, yesterday there were quite a few Tweets online saying, oh, Steve Bannon and Roger Stone, they are advocates for the conspiracy theory about Huma,” Stone observed, referring to Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, who has become the chief executive officer of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
“No conspiracy theory – this is really simple,” Stone explained. “Her parents were funders of the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs, also active in the World Muslim League – both funded by the radical sheikh Omar Abdul Naseef, who also founded the Rabita Trust, identified by the Department of Justice as one of the funders of the attack on America on 9/11. Those are indisputable facts.”
“It’s ironic that Huma also comes out of the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs, as did Mr. Khan, who of course got quite a bit of press at the Democratic convention last week. Two radical Islamic organizations,” he continued. (The Democratic convention was held July 25-28.)
“Why is Huma’s background important? It’s very simple: we know, since she went through all of Hillary’s email, to determine what we should see and what we should not, that she has therefore had access to Top Secret classified documents. How did this woman ever get a security clearance, given her very clear ties to a radical offshoot of Islam?” Stone asked.Okay. That's where the Trump campaign is going. By the way, the Roger Stone quoted in the article is the same longtime Trump associate that worked in the campaign until he got too outrageous and they cut him loose. Now Stone is over at the National Enquirer, where he's up to typical Enquirer mischief in support of Trump.
Do go to Breitbart to read the above article, if only to learn what we're dealing with. And do visit the comments thread, though do take extra precaution (I don't know, bring a tube of Neosporin or something).
What will be left of the Republican Party after this election cycle plays out? We will find out, won't we?
Here come the flood of GOP OMGs:
In Talking Points Memo.
Liberal pundit E.J. Dionne echoes GOP insiders:
Bannon’s rise dramatizes the catastrophe GOP establishmentarians brought upon themselves by imagining that they could use the far right for their own purposes while somehow keeping it tame. Bannon’s European interests suggest he is far more impressed by right-wing third parties than by traditional Republicanism. He believed the anti-establishment rhetoric that Republican politicians deployed but never really meant when they were attacking President Obama. Now, the GOP faces the possibility of a real split.The outlook at conservative National Review is less than sanguine.
The Washington Examiner, a conservative paper, is freaked.
Uber-conservative The Weekly Standard thinks Trump has embraced Breitbart's "Alternative Reality."
Bottom line: You sleep with white nationalists, you have white-nationalist babies. Welcome to the new GOP or the sliver of what's left of it.