Infamous neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer is no longer accessible online via a conventional web browser. But a Monday essay seems to have caught the eye of President Trump.
On Sunday 13 August, the site published a crude and highly criticized article attacking Heather Heyer, the woman killed in the Charlottesville melee.
Monday Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin authored an essay (pdf) condemning protestors who topped a Confederate statue in Durham, NC.
And I guarantee you, [the protesters] are going to go to Washington, and they are going to demand that the Washington Monument be torn down. They might even try to pull it down. Because George Washington owned slaves. More importantly, he was a white man who built something.
Also on Monday, former Congressman Newt Gingrich (whose wife is in the Administration) and Fox host Martha MacCallum were discussing the announcement that the Lexington, KY, mayor intends to remove two Confederate statues from a public building.
“Where are you going to stop it?’ Gingrich said. “What if you weren’t sensitive enough to the Holocaust — we should take down all the statues of Franklin Delano Roosevelt? You could make an argument for that.”
“You could make an argument for Thomas Jefferson or George Washington,” MacCallum interjected. “Are you going to change the name of the Washington Monument?”
Gingrich then noted that both were slave owners.
“Absolutely, that’s my point,” MacCallum responds.
It’s not a surprise that these points from FOX and The Daily Stormer were reprised in President Trump’s press conference on Tuesday:
…many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. So this week, it is Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?[…]
Was George Washington a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down — excuse me — are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson?
Trumps comments were widely criticized:
- Fox host: Trump comments ‘one of the biggest messes I’ve ever seen’, The Hill
- The nation can only weep, Washington Post
- Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost, NY Times
That wasn’t the only eyebrow-raising act of the day:
Trump RT'd this pic showing a CNN journalist hit by a train days after a white nationalist ran his car into activists, killed Heather Heyer. pic.twitter.com/tWjdoE70AS
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 15, 2017
Read The Daily Stormer essay that discusses Washington
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