Wildwood proves that Trump Maga fever is still raging

Some Democrats and the corporate news media continue to underestimate the power of former President Donald Trump’s racist and anti-immigrant messages, as evidenced by the turnout of tens of thousands of his supporters who showed up in Wildwood this weekend.

During Trump’s criminal trial in Manhattan, MSNBC hosts repeatedly used the lack of physical presence of pro-Trump protesters as evidence that our MAGA fever has broken. Wildwood indicates that it is still very much with us.

“When I return to the White House… we will close down deadly sanctuary cities like Newark and Philadelphia,” Trump told the huge crowd. “We will not allow criminals to enter these cities. And we will not allow them to release illegal criminal aliens onto the streets.”

As Max Pizarro reported, Trump “brought his cruel, weird, hateful, indicted, egomaniac, name-dropping brand of TV personality to Wildwood, apparently in an attempt to capitalize on New Jersey’s perennial dysfunction while nursing his own public delusion.”

Naturally, Trump attacked the press gathered to cover the meeting, and his adoring supporters followed their ghost master’s directions and booed the assembled reporters. Like the organizers of a lynch mob, Trump’s dark power is fueled by an alchemy that makes people feel bigger and bolder, united in the hatred that energizes and defines them.

It’s immediately satisfying.

No need for discernment or fact checking. He is right because he is always right, which is why the politically correct establishment wants to deprive him of the opportunity to protect this country from the immigrant invasion facilitated by Biden and the Democrats.

And here in the Garden State, thanks to the right-wing media behemoth that is 101.5 FM, WABC 770 AM, the New York Post and Fox News, there are many thousands of fans who live in the same parallel universe with Trump. They believe the 2020 election was stolen from the former president, who says he would pardon the dozens of Jan. 6 insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol with the Confederate Star & Bars in hopes of disrupting the certification of President Biden’s victory .

Unlike during the Civil War, when the Confederate members of Congress were banned by the 14e Although the amendment did not qualify for their seats when the war ended, the dozens of Republican members who voted NOT to affirm Biden’s 2020 victory AFTER the violent attack continue to hold office as Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), who presided over Trump’s victory. Re-election bid for New Jersey.

Their betrayal of the US Constitution has been rewarded with committee chairmanships.

“We all love America. I love Cape May. I love New Jersey,” Van Drew said, Pizarro reported. “We see what is happening today in a faltering economy. We are here today because we are tired of open borders. There is nothing wrong with saying we believe in America first.”

America first. Hmmm. When was the last time we heard that slogan?

In the years since the attack on the former U.S. Capitol, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the architect of so much slander, found refuge from the mass media and a paycheck at WABC 770 Radio thanks to billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis. But the former mayor was just one of the radio personalities in the WABC lineup who have kept the Trump 2020 Big Lie and virulent anti-immigrant narrative alive.

The former Law and Order mayor is facing criminal charges in Georgia and Arizona for his role in Trump’s fake voter conspiracy. In December, after a weeklong federal civil trial, Giuliani was ordered to pay $148 million for defaming election workers Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and her mother Ruby Freeman.

Giuliani, along with Trump, falsely accused Moss and Freeman of tampering with ballots they were counting at the State Farm Arena for the Fulton County Board of Elections. Election workers’ lives were completely turned upside down by the Giuliani Trump axis as the MAGA mob fixated on the two civic-minded women.

On Friday, before Trump’s Wildwood rally, Catsimatidis pulled the plug on Giuliani’s radio show “after the station said he (Giuliani) violated its policies by attempting to discuss discredited claims about the 2020 presidential election on air,” reported the New York Times.

“We are not going to talk about the misconceptions about the November 2020 elections,” Mr Catsimatidis told the newspaper. “We warned him once. We warned him twice. And I get a text from him last night, and I get a text from him this morning saying he refuses not to talk about it.

What is not clear from the reporting on the cancellation of Giuliani’s show is why WABC has now pulled the plug after years of promoting Giuliani and his distorted worldview. Judging by the size of the crowd at Wildwood, the damage has already been done.

Saturday’s gathering with all the red, white and blue trappings was reminiscent of that evening on February 20, 1939 when 20,000 “patriotic” Americans stormed the old Madison Square Garden to kill Fritz Julius Kuhn, the leader of the American Bund, who supported Nazi Germany to be applauded. Kuhn spoke in front of a huge display of George Washington.

Naturally, he denounced the ‘Jewish controlled press’.

“We, the German-American Bund, have organized ourselves as American citizens with American ideals and determined to protect ourselves, our homes, our women and children from the slimy conspirators who would turn this glorious republic into the inferno of a Bolshevik paradise.” , Kuhn told the newspaper. crowd.

Marshall Curry directed “A Night At the Garden,” the 2017 Academy Award-winning short documentary that uses archival footage to depict the events of that night 85 years ago, which led to a large crowd of counter-protesters growing outside the venue.

Documentary Magazine’s Tom White asked Curry how audiences responded to the provocative film.

“Most people are shocked. Very few Americans I’ve talked to had any idea the meeting took place, and when they watch it, they have the same sense of disgust at what happened — and also a sense of familiarity,” Curry said. “We have often seen hateful ideologies become entangled with the symbols of American patriotism recently.”

Curry continued. “And we’ve seen an increase in hate crimes and anti-Semitic crimes, and all these things that should be ancient history to America don’t feel like ancient history. It feels safe.”

As familiar as this weekend’s headlines.

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