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In Blustering Speech, Trump Hints At Anti-Semitic Themes — And Future Mayhem

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In Blustering Speech, Trump Hints At Anti-Semitic Themes — And Future Mayhem

America should have seen Trump coming

It would be tempting to label as “unhinged” the speech Donald Trump delivered in West Palm Beach on Thursday—a speech in which he dog-whistled a worldwide conspiracy against him (without actually uttering the word “Jews”) and disparaged the appearance of women who have accused him of sexual assault and transgressions.

But it was not unhinged. The speech was hinged to the original purpose of his campaign: to trade on the resentments of a restive remnant of white America—angry white men and the women who love them—and set the stage for mayhem in the wake of his likely electoral defeat.

This was not your standard, off-the-cuff Trump rant. This was a scripted speech, delivered with a teleprompter. It was crafted. It featured the key words of right-wing complaints: “sovereign,” “global bankers” and “slander.” Really, it came right out of a Nazi propaganda playbook. And when one considers the themes common between Nazi propaganda films and the films made by top Trump campaign staffers Stephen K. Bannon and David Bossie (as analyzed by AlterNet), we should hardly be surprised.

Trump began with an attack on the New York Times (whose majority owners are a Jewish family), which he said was engaged in a conspiracy of global proportions with the Clintons, international bankers and major corporations, all to stop him from winning the presidency.

“For those who control the levers of power in Washington and for the global special interests, they partner with these people that don’t have your good in mind. Our campaign represents a true existential threat, like they haven’t seen before. This is not simply another four-year election. This is a crossroads in the history of our civilization that will determine whether or not we, the people, reclaim control over our government,” Trump told a cheering crowd. A few beats later, he said, “We’ve seen this firsthand in the WikiLeaks documents in which Hillary Clinton meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty in order to enrich these global financial powers, her special interest friends and her donors.”

He then went on, at great length, describing what he alleged was coordination between the New York Times and the Clinton campaign, noting the newspaper’s Wednesday night report detailing allegations by two women who said Trump had sexually accosted them. Of course, he contended the women were liars. He also offered a disquisition on previous New York Times pieces about his behavior with women. It was all a grand conspiracy, he said, not just against him, but against the United States of America.

The agenda of the “media establishment,” Trump said, was to elect “crooked” Hillary Clinton, in the service of “special global interests rigging the system.” There are a lot of ways in the land of Wingnuttia to telegraph that your target is Jews, and these are two of them. Remember them: You’ll be hearing a lot in coming days about the “media establishment,” “global special interests,” oh, and “bankers.”

“Anyone who challenges their control,” Trump continued, “is deemed a sexist, rapist, xenophobe and morally deformed. They will attack you. They will slander you. They will seek to destroy your career and your family. They will seek to destroy everything about you, including your reputation. They will lie, lie, lie, and then again they will do worse than that. They will do whatever is necessary. The Clintons are criminals. Remember that, they’re criminals.”

When the crowd began chanting, “Lock her up!” Trump chimed in, “So true. Honestly, she should be locked up. She should be. Should be locked up.”

Of his accusers, Trump told his audience to have a good look at them, implying they weren’t good-looking enough to have attracted his attention. Of the women interviewed by the New York Times, Trump said, “You take a look at these people. You study these people and you’ll understand also. The claims are preposterous, ludicrous, and defy truth, common sense and logic.”

Speaking of Natasha Stoynoff, the People magazine writer who Wednesday nightpublished an article detailing what she said was an assault by Trump against her at his Mar-a-Lago home, Trump said, “Take a look. You look at her. Look at her words,” he said. “You tell me what you think. I don’t think so. I don’t think so.”

Trump went on to say he has evidence to refute the claims made against him in the New York Times report, evidence he would reveal “at an appropriate time.” He also promised to take down the Times—put it out of business—with a lawsuit he is preparing against the newspaper. It is telling that one of his big supporters is Peter Thiel, who took down Gawker by backing Hulk Hogan’s privacy-violation lawsuit against the website.

Perhaps most chilling in all of the hate-stoking and conspiracy-mongering Trump demonstrated Thursday is his assertion that “this is war”—that the “media establishment” and the Clintons are engaged in a conspiracy that is making war on the American people “no matter how many lives they destroy.”

“For them, it’s a war,” Trump said. “And for them, nothing at all is out of bounds. This is a struggle for the survival of our nation.”

Trump has learned well from his white nationalist friends. After all, the guy who likely wrote Thursday’s script—Trump campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon—is the one who boasted of providing “the platform for the alt-right,” that anti-Semitic, misogynist movement from which Trump has derived such succor.

With Thursday’s speech, Trump has baldly laid out his true agenda: a post-election insurrection.

IMAGE: A supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a sign at a Trump campaign rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., October 13, 2016.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

Reprinted by permission from Alternet.


  1. PrecipitousDrop October 14, 2016

    I watched Trump’s speech. He spouted a few minutes of crackpot disinformation before he called on the Rabble to rise up in opposition to his imaginary global conspiracy. The horrifying part was when he compared himself to a weird mash-up of Shakespearean Hamlet and a Messiah. Of course his crowd wouldn’t know Shakespeare from Looney Tunes, but the anti-semitic, Alt-Right words hit their mark and the mob responded appropriately. They were especially touched by the Fallwell/Huckabee/Duggar reference to Trump as Savior. They’d arm their kids and follow this monster straight to Hell if he told them to. The rest of it was just his ordinary stay-angry mantras, peppered with plenty of Lock-Her-Ups.
    If he believes this stuff, he really IS cheering the destruction of everything we identify as American. But surely he can’t be THAT woodenly, stubbornly hateful, mean and stupid. Can he?

    1. dtgraham October 14, 2016

      Short answer: Yeah, he can be.

      “Of course his crowd wouldn’t know Shakespeare from Looney Tunes.”

      They know their Looney Tunes though. I hear that the average Trump supporter thinks that the greatest Black actor in Hollywood today is Daffy Duck.

    2. RED October 14, 2016

      Mostly he’s a sick narcissistic moron, the other stuff is just symptoms of his disease.

    3. Jmz Nesky November 8, 2016

      Imagining him not particular of this nature we must conclude that as a side show barker he’s not really believing what he says but his followers do and as he simply says what they wanna hear it’s them not him who will be the aggressors in what he says they wanna do. He will consider himself totally innocent of what these monsters do and when they get caught and put behind bars for what they do from what they hear, they will finally denounce the monster maker after realizing not only will he resist coming to their rescue but the vile things he will begin calling them for what THEY intended to do. It”s all there for anyone to see because he IS a side show barker.


  2. dtgraham October 14, 2016

    I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. This is getting truly nuts at this point. This is becoming some bizarro world of sexual assault poker by both sides, or maybe a never ending soap opera called Days of Our Groping or the Young and the Grabbing. This isn’t even about issues anymore. If it’s more the former then:

    Clinton campaign: I’ve got an Elisha Machado for you. You gonna fold?

    Trump campaign: HA! I would check raise my own grandma on this and I’m gonna raise you a Paula Jones. Had enough?

    Clinton campaign: They may be suited, but you don’t have the gonads to call my bluff. I’m upping the ante here to Rachel Crooks.

    Trump campaign: Yeah right, I may be short stacked but Melania is a 36D. I’ve got a big kicker and her name is Juanita Broderick my friend.

    Clinton campaign: Do these ladies I’m holding look scared? It’s only a poker problem when you’re losing. It’s all about position Donald and we’re showing Mindy Mcgillvary and Cassandra Searles.

    Trump campaign: Yeah, you raise it and I’ll hold it. The river will deliver my dear and what’s going to deliver for me is a pair of Kathleen Willey and Kathy Shelton.

    Clinton campaign: We have aces in all the right places. Wanna see our big slick Donald? It’s called Jessica Leads. Oh yeah baby.

    Trump campaign: There are no bad beats, only bad reads, and who needs balls when you’ve got the nuts? Got poker? We’re talking Monica Lewinski, Hillary. An oldie but a goody.

    These days when I come in, my wife will often ask me, “did you hear what (woman x) said today in the American Presidential elections? I’ll reply to her, ‘you know my dear, we always pride ourselves in our knowledge of all political news makers in both countries, but may I ask who (woman x ) is?’ This is the first time that I have no idea what she’s talking about in regards to American politics.

  3. Dominick Vila October 14, 2016

    Trump’s most recent speeches highlight his desperation, and the conviction that the only thing he has left to avoid the worst defeat in the history of U.S. elections, is a loyal base of angry, scared, followers who hate Jews, Hispanics, Muslims, and anything foreign. For them, cultural change, globalization, and diplomacy are evidence of the evils that have contributed to their demise. None of them ever looks within, reflect on their experiences, consider the effects of their decisions, consider corporate greed, or consider the effects of automation and robotics in the workplace. For them, it must be the foreigners, the invisible Jewish conspiracy that is determined to destroy America from within, the evil media, and every other excuse, except an acknowledgment that their problems are the results of their personal failures.

    1. dbtheonly October 14, 2016

      It’s blaming “the other” for one’s difficulties. It’s not even personal failures. It’s just the normal ups and downs that life gives us.

      So mix together: all the stuff the article mentions and you have a guy running, not for President but Fuhrer.

      Btw wasn’t the Special Prosecutor statute repealed years ago?

      Hope the clean up goes well and you get to sleep as long as you need.

    2. charleo1 October 14, 2016

      I think that kind of reflection is at this point, is unrealistic to expect. These enormous economic shifts due to globalization, automation, and job outsourcing, that have upended the economies of their one, or two industry anchored small towns. Forces beyond their control that have just been devastating to people who have lived in these place all their lives. They’ve frankly have been too busy keeping their heads above water to figure out what hit them, or exactly who to blame for it all. And they really don’t care. The culprits they suspect can be found in the cozy political clubs in Washington that make up the hegemonic duopoly. Both Parties obviously in the pockets of a greedy corporate class. With most of the press carrying their exonerating lies to the masses, is kind of the way they see it. Many believe, in their fear, and anger, the country has taken over by a class of people that would step over their own dying Mothers, if it put another buck in their pockets. For these voters the verdict is in, and Trump is their guy. No, they’re not listening to the intellectual elite, the historian’s warnings of rising Fascism. The college educated, or more like indoctrinated, as they view it. They are done listening, and they are fed up. Tired of the excuses, the mindless bickering back and forth. The fiddling in the halls of a dysfunctional out of touch gov. while their very way of life slowly burns to the ground. And see Trump as the outsider. The fresh guy who’s going to come in, and fight the corrupt system on their behalf. He paints a picture black as pitch, which is not all that different than theirs. And tells them look… Your towns are dying, your jobs are overseas, your Country is being invaded, kicked around by terrorists, and dictated to by a new world order of globalists. And I’m telling you I can fix it all, or most of it very, very quickly. 100%! So what have you got to lose? I know at this point we are feeling pretty smug about the upcoming election. That we think we get it. But I’m not all that sure of the correctness of either assumption.

  4. Joe Gumba October 14, 2016

    This article is bullshit. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t stand Trump, but I read his speech transcript and there was nothing that mentioned Jews. He talked about international banking cartels and corruption of international corporate trade agreements. If someone talks about that, they are suddenly anti-semitic? And now MSM is pounding the Trump articles so hard, they are at the point of discrediting themselves. What is going on in Saudi Arabia in response to the 9/11 bill? What is going on in Yemen? What is going on with the talk breakdowns in Syria? There’s no news, it’s all Trump garbage.

    1. FireBaron October 14, 2016

      You’re right, Joe. He did not mention “Jews”. However, he did use all the AltRight code words, right out of speeches given in Germany in the 20s and early 30s before the rise to power of a certain failed painter.

    2. charleo1 October 14, 2016

      Trump did not call himself a Fascist. But the all the dog whistles, and targets of the Fascist were plainly there. With Hitler, it was Germany against a conspiring World. Against the international Jew that controlled the World money supply, and the Govs. of Great Britain, France, and the U.S… Great Jewish controlled powers, claimed Hitler. That had defeated Germany only because the corrupt politicians had unnecessarily surrendered. (choked) And had allowed onerous destructive reparations be imposed on, “The Fatherland.” Trump’s message was very much immersed in the Fascist narrative. And like Hitler’s, extremely conspiratorial, and Nationalistic in its bent. Both men, one like the other, portraying themselves as the singular person capable of taking on these dark forces, and restoring their respective Nations to their former rightful glory. Personally I hadn’t given much weight to the many comparisons before hearing yesterday’s totally unhinged propagandized rant. Now, I’m wondering where he hides his Nazi uniform he plans on wearing to his swearing in ceremony.

    3. Mama Bear October 14, 2016

      I think you are missing some lessons in history Joe. Who do you think is the major owner of banking cartels? Have you heard the phrase “dog whistle”?
      As the granddaughter of victims of the Holocaust I can attest to the “banking cartel” reference. You are offensive actually.

    4. PrecipitousDrop October 14, 2016

      Of course you’re disappointed, Joe. You’re looking for apples in an orange grove.
      US media is consumed with articles related to the upcoming election — and the most incendiary candidate we’ve ever known.
      The ‘Guardian’, Reuters, and other UK or international press outlets have plenty of good reporting on the Middle East. If you want to swim in the deep end, there are several excellent foreign policy journals online as well.

  5. Jon October 14, 2016

    Trump has been a bad joke as long as he has been alive. Now he is showing that he is also very dangerous. He has been laying the groundwork for post-election violence for some time by insisting that the only way he could lose was if there was voter fraud and a rigged election. He has upped the ante saying he will jail Hillary when he is elected. He is more than ever using Nazi themes in a more open and frequent manner. While he never used the word “Jews”, anyone who is familiar with the rise of Hitler and with today’s alt.right websites know that he is simply using their code words to say it. If that is not what he intends, I can’t see any other reason for using those words.
    The man who portrays himself as the only man who can save American democracy is doing all he can to destroy it. It isn’t that surprising that Vladimir Putin is demanding that top Russian officials, politicians and their children return to Russia. Putin ally, Vladimir Zhirinovsky of the pro-Kremlin Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, has warned that Americans should vote for Donald Trump or risk being dragged into a nuclear war with Russia. He says that only Donald Trump will be able to de-escalate tensions between Russia and the U.S. It’s a good thing that Trump tells us that we can believe him when he claims he has no ties to Russia and that Russia isn’t trying to influence the election.

    1. Mama Bear October 14, 2016

      Thank you Jon, for a thoughtful post. You are absolutely right and he and whoever he is working for scare the bejingles out of me. I have had the question for months now….what will happen when he loses. I read a post on Breitbart not long ago by a guy who was talking about the “Trump’s Army” website and how to get ready. I was not brave enough to follow a link. But I believe there is more here than meets the eye.

      1. PrecipitousDrop October 14, 2016

        Please provide the links, Mama.
        We MUST maintain our awareness of this insidious cabal.

        1. Mama Bear October 14, 2016

          OK, I was hoping I did not have to go back to Breitbart. It turns my stomach to read the comments sections, but that is where it was.

        2. Jon October 14, 2016

          I just provided Mama Bear with 3 of the links concerning Trump’s Russian friend.

      2. Jon October 14, 2016

        I am providing 3 of the links for you.
        They are washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/10/14/why-this-outrageous-putin-allys-statements-about-trump-and-nuclear-war-doesn’t-matter
        ibtimes.com/us-war-russia-vote-donald-trump-or-face-nuclear-disaster-russia-lawmaker-vladimir 2431799

        1. Mama Bear October 15, 2016

          Jon, something went wrong, none of these links goes anywhere

          1. Jon October 15, 2016

            I will re-check to make sure I didn’t make mistakes. If I find mistakes, I will send you corrected links. I also have other links I may send instead.

          2. Jon October 15, 2016

            I am sorry. I can’t figure out why none of those links won’t go to the articles I read. I have a very interesting link you may be interested in which talks about Trump’s relationship to trolls like AgLander, Box, itsfun, austinniceguy and other trolls. It is titled “How Trump Took Hate Groups Mainstream” by Sarah Posner and David Neiwert on Mother Jones. The link is:

          3. Mama Bear October 16, 2016

            thanks for this, Jon. I am not feeling any less “anxious” about Trump and his rabid lamb-like followers the more I read.

          4. Jon October 16, 2016

            I worry more about voter intimidation by his goons. I have enough faith in the competency of government officials to have contingency plans in place to deal with any violence some of his supporters may engage in if Trump or they refuse to accept the results of the election. Depending on the facts at the time their behavior may amount to treason.

          5. Jon October 15, 2016

            Here is another article relating Trump and his trolls. It is called “Sheriff openly calls for riots as Trump says election is ‘rigged'” by Laurel Raymond on ThinkProgress. The link is:

          6. Mama Bear October 16, 2016

            thank you…again.

  6. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 15, 2016

    Trump knows exactly what he is doing, its possible impact, and has no concern about others as he feeds his insatiable appetite to assert himself.
    Using the clever phrasing and coded terminology, he shows that, his general ignorance notwithstanding, that he is aware of the power of alluding to conspiracies to easily deceive a country filled up to the gills with adults who can’t be bothered to think for themselves.
    Hitler understood the power that could be unleashed by ignorant masses of people; the mullahs in Iran have relied on, and still do, on this same lack of insight and foresight among fanatical elements in Iran in order to use them to maintain a rigid interpretation of Islam to use it against religious minorities there, such as the Baha’is.

    And now, Trump is relying on the same formula for “Hysteria Making” in America.


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