After venting my frustration and anger over our American radical Right’s war on truth, decency, and democracy, I’ve decided on a kinder gentler term for addressing this authoritarian, insurrectionist, Trumpist, white nationalist Christian movement. I want to clarify my position. They are NOT all neo-Nazis.
I’ve elaborated for several years on their similarities to the original Nazis of Hitler’s Third Reich. Their shared extremist sentiments are easily found in any list of the characteristics of fascism. Intolerance of diversity, blatant racism, authoritarian nationalism, amplified anger, and resentment towards those they need to scapegoat to frame their manufactured sense of victimhood, white Christian identity, a blind loyalty to strongman leader who appeals to their bigotry and tells them who to blame and hate, etc.
I distinguished them from Hitler’s National Socialist fascism by referring to them as American neo-Nazis, since they share the same type of bigotry and authoritarian personality. These are the Americans who would have been ardent Nazis had they lived in 1930’s Germany.
Holocaust survivors have expressed their disturbing realization, witnessing the growth of this same kind of white nationalism festering under Trump as it’s beloved Fuhrer. A friend’s elderly mother who was a German war bride reacted to Trump with exasperation, “I should have STAYED in Germany”.
I have reconsidered how much I have used the term “neo-Nazi” for Trump’s loyal supporters. Some truly are. It’s not for lack of similarities, but technically speaking, most are not neo-Nazis.
In 2017 we all saw the real tiki torch neo-Nazis at Charlottesville chanting, “Jews will not replace us!” They are Trump supporters. So were all the others who attended the deadly “Unite the Right” rally. Marchers included members of the alt-right, neo-Confederates, neo-fascists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and far-right militias. All of them are Trump supporters.
Notable attendees were neo-Nazi Daily Stormer writers Robert "Azzmador" Ray and Gabriel "Zeiger" Sohier-Chaput, white supremacists Richard Spencer and David Duke, and Daily Caller contributor and rally organizer Jason Kessler.
Again, not all Trump voters are white nationalists or bigots. Many are mis-uninformed, incurious, or just gullible. And while not all of the bigoted Trump loyalists are neo-Nazis, they ARE radical right American white nationalist “Christians”. And they will insist they are conservatives and Christians.
Just ask them. It’s not the first time fascists presented themselves as such.
“It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life." - Adolf Hitler, Proclamation to the German Nation, Berlin, February 1, 1933
By their fruits we will know them.
Henceforth in consideration of their delicate sensitivities I’ll refer to Nationalist Conservatives as “Nat-Cs”.
The Urban Dictionary even defines Nat-C: “A Nationalist Conservative who doesn't believe they are racist, xenophobic, homophobic, religious zealots, in a cult even though they are.”
And I’ll add a note to any white Nationalist Conservative who might take umbrage and strongly disagree with my words. I get it. They have strong opinions, albeit usually groundless. My opinion on opinions is here.
I sincerely welcome their corrective facts, evidence, and information if I am in error.
Usually, their dissenting opinions are limited to “But the Biden Crime Family™” and name-calling.
To assist our fellow Americans in forming a cogent rebuttal to my points, I offer this easy-to-use template.
“Dave, I have to say you are stating falsehoods by claiming (_____) and (_______). These facts and evidence (_____) and (____) suggest you are quite mistaken.”
Sounds simple, right?
Alas, not as simple as regurgitating indoctrination and flinging personal insults.
Perhaps the "F" and "E" words derail them?