Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Hatred is their secret sauce

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     So it’s left to me to tell the secret?
     Sigh.
     OK.
     If I must.
     The current tizzy over this kid, Nick Fuentes, a vile antisemite — is there any other kind? — dining with two other vile antisemites, Kanye West and Donald Trump, is ...
     What? Oh. Don’t slide into the ditch on me here regarding that last one. Doesn’t matter that his son-in-law is Jewish. Trump could be a Jew himself and that wouldn’t change anything. Stephen Miller is Jewish, in theory. Moving on ...
     ... having dinner with two other big-mouth bigots, Kanye West and Donald Trump ...
     Better? I aim to please. Though after 40 years in this business, I’m convinced that the object of bigotry hardly matters. Haters are cowards — they’re searching for anyone safe to attack and thereby feel ... I don’t know, powerful and manly, I suppose. Their victims are fungible; anyone will do, provided they are vulnerable enough. Trans kids, Muslims, Blacks, Jews, what’s the difference? Remember Trump’s escalator descent at Trump Tower, deus ex machina, to announce his candidacy? All that poison about Mexico sending us drug dealers and rapists? You elected him president anyway. To make a fuss now, over this, is just daft. Rolling around in bigotry like a dog in ordure doesn’t hurt Trump; it’s what made him. Half of America loves this.
     Which brings us back to Fuentes and the secret. Have you asked yourself how, at 24, in a media landscape that is a 24/7 howling hurricane, a billion voices screaming at once, does this knucklehead get to be a national figure in the first place? What’s his secret sauce?
     Right. Hate sells. Vile sells. Antisemitism sells. It cuts through the clutter. People who have nothing else to say say that, and everybody perks right up.
     Look at our own homegrown hater, the Right Honorable Louis Farrakhan. Smart. Ambitious. With valid points: self-reliance; avoid drugs and alcohol; respect women; shop in the community.
     But he can give a two-hour Founders Day speech and what gets reported? The three minutes he fulminates against the Jews. Which isn’t wrong. You can’t expect the papers to focus instead on his bean cake project. Farrakhan learned the lesson and the vicious circle turned for years: He condemns the Jews for plotting against him. Jewish groups issue their pro forma complaints. Which Farrakhan points to as proof of animosity against him. He just couldn’t stop.

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10 comments:

  1. Strong as hell. Love it!

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  2. Hi Neil; the nice thing about titling your column "Every Goddam Day" is that its a meta-comment on the state of particular strains of shit affecting our culture. Like anti-Semitism. Every Goddam Day.

    To paraphrase Frank Zappa (from "Trouble Comin' Every Day"), "Hey people, I'm not Jewish, but there's lots of times I wish I could say I'm not a gentile."

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  3. And from now on, I'll remember to select the goddam Google dropdown. I don't wish to be an Anonymous commenter. I stand behind what I say, goddammit!

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  4. Farrakan isn't our only homegrown hater. Fuentes went to Lyons Township High School. He is one of our own as well. I'm surprised more hasn't been made of the 3rd person who joined Trump, Milo Yiannopoulos. He is a gay, British, white supremacist, who has publicly advocated sexual relations between adult men and young boys. One imagines that Trump lapped up his adulation as well. You can't make this stuff up.

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    1. Fuentes is a stain on my alma mater (class of '81) that we won't be able to erase.

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    2. Fuentes is a nobody, a putz, and a punk. I saw him the other day. He still looks like he should be campaigning for a seat on the Student Council. It's ridiculous to give him any attention at all, let alone airtime. Other wanna-be Fuhrers...like Frank Collin and George Lincoln Rockwell...put this dweeb to shame.This little attention whore finally got the notice he craves, but only after talking turkey with Orange Julius. So freaking what? Who cares?

      Let him spew his Jew-hatred to empty rooms and turned-off mikes and non-working cameras. Give him his five minutes...he doesn't even merit fifteen. Then he can slither back under his rock. Until he eventually opens his face at the wrong time, in the wrong place, to the wrong people...and he pays the price. The heavier, the better. Perhaps the ultimate price.

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  5. Good column. Just like I don't understand Blacks who vote Repub.

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    1. I don't understand Blacks who are Republican and hold office or cabinet posts.

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  6. Why would any jewish person vote for Trump. This interview would probably answer the question. There people who are one issue voters. Abotion is one. I am sure many voted for Trump because he claims to be anti abortion and he put 3 judges on the court that voted to over turn Roe. As a voting bloc I don't know if the Jewish vote has any affect on how an election will turn out. But there are a number of Jews that will go along with Trump because he supports Israel. Morton Klein who was interviewed here could find no reason not to vote for Trump. https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/a-right-wing-zionist-digests-trumps-anti-semite-dinner-party I guess or him it would be ok if Trump shot some one on 5th Avenue as long as he supported Israel

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    1. You really ought to subscribe, Sanford. Then maybe you could read the entire column and wouldn't present points made after the jump as observations of your own.

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