Taegan Goddard at Political Wire:
MSNBC: “Some Donald Trump supporters attending the Republican presidential candidate’s rally in Las Vegas on the eve of the next GOP debate treated protesters with unusual hatred Monday night. Trump was interrupted several times by Black Lives Matter protesters, prompting a furious reaction from the crowd. Some screamed, pointed, and at one point shoved a heckler as hotel security swooped in to remove them. As one man was dragged away, Trump supporters variously yelled, ‘Shoot him!’ ‘Kick his ass,’ and ‘Light the motherf—-r on fire!’ A large middle aged man shouted, ‘Sieg heil!’ — a Nazi Germany-era salute — as the protester was taken away.”
(You can watch the video below.)
This reeks. I am no Trump fan but this is a deliberate attempt to smear Trump and his followers as Nazis.
So BLM or some other Lefty group send protesters to Trump rallies to disrupt them. When they start shouting the Trump supporters shout back. There may be some pushing and shoving. Security arrives and the protesters are removed.
Just like the Nazis.
In this particular case while security is trying to get one shouting protester off the flood a loud, disembodied voice clearly yells “Light the motherfucker on fire!” No one attempts to do so and the protester is soon ejected without harm (or even arrest).
So who said it?
I’m guessing it wasn’t a Trump supporter.
It should also be pointed out that despite numerous cameras at the event there is no video available of the alleged Nazi salute.
Let’s get something straight: Trump is not a Nazi and neither are his followers.
The National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) was a paramilitary organization made up initially of German WWI veterans.
The party emerged from the German nationalist, racist and populist Freikorps paramilitary culture, which fought against the communist uprisings in post-World War I Germany. The party was created as a means to draw workers away from communism and into völkisch nationalism. Initially, Nazi political strategy focused on anti-big business, anti-bourgeois, and anti-capitalist rhetoric, although such aspects were later downplayed in order to gain the support of industrial entities, and in the 1930s the party’s focus shifted to anti-Semitic and anti-Marxist themes.
The Nazis had uniforms and an ideology. They were organized as a political party. There is simply no comparison between Nazis and Trump supporters.
Nor is there any comparison between Trump and Hitler. If Trump wins he will not suddenly be imbued with dictatorial powers. He won’t be able to count on a GOP Congress to rubberstamp his agenda. If anything, the Republicans and Democrats in Congress may join together to reassert their constitutional prerogatives vis-a-vis the Executive branch.
This is just another smear job.