Executive failures and bigotry are killing us. Prosecutors and cops swear to uphold and execute our laws. Not throw people down and execute them on city streets.
Derek Chauvin mercilessly killed George Floyd. It was televised. Hennepin County prosecutor Mike Freeman waited all week to authorize an arrest. Why? All it takes is probable cause!
Americans reacted to obvious injustice. Unlike the Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin killings, there can be no self-defense claims. We witnessed a handcuffed black man killed as he begged for breath and called for his mother.
Street justice is unconstitutional mobsterism. Extra-judicial punishments portend dictatorships and totalitarianism. Goodbye democracy.
Last Monday was remarkable. First, Donald Trump spoke to his pal Putin. Next thing you know, Trump is advocating removing troops from Germany, and deploying soldiers in American cities.
Trump then told America’s governors that protesters must be dominated lest those governors be perceived as weak jerks. Trump urged harsh street retribution on raucous protestors. POTUS could not understand why governors didn’t want federal troops. Could it be their commander?
Late Monday afternoon, Trump and his dissembling consigliere Bill Barr authorized an armed attack on peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square. Military brass went along. It was criminal and vile.
Not all White House protesters have been peaceful. It got riotous enough prior to Monday for Trump to inspect(?) his bunker, inspiring uproarious parody.
Non-peaceful vandals have damaged my Denver work-hood. It is sickening. Plywood now covers giant windows at Denver’s Capitol, Republic Plaza, Public Library, the Brown Palace, City and County Building, Wellington Webb Building and Ralph Carr Justice Center.
Who broke those windows, and caused damage in other American cities?
Trump wants people to blame Antifa. Early arrest data reveals otherwise. However, Trumpsters have a broader definition of Antifa. It includes Trump detractors. In their view, protesters are mostly enemies of the people. Just like the media.
As Trumpsters point left toward Antifa, I will be looking right. Trump just provided catnip for Nazis. Like Trump, these Nazi types hate CNN, Soros, Sanders and Barack Hussein Obama.
Nazis make the following political case for right-wing totalitarianism: Marxists (Antifa) want to dominate the world. Nazis are necessary to bust up the commie, non-white hordes.
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Less than 100 years ago, Antifa and Nazis battled it out in Germany. They met again in Charlottesville in August 2017. Nazis seek victory via bigotry, brutality and propaganda.
General James Mattis has now eviscerated our Divider in Chief, writing that Trump is carrying out the Nazi playbook of divide and conquer.
Even Ben & Jerry weighed in last week, with this message: “We must dismantle white supremacy – silence is NOT an option.” They demand Trump disavow white supremacists and nationalist groups that overtly support him and stop using his Twitter feed to promote and normalize their ideas and agendas.
But Trump will not stop. Cory Gardner will not stop him. Colorado’s last Republican senator is a “collaborator,” as Anne Applebaum explains in her excellent essay scrutinizing political capitulation to totalitarian leaders. History will judge the complicit. Gardner could have been an American hero and voted to remove Trump. Instead, he decided not to see the evidence.
Trump’s Lafayette Square assault was more violent than the Buffalo incident in which the 75-year old man was shoved. No way should Trump and Barr get away with ordering their attack. As with Chauvin and his three police accomplices, Trump and Barr’s crimes were televised.
Coloradans are furious. Denver’s demonstrators despise Trump.
Right-wing bigots love this president and see opportunity. The Boogaloo Boys are Nazi-types with considerable weaponry. Trump-inspired northern Colorado supremacists dropped in on the Denver protests. Fellow bigots were caught and accused of trying to blow up Las Vegas. Alleged Antifa Twitter threats to attack the suburbs were planted by Nazi-types engaged in clandestine online warfare.
The very day Trump declared Antifa a terrorist organization, America’s Atomwaffen Division, a small but violent neo-Nazi group, announced a new international branch in Russia. American allies in Europe are frustrated at Trump’s focus on Antifa as Nazi-type groups are brazenly executing hate crimes.
Jeremy Jojola at 9News courageously established the existence of Nazis in Denver, including a major Nazi Atomwaffen leader. Denver has many times suffered hate crimes at the hands of Nazi-types. Less than a hundred years ago, the Ku Klux Klan dominated Denver and Colorado. Never again.
I saw this sign carried by a young woman at the Denver protests. “It is not enough to be non-racist. You have to be anti-racist.”
Let’s be anti-racist and anti-Nazi. And keep a sharp eye on the Nazis and their enablers.
Craig Silverman is a former Denver chief deputy DA who also has worked in the media for decades. Craig is columnist at large for The Colorado Sun. He practices law at the Denver law firm of Springer & Steinberg, P.C.
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