Jill Stein joins Trump-Putin fascist convergence
Well, isn't this cute. Talking Points Memo notes that when Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein supped with Putin at a Moscow confab sponsored by Kremlin state media mouthpiece RT in December, also on hand was Donald Trump's military advisor, retired General Mike Flynn. The same Mike Flynn who has called for the "destruction of Raqqa" to defeat ISIS, and boasts that he is "at war with Islam," The Intercept informs us. Yet Stein, in her viral YouTube statement from Red Square during the trip, filled with predictable "anti-war" rhetoric, had not a syllable of criticism either for Flynn or for her Kremlin hosts—who were then (as now) busy bombing the crap out of Syria.
So much for Stein's hypocritical "anti-war" position. And so much for deluded "leftists" who argue that Trump would be less dangerous on "isolationist" grounds.
Also take a look at what company these supposed "leftists" are in. We've already noted that Matthew Heimbach, the neo-Nazi leader behind June's hate rally in Sacramento, had previously attacked a Black Lives Matter protester at a Trump rally. Now blogger Louis Proyect notes that Heimbach has also organized rallies in support of Putin's client Syrian dictator Bashar Assad (whose regime, not coincidentally, has availed itself of actual Nazi expertise). Heimbach has also praised Putin for his sponsorship of neo-fascist and ultra-right groups across Europe.
The Forward notes that a charming neo-Nazi freelance propagandist by the name of Jayme Liardi has taken it upon himself to launch a "Trump Youth" initiative (very subtle, eh?). A sample of his rhetoric, perfectly designed to appeal to disaffected globophobes who might not even be sophisticated enough to recognize the whiff of Nazism here: "If you have no identity, one will be installed into you by the kosher forces of The State. Make no mistake, they may say that they are for 'multiculturalism' 'diversity' and 'equality' but their actions would say otherwise. This is the ideology that brought us colonialism, slavery and the chain stores of suburbia. This is our current world—the world of Globalism."
The Washington Post reports that when Vice President Joe Biden visited Serbia this week, he was met with protesters from the Serbian Radical Party of veteran warlord Vojislav Seselj, who wore matching Donald Trump T-shits and carried mass-produced placards reading "VOTE TRUMP." Seselj said: ""Trump is the alternative to globalization. He will destroy old centers of power in the United States and he is a supporter of Russia." (Seselj, by the way, has faced war crimes charges at The Hague over atrocities committed during the Bosnian war. We noted that Seslj predicted his imminent conviction back in March. Just days later, he was instead acquitted—shamefully. See NYT, April 1)
We've noted before the worldwide fascist convergence around the Trump-Putin axis. This is now revealed as a "Red-Brown" convergence that also includes sectors of the ostensible "left"—a politics redolent of the 1939 Hitler-Stalin Pact. With Stein's growing popularity, we fear these sectors are now becoming dominant on the "left."
And she's running against Trump, you say? Actually, the best she can aspire to do is split the anti-Trump vote and abet his victory. Certainly, she has far more ire for centrist Democrat Clinton than outright fascist Trump. As Politico notes, she says that while Trump just "says despicable things," Clinton has "terrifying track record"—a typically dishonest response that ignores the reality that Trump has never held political office. If he ever gets the reins of power (with Jill's connivance), "leftists" literally aren't going to know what hit them. Because they are apparently incapable of recognizing actual fascism. Or, worse, have made their peace with it in the name of a confused populism.
So, connect the dots... Jill Stein sups with Putin and Mike Flynn in Moscow.... Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort previously worked for Ukrainian despot Viktor Yanukovich... Jill Stein disses the popular revolution that ousted Yanukovich as a "Nazi coup," as UA Wire notes (apparently oblivious to her own irony)... The Bernie Sanders bandwagon is cheering on Putin's spies for saving us from evil Hillary... Manafort has also worked in the past for CIA-backed killer Jonas Savimbi and US puppet dictator Ferdinand Marcos, as a Slate profile notes... While the Philippines' new death-squad-boss president Rodrigo Duterte now wants to have Marcos buried with honors as a fallen patriot... and is being cheered on by many Philippine "leftists" because he is a political "outsider"... It's over. Effectively, there is no more "left" left. It has been wholly appropriated by the fascist right.