A women’s and gender studies professor from Massachusetts’ Smith College believes the term “Nazi” is not strong enough a word to describe those “who brazenly claim they are simply patriots with different opinions.”
Now that Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president, Loretta Ross notes in CounterPunch that post-World War II Nazis faced the Nuremburg Trials in order to “send a warning to the world” … and those who managed to escape justice essentially became non-entities.
The prof wants Trump-supporting Republicans, whom she dubs “American Nazis who adapted the playbook of the Third Reich,” to face something similar. This means anyone associated with the “attempted criminal coup” at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 … and more.
“This includes Nazified people in Congress, in the media, in universities, in regular jobs, and throughout society because fascism is not the fevered dream of one delusional man,” Ross writes. “Trump is a white supremacist; that he is also a deranged narcissist is really incidental.”
Ross (at left), who teaches the course “White Supremacy, Human Rights and Calling In the Calling Out Culture,” also asserts the Republican Party elected Trump four years ago because it “can’t stand the glacially slow and righteous empowerment of people of color and any limits on their power to amass an immoral amount of wealth.”
Trump should receive no mercy, Ross continues, because after Hitler attempted to overthrow the German government in the early 20s, he ended up serving only one year of a five-year sentence. He then “used that leniency to commit the Holocaust.”
Republicans are no longer entitled to exist as a legitimate political party because this authoritarian backlash has been building since new Civil Rights laws were passed in 1964 and 1965 in response to white racist violence captured on TV that required the National Guard to quell. Then-President Lyndon Johnson predicted that most white people would flee the Democratic Party to join the pro-segregationist, anti-feminist, and anti-gay revanchist political movement of George Wallace, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan. Every undemocratically selected Republican president since the 1960s (by an electoral college designed to be disenfranchising) has failed to repudiate this neo-fascist wing of their party. …
The term “Nazi” is not even strong enough to convey the opprobrium and disgust human rights activists feel for those who brazenly claim they are simply patriots with different opinions. From the White House, to the Congress, to the streets, they declared war on democracy. They are seditionists, co-conspirators, and neo-Nazis hiding in plain sight who chose to use whatever power, platforms, and microphones they had to overturn this system of government. Their apparent goal is an apartheid-like system in which an embattled minority of people rule over millions of people who oppose them.
Ross contends the country is at another post-Civil War moment: Unlike in 1865 when the Union failed to “denounce the traitors” (and instead “enshrined [them] in monuments”) we now must “hold [the] insurrectionists accountable.”
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