In the well-known film “The Princess Bride”, swordfighter Inigo Montoya was known for saying, among many great lines: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
NY Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Ortez might want to listen to Inigo.
Certainly, she doesn’t seem to understand the definitions of “white supremacist” and “fascist.” In her fantasy world, she seems to think they apply to Donald Trump, and she’s openly said so.
In a lovely piece that’s as poorly written as AOC is familiar with the meanings of those two terms, MSN “journalist” Dave Goldiner tells us about it:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called President Trump a racist after his epic debate meltdown -- and boasted that she has been saying so for the longest.
We can forgo drawn-out analysis of how a “reporter” gets away with calling the performance of any debate participant a “meltdown”, since such blatant coloring speaks for itself.
And we can forgo trying to figure out how one of the biggest online media corporations allows such poor writing and editing that a big story like this one includes a sentence that appears to end without its final word.
The message is the key. It’s a message Goldinger appears to like, and which he evidently wants to amplify and spread – the message offered by AOC, that Donald Trump is a “white supremacist” and pushing America towards fascism.
Donald Trump is a white supremacist.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 30, 2020
People have been warning about this for a long time.
They were ridiculed, called hyperbolic & radical - not bc they were wrong, but bc others couldn’t accept that our country elected a supremacist as President.
This is fascism at our door. https://t.co/sahloCJt25
In his piece, Goldinger cites AOC’s 10:57pm, September 29, Tweet, in which she said:
Donald Trump is a white supremacist. People have been warning about this for a long time. They were ridiculed, called hyperbolic & radical - not bc they were wrong, but bc others couldn’t accept that our country elected a supremacist as President. This is fascism at our door.
AOC’s comments were attached to a re-Tweet of an Axios-Tweeted video clip from the so-called “Presidential Debate” that featured this exchange:
WALLACE: You have repeatedly criticized the vice president for not specifically calling out Antifa and other left wing extremist groups. But are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities as we saw in Kenosha and as we've seen in Portland.
TRUMP: Sure, I'm willing to do that.
WALLACE: Are you prepared specifically to do it.
TRUMP: I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing not from the right wing.
WALLACE: What are you saying?
TRUMP: I'm willing to do anything. I want to see peace.
WALLACE: Well, do it, sir.
BIDEN: Say it, do it say it.
TRUMP: What do you want to call them? Give me a name, give me a name, go ahead. Who do you want me to condemn?
WALLACE: White supremacist and white militia.
BIDEN: Proud Boys.
TRUMP: Okay, Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.
So, of course, the implication is that Trump is a “white supremacist”, because of the insinuation that the Proud Boys are “white supremacist.”
Surely Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio, the son of Cuban migrants, might wonder at such a characterization.
And one might wonder why Wallace felt the irresistible urge to continue promoting a false narrative connected to misreporting of Trump’s statements about the 2017 Charlottesville, VA “incident”: the killing of a protester when various interests entered into conflict over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue there.
Despite the fact that many leftists such as Joe Biden have claimed Trump tried to depict as “good people” one faction of so-called “white supremacists” who participated in the violent conflict, that’s not what Trump said. At all.
In fact, despite being repeatedly interrupted during his press conference following the death and violence in Charlottesville, Trump actually said:
Excuse me, they didn't put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group -- excuse me, excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.
And, to specifically address Wallace’s fantasty-world belief, one can remind Chris that at that press conference, Trump clearly said:
I'm not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white-nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.
Now, to be fair, perhaps one could claim that Trump wasn’t specifically saying that he condemned neo-Nazis and white-nationalists, and that he was simply using the passive voice and saying ‘they should be condemned’ by others. But even that assumption implies that Trump approved of people condemning them.
And that’s something that Chris Wallace neither mentioned in the debate, nor appears to care about mentioning now that the debate is over, and something about which AOC seems about as clued-in as she is about economics, the Constitution, or waste-disposal units in sinks.
Which brings us to AOC’s insinuation that Trump is leading America to “fascism.”
Coming from the woman who pushes the “Green New Deal”, which literally IS fascism, and applying it to Trump, who has decreased regulations on businesses and not jumped at imposing draconian COVID19 lockdowns and mask orders nationwide, that’s a troubling flip of roles.
After all, fascism is the nominal – in name only – ownership of private business that is left under the command of the central political authority, and regulations are just that. Those would be regulations that both Democrats and RINO Republicans have promulgated for far too long, expanding the size and economic burden of the US government, and tilting it further away from the US Constitution.
And, under her “Green New Deal”, AOC would push the US even further towards the collectivist state control seen in WWII Italy and Nazi Germany. It’s not Donald Trump who espouses forcing the US population to be “carbon neutral” in ten years.
That would be AOC in her “Green New Deal.”
It’s not Donald Trump who wants to hand tax cash and borrowed money (itself to be paid with taxes taken from future generations in the “land of the free”) to favored “green businesses”. And it’s not Mr. Trump who wants to tell people how to build apartment buildings and homes, offices, and shopping plazas.
That would be AOC.
The resolution calls for renovating buildings and infrastructure to be resistant to extreme natural disasters, as well as the creation of ‘smart’ power grids that could augment access to affordable and efficient electricity. It also includes a potential overhaul of the US' transportation sector in order to eliminate pollution and carbon dioxide emissions by investing in zero-emission vehicles, public transportation, and high-speed rails.
But, remember, AOC is warning America that Donald Trump is pushing everyone to the doorstep of fascism.
That’s not to say that Mr. Trump doesn’t support certain policies that could be considered fascistic. As a teacher, I’ve spoken to numerous students who recognize that his special handouts to farmers – totaling $28 billion so far – represent not only a blatant disregard for the so-called rules of the US Constitution, but are a clear form of fascistic favoritism.
This is all very basic stuff, and it’s sad that AOC either doesn’t get it, or doesn’t want people to hear the truth.
It’s a good thing we still have the internet, where we can share the truth.
But, of course, that’s another thing AOC would like to see put under even more fascistic pressure from the feds.
As she continues to say it’s others who are fascists.