The Sturmabteilung, or “brownshirts,” were formed as the Nazi Party’s first paramilitary group. They protected Nazi officials, including Adolf Hitler and Erich Rohm, fought with the paramilitary groups that opposed them, and intimidated Romani, trade unionists, and especially Jews.
Donald Trump, who is known to be a fan of Adolf Hitler, apparently believes this is a great idea. Check out the email he sent out “exclusively” to his “fiercest and most loyal defenders:”
The Trump campaign is fundraising off people being in the "Trump Army" and selling camouflage hats.
"YOU are the President’s first line of defense when it comes to fighting off the Liberal MOB." pic.twitter.com/KIzxDmkDMg
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) June 4, 2020
TL;DR version: the Trump campaign wants to sell the aforementioned “fiercest and most loyal defenders” of His Royal Orange Ass a camo MAGA/KAG hat for $35
(this may not be the exact hat offered in the email), that they can wear to Show Their Loyalty and Proclaim Their Allegiance. But here’s the kicker:
The President wants YOU and every other member of our exclusive Trump Army to have something to identify yourselves with, and to let everyone know that YOU are the President’s first line of defense when it comes to fighting off the Liberal MOB.
Take a minute. Roll the idea around in your head.
Trump wants to recruit and create a “Trump Army,” all wearing easily identifiable hats, to “figh[t] off the Liberal MOB.”
I’m guessing that this is part of the “liberal mob” that Trump is agitating against:
What exactly does it mean for the “Trump Army” to fight off this ravening, slobbering mob of peaceful liberals? Your guess is as good as mine, but I’m thinking it will start off something like this:
They already know how to give the salutes:
Trump 2020 is recruiting its own private army to engage in street fighting with, well, whoever they’re pointed at.
Naturally Trump and his cadre of press flacks and liars, which we can call the Goebbels Brigade, will sneer and poo-poo the meaning behind the email. Kayleigh McEnany will laugh and say the “hysterical left” is taking the email far too seriously. Kellyanne Conway, whose continued status as being married to George Conway never fails to mystify me, will label the call to violence “metaphorical.”
Sure it is. But the Trump 2020 campaign isn’t alone in calling for violence against Americans.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Vermin) wants to send in our military’s most elite units to slaughter Americans.
Sen. Tom Cotton R-AR suggests using the 101st Airborne to restore order. pic.twitter.com/FBjbQDX8sk
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) June 1, 2020
Cotton is a military veteran. He says,
No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters.
“No quarter” means shoot to kill. It means blood and bodies in the streets. He knows what he means. He wants it.
“Pastor” Rick Wiles, who is as crazy as a shithouse rat, says that protesters should be rounded up, taken to Guantanamo, and tortured.
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) June 4, 2020
This is where the Trump administration/campaign (screw campaign law, they are the same organization) is taking us in 2020. A Trump Army, wearing hats to identify themselves, going out in angry, gun-wielding mobs to attack anyone they think isn’t loyal to Trump.
Hell, it’s already started. Three idiots in Nevada were arrested for plotting to firebomb protests in Las Vegas and — key point here — blame it on “antifa” agitators. Two days ago, an idiot in Los Angeles was arrested for impersonating a National Guardsman. He was heavily armed, and ready to protect stores from looters” according to his Facebook page.
BREAKING: @FOXLA has learned that LAPD arrested 31 y/o Gregory Wong in DTLA this AM while dressed as/impersonating National Guard. He was armed to the teeth and was booked on assault weapons charges. LAPD says federal charges may come next. Sources confirm this photo. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/NPp8mFuh9x
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) June 2, 2020
The LAPD says they don’t believe he intended to hurt anyone. Riiiiight.
Masha Gessen has called out Trump on what she calls his “fascist performance.”
Donald Trump thinks power looks like masked men in combat uniforms lined up in front of the marble columns of the Lincoln Memorial. He thinks it looks like Black Hawk helicopters hovering so low over protesters that they chop off the tops of trees. He thinks it looks like troops using tear gas to clear a plaza for a photo op. He thinks it looks like him hoisting a Bible in his raised right hand.
She’s right. And bloodthirsty fascists like Cotten, Wiles, and so many more, intend to take this as far as they can go.
What happened to the Brownshirts, by the way? Well, Hitler feared Rohm would challenge him for leadership of the Nazi Party, so in 1934, during the Night of the Long Knives, Hitler had him and others executed, and Hitler’s Schutzstaffel — SS — became the primary Nazi paramilitary force.
A lot of naysayers and blind optimists will say this can’t happen. Americans won’t stand for it. Trump wouldn’t dare go this far. The institutions of democracy will prevent anything less than a peaceful transfer of power after we vote Trump out in November.
Well, maybe. I don’t think Trump has any intention of relinquishing power, or going peacefully if and when he loses the vote to Biden.
If we plan on making it to January 2021, we’d better plan on doing something more proactive than just toddling off to the voting booth on November 3. As critically important as that is, we’re going to need to do more than that.
Be prepared. And, always, stand together.