Stay Away: August 16, 2017

Dear Mr. VP,

Today, you are in Argentina.

PenceAtMemorial

Here’s your description of the morning:

Began my morning yesterday in Buenos Aires by visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral to lay a wreath at General San Martin’s tomb and visit their memorial to Holocaust victims.

Oh no you didn’t.

Yesterday, your boss called people at a white supremacist march, people screaming “Jew will not replace us” as they carried torches through a college campus, “fine people.” Here’s some of those fine people with their fine fascist regalia.

 

And here’s a really informative piece from the Southern Poverty Law Center on the flags and other symbols used by far right groups in Charlottesville. Takeaway: there were a shitload of Nazis in Virginia. But your boss needed to do research before he could decide if it was really that bad and something he needed to condemn.

“I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement…The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement. But you don’t make statements that direct unless you know the facts. It takes a little while to get the facts.” – Donald Trump

Fact: it is easy to see when there are a shitload of Nazis and Klansmen marching publicly through a small city, and also pretty easy to make an immediate statement condemning Nazis and the Klan.

You also work with a guy who wore a medal associated with a Nazi-linked organization to Trump’s inauguration.

Gorka
Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the President, shown here on Inauguration Day wearing a medal of Vitézi Rend, a Hungarian merit organization with ties to Nazi Germany.

And, as I pointed out a few days ago, in the wake of Charlottesville, you were still busy tweeting away about our America First policies. Here’s what the guy (Gerald LK Smith, remember?) who used to spout on about America First policies thought about Jewish people:

  • When Jewish people complained a Passion Play staged by Smith was anti-Semitic, he confirmed it by saying it was “the only presentation of this kind in the world that has not diluted its content to flatter the Christ-hating Jews.”
  • One of Smith’s critiques of the United Nations was that it was “Jew-infested.”
  • He lobbied for the release of Nazi war criminals.
  • He was a member of the Silver Shirts, an underground fascist organization modeled after Hitler’s Brownshirts.

Visiting a Holocaust memorial does not undo your complicity, or your active promotion of white supremacist ideology. In fact, it is ringing so false I have nearly gone deaf from the sound.

Until you denounce Trump, denounce Bannon, and denounce Gorka. Until you unequivocally renounce fascism and white supremacy without dog whistling to those very people the next day. Until you make a public statement that there are not “two sides” and there are no “fine people” marching with Nazis. Until you resign from this administration of white supremacists, stay the fuck away from Holocaust memorials.

D

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