The Turner Diaries: January 8, 2021

Dear Mr. VP,

I bet you haven’t read The Turner Diaries. It’s a terrible piece of shit, but I’ve already taken the L and read it so you don’t have to. One can’t overstate its importance to the white nationalist and far right. It gets sold at gun shows. Timothy McVeigh had a copy in his car when he was stopped by a police officer after the OKC bombing. It imagines a white nationalist coup against a government these racists see as run by Jews and intent on white genocide via a program of anti-racism and multiculturalism.

In the book, the white nationalists attack the Capitol. There is no intention for mass casualty, but rather they hope to put people on notice that the sacred symbols we believe secure are, in fact, very easily breached. Later in the book, through a series of other attacks, the coup is successful and white nationalists run the entire world.

Here’s a direct quote from the book, describing the attack on the Capitol:

“All in all, it has been a busy day for the Organization! I am greatly invigorated by these demonstrations of our capability for launching multiple, simultaneous strikes against the System, and I am sure that the same is true of all our comrades. Despite all the noise and smoke and wreckage caused by our attack on the Capitol, only 61 persons were killed, we learned from later news reports. Among these are two Congressmen, one subcabinet official, and four or five senior Congressional staffers. But, the real value of all our attacks today lies in the psychological impact, not in the immediate casualties. For one thing, our efforts against the System gained immeasurably in credibility. More important, though, is what we taught the politicians and the bureaucrats. They learned this afternoon that not one of them is beyond our reach. They can huddle behind barbed wire and tanks in the city, or they can hide behind the concrete walls and alarm systems of their country estates, but we can still find them and kill them. All the armed guards and bulletproof limousines in America cannot guarantee their safety. That is a lesson they will not forget. Now they are all raging at us and solemnly promising the public that they will stamp us out, but after they have had a chance to think about it some of them will be ready to consider “buying insurance.” The great weakness of the System is its utter moral corruption. They have us vastly outmanned and outgunned, but not one of their leaders is motivated by anything other than selfinterest. They are ready to betray the System the instant they can see an advantage in doing so. For now, we mustn’t let them know that they are all inevitably headed for the gallows.”

This is an interesting (understatement) parallel that I hope we’ll take very seriously as we continue to explore the motives of the insurrectionists on January 6th and the need for a coordinated response to the gravest immediate threat our nation faces: white nationalist domestic terrorism. Five people died on Wednesday, including a Capitol police officer who was bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher; if you think this is a terrible death toll, I’m here to tell you that that’s nothing compared to what it could have been, or could be in the future.

And they were coming for you, Mr. Pence. Credible news outlets — the AP for chrissakes — are reporting people in the mob were yelling “Hang Mike Pence!” Did you see the photos of insurrectionists with zip tie handcuffs, and the gallows erected on the Capitol grounds?

What in the world is keeping you from invoking the 25th Amendment?


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