Saturday, July 8, 2017

We Forgot About Poland

Trump's speech in Warsaw on Thursday was pretty brutal, scary stuff, sounding more like an alt-right website comment section than a White House speech, but this is where we are in the Age of Trump.

Drafted by Steve Miller, the architect of the travel ban, Trump’s speech used the type of dire, last-chance language often utilized by the far right on both sides of the Atlantic: "The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.”

Gonna pause right there for a sec.  Not even Dubya and the Nameless One were were this blatant about casting the "West" lacking the will to power.
Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost?” Trump asked. “Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?” 

Guys, this is an American leader using the direct rhetorical arguments of white supremacists in a speech given on foreign soil.  The above paragraph is flat out the exact case that Stormfront assholes make for having an armed militia of white purists to defend against "white genocide" by anyone darker than a Kardashian.

The rest of the speech was just as awful if not worse.

Trump arrived in Warsaw Wednesday night for a 16-hour visit in the runup to the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Poland was a less-than-obvious choice for Trump’s first major public European speech. Typically, American presidents land in London, Paris, or Berlin before Eastern Europe. But Trump has been at odds with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over everything from climate change to migrant policy, and French President Emmanuel Macron has also positioned himself as a counterweight to the conservative American administration. The Polish leadership, on the other hand, seems to have more in common with Trump’s vision
In his address, Trump cast the West, including the United States and Europe, on the side of “civilization.” With an undercurrent of bellicosity, he spoke of protecting borders, casting himself as a defender not just of territory but of Western “values.” And, using the phrase he had avoided on his trip to Saudi Arabia, he insisted that in the fight against “radical Islamic terrorism,” the West “will prevail.” 
Again and again, Trump held up Poland as an example, saying their history reminds the world that “the defense of the West ultimately rests not only on means but also on the will of the people to prevail.” He recalled the story of the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis in 1944: “The West,” he said, “was saved with the blood of patriots.” 
That battle, the president seemed to say, is ongoing. He called on a new generation to rise up, saying “every last inch of civilization is worth defending with your life.” 
“Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken,” Trump said. “Our values will prevail, our people will thrive, and our civilization will triumph.” 
He did not mention that in 1944, the Polish patriots, while valiant, were not, ultimately, the saviors of the state. Nor did he note that Europeans widely see the Polish ruling party of today, which has tried to clamp down on the media and judiciary, as itself a threat to Western values. Some 90,000 Poles marched against the Polish government in early May, protesting its anti-democratic trajectory. That Poland was absent in Trump’s speech.

This is pretty much boilerplate white power stuff.  And you'd better believe that the whole world noticed what Trump said, and where he said it.

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