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  1. Zugzwang
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    19 Aug '17 20:04
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/19/republican-party-white-supremacists-charlottesville

    "How the Republican party quietly does the bidding of white supremacists:
    Let us finally rip off the veneer that Trump’s affinity for white supremacy
    is distinct from the Republican agenda. It isn’t."
    --Russ Feingold (who was a Senator for Wisconsin)

    "We should not commend Republican party elected officials who claim outrage
    on social media at Trump’s remarks, often without daring to mention his name.
    The phony claimed outrage becomes dangerous if it convinces anyone that there
    is a distinction between Trump’s abhorrent comments and the Republican Party agenda.

    The lesson from Charlottesville is not how dangerous the neo-Nazis are.
    It is the unmasking of the Republican party leadership. In the wake of last
    weekend’s horror and tragedy, let us finally, finally rip off the veneer that Trump’s
    affinity for white supremacy is distinct from the Republican agenda of voter
    suppression, renewed mass incarceration and the expulsion of immigrants.

    There is a direct link between Trump’s comments this week and those policies,
    so where is the outrage about the latter? Where are the Republican leaders
    denouncing voter suppression as racist, un-American and dangerous?
    Where are the Republican leaders who are willing to call out the wink
    (and the direct endorsement) from President Trump to the white
    supremacists and acknowledge their own party’s record and stance on
    issues important to people of color as the real problem for our country?"

    "Gerrymandering, strict voter ID laws, felon disenfranchisement are all aimed at
    one outcome: a voting class that is predominantly white, and in turn majority Republican.

    The white supremacist chant of, “you will not replace us,” could easily
    and accurately be the slogan for these Republican politicians.
    Their policies will achieve the same racial outcome as Jim Crow –
    the disenfranchisement and marginalization of people of color."

    "Let’s see Republicans call out their own agenda, and openly recognize the
    connection between the agenda of the racist alt-right and that of the Republican party.

    Anything short of radical change to the Republican party’s war on voters of
    color is merely feigned outrage. Even if the white supremacists are condemned,
    even if the entire Republican party rises up in self-professed outrage at
    white supremacists, if voter suppression and other such racist policies
    survive, the white supremacists are winning. And America is losing."

    The Republican Party's (unacknowledged) strategy is to position itself as the
    Party of White People, the one that voters trust to be friendly toward White Power.
    Given that most white men and most white women voted for Donald Trump,
    it might well be a successful strategy at least for the foreseeable future.
    After all, *if* the Republican Party *truly* were to embrace being inclusive
    of diversity (non-white people on equal terms with white people), then it
    could lose the support of the resentful insecure whites who are its base.