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Heather Heyer's Mother Says She Will Not Speak To Trump, 'not After What He Said About My Child'

  • Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, says she still has not talked directly with Donald Trump and that she will not be talking with him.
  • In an interview with Good Morning America, Bro said that the White House had called several times—with the first call apparently coming in the middle of Heather’s memorial service.
  • Before he got down to talking about how nice some of the Nazis were, Donald Trump assured everyone that Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, had given him big kudos for his condolences skills.
  • Trump: It was an NBC, her mother wrote me and said, through I guess Twitter, social media, the nicest things.
rss@dailykos.com (Mark Sumner) / Daily Kos | August 18, 2017, 8:38 am

The Nation's Official Memorial To Robert E. Lee Gets A Rewrite

  • Last Friday night, the white nationalists who marched on Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park all looked strikingly similar.
  • It’s hard to determine just how many women identify with the alt-right because many of the movement’s members keep a low profile.
  • In a statement, the Park Service acknowledged it made the change this week but did not directly attribute it to the events in Charlottesville and the ensuing public debate over Confederate memorials.“It is our mission to provide historical context that reflects a fuller view of past events and the values under which they occurred, and the update was made in that spirit,” the Park Service said.
  • As my colleague Adam Serwer has written, the notion of Lee’s “role in promoting peace and reunion after the Civil War” is itself a matter of dispute, subject to historical revisionism highlighting his letters opposing the construction of Confederate monuments while ignoring his racist views toward blacks and his opposition to their enfranchisement.Arlington House has a complicated history: It was originally built in the early 1800s as a memorial to George Washington by the first president’s adopted son, George Washington Parke Custis.
Russell Berman / The Atlantic | August 18, 2017, 8:30 am

Fox Contributor Claims That Trump "immediately Eviscerated" The KKK, Just Like Reagan

  • ABBY HUNTSMAN (CO-HOST): When you talk about Ronald Reagan, he was a two-term governor of California.
  • BRUCE: Well, he -- as they have with President Trump, and both men have effectively done the same.
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | August 18, 2017, 8:23 am

Trump Tweets Bigoted And Debunked Pig's Blood Story As Solution For Terrorism

  • In a week when you thought Donald Trump had reached maximum offensiveness, he proved there’s always a little more disgusting to be had—even if it takes going to white nationalist fantastyland to find it.
  • xStudy what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught.
  • After the war, Pershing served as governor of the heavily Muslim Moro Province between 1909 and 1913.
  • "They were having terrorism problems, just like we do," Trump said, according to an account in the Washington Post.
rss@dailykos.com (Mark Sumner) / Daily Kos | August 18, 2017, 5:37 am

<em>The Atlantic</em> Civil War Reader

  • Last Friday night, the white nationalists who marched on Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park all looked strikingly similar.
  • It’s hard to determine just how many women identify with the alt-right because many of the movement’s members keep a low profile.
  • In 1857, after decades of legislative compromises, slave rebellions, and sectional squabbles, the United States stood poised on a knife’s edge.
  • On the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforth, and forever free.
Annika Neklason / The Atlantic | August 18, 2017, 5:28 am

Thanks To Fox's Tucker Carlson, Pro-Trump Reddit Is Discovering Anti-abortion Extremism

  • At times of crisis, the nation turns to its president for reassurance and for truth and for moral clarity and the lie about General Pershing does not provide any of those. Also, one might observe the very different reactions from this president. Today's Islamic terrorist attack which the president condemned immediately and with this inflammatory untrue story and how President Trump responded to the white supremacist terrorist attack on Saturday. Which is an attack he has yet to unequivocally call terrorism at all. 
  • Fox News’ Tucker Carlson had a night off on August 7, but that didn’t stop him from airing yet another interview with anti-choice extremist and spreading misinformation about Planned Parenthood.
  • During the August 7 edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight, guest host Laura Ingraham -- who has her own history of spreading misinformation about abortion -- aired a pre-taped interview in which Carlson hosted anti-choice activist Abby Johnson.
  • Since moving into a coveted primetime spot in the Fox News lineup, Carlson has seemingly made a habit of hosting anti-abortion activists and packaging their misinformation around the theme of “censorship.” Within the anti-abortion movement, alleging censorship has become a popular tactic, in which an anti-abortion group or outlet alleges it has been persecuted in order to rally followers and raise funds.
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | August 18, 2017, 5:20 am

White Supremacists Have Been Getting Their DNA Checked. It Hasn't Been Going Well.

  • There is a hep new trend in the white supremacist movement: Racists getting DNA tested to see just how "pure" their whiteness is.
  • With the rise of spit-in-a-cup genetic testing, there’s a trend of white nationalists using these services to prove their racial identity, and then using online forums to discuss the results.
  • But like Cobb, many are disappointed to find out that their ancestry is not as “white” as they’d hoped.
  • To be sure there's valid sociology reasons for such a study, but we prefer to believe that Panofsky and Donovan also just couldn't resist what they knew would be a gold mine of sad, frustrated racists.
rss@dailykos.com (Hunter) / Daily Kos | August 18, 2017, 2:36 am

The Legacy Of Confederate Symbols

  • One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas.
Lena Felton / The Atlantic | August 18, 2017, 2:23 am

Media Figures Quickly Condemn Trump’s “vicious Racist Lie” About General Pershing

  • Boston Globe: “Trump trots out false claim about Pershing’s treatment of Muslims -- again.” The Boston Globe reports “Less than three hours after a terrorist attack in Barcelona killed at least 12 people on Thursday, President Trump repeated a false assertion he made during the 2016 campaign about General John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing’s treatment of Muslims over a century ago”:
  • Less than three hours after a terrorist attack in Barcelona killed at least 12 people on Thursday, President Trump repeated a false assertion he made during the 2016 campaign about General John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing’s treatment of Muslims over a century ago.
  • No indication of the motives or beliefs of the Barcelona suspects had yet been released by authorities.
  • “Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught,” Trump tweeted at 2 p.m.
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | August 18, 2017, 2:19 am

Lee V. Washington: It’s Not That Hard

  • There is so much to write on the events of the last several days, but here is a quick response to the following from Trump:
  • First:  Washington is celebrated in spite of his slave-holding while Lee is celebrated precisely because he fought to defend a slave-holding regime.
  • Second: yes, let’s have the conversation about slave-holding by the Founders.
  • Let’s also address the fact that erecting a statue is not a manifestation of the study of history, rather it is always an inherently political act.
Steven L. Taylor / Outside The Beltway | August 18, 2017, 2:17 am

Open Thread For Night Owls: Trump Has Plenty Of Power To Wreck The Final Version Of Climate Report

  • Earlier in August, The New York Times published a 669-page draft of the government’s latest climate change report after it was leaked amid fear among scientists that the current occupant of the Oval Office would order the final version due in 2018 heavily redacted.
  • But some people involved in the project now fear the leak may have the opposite effect, pushing the White House to adopt the “red team” approach to challenge the climate science consensus that underpins the draft report and make big changes between what it says ultimately and what it says now.
  • The assessment is the fourth in a series launched by a 1990 law establishing the U.S.
  • Andrew Revin at the investigative site Pro-Publica writes—Trump Has Broad Power to Block ClimateChange Report:
rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades) / Daily Kos | August 17, 2017, 11:32 pm

How The President, The Police, And The Media Embolden The Far-Right

  • When former FBI agent Michael German heard President Trump characterize the deadly violence that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia, after white nationalists rallied in support of a Confederate statue as the fault of “both sides,” he saw it as part of a broader pattern.
  • “I do think there’s blame on both sides,” the president said during a press conference on Tuesday, referring to the deadly events of Charlottesville.
Clare Foran / The Atlantic | August 17, 2017, 11:23 pm

Fox's Juan Williams Says He Isn't Sure That Thomas Jefferson Forced Sex On Slave He Fathered Children With

  • JUAN WILLIAMS (CO-HOST): This is -- this is where I jump off the ship, because to me, Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings and all the forced sex you want to talk about, I'm not sure about it, but -- even so, Founding Father is Thomas Jefferson, and he has written into that document some things that I find heartwarming, in fact, inspiring to this day.
  • JESSE WATTERS (CO-HOST): I think we found the one thing that Al Sharpton does not want the government to spend money on.
  • KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE (CO-HOST): I think that Al Sharpton is constantly trying to poke the cage, and he is a sensationalist, and he is trying to bring, like, sex into it, and the whole thing.
  • WILLIAMS: Well, I think he is sincere, it's just that I disagree with him on Jefferson.
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | August 17, 2017, 11:18 pm

The ACLU Is Right To Defend Free Speech For Awful People

  • K-Sue Park, a housing attorney and the Critical Race Studies fellow at the U.C.L.A.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union has a long history of defending the First Amendment rights of groups on both the far left and the far right.
  • The notion that defending the right to hold a rally makes the ACLU somehow complicit in a psychopath running people over with a car is just nuts.
  • While admirable in theory, this approach implies that the country is on a level playing field, that at some point it overcame its history of racial discrimination to achieve a real democracy, the cornerstone of which is freedom of expression.
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway | August 17, 2017, 11:15 pm

Nation Discovers Evangelicals Have No Moral Compass As Business Leaders Pick Up The Slack

  • By comparison, leaders of the American Catholic Church were never shy in their criticism of President Obama when they were displeased with him.
  • "President Obama’s comments today in support of the redefinition of marriage are deeply saddening," Dolan said in a statement, adding, "we cannot be silent in the face of words or actions that would undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society.
  • But apparently Trump providing comfort and encouragement to racists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis aren’t actions that threaten any cornerstones of American society.
  • “Could you imagine Daniel, Jeremiah, Samuel, Nathan, or Isaiah saying they'd no longer advise or speak to the king or government?,” asked Tony Suarez, vice president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), who has repeatedly condemned the alt-right movement that gathered in his home state.
rss@dailykos.com (Kerry Eleveld) / Daily Kos | August 17, 2017, 8:29 pm