The blue wave we hoped for came, but some believe it wasn’t big enough, and it wasn’t big enough. Neo-Nazis, White Nationalist and other hate groups are flourishing because they have friends in the White House and in the Republican Party.
When the President of the United States said there were “good people on both sides” hate groups were emboldened. When the president declared himself he was a Nationalist they were emboldened further. When Trump calls the press the “enemy of the people” and immigrants “invaders” they are given a rallying cry. Every day he remains in office hate is energized in America.
While Democrats took over the House of Representatives and will fight for more accountability within our government, miserable individuals like Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas hung on. This glimmer of hope allowed White Nationalist to ignore the number of seats they lost in Congress and celebrate the hatemongers that remain.
The Daily Stormer, a Neo Nazi website, has more than 2.5 million visitors a month, according to a CNN report. The number of visitors gives us an idea of how strong these radical hate groups have become, and make no mistake about it, they vote. It’s therefore even more important that we keep up our efforts to shut down gerrymandering wherever we can, get people registered and get them out to vote in 2020. If Trump were to be re-elected their numbers would grow larger. Trump must be stopped, if not through impeachment, then through the ballot box.
Last year 1,247,321 violent crimes occurred nationwide, according the FBI statistics on crime. No statistics have been posted yet on how many of those incidents were considered hate crimes, but in 2016 the FBI reported there were 6,063 hate crimes, which is a sharp increase from the year before when 4,482 hate crimes were reported. The crime involved intimidation, vandalism, assault, murder and rape. There were 24 murders and white offenders were twice as likely to commit hate crimes than other groups. A trend is beginning to develop and it’s not a stretch of the imagination to find fault with the Trump Administration for this trend.
We worked hard to get out the vote this year, but we cannot rest on past accomplishments because you can be sure the other side is energized to beat our gains back in 2020. It’s tiring and it’s stressful to keep up the fight and the momentum, but if we become a nation like that of Nazi Germany it will be far more stressful, not only for you and me, but for the generations that follow.