Good Monday Austin:
On Friday, President-elect Donald Trump placed a thank you call to Austin, to Alex Jones.
Here’s a little of what Jones had to say:
“Ladies and gentlemen. I’m here in Austin, Texas, at the highest point, Mount Bonnell. And I was already on my way over here to shoot a report on the state of this Republic, when I got a call from President Donald Trump as I was arriving here. I talked to him like 15 minutes ago. I’m not going to get into the private conversation we had, even though he didn’t say it was private.
But I just want to relay to you that he appreciates what American patriots of every race, color or creed have done to restore this Republic from the multinational corporations that have totally hijacked this country, and it’s already coming out, it’s in the WikiLeaks, we have literally, in 21st Century warfare, been captured by foreign governments and corporations, using weaponized media to brainwash large portions of the public to believe that sovereignty was some kind of horrible great evil.
But just like we defeated the Nazis in World War II, but just like the Communists finally fell in 1989 and 1990 in Russia, we are winning, ladies and gentlemen. This is a momentous day, very, very exciting. I said, “Listen, I don’t want to talk too long, I know you’re very, very busy.’ Yeah,’ he said, “You’re Number 61 I’m calling. I just called the King of Saudi Arabia, you know, the Queen of England, you name it, and now I’m moving on to you. And that’s because you’re listeners, we know, are the largest group of people in America that are awake.’ And I said,`thank you very much. We’ll be talking in the next couple of weeks,’ and some other conversation happened. But that’s private.
“This is all about dominating, rubbing the nose of the mainstream media’s face,” jones said.
Jones said Trump promised he would appear on his show soon to directly address his audience.
“He said, `I’ll be on in the next few weeks to thank them.'” Jones said.
If you are surprised that President-elect Donald Trump made a thank-you call to Alex Jones, you should not be.
Last month I wrote about how Alex Jones emerged as the voice in Donald Trump’s head.
And, on election night, sitting alongside Alex Jones through the long night’s coverage was none other than Roger Stone, who had as much to do with Donald Trump now being the president-elect as an individual in the country, and who linked up Trump and Jones.
Watching Stone and Jones watch, in real-time, the unfolding of Trump’s stunning triumph, was something to behold.
Jones’s gut remains unsettled – his post-election euphoria leavened with dread.
Here from the close of Jones’s Sunday broadcast.
“God works in mysterious way,” said Jones, estimating that “60 to 70 million, we’re not even sure, people that have tuned in the last week just to our platforms.”
This is world-changing and the system knows that, that’s why they’re to foment this garbage race war because that’s all the elite can do is to try to divide and conquer us.
We were told there was no way that he could ever win the nomination and then they stole the nomination from Sanders, but then Trump fought for it and so they had to back off , and then there was clear evidence of election fraud all over the country, the top election experts in the world, Democratic and nonpartisan concur with my analysis that there was election fraud all over the country against Trump, massive evidence of fraud, but still it was such a tsunami wave as Bev Harris (founder of Black Box Voting) and others said, trump said, `You can’t cheat a landslide.’
The American people came, out record numbers of black Americans of Hispanic American voted for Trump, but the media tries to make it racial and call it a whitelash to make it that anyone who stands up for sovereignty and lower taxes is a racist. But the good news is prosperity isn’t racist and folks across the world, not just here in the United States, see through the economics, understand that the American engine of liberty was so productive it was out-producing the entire world by the early 1950s.
If he leaves any of those people in there and their whole network, it will be impossible for him to get anything done. They are just going to sit there and wait to assassinate him. Just sit there and wait until he’s got his back turned and they’ve tricked him enough and put some of their operatives into the White House and go full steam on with their program.
Today, I was on the radio and I said, `He must go after Hillary Clinton.” Look she’s committed all these crimes, it’s in all the emails. The intelligence community leaked all of this material, because globalists are planning to actually dismantle this country and end prosperity.
It’s totally criminal. It must be exposed. It must be ferreted out. We must (make sure) her staffers get indicted. They are on the emails committing crimes, cover-ups, you name it, pay for play.
We have to see Hilly Clinton indicted. We have to see Bill Clinton ((indicted) for Haiti. We have to see Chelsea Clinton get in trouble, because they are not above the law, they are not not new royalty and its’ been a long long time, since the Nixon era of 1974, that we have seen any justice for these high level officials who act like imperial gods and think they’re invincible, because we’ve been treating them like they’re Kim Jong-un of North Korea, and if Hillary wasn’t such a demon and if these globalist weren’t so out of control, if we were just kicking some syndicate out. then I’d say, let them go … let them leave.
They’re never going to do that. They keep reorganizing and coming in. they we going to shut down the free press this year. They were saying, Alex Jones and the Drudge Report don’t’ have a right to exist. We’re going to come after them. They have already handed the internet over to the UN.
There is so much to reverse that we have to take this momentum and remove the corporate operatives who admit that they have infiltrated and basically taken over our country, so I predict, to make America great again, we must take America back.
Trump has taken the White House. Phase One. Its’ frankly 70 percent of the battle.
Jones said Trump needs to quickly clean house in Congress as well, to tell both parties that “I want the leadership gone … you’ve got to go.”
“We need people who want to make America great, not the people who have stabbed me in the back, not people who have lied, not people who say I’m unfit to be president and half the country are deplorables. We need to see a sign that you’ve witnessed the referendum that’s just happened.”
And one other thing that Donald Trump has to do. Donald Trump has to dance with those that brung him.
I don’t want to go to the inauguration. I’ll send crew to cover it. I don’t want to be on red carpets or in Hollywood. Don’t really care about.
I’m saying you have to dance with the policies in the Americana idea that brought you. We don’t need to see Trump all over the mainstream TV, like Obama did, fawning with them and going on entertainment shows and being America’s friends.
We need somebody to be a leader, to save this historic Republic, and I know Donald Trump clearly intends to do that, but people are saying to me, Oh my gosh, will Donald Trump be on your show?’ or, “Does Donald Trump call you?’ or, “Do you get to go the White house and have dinner?’
I don’t want to go to the White House and eat dinner with a bunch of weirdo ambassadors and strange people . I want to change the woorld here with the people of the grassroots and we’ve just won it. I want to take back and make just not our country but the world great again
So this is not about me wanting to get into the power structure, my supporting the right candidate or asking for some job or getting some corporate sponsorships. I’ve built my own system, we do things our way. We innovated and are bigger than the media establishment by ourselves, and we’re just getting up on our legs right now
InfoWars is changing the world. You’ve changed the world and this whole process is about understanding we’re the underdog, we’re coming from behind, like in 1776, against the greatest army the world had ever defeated, the British Empire, you’ve got all these politicos around Trump and they are going to tell him to go along with the system.
Go with what made you great. Go with what made you a maverick against this whole system – destroy the entire political operation , without spending more, you know, on their big networks.
You changed the world, so I know you understand how critical it is to take that to the next level and I have faith Trump will do it. He had had the instinct and the spirit to do something I have just not sen in my life in someone running for office. He is a maverick, the consummate maverick, and if succeeds in this next phase of it, in the dictionary next to the word maverick there is gong to be a picture of Donald Trump.
All of you that went against the grain. I am not patting you on the head. You are just as important as I am or as Matt Drudge, or as Donald Trump. You are the people who got ridiculed and spit in the face and had people attacking you for wearing Trump shirts.
You’re the people that marched and took action and supported us, so we could put airplanes up across the nation saying, Hillary for Prison. You’rethe ones that, across the board, are defending the Second Amendment and supporting sovereignty and promoting basic freedoms. You’re the oxygen that runs this whole thing. You are the wind in the sails. You are the most important. You are not behind InfoWars. You are the heart of InfoWars.
You are the resistance. you are the answer and so, no matter what happens with Trump, as I said, whether they steal it from him or not, and I thought he was going to win because I had the poll numbers and talked to folks on the ground. We won because we exposed the globalists. We promoted populism. He opposed the insider deals and they tried to steal it.
Now he wins an electoral landslide and they’re up there panicking and squirming and weaseling now, they’re `ready to work with Trump now.’
No. You cannot trust people with a history of committing crimes against the Republic. They must be prosecuted because they well newer stop their criminal activities until they have e been brought to justice, and it must be done folks.
People ask, `Why didn’t you go to the Trump rally when it was here I Austin even though I was invited.’ And I said, `I sent my crew and we were there,’ but I said, `When about third of the audience of 20,000 were wearing our T-shirts, and when our reporters got mobbed, we were the rally.’ Do you understand that?
We created the movement and the launchpad, so there’d be a system against the globalists. I said our best chance would be a libertarian bipartisan tea party movement taking over the Republican Party . We analyzed it. We looked at it from very angle. I originally came up with the battle stratagem myself and openly pushed it with member of Congress, saying, look for a candidate.
I had no idea behind the scenes, generals and other people had picked up on the plan , and that Declaration of Independence Part 2 that Drudge posted, that went viral, was a small part of generating the idea of Donald Trump being drafted .
But Trump knows from day one, when people were trying to draft him for president, they did so because they knew he was a good person and they knew there was giant liberty movement in the United States growing exponentially, and that military and police were particularly dialed into it.
So, I’ll give you some of the back history here as well, just so pee understand. We don’t need to be told how great we are. We don’t need to be patted n the head. We don’t need to be brought into the inside of the system, because the whole scared system is telling Trump, `Keep us out,’
I wouldn’t go be part of the inside if they invited me in. We’re building the new system here. That’s what America was all about. Leave Europe. Leave the oppressive areas. Come here and set up something new … and when it gets corrupted, move further out. Here we are on the frontier building the new America, building the new Atlantis in Central Texas, not in the old crumbling demonic pedophillac demon pit of DC or LA or New York.
We’re in the new country and it’s a spirit and an idea and we’re animating the concept of liberty. We’re animating the sleeping giant. We are the sleeping giant.
So what to make of Trump’s relationship with Jones.
Since the day Trump entered the race, I have wrestled with how to read what he is actually up to.
On June 17, 2015, the day after Donald Trump announced for president, First Reading began as follows
First there was Andy Kaufman, wrestling women.
Then there was Joaquin Phoenix, pretending to abandon acting for hip hop.
Now comes Donald Trump, announcing yesterday that he is running for president.
As with Kaufman and Phoenix, it is impossible, as it is happening, to know for sure whether what he is doing is for real or performance art.
That’s the whole point. That’s central to the art form.
Indeed, we may not know until well into his second term as president whether Trump is putting us on.
But the performance is so broad, so over-the-top, that one has to assume Trump is winking at us all, that we all are, in essence, in on the joke.
By December, I had come to view Trump, a member of professional wrestling Hall of Fame, as essentially a kayfabe (the portrayal of staged events within the industry as “real” or “true,” specifically the portrayal of competition, rivalries, and relationships between participants as being genuine and not of a staged or pre-determined nature of any kind) candidate for president.
In a December First Reading – From WrestleMania to the White House, is Donald Trump the kayfabe candidate for president? – I wrote:
I find Trump’s wrestling background reassuring, and I think it helps explain why I don’t find Trump and his candidacy as menacing as I otherwise might. Stripped of this context, Trump would otherwise appear to be a truly dangerous demagogue.
At the end of May, after the nomination was effectively clinched, I revisited the question in a First Reading, On Donald Trump, kayfabe fascist: `The wink is what tells you he probably isn’t Hitler’
The New York Times had just run a Page One story by Peter Baker: Rise of Donald Trump Tracks Growing Debate Over Global Fascism
“This could be one of those moments that’s quite dangerous and we’ll look back and wonder why we treated it as ho-hum at a time when we could have stopped it,” said Robert Kagan, a scholar at the Brookings Institution known for hawkish internationalism.
Mr. Kagan sounded the alarm this month with a Washington Post op-ed article, “This Is How Fascism Comes to America,” that gained wide attention. “I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from conservative Republicans,” he said. “There are a lot of people who agree with this.”
That the question of whether Donald Trump is a fascist/proto-fascist/quasi-fascist is on the front page of the New York Times on Memorial Day Weekend seven weeks before he is to claim the Republican nomination for president of the United States, is sobering, startling, and raises difficult questions for reporters.
Per Kagan’s warning, I would hate to spend my last days in a labor camp – or perhaps a downscale Trump Last Resort Re-Education Hotel and Casino – ruing my “ho hum” response to the threat he posed to American democracy.
From the Kagan piece:
This is how fascism comes to America, not with jackboots and salutes (although there have been salutes, and a whiff of violence) but with a television huckster, a phony billionaire, a textbook egomaniac “tapping into” popular resentments and insecurities, and with an entire national political party — out of ambition or blind party loyalty, or simply out of fear — falling into line behind him.
I cited an Andrew Sullivan piece in New York Magazine, in which he characterized the election of Trump as an extinction-level event.
But I also cited a blog item by Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, who was sure from the start that Trump would win in an electoral landslide.
He wrote this on March 15:
Donald Trump is a con man. He’s also a fraud, a liar, a snake-oil salesman, and a carnival barker. Clearly he is running a scam on the country.
Trump calls himself a “deal-maker.”
I call Trump a Master Persuader.
It’s all the same thing. Trump says and does whatever he needs to do in order to get the results he wants. And apparently he does it well. Given the facts, you can either see Trump as highly skilled or morally flawed. Maybe both. I suppose it depends which side you are on.
Last autumn, when Trump was looking like a serious contender, I told you he would change more than politics. I said Trump would change how you see the human condition. I couldn’t say more about that until it played out. You needed some more evidence before I could make that case. Now you have it.
We all understand that a president has to be the leader of dumb people as well as smart people – and there are far more dumb people. So how does one kind of message get through to two totally different types of voters? Trump’s solution, so far, is to influence the dumb people via emotion while winking to the smart people so we know he is smart and not crazy. The wink is what tells you he probably isn’t Hitler. The wink says he is doing what he needs to do to get elected.
I saw the wink sooner than most of you because I study persuasion. So none of his crazy behavior looked crazy to me. It looked skillful to the extreme. So skillful, in fact, that he got to the point where he can literally say any damned thing and his supporters don’t care how true it is. They care that he is on their side and doing whatever it takes to tear down the money-puppets in Washington.
If you don’t see Trump’s wink, you can be forgiven for thinking he is Hitler. He probably knew the risks. Reagan had the same experience. Trump is following the Reagan game plan so he had to expect what is happening now.’
I ultimately thought Adams was more right than Sullivan, writing:
I suppose, there could come a moment when Trump breaks kayfabe, when the wink is gone. But, I think America would recoil, and that the system would hold.
But, now that he is the president-elect, it is time for another gut check, and, in that context, I thought this piece over the weekend from Jared Taylor, at the white nationalist American Renaissance site, Trump: the Media’s Frankenstein Monster, was instructive.
First, a Washington Post reporter named Peter Holley called the American Renaissance office to ask–in dead seriousness–whether anyone from the Trump team had called us for policy advice. Second, Gloria Gonzalez-Garcia, a Mexican-American explained to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram what a Trump victory meant: “We were getting the message, ‘If you are not white, you don’t belong here.’ ”
So what’s the connection? Let’s start with the Post’s Mr. Holley. He is a professional newsman who attended Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He calls himself an “experienced reporter with a talent for uncovering compelling stories that other people overlook.” It’s his job to find out and report what is going on–and he seriously thought the victorious Trump team would check in with me for instructions.
He’s not alone. The same day, a journalist from the biggest newspaper in Latin America–Folha de S. Paulo–wanted to know if I had telephoned my friend Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory. I told her I have never met him and don’t have his number.
What we have here is a stupefying delusion: that Donald Trump is a secret “white supremacist,” who dances to the tune of the Alt-Right. This delusion has two sources: ignorance and maliciousness. People like Peter Holley are so deeply marinated in liberal ignorance that they can’t tell the difference between American nationalism and racial nationalism–between the desire to put American interests first and white racial consciousness.
As I have explained elsewhere, the maliciousness involved looking for racial dissidents who supported Donald Trump and then arguing that since “racists” backed him, Trump must be a “racist,” too. When Mr. Trump didn’t denounce David Duke and “white supremacy” fiercely enough to suit them, they claimed this was proof he is a secret sympathizer. They were wrong. He just doesn’t like being pushed around by journalists who hate him.
The pro-Hillary media therefore created a Frankenstein monster–an imaginary Donald Trump who secretly wants to make America white again. They called him a bigot, a xenophobe, a fascist, a threat to democracy and, of course, the new Hitler. They hoped this would frighten enough voters into the Hillary camp to stop Mr. Trump, but it didn’t work. And now they are stuck with a Frankenstein president-elect who, they are convinced, comes running to me for policy tips.
Yesterday, Senator Harry Reid issued an idiotic press release that included these lines:
White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump’s victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear–especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans.
And this is why Gloria in Fort Worth–a US citizen–thinks the real Trump message is that non-whites don’t belong in America. She’s been terrified by Frankenstein stories.
And she’s hardly alone.
Jason Perez, a university student in Hawaii, writes that “the next four years will be a living nightmare for all Hispanic Americans.” Mercedes Rosales, a high school senior in Homestead, Florida, says Mr. Trump “just wants to get rid of Mexicans, or Latinos.” Maria Perez, also of Homestead, says, “Because of the example of Donald Trump . . . now they can look at you and see you are an immigrant and kill you.” Mary Rabago, a Hispanic journalist living in Arizona, explains the election results: “Hate won.”
The Muslim reaction is just as nutty. Asaad Alabdulaziz, an Iraqi who recently became a US citizen, asks, “Do I have to go back?” Sahar Aziz, a professor at the Texas A&M University, says that “the general mood I am seeing among Muslims is concern that a Trump presidency will be open season on them.”
No one–not once in the campaign–ever talked about deporting law-abiding legal residents. So where did people get these deranged ideas? Obviously, from media caricatures. Hispanics are no doubt getting lurid stuff from the Spanish-language press as well. Telesur, a consortium based in Venezuela, reports that under a Trump presidency, “the rights of black and brown people, immigrants and women will suffer serious setbacks.”
People like Peter Holley–who created the caricature and believe in it–are on such hair-trigger alert for “racism” that they can’t conceive of a non-racial American nationalism that expresses itself in the ideas that helped Donald Trump win: Illegal immigrants should be kept out. Illegals who are here should go home. There should be no sanctuary cities. Birth-right citizenship is crazy. Muslims are potentially troublesome. Legal immigration should be cut.
There is nothing inherently racial about any of these ideas, and they appeal to millions of Americans who don’t think in racial terms. But current dogma demands that we thrill to the idea that every brown-skinned newcomer–whether he has a job or even speaks English–is a precious addition to our “greatest strength,” which is diversity. Anyone who supports policies that have the effect of slowing the march of diversity is a “racist,” and might as well be a dedicated AmRen reader or even a member of the Ku Klux Klan. That’s why Peter Holley thinks Donald Trump wants my advice.
The notion that Mr. Trump will hurt blacks is especially wrong, but it follows the usual sloppy liberal thinking: If you want to send home illegals it can only be because you hate Hispanics, which means you hate blacks, women, homosexuals, and Jews. Donald Trump wanted Confederate flags taken down in the South, is “fine” with affirmative action, and he blasted Justice Antonin Scalia’s critique of race preferences in universities. Only the most fevered imagination could have prompted the Salon headline: “I Am a Gay Jew in Trump’s America. And I Am Afraid for My Life.” Mr. Trump’s close professional and family connections to Jews are well known.
It is the widely circulated fantasies about Donald-Trump-the-racist that explain why Mexican-Americans and Muslims who are US citizens are reportedly crying themselves to sleep at night, and why there are violent anti-Trump demonstrations all over the country. Just as reckless anti-police reporting paved the way for the murders of policemen, frothing press coverage of Donald Trump has sent thousands of ignoramuses into the streets to smash store windows and attack cops.
The papers are now full of breathless reports of Trump supporters calling blacks “ni**er” and tearing hijabs off Muslim women. Some of these attacks were faked, but some are probably real. What do they reflect? What Donald Trump wants or what the Frankenstein wants? If loutish whites are telling Hispanics “we’ll deport you,” who gave them the idea that a modern-day Hitler is about to move into the White House?
The Trump-is-a-racist idea is so firmly planted in the minds of Hillary supporters that nothing can dislodge it. But they don’t even understand what they, themselves, mean by it.
Josh Harkinson of Mother Jones called me after the election to talk about the Alt-Right. I explained to him how the media have painted a dishonest picture of Donald Trump, and he conceded that he was beginning to realize that using his favorite word–“racist”–to describe the president elect and people like me might be a mistake. I congratulated him on this intellectual breakthrough, and then asked what Donald Trump has ever said or done that was “racist.”
“Oh, there are so many, I don’t know where to begin.”
“Then just tell me one.”
There was a brief silence. “He retweeted an image of himself as Pepe the frog.”
“What? Is that the best you can do? You’re really straining.”
“Yes, I guess I’m straining.”
Mr. Harkinson later brought up Mr. Trump’s suggestion that Judge Gonazlo Curiel’s Mexican ancestry meant he could not try the Trump University case fairly. I pointed out that Judge Curiel is a member of La Raza [the race] Lawyers, which gave Mr. Trump grounds to doubt his impartiality. “Besides,” I said, “if a white police officer is in an altercation with a black criminal and ends up shooting him, you’d be the first to say the officer was biased on account of his race.”
“Not the first.”
“Then the second.”
Today, an Alt-Right Donald Trump is mostly a hysterical leftist fantasy. However, America is changing and Donald Trump could change, too. A firmly established Trump administration may see the wisdom of our views, and that day could come quickly.
For now, if members of that priestly class known as journalists call someone a “racist” that’s what he is. And once you’re a “racist,” you might as well be a sexist, xenophobe, anti-Semite, homophobe, and who knows what else. This is what we get when reporters slant the news and then believe what they read in the papers. And the media can’t understand why no one trusts them anymore.
But the lefties better be careful: All their shouting about “racism” didn’t tilt the election to Hillary. And the more they shout, the more they may tilt Donald Trump our way.
I spoke with Jared Taylor yesterday.
“That’s what they all want to publish that’s what they all sort of fantasize, this feverish fantasy about me being a potentially integral part of the Trump administration,” he said. “That’s nuts. That’s just nuts.”
He was surprised that Trump had called Alex Jones, but, he said of Jones, “He’s in a different kind of `out in the bleachers.’ He’s in a different set of bleaches than myself.”
My sense of Alex Jones is a guy who has danced around a whole lot of different questions, but he certainly never made race questions being a central part of what he talk s about. I don’t think I’ve heard him say, “White people, what’s wrong with wanting to remain a majority in the United States. He doesn’t talk about race and IQ. He doesn’t talk about white people standing up for heir own interests. Those things he doesn’t talk about. Those points are sort of the dividing line between semi-respectable – I don’t know what to call them, semi-respectable – and the presumably off-limits right.”
But, Taylor said he thought the prominent role by Steve Bannon, who was named Sunday to be Trump’s chief strategist, was significant.
He is not alone.
Did someone say Manufacturing Consent?
I’ll close with an inspirational bit of reporting from Ben Wear from last night’s anti-Trump protest in Austin.
9:45 p.m. update: At least three people have been arrested following a skirmish at an anti-Donald Trump rally Sunday night in downtown Austin.
A brief skirmish broke out when protesters took and tore up two signs being held by Joseph Weidknecht, a construction worker and supporter of Trump. At least two protesters, who had also knocked off and kept Weidknecht’s “Make America Great Again” gimme cap, had to be chased down by police at 11st Street and Congress Avenue while about 150 protesters looked on.
Amina Ambeen, a Muslim woman who said she voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton, tried to shield Weidknecht during the pushing and shoving. They hugged one another when calm was restored.
“I do not stand for what he stands for,” a trembling Ambeen, 19, said of Weidknecht minutes after the incident. Amdeen said she was born in Baghdad but moved to Austin when she was 10, and is now an American citizen. “But I know his fears and concerns are valid. I love this country so much, and I don’t like what I see coming. We are not being civil to each other.”
Weidknecht, surrounded at that point by other anti-Trump protesters who were apologizing for what had happened, called Amdeen “the hero of this night.”
You can’t spell Amdeen without A-M-E-N.