Sacramento stabbings heighten populist and nationalist tensions

 

Police at capitolA group tied to the neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements found itself at the center of a bloody political firestorm in Sacramento, heightening election-year populist and nationalist tensions. A few dozen members of the Traditionalist Worker Party did battle with left-wing antagonists from a counter-protesting group many times larger in size, the Los Angeles Times noted

“The incident may fuel concerns about the potential for violent protests outside the major party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia this summer and in the run-up to the Nov. 8 presidential election,” Reuters suggested

The aims of the Traditionalist Worker Party have raised alarm among anti-hate organizations who track fascist and racist groups around the country. “We reject anti-white social engineering projects like forced busing, the ‘disparate impact’ shakedown racket, and the numerous other ways that our government is stacking the deck against white families,” the TWP platform reads, according to The Advocate. 

Under attack

But observers have noticed that the street battle mirrored the dynamic of a similar riot in Southern California, which far-right protesters did not instigate either. “The Sacramento stabbings came several months after another violent confrontation between members of a Ku Klux Klan group and counter-protesters at an Anaheim park,” the Los Angeles Times noted. In that ordeal, five out of 12 protesters arrested were let go “after police determined that they were acting in self-defense against counter-protesters,” the Orange County Register reported. Some conservatives groups have alleged that the unrest is part of a calculated plan by far-left organizations to foment violence. 

Although the Klan group, like the far-right group in Sacramento, has been suspected of willingly courting attacks, counter-protesters in both cases appeared to have planned for a bloody encounter in advance. “When six Klansmen pulled up in a black SUV about noon Saturday, about 30 counter-protesters were there waiting for them, police said,” according to the Register. CHP Capitol Protection Service spokesman George Granada told Reuters that, in Sacramento, “counter-protesters immediately ran in — hundreds of people — and they engaged in a fight.” 

The Trump factor

Trump supporters have pointed to the similarities as evidence that violence at their candidate’s rallies comes more from outside sources than from Trump fans themselves. “In recent months Trump has blamed ‘professional agitators’ and ‘thugs’ for violence that has broken out at many of the Republican candidate’s rallies,” Reuters added. “In Albuquerque, New Mexico, last month, anti-Trump protesters threw rocks and bottles at police officers who responded with pepper spray. A month earlier, some 20 demonstrators were arrested outside a Trump rally in Costa Mesa, California.”

But the Trump campaign appeared not to have anticipated that the TWP would respond to their newfound fame with a pledge to provide volunteer security at the Republican nominating convention in Cleveland. 

Spokesman Matt Parrott told McClatchy some 30 members planned to “show up and make sure that the Donald Trump supporters are defended from the leftist thugs.”

“You’re going to have a relatively civil event where you’re going to have the leftists protesting Trump and you’re going to have us arguing up against the leftists. And you’re going to have the police there ensuring that you’re going to have a first world situation and not some sort of ‘Gangs of New York’ knife fight.”

Republican worries over the tenor of the Cleveland event grew as far-right interest has increased and mainstream interest has diminished. “With the convention less than a month away, POLITICO contacted more than 50 prominent governors, senators and House members to gauge their interest in speaking,” the Beltway newser reported. “Only a few said they were open to it, and everyone else said they weren’t planning on it, didn’t want to or weren’t going to Cleveland at all — or simply didn’t respond.”

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  1. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 30 June, 2016, 18:36

    Will the Dumb-O-Crats be demanding Knife Control 15 day waiting period for a knife background checks perhaps? Maybe the Dumb-O-Crats will vote to lower taxes? Woo Hoo thats a dream

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  2. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 30 June, 2016, 21:18

    “Sacramento ‘NAZI mega-rally’ consisted of 30 people who were NOT NAZIs”
    by Richard Rider

    As a half-Jewish person, I have nothing but contempt for vile NAZI scum — people such as the ones the press claims tried to hold a legal protest rally at the Sacramento State Capitol. I lost most of my mother’s family in the death camps during Germany’s extermination campaign.

    That being said, several points need to be made concerning the rally and the unchecked widespread violence:

    1. CBS News ran a ridiculously inflammatory headline below — calling the gathering a “NAZI mega-rally.” Really???? Is CBS News still pretending that it’s a news organization?
    The “mega-rally” had about 30 participants. But because one of the thuggish counter-protesters called the meeting a “NAZI mega-rally,” CBS figured they could use that in their headline to hype the story — pulling up visions of the mass orchestrated Hitler rallies of the late 1930’s.

    2. Apparently most or perhaps all of the white separatist protesters were NOT NAZI’s, or NAZI sympathizers. They were white SEPARATISTS — people who want to live with only whites, away from the other races. This is the same policy espoused by the Black Muslims, but you never hear THEM labeled as “NAZIs.” Arguably these Caucasians are big fans of “white pride.” Since when did pride in one’s race become the same as being a NAZI?
    Yes, such separatist desires are repugnant policy to many of us, but the group apparently repudiates the violence and extermination policies of the REAL NAZI’s.

    3. Even if they were bonafide NAZIs (and there likely were a couple of them present), such lowlifes DO have the right to hold their protests. They were issued a permit, and followed the rules, as far as I can tell. It appears that the counter-protesters came to the capitol looking to beat up people, and instigated most of the violence, attacking as soon as they spotted the presumed NAZI supporters.

    4. But which side initiated the violence is secondary to the fact that apparently our Sacramento Keystone Cops did not make a SINGLE arrest. Not one! Where were the police? What exactly were the 100 cops there doing?
    apparently our Sacramento Keystone Cops did not make a SINGLE arrest. Not one! Where were the police? What exactly were the 100 cops there doing?
    Did the cops think this was going to be a peaceful assembly? Could they not anticipate the widespread violence that resulted? Indeed, has the “Ferguson Effect” infected the boys and girls in blue in Sacramento?
    The average cop in Sacramento receives total compensation (counting benefits) exceeding $150,000 a year, about 60% more than is paid to cops on average in the rest of the nation. To do what — stand around, hang back and spectate — while likely receiving overtime pay for their leisurely afternoon in the capitol park?
    One thing’s for sure: Not a single cop, supervisor or the chief of police will receive the slightest adverse consequence for this pathetic performance of their duties. Apparently these “public servants” are just putting in their time until they get their opulent pensions.
    Actually, they were likely putting in OVERtime, but perhaps I’m being a bit churlish.

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    • T Ted Obama Steele
      T Ted Obama Steele 2 July, 2016, 07:06

      Richard—- Are you high, again? You honestly don’t think that the principles of the Nazi party in practice and history to not fully embrace the white power credo? Truly? What planet are you on little buddy——-Nazi’s, skin heads, white sep’s, KKK are all the same racist moron crowd——- once again, in your full time occupation of counting angels on pins….you have miscounted.

      But thanks for playing!

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  3. Mike
    Mike 1 July, 2016, 19:47

    I like the lyric in the Springsteen song about a town called No Mercy.
    “Peace, love, justice, no mercy.”
    Life would be better if the thugs were hung from trees on K street in Sacramento. Public flogging rock, especially with sheet metal strips on the whip. Illegal criminals who kill would be placed with the Aryan nation criminals, kind of like putting mice in with snakes. Makes jumping the border a bunch less appealing knowing your cousin was fed to rats in prison.

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  4. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 10 July, 2016, 09:27

    They relected this idiot Moonbeam Brown for a third term as govenor and now are stuck with this pathetic fool Some voters iin the south must be spaced out of dope parties and needle exchanges

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