TRUMP UPDATE: Thinking back on the second 'debate,' it's clear that Trump was prepped by his fascist friends to play every obnoxious card -- including the anti-Semitism in the oft-repeated words 'Sidney Blumenthal'...

While Donald Trump's sexist comments were front page news (as above) before the second presidential debate, little noticed (except by some Substance reporters) was the anti-Semitism that Trump was trying to pump up by repeating the words "Sidney Blumenthal" over and over. Question: Why did Donald Trump keep repeating the words "Sidney Blumenthal" during the second presidential debate? It is clear that very few people watching the debate cared who that was or understood the context Trump was trying to put those words in. So think about it...

It was a good idea that our sons' teachers had recommended that they watch the second "Presidential Debate -- Town Hall Format" on Sunday night, October 9, 2016. We got to both watch and discuss what turned into an even more disgusting display of fascist arrogance that I had come to expect from Donald Trump and his campaign staff. Already many men (most interesting, Stephen Colbert, accompanied by his pussy -- cat) have challenged Donald Trump's claim that the sex tape he was caught bragging on is "locker room talk". So I won't go any further in correcting that slander against those of us who go to the gym or are in organized sports.

What I found interesting was how Trump has begun adding his long-standing anti-Semitism to his traditional racist and sexist appeals to his dwindling and mindless base. Those who watched the debate closely kept hearing the words "Sidney Blumenthal" from Trump -- as if that was something everyone listening to Trumps crazy version of the Benghazi tragedy knew. I don't think so. Trump was trumpeting the words "Sidney Blumenthal" because in addition to trying to get the "Lock Her Up" chants (against Hillary) and the "rapist" claims (against Bill Clinton), Trump was digging deep into the lower depths of his so called "Alt Right" (read -- fascist) base by utilizing a Jewish name that would fit into the most obnoxious memes of his most noxious and noisome supporters.

A long time ago, when I was much more agile, I organized and marched against Nazis here in Chicago, even publishing stories at Substance about their leaders and their program to "save Chicago" from the Jews and Blacks. One of the things we all learned during those researches is that Nazis would utilize coded language as well as direct appeals to racism when they were spouting. It depended upon whether the audience was mixed (in which case more was in code) or all Nazi (in which case they would be very explicit). Back in those days, a few of us (armed by the way, just in case) utilized our white privilege to go "behind the lines" in Nazi territory (which then was Marquette Park in Chicago). So over time we got to know it well not only as a historical reality, but as current events.

And so we get to the not-so-puzzling trumpeting of the name Sidney Blumenthal over and over by Donald Trump during the second debate. He was not simply being un-informed (who cares about who was working with the Secretary of State at that time, really?), but providing a lead in to Alt Right attacks of the most 1937ish-Germany kind. One of the things that's been left our (or ignored) in the recent exposes about Trump and his history is the Nazi roots of some of Trump's Queens New York stuff. More should be talked about, but for now we can leave off with this observation.

Trump and his extremely right wing campaign staff have already displayed his sexism and anti-Semitism during the first two debates. As the final debate approaches on October 19, let's do a little speculation about how deeply he will dive into the really sick realities that underpin his "base" supporters. It's a good chance to take a good look at a piece of Americana that is actually dying out. But let's not think or believe that it's been eliminated.


October 11, 2016 at 7:33 PM

By: Maynard Hirsch

Sidney Blumenthal

If you knew anything about Blumenthal, you would know that he is a self-hating Jew, Israel hater, as is his son.

If you don't want to vote for Trump because you (incorrectly) think he is an anti-Semite, fine. But then you must also discount voting for Hillary for the same reason.

Not to forget her top aide and advisor:

October 12, 2016 at 2:47 PM

By: Theresa D. Daniels

Daily Show examines Trump's remarks

Trevor Noah, who has more that adequately replaced Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, has done nightly explications of Trump's "locker-room" remarks, pointing out that he was not in a locker room but in a bus with media and members of the public (which begs the question, he said, about whether men have to have a reason to go to a locker room to talk crudely about women). Also,that unlike locker-room talk, Trump's remarks were about acts that were criminal sexual assault--a big difference. Love the graphic here. Wish the first commentator's (Hirsh's) links about other examples of anti-Semitism were easier to access.

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