Since the effort to bring down Donald Trump through the “Russiagate” scandal is going nowhere, in particular since the release of the VIPS memo, those who are determined to overthrow him have picked up a new issue and are running with it.
The tactic thus turned to race-baiting the President, using provocateurs on both sides, as was seen in the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, and using the media to stir up hatred on both sides. The dominant line now in the neocon media is that Trump is a white supremacist and neo-nazi sympathizer who is setting the stage for civil war.
Contrary to what most people read or heard in the mainstream media, Donald Trump did denounce the provocateurs among the neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, but added that all the demonstrators were not bad people, which was enough to brand him as a supporter of racism. Moreover, he also denounced the provocateurs on the side of the anti-fa, a group known for its violent actions (as one will remember from the G20 summit in Hamburg).
Such fringe groups, on the left and the right, are heavily infiltrated by all kinds of police and intelligence services, who are known to incite them to violence when it suits their purpose. The fact that the numerous police forces in Charlottesville demonstrably did not attempt to keep the two opposing groups from meeting has raised grave suspicions.
All this is now feeding the protest movements against Donald Trump planned in the coming weeks. Attempting to make political leverage by stirring up racism and counter-racism in the United States is very dangerous, as wiser heads in the black community have recognized. The former UN ambassador and former mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, Andrew Young, a historical leader of the civil rights movement, has shown great insight into the problem.
Speaking at NBC’s Meet the Press on Aug. 20, Young directly attacked the new anti-Trump operation, insisting, as Trump himself had done, that development and jobs are the only solution to racial problems.
“Most of the issues that we’re dealing with now are related to poverty. But we still want to put everything in a racial context”, he said in the interview.
“The reason I feel uncomfortable condemning the Klan types is, they are almost the poorest of the poor. They are the forgotten Americans. And, they have been used and abused and neglected. Instead of giving them affordable health care, they give them black lung jobs. And that just doesn’t make sense in today’s world.”
That is also the approach that Lyndon LaRouche has championed for years in his principled fight against all forms of racism and hatred, including in his campaign for the removal of KKK statues in the 1990s, and for economic justice for all. Today, that means the United States should fully join in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, as the LaRouche PAC is demanding.