Who’s to blame for the rise of white supremacy in the U.S.? There are any number of answers to that question, most leading back to Donald Trump, but you’d have to be a professional liar to claim liberals are responsible for it.
Enter Pastor Rick Joyner, the head of MorningStar Ministries, who said in a video posted to Facebook that the left is responsible for white supremacy because they challenge racism so hard.
“I do believe that white supremacist movements in America were just about dead and the ones that were still alive were dying until all this kind of stuff started happening,” he added. “The rhetoric on the left, the behavior on the left, the murder that was incited by the slogans and the rhetoric of the extreme left, now it’s pushing people to the extreme right and they’re starting to react.”
That makes as much sense as asking an assault victim what she was wearing.
It’s also grossly ignorant. White supremacy wasn’t dead. Racism wasn’t gone just because we had an African American president. Just because Joyner wasn’t aware of that doesn’t mean it wasn’t (isn’t) there. But I would argue that it was socially unacceptable to be a racist until Republicans decided it made for a good electoral strategy and they condoned the words and actions of Trump. Through their silence and complicity, they have made it okay for racists to show their faces in public and hold mass rallies, at least in those circles. And, yes, a few of those followers have taken the dog whistles to heart. They grabbed their assault weapons and took matters into their own hands.
By the way, in 2017, Joyner also blamed Obama for reinvigorating racists… but he had no words for Republicans who questioned Obama’s place of birth, promised from day one they’d work to block everything he wanted to accomplish, forwarded racist memes, and then elected a white supremacist sympathizer to succeed him.
Even though the problem has become much worse due to Trumpism, Joyner is still blaming Democrats.
(via Right Wing Watch)