During his show last night, Jimmy Kimmel detailed a litany of his incompetencies since becoming President:
- Lied about crowd size and weather during his inauguration;
- Committed nepotism by hiring daughter and son in law;
- Demanded investigation of voter fraud despite winning.
- He calls the Prime Minister of Australia and hangs up on him.
- He won't shake Angela Merkel's hand.
- He doesn't know Frederick Douglass isn't alive.
- He claims he can't release his tax returns because they're under audit, then says he's not going to release them at all.
- Signs an executive order on muslims that he claimed wasn't a ban on muslims.
- Compliments the president of The Phillipines for murdering drug addicts.
- Hours after a terrorist attack in London, started fight with its Mayor.
- Criticizes Obama for playing golf; plays golf every weekend.
- Shares classified information with Russians.
- Tweeted typo, then claimed it was a secret message.
- Praised Jim Comey then later called him a coward.
- Attacks Attorney General who recused himself from the Russian investigation.
- The Russian investigation.
- Hires and fires "The Mooch"
- Bans Transgenders in the military without informing anyone in the military.
- Played a dangerous game of chicken with North Korea.
All of the above pales in comparison to what has taken place the past several days.
In his initial statement on the rally, President Donald Trump did not denounce white nationalists by name and said there was "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides". His statement was widely criticized.
To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend's racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered. [...] Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.
Trump had reportedly been reluctant to issue this statement, believing that his initial statement was adequate, but he was persuaded to speak again by White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly. Either way, he decided to make a third statement...
And here's where things get muddled and blurred.
On August 15, Trump appeared before the media from his home at Trump Tower in New York City, to give prepared remarks about the state of the US infrastructure and other economic issues; But during the Q&A part of his press conference, Trump defended his August 12 statement and again said that there was "blame on both sides." He also said:"Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch."
Trump also said that there were "very fine people on both sides and criticized what he called the "very, very violent″ alt-left, a group that, he said, ″came charging in without a permit.″
Following his remarks, both social and mainstreammedia went into overdrive, portraying the counterprotesters as innocen; and deny reports of an "alt-left" movement.
Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, told CNN, the term is simply a rebranding -- "a new name for [an] old hatred."
It's a "made-up term" used by people on the right to "suggest there is a similar movement on the left," Segal said.
"There is no such movement as the alt-left. Obviously, there are left-wing extremists but there is no congruence between the far-left and the alt-right."
Other outlets, including Politico, Wired, et al., have called "alt-left," a myth
However, the term has since been used to describe a faux-moral movement within the movement that loves hurling charges of racism, bigotry, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia and a bunch of other meaningless buzzwords at anyone they disagree with.
But is "alt-left" a false equivalence or rebranding or myth?
Well, Yes and no.
To be clear, yes, the term does appear to have originated by people who are socially conservative, and for no other purpose but to smear, "The left."
I would know. I'm gay and a progressive/liberal; and when I, and others here on the left use the term "alt-left," it's to describe "The Regressive left," a movement that is based on a hierarchy of "oppression" based simply on minority status, that judges people on their racial/cultural/gender identity rather than their individual merits.
h/t Dave Rubin, Why I left The Left.
So yes, Virginia, there is an alt-left.
It's homophobic, bigoted, anti-semitic, pro muslim, misogynist/misandrist, opposed to the constitution, and pro transgender, an ideology or movement that often channels ISIS, mormonism, fundamentalism, and or other oppressive cultures and religions.
There's nothing mythical and false about them.