EXPORTING HATE: Trump sends video message to global far-right rally
A right-wing rally was held in Madrid on Sunday which featured messages by the leading stars of Europe’s populist right — people like Italy’s Giorgia Meloni and Hungary’s Viktor Orban — sending support to Spain’s far-right Vox party and its leader, Santiago Abascal. But it was a 40-second video from Donald Trump that caused the biggest stir back in the good ol’ US of A (-lot of people who hate fascism).
Filmed on a plane after one of his recent lunatic hate rallies, Trump thanked the Vox party and Abascal for what he called the “great job” they do. Vox’s messaging includes zero tolerance for Catalan separatism, disdain for gender equality, diatribes against unauthorized immigration from Africa, and embracing both the “Reconquista” of medieval Spain from Islam as well as the legacy of Gen. Francisco Franco’s 20th-century fascist dictatorship. So, that’s white on brand for Trump to be endorsing.
The Vox party captured national attention in Spain in 2019 when it became the third-largest force in the country’s Parliament after an election that led to a national left-wing coalition that still holds power. Meloni’s recent rise to power in Italy, the bloc’s third-largest economy, could put national interests in that country first, like Hungary and Poland are doing. If this doesn’t sound worrisome, just exchange “Meloni” for “Mussolini,” because that’s her inspo. Meloni is pushing the fascist Italian version of Trump’s “America First” (or Germany’s “Final Solution,” if I’m not being blunt enough as to what’s happening in Europe right now.)
Trump’s quickie message hit all of the right-wing dog whistles.
“We have to make sure that we protect our borders and do lots of very good conservative things,” Trump said.
“Spain is a great country and we want to keep it a great country. So congratulations to Vox for so many great messages you get out to the people of Spain and the people of the world.”
The crowd’s response seems less than enthusiastic than at, say, an Arizona hate rally, but it’s the response from home that actually matters here.
#EnDirecto | Trump interviene en el Viva22 de Vox agradeciendo a Abascal el "increíble trabajo que hace": "Necesitamos asegurarnos de que protegemos nuestras fronteras y hacemos un montón de cosas buenas conservadoras. España es un gran país y deseamos que continúe siéndolo" pic.twitter.com/OSknUrgOml
— Europa Press (@europapress) October 9, 2022
“Santy-EGGO.” “Very good conservative things.” What a mush-mouthed maroon. Plus, you know this was a gig for the worst possible people because Ted Cruz was also there.
Cruz was a featured speaker at the meeting of Spain’s Vox Party (along with Trump, Meloni, Orban, and prominent European white nationalists). He has already moved well past the Big Lie into full-on fascist territory in order to gain prominence.
— Frau Schatzi (@akaalexa) October 10, 2022
Another thing worrying EU leaders: Vox and its supporters are hoping that Meloni’s surge in Italy can spill over to Spain. The cult mentality is real and it’s terrifying.
“We are not monsters, the people understand that. Long live Vox, long live Spain, long live Italy, long live Europe patriots,″ Meloni said. “Only by winning in our countries can Europe become a political giant that we want, and not a bureaucratic giant.”
The Spanish radical right party Vox is the key connection between the far right in Europe and the Americas. Its party meeting #viva22 will be an international far-right orgy. Take note who your “conservatives” meet with, Latin America! pic.twitter.com/Jiap3CmwHv
— Cas Mudde (@CasMudde) October 9, 2022
And Abascal isn’t much better.
Spanish congressman & President of far right party VOX, Santiago Abascal says Europe should accept Ukrainian refugees but ban all Muslim refugees. pic.twitter.com/1c1qk9cxvo
— Incognito (@Incognito_qfs) October 10, 2022
So, to recap: unchecked fascism is BAD. Ask your grandpa if you don’t believe me.
Once upon a time, America prided itself on exporting principles of democracy, liberty, and freedom to the rest of the globe. Now, thanks to Trump and his fellow right-wing conspirators like Ted Cruz, America is going to become known for exporting nothing but bigotry and hatred.
Tara Dublin is a woefully underappreciated and unrepresented writer currently shopping a super cool novel that has nothing to do with politics while also fighting fascism on the daily.
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Tara is a reported opinion columnist at Occupy Democrats. She's a woefully underappreciated and unrepresented writer currently shopping for a super cool novel that has nothing to do with politics while also fighting fascism on a daily. Follow her on Twitter @taradublinrocks