I remember a time when liberals and conservatives could both agree that Nazis were the scum of the Earth. Despite our differences on social issues like abortion, or fiscal issues like the national debt – we could come together on the fact that Nazis were pure fucking shitheads that should be lined up against a wall and shot.
Decades ago, when I was a conservative child activist, we didn’t have any use for Nazis. In 1991, here in Louisiana, George Bush intervened in our governor’s race, in order to keep David Duke from winning.
Back then, Republicans only pretended to keep Nazis at the back halls of their conventions, rather than bring them on the stage. The GOP would take their votes, but still kept them at an arm’s length. I know this because in 1992, I attended a campaign party for Pat Buchanan at his sister’s house, and there were actual white nationalists there.
Fast forward to 2018 and a Trump presidency. I’m living in Louisiana and getting threats from the Proud Boys and Identity Evropa. These are individuals who would not have shown their faces just a few years ago – but in the era of Trump, they are feeling safe and willing to march in our streets.
Many members of my family died at Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps. I am not going to stand by and let that shit happen again.