Pacific Northwest Antifascism Notes // July 24th 2018

‘Free Tommy Robinson’: Trump Jr., European populists slam UK over jailing of right-wing activist | Fox News // Consequently, as news trickled out over the weekend, conservative figures reacted with fury. On Saturday, crowds descended outside Downing Street to demonstrate for Robinson’s release. Others expressed concern for Robinson’s welfare, suggesting that due to his profile as an Islam critic, he may be a target in prison. U.K. Independence Party leader Gerard Batten said that one of the party’s members of the House of Lords wrote to Home Secretary Sajid Javid threatening a private prosecution as “an accessory, or for misconduct in public office.”Quickly, the case picked up international attention. Trump Jr. responded to a tweet about the case and the gag order, saying it was “Reason #1776 for the original #Brexit.” “Don’t let America follow in those footsteps,” he warned. In Europe, reaction was also strong, particularly among those who have opposed what they see as the Islamization of the continent. Right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders submitted parliamentary questions to the Dutch minister of foreign affairs on the matter, and on Monday called the jailing “a disgrace.” “The lights of freedom are going out,” he said in a statement in front of the British Embassy in The Hague.
How jailed British activist Tommy Robinson became the latest cause for Donald Trump’s base and US ‘alt-right’ | South China Morning Post

Henry Olsen // What liberals (still) get wrong about Trump’s support | Opinion | The Guardian – Evangelicals are a case in point. My work on Republican factions, contained in the book I co-authored with Professor Dante Scala, The Four Faces of the Republican Party, found that very conservative voters who highly value social issues comprise about 25% of the party. These voters today are very afraid that liberal and progressive judges will slowly circumscribe their ability to practice their religion in their daily lives. They tended not to support Trump during the primaries, instead backing the Texas senator Ted Cruz. Their support for Trump now is highly transactional: so long as he nominates the judges they think will protect their beliefs and way of life, they will overlook virtually anything else he says or does.

Jacqueline Thomsen // David Duke praises Trump for Putin press conference | TheHill – “I [sic] my lifetime I have never seen such a courageous attack on the whole of the ZOG, the Zionist Occupied Government of the United States and the Zionist Occupied Media!” Duke tweeted on Monday. “Today Trump is a Hero! Trump is no Jesus but they hate him as much!!!!!!”

“Bravo Trump! Bravo Russia! Bravo to all the true American Patriots who put America first and Peace and Justice first before the Zionist Deep Evil State ruling American Media and Politics,” Duke continued.

“Russia has values America once had and America the values that Communist Russia had!”

Bryan McKenzie // Attorneys ask to drop white supremacist as a client | Courts and Legal News | – Elmer Woodard and James Kolenich on Monday said Elliot Kline, who is known in white supremacist circles as Eli Mosley, has rarely spoken with them since the suit was filed in October, which has made representing him all but impossible.

Kline is one of two dozen defendants being sued in federal court by 11 counter-protesters who were injured in the violence that preceded the rally, which was shut down before it officially began.

They are suing rally organizers, the leaders of white supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations and the organizations themselves for the violence that erupted in and around Market Street Park, which was known as Emancipation Park at the time and was previously named Lee Park.

Other than Kline, Woodard and Kolenich represent 12 of the defendants in the suit.

The attorneys also asked the court to grant Kline 30 more days to file an answer to the lawsuit because they are unsure that Kline has received notice of the need to answer.

Trump ambassador lobbied UK over jailed Tommy Robinson: report | USA News | Al Jazeera – Sam Brownback, the US ambassador for international religious freedom, raised the case of the activist known as Tommy Robinson in a June meeting with Sir Kim Darroch, Britain’s ambassador to the US, Reuters news agency reported on Saturday, citing three unnamed sources, including a UK official.

Robinson is a founder of the English Defence League, a far-right group that has organised violent demonstrations against Muslim immigrants in the UK in the past decade.

More recently, Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, though he also uses other aliases, has styled himself as a journalist and campaigner against the threat of “Islamic extremism”.

Joseph Flaherty | July 17, 2018 // Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar Vilifies Muslims at Rally for Activist | Phoenix New Times – Gosar, a Republican from Prescott, referred to the activist, Tommy Robinson, as an unjustly imprisoned “citizen journalist.”

Speaking to a cheering crowd on Saturday, Gosar also condemned “disgusting and depraved individuals” from Muslim immigrant communities whom he said carry out widespread sexual abuse. “We know these men come from commonly Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Muslim backgrounds,” Gosar said.

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