Photo 1 is us arriving on Saturday just before 7 PM.— Michael Edison Hayden (@MichaelEHayden) December 13, 2022
Photo 2 is after midnight, when NYYRC threw us out, and we went to say hi to antifa.
Documented by the great @sandibachom: pic.twitter.com/cmpsgvZZJY
Well, we just got thrown out of the NYYRC event with Jack Posobiec and Marjorie Taylor Greene. But not before getting a good story! Writing now. pic.twitter.com/auzd4LEOBo— Michael Edison Hayden (@MichaelEHayden) December 11, 2022
Lastly: I asked Jack Posobiec why he abruptly started posting Stop the Steal again in Sept. 2020 — who gave the signal?— Michael Edison Hayden (@MichaelEHayden) December 11, 2022
We chatted and he called me a “scumbag” and a “troll” — do I seem like that to you? I’m nice! ?????
(Amtrak train 88 fit on the end.)
Going to sleep now, bye. pic.twitter.com/uEEbwNg6eN
From my MSNBC appearance today:— Michael Edison Hayden (@MichaelEHayden) December 13, 2022
I talk about how “garbage pail kid” Gavin Wax of NYYRC wants to bring fascism into the open by bringing radical right extremists together under one roof. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/nB4rLAgahB
The dime-store fascists who spoke at NYYRC on Saturday offer nothing that would improve anyone’s lives in a material way. They only want war with us.— Michael Edison Hayden (@MichaelEHayden) December 13, 2022
We aren’t at war but we need to take their desire to harm us very seriously. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/BcjvfBkPtN
I’ve been around a long time.
I’m old enough to remember when this would have been treated as scandalous and an official papal bull of excommunication and loud denunciations of “racism” would have come down from the True Cons at National Review. Disavowals would have rolled in. Republican politicians would have lined up to cuck out and denounce the “extremism” of Peter Brimelow on the Sunday shows.
“We want to cross the Rubicon. We want total war. We must be prepared to do battle in every arena. In the media. In the courtroom. At the ballot box. And in the streets,” NYYRC president Gavin Wax declared to a room full of supporters at 583 Park Ave., an event venue on New York’s Upper East side.
“This is the only language the left understands. The language of pure and unadulterated power,” Wax added.
At the five-hour event, which Hatewatch reporters attended, white nationalists Peter and Lydia Brimelow of VDARE hobnobbed with Steve Bannon, a former Trump adviser and White House official. Donald Trump Jr. was also in attendance.
Republicans publicly lauded members of an Austrian political party founded by World War II-era German Nazi party members. Racist political operative Jack Posobiec shared jokes across a table with Josh Hammer, the opinion editor of Newsweek. Multiple recently elected GOP congresspeople applauded Marjorie Taylor Greene, who told the NYYRC crowd in the event’s closing remarks that the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol would have succeeded if she had planned it and that the insurrectionists would have been armed. …”
Welcome to 2022.
No one cares anymore.
Who cares about people like Peter Brimelow when Trump is having dinner with Yedolf and Nick Fuentes and praising Hitler, denying the Holocaust and naming the Jew is now the edge of rightwing politics? Trump himself hasn’t even denounced Fuentes after all he has said and done.
Matt Lewis has been reduced to doing the old “this is not who we are” shtick at leftwing rags like The Daily Beast. Immigration restriction used to be beyond the pale. The taboo is long gone now though.
“It’s hard to imagine the opinion editor of Newsweek, in say, 2015, cavorting with such extremists (according to the report, Hammer “shared jokes” with Posobiec and said he wanted to say “hi” to Brimelow). To be sure, spending time with all sorts of unseemly people is a job requirement (if not fringe benefit) for any curious opinion journalist. But in this situation, the line between observer and collaborator seems to have been crossed.
As I write this, I wonder if I am eliciting yawns from readers who have had their outrage receptors burned out since 2016 and may think this is all no big deal.
Let’s face the facts: We have lost the ability to be shocked anymore.
Once upon a time, talk of fighting in the streets was off limits. Once upon a time, a mainstream Republican event that prominently welcomed white nationalists who mingled with members of Congress and journalists would have been met with disbelief—and outrage.
Today, it’s all been normalized. The important thing to realize is that, by definition, this was not a fringe right-wing conclave, it was a mainstream Republican gala that took place in Manhattan—not the Michigan militia trading posts on 4chan. This was also the Young Republicans, once the anodyne home of Alex P. Keaton-esque conservatives (I know because I was a YR). …
Once upon a time, talk of fighting in the streets was off limits. Once upon a time, a mainstream Republican event that prominently welcomed white nationalists who mingled with members of Congress and journalists would have been met with disbelief—and outrage.”
Of course it has been normalized.
The SPLC’s own poll shows that 2/3rds of Republican voters believe in the Great Replacement now. Nearly all Republican voters believe Whites are being discriminated against and want to restrict immigration. VDARE isn’t on the “fringe” of the Republican Party anymore. It is the center of the Republican Party in the post-Trump era. It is people like Liz Cheney who are fringe now.
Virtually all Republican voters also hate the media and see Antifa as their enemy. The SPLC also lost its legitimacy years ago. The scaremongering tactics of a decade ago don’t work anymore. People like Michael Edison Hayden and Hannah Gais are still stalking Peter Brimelow out of habit. There is nothing that I am saying anymore or Brimelow is saying that is any different from what the majority of people on the Right now believe. The Overton Window actually has shifted over the past six years.
This is why I identify as a garden variety normie now. My views aren’t shocking or extreme anymore. My views have become boring and conventional. Millions of people on the Right are ready to go straight to violence. The SPLC’s “hate map” or enemies list doesn’t make any sense anymore. The only reason that this website is still on it is because I was saying all this 10 to 20 years ago.