What Do We Do?

civic participation & democratic norms

Yesterday morning, I spoke to the Danville Unitarians. Later in the afternoon, Mike Pence ostentatiously walked out of the Colts game when players “took a knee” to protest racism and inequality. In light of his despicable posturing,  my morning remarks seem particularly relevant, so I’m sharing them. When I was a very new lawyer, an older lawyer in the firm […]

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Labels, Subtext & Dog Whistles: The Rise of Right Wing Hate

Rise of Right Wing Hate

Anyone who’s been online – on social media in particular – over the last couple of years can attest to the fact that hate speech is evolving to the point that it’s often hard to keep up with what constitutes “trolling” and what is honest-to-goodness harassment and hatred. In fact, this blurring of lines has become so complicated, experts have […]

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Trump’s Flirtatious History With White Supremacists & Nazis

Trump and the Nazi / White Supremacy riot in Charlottesville VA

Donald Trump’s initial statements condemning the Nazi and white supremacist led actions in Charlottesville, Virginia should come as no surprise to those who followed his campaign closely last year. The lukewarm “many sides” rebuke – viewed as a victory among violent right-wing extremists – is only the latest in a long line of winks and nods to a community that […]

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Trump Effect: GOP Candidates Running on White Supremacist Platform

Corey Stewart & Sheri Few promote white supremacy and Confederacy support

Since his election in November, Donald Trump can claim one major national change over the course of his first 100 days in office: the normalization of specific types of hate speech. While the rise in hate crimes and hubris of neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups offers tangible proof of this change, the emergence of far-right mainstream white supremacist GOP political candidates demonstrates just […]

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O’Reilly’s Replacement: A Look at Tucker Carlson

Bill O'Reilly and Tucker Carlson

With news that Bill O’Reilly is official out at Fox News following the loss of substantial advertising dollars, boycotts, and a new accusation of sexual harassment this week, Fox announced who will lead the network’s opinion mantle going forward: Tucker Carlson. We’ve covered Carlson extensively over the years from his promotion of statutory rape of boys to stumping for the tobacco industry. This […]

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Trump Jr. Mocks LGBTQ College Students Over Chick-fil-A Protest

Trump Jr. mocks college students for opposing Chick-fil-A

After college students at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh spoke out about plans to install a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant on their campus, Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to mock their concern using the “Alt-right” harassment-phrase-of-choice “triggered.” In his tweet, Trump Jr. linked to a Daily Caller article also mocking those students claiming they fear chicken sandwiches. Trump Jr. tweeted: Luckily these students wont likely have […]

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Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns from Breitbart after Scandal

Milo Yiannopoulos

Following the pedophilia scandal that broke over the weekend following his appointment as keynote speaker at CPAC 2017, Milo Yiannopoulos just resigned from his Breitbart position today. The resignation marks the third in a series of events following the illumination of previous interviews including the loss of his speaking position as well as his Simon & Schuster book deal. In a statement released a few moments ago, […]

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Pedophilia Defender: Milo Yiannopoulos Clips Surface [UPDATED]

Milo Yiannopoulos pedophilia scandal

On Sunday evening clips from several interviews surfaced showing Alt-right hero and Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos defending pedophilia. In each of the clips he denies engaging in sex with underage boys is actually molestation claiming they are often the predators (including himself when he repeatedly has sex with a man of the cloth when he was underage). The Blaze actually broke the news […]

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Kellyanne Conway Retweeted a White Nationalist

Kellyanne COnway retweeted a white nationalist

After her contentious interview with Matt Lauer this morning over the resignation of Michael Flynn, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took to Twitter to thank a white nationalist who complimented her. In the now-deleted tweet, Conway retweeted white nationalist account “Lib Hypocrisy” saying, “Love you back” adding a Happy Valentines Day to her “Hapless Haters”. The original tweet Conway responded to lauded her ‘performance’ this morning […]

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‘Dangerous’: Milo Yiannopoulos Is Trying to Silence Us

Milo Yiannopoulos

Earlier this afternoon Jenny Kefauver at Capital HQ contacted us threatening to sue over language we used in this article about Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos published last year. With the costs of litigation being as prohibitive as they are (and seeing what Peter Thiel did to Gawker last year) we acquiesced with a caveat (in an editor’s note at the bottom of the […]

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