In an alarming polemic published on Inauguration Day, a professor at a women’s liberal arts college in Massachusetts, proclaimed that President Trump is a white supremacist, Republicans are not “entitled to exist” and Trump supporters in “Congress, in the media, in universities, and in regular jobs,” should be called “American Nazis,” and treated like Nazi war criminals.
College Professor Loretta Ross, who teaches a course on White Supremacy at Smith College, rejected calls for unity, saying she’s “through giving Republicans the benefit of the doubt.”
Ross last year taught a four-week seminar on “White Supremacy in the Age of Trump,” and discussing “tactics and strategies” to counter the “white supremacist movement” afoot in the land.
“Global contempt for the word “Nazi” is a lesson for us today in the United States after the attempted criminal coup at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021,” Ross wrote in her Jan. 20 article in Counterpunch.
Calling the storming of U.S. Capitol an “attempted criminal coup, Ross denounced those “identified as sympathetic, supportive, or financing these seditious acts,” and called for them to “be treated with the same public condemnation that the Nazis received after World War II. This includes Nazified people in Congress, in the media, in universities, in regular jobs, and throughout society because fascism is not the fevered dream of one delusional man.”
Ross called President Trump “a white supremacist,” and blamed Republicans for what she called “white racist violence” at the Capitol, even though people of all races took part in the riot. In fact, black civil rights activist John Earle Sullivan was arrested in Utah earlier this month for the part he played in the violence.
“Republicans are no longer entitled to exist as a legitimate political party because this authoritarian backlash has been building since new Civil Rights laws were passed in 1964 and 1965 in response to white racist violence captured on TV that required the National Guard to quell,” Ross said. “I’m through giving Republicans the benefit of the doubt after 50 years.”
The professor expressed disgust for Republicans “who brazenly claim they are simply patriots with different opinions,” saying “the term Nazi is not even strong enough.”
“They are seditionists, co-conspirators, and neo-Nazis hiding in plain sight who chose to use whatever power, platforms, and microphones they had to overturn this system of government,” she seethed.
Ross, who wants to see Trump supporters rounded up and prosecuted in a Nuremberg-like trial, went on to say that the goal of these deplorable “Nazis” appears to be “an apartheid-like system in which an embattled minority of people rule over millions of people who oppose them.”
“We must send an unmistakable signal that this will not be tolerated when a more competent neo-fascist seeks to gain permanent power in the Congress or White House in the future,” she said. “I’m calling them American Nazis, who adapted the playbook of the Third Reich. Trump may be gone but Trumpism is not. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, they prioritized their ‘whiteness over democracy.’”
We must defend an open, democratic society against these forces of fascism disguised as a respectable Republican Party that encouraged a white supremacist insurrection that seeks to rule like kings above the law. They see calls for unity and civility as weakness, as all fascists do. They take advantage of an open society to undermine the incremental progress of the 20th century in race, gender, citizenship, national, and international relations.
Our commitment to human rights, just laws, social welfare, global peace, and democratic governance is what authoritarians seek to undermine through abuse of the concept of freedom. We should call them all American Nazis and prevent them from hiding behind mealy-mouthed words because they’ve shown us who they are. Now we must believe them.
Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law professor at George Washington University, expressed dismay at Ross’ lack of tolerance for opposing viewpoints on his blog, Thursday.
“Professor Ross shows no concern for free speech or academic freedom as she calls for identifying and condemning anyone who is viewed as complicit with Trump over the last four years so that they can be ‘treated with the same public condemnation that the Nazis received after World War II,’” Turley lamented.
She is not alone in that view. Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin recently declared on a television program (with various media figures who made no objection) that “We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party. We have to level them because if there are survivors, if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again.” Notably, such language is similar to a call recently by James Comey and is not viewed as incitement. Rubin also called for a blacklisting of Trump supporters from universities and the media, a call that has been made by Democratic figures in Congress as well as academics: “I think it’s absolutely abhorrent that any institution of higher learning, any news organization, or any entertainment organization that has a news outlet would hire these people.”
Trump-haters, including Never-Trumpers Max Boot, Nicole Wallace, and Rick Wilson, as well as Obama alumni John Brennan, and Ben Rhodes, have all expressed a desire in recent days to either blacklist Trump supporters or treat them like domestic terrorists.
Additionally, a New York Times contributor recently called for former Vice President Mike Pence to be lynched.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) January 21, 2021
After the Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6, the Biden campaign vowed to work on getting “a domestic terrorism law” passed to deal with what the left considers right-wing extremists.
Ross, ironically, also teaches a course that is critical of the cancel culture.
“I am challenging the call-out culture,” Professor Ross told the New York Times from her home in Atlanta. “I think you can understand how calling out is toxic. It really does alienate people, and makes them fearful of speaking up.”
Of course, none of that applies to Trump supporters, who she calls Nazis. It goes without saying that those 75 million undesirables should absolutely be canceled.
She talked about her allegedly “popular” class “Calling In the Calling Out Culture” on CBS News back in December.