This weekend the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, is being held in Maryland just a bit downriver from Washington D.C. CPAC has, in addition to attracting a who's who of whom might be regarded as mainstream conservative politicians and activists, has increasingly attracted those from the fringes of the movement including ethnic nationalists, identitarians, and alt-righters in addition to regular bunch of conspiracy nutbars and general grifters.
Case in point:
It really is amazing how these folks are drawn to each other. Here Goldy is with fellow CPAC attendee Jacob Wohl (no doubt at some hipster coffee shop), freshly banned from Twitter because he's blisteringly stupid. Wohl, a Trump sycophant who makes R.M. Renfield appear dignified by comparison, is known for among other things being banned from trading in futures for life as a result of massive fraud and attempting (badly) to frame Robert Mueller for sexual assault. He is at CPAC promoting yet another conspiracy theory concerning Rep. Ilhan Omar along with fellow grifter Laura Loomer:
Ostensibly Goldy is attending CPAC as a "journalist" working for the anti-immigration, white nationalist org VDare, however as readers know she is also very much a partisan:
However it seems that things at CPAC aren't going quite as well as Goldy would like. In fact I can't help thinking about this scene in "The Simpsons" when reading her Twitter feed:
It appears that CPAC, while still super racists, isn't quite racist enough:
Goldy runs through a number of complaints about her time at CPAC, though those complaints really do come down mainly to her not thinking the organizers are anti-immigration enough. Her tweets retweets tell the story of increasing frustration about how there wasn't enough focus on her pet issue:
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The global rise in racism & fascism needs a global response. … Read the rest
As I have mentioned via our Facebook and Twitter pages, I was at the 'United We Roll' yellow vest rally in Ottawa. To me, the most important thing worth mentioning about the rally was the low numbers. So... good job? I guess? #YellowVestsCanada #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/9s8NY7GRba— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 20, 2019
I counted 90 trucks, which was a far cry from the hundreds promised. Before the rally I predicted 80. I counted 200-300 people, but others have counted less than 200. Before the rally I predicted 400-500. There were also around 50 counter protesters. When the trucks finally rolled out, there were more counter protesters left than supporters watching them leave. I did personally view representatives from a few couple hate groups, mainly C3 and Northern Guard. I also saw other far right figures. Faith Goldy was in attendance, as well as lesser known figures such as Derek Storie and Rick Boswick. I believe some of the yellow vest supporters were Proud Boys, but I was unable to verify.I did witness one Yellow Vest supporter shouting into a bull horn at the mostly indigenous counter protesters, that 'oil pays for their welfare'. I also saw Derek Storie and Pat King (UWR organizer) mocking the indigenous drumming. The loudest crowd I heard, was when Faith Goldy stood on the lift truck. Lots of booing, and chants of 'nazi scum, off our streets', and 'Faith Goldy's a nazi'. They kept using the horns on the semis to drown out the counter protesters. It was really obnoxious, which if I could use one word to describe the entire rally, that would be it. This next picture made the whole experience worth it though.
#YellowVestsCanada Are we done embarrassing ourselves yet? pic.twitter.com/Yci1eV9VU8— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 21, 2019
In short, the "United We Roll"/Yellow Vests Convoy to Ottawa turned out to be at best disappointing and at worst a PR disaster that politicians who embraced it are now trying to justify in light of the white nationalist ties:
Since the end of the convoy there have been accusations of financial irregularities, personal rivalries coming out into the open, and anger over how participants were treated. One of those individuals, Bruce Ruddi, posted the following video to Facebook. The video is over two hours in length (I didn't have time to cut out the juicy parts) and there's a fair amount of shouting, but it is worth watching if only to see how quickly these reactionaries turn on each other:
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After the success of the Stand Up To Racism trade union conference, and counter demonstration opposing fascist ‘Tommy Robinson’ on 23 February, there’s less than three week’s to go to build the mass turn outs we need on the UN Anti Racism Day demonstrations, 16 March, in London, Glasgow and Cardiff. … Read the rest
Trade union conference brings together hundreds to get organised, challenge racism & build 16 March #WorldAgainstRacism demonstrations
A big thankyou to all the unions and activists who made the#StandUpToRacism trade union conference such a success!
Despite having the challenge of mobilising against fascist ‘Tommy Robinson’ in Salford on the same day, over 200 attended the conference from across the trade union movement, for a day of discussion, debate, and sharing experiences and stories of fighting from unions and inside workplaces to challenge institutionalised racism and build a mass anti racist movement with working class solidarity at its heart. … Read the rest
For Malenfant, there always has to be an enemy and a dark, sinister, conspiracy that he discusses using over-the-top hyperbole, nonsensical generalizations, outright lies, and logical fallacies such as creating a strawman. It has become the hallmark of his online presence. I provide a few other recent posts on the Facebook group as illustrative examples:
What does any of what he wrote there even mean?
Malenfant's rhetoric appears to becoming increasingly.... odd?Unhinged? Evangelical, end time, apocalyptic?
Take for example the "pep talk" he gave to members of the Yellow Vests Canada Facebook group prior to the Ottawa convoy:
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23 February 2019
Hundreds of anti racists stand up to Tommy Robinson and the far right at Media City Salford
Pictures at @antiracismday – free to use with credit to Stand Up To Racism
Hundreds of anti-racists and anti-fascists, (around 800), from across Salford and Greater Manchester rallied at Media City today to oppose fascist Tommy Robinson and his supporters. … Read the rest
I was on a business trip during the actual rally portion of the United We Roll/Yellow Vest Convoy to Ottawa. There was a time when I would be sorry about not being able to cover such an event since ARC was for so long one of the few sites documenting the activities of racist extremists. However with the Canadian Anti-Hate Network and Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, I had no doubt that the story would still be told.
I've asked the folks behind the Yellow Vests Canada Exposed if they would be willing to write an account of the two days. A spokesperson has agreed to do so and I hope that something will be ready to be published during the next few days. In the meantime, it appears that the convoy might have ended up as a bit of a disaster as relatively few showed up, the convoy wasn't quite as (grass roots) as claimed (some of the participants were quite literally "paid protesters), those that did include white supremacists and white nationalists, and there is now accusations by some of the participants that money raised has not been distributed leaving some struggling to find a way back home:
It would be very embarrassing for white nationalists if every Canadian saw this photo #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/ZStqY3AvJE— North99 (@wearenorth99) February 22, 2019• there’s Carritt in a yellow vest, which he supposedly isn’t
• We’re inclined to think more than sour grapes. At minimum it’s pretty mismanaged.
• $40k & $140k donated to the poor destitute people to go on a road trip
• What a dick. #cdnpoli https://t.co/v0IvtmJQkG— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019https://t.co/9BXUfh7OFS— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019https://t.co/vZMpNSeXF6— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019More financial troubles, legal issues, and confirmation that some convoy participants were company-sponsored, paid protestors.
Including one of the admins of Yellow Vest Rebellion, a large FB group. #SmellsLikeAstroturf #YellowVestsCanada #cdnpoli https://t.co/OjCtcW2YO2— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019Woywitka was company sponsored and is one of the admins of Yellow Vest Rebellion: #cdnpoli #YellowVestsCanada pic.twitter.com/rGYaeB5ZNs— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019https://t.co/0BX3kd7NQJ— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019A white nationalist will be speaking at the #YellowVestsCanada rally in Toronto on Saturday because they aren't racists. #cndpoli #antifa pic.twitter.com/TNdVoo3E7M— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 21, 2019Still, a number of high profile conservative politicians, including Scheer and Bernier, came out to support the extremists:
People are calling them "Neon Nazis"... pic.twitter.com/C8PPiJcD3P— leadnow (@leadnowca) February 20, 2019
More detail in the next few days.