UPDATE: Kenosha confirms everything that I have said below. Kyle Rittenhouse and the police are the villains in the official narrative. Multiple speakers at the RNC prayed for the rapist Jacob Blake while Cannon Hinnant’s name wasn’t mentioned once. The Jewish pedophile Joseph Rosenbaum who was shot and killed while assaulting Kyle is being portrayed by the media as the hero.
Remember: every example of violence Donald Trump decries has happened on his watch. Under his leadership. During his presidency.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 28, 2020
I strongly disagree with this take from Zman.
The last four years have shown that power matters. Optics do not matter. Nothing that has happened since Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016 can be explained by optics. Instead, it can be explained by power: who has it and who is willing to wield it to advance their agenda.
Are we supposed to believe that George Floyd was elevated above Jesus Christ by the American political establishment because of his optics? How about Rayshard Brooks who was passed out drunk in the Wendy’s drive thru? How about the rapist Jacob Blake who is the reason that mobs are burning down Kenosha in the first place? The Left routinely makes heroes out of the scum of the earth and villains out of Boy Scouts like Brett Kavanaugh or Nick Sandmann. They manufacture the optics. The Left and Right are both focused on emptying prisons of violent criminals. Literally the worst people in society.
Is it good optics for violent mobs to lay siege to a federal courthouse in Portland for months? Is it good optics for mobs to form a squatter camp in downtown Seattle? Is it good optics for mobs to stalk people asleep in their homes at night in scenes out of The Purge? Is mass looting good optics? Is burning down Washington, DC good optics? Is saying that you want to kill cops good optics? Black Lives Matter and Antifa have done all of this. Result: Black Lives Matter is far more popular than the GOP.
Black Lives Matter and Antifa have soared in popularity under the Donald Trump presidency. This is because these groups are officially sponsored, protected and funded by the Democratic Party. The media has a simple narrative: Donald Trump is evil and the police are the bad guys and Black Lives Matter and Antifa are the heroes who are stopping them. The Democratic establishment and the mainstream media wield their power to legitimize these groups and delegitimize their opponents.
Ask yourself who has power and is willing to wield it to push their agenda. In St. Louis, the prosecutor who charged the McCloskeys made the point not to charge the rioters and looters who burned down businesses and created the chaos in which David Dorn was murdered. In Kenosha, the prosecutor brought absurd charges against Kyle Rittenhouse. In New York City, Central Park Karen was charged for being a meme. In Martinez, the prosecutor charged a couple with a hate crime for painting over a Black Lives Matter mural. In Atlanta, the cop who shot Rayshard Brooks was charged with felony murder.
In Indiana, a White woman was murdered by Black Lives Matter protesters for saying “All Lives Matter.” In North Carolina, 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant was executed by a black man riding his bicycle in his front yard. In those cases as in countless others, the thing that mattered was the race of the victim and the murderer, their politics and whether it could be used as grist by the media to push a narrative. The outcome of both cases was decided by who had power and how it was wielded. The Democrats and media wielded their power to bury both of those stories because they were bad for the narrative.
In Charlottesville, we had a federal court order to hold the Unite the Right rally, but Black Lives Matter and Antifa were allowed to attack us. The police stood down and watched it happen. When some of our people defended themselves from the mob, they were charged by the local prosecutor and were convicted and sent to prison. The GOP Congress unanimously condemned us and blamed us for the violence in Charlottesville. Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio said Antifa were heroes. This all happened to us because of our politics. We were in a Democrat controlled city with a Democrat controlled governor. They had power and used it to crush us while simultaneously allowing Antifa and Black Lives Matter to parade through town for hours in triumph during Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s “State of Emergency.”
The Rise Above Movement was known for having great optics. Trump’s Justice Department, not Charlottesville, charged them for defending themselves and others in Virginia and California. The GOP and Conservatism, Inc. never came to their defense. Their optics didn’t matter. Again, what mattered was power and how it was wielded: the Trump Justice Department used their power to charge them in order to suppress their Far Right politics, which is why the GOP blamed the Alt-Right for all the Black Lives Matter and Antifa violence that happened in 2017. The GOP does not wield power to protect any dissidents whatsoever. It doesn’t care about their optics. The Muh Optics crowd isn’t even allowed to attend CPAC. The GOP wielded its power to totally marginalize Nick Fuentes and his Groypers.
The Trump Doctrine holds that absolutely nothing can be done by the federal government about Black Lives Matter and Antifa violence in states with Democratic governors or in Democrat controlled cities. The federal government needs the permission of state and local authorities to intervene because this is happening in Joe Biden’s America. They are powerless to invoke the Insurrection Act and send in the National Guard like George H.W. Bush did during the Los Angeles riots or Bobby Kennedy and Dwight Eisenhower did during the Civil Rights Movement. There is nothing that can be done about the political violence in hundreds of emerging leftwing sundown towns – Berkeleys, Portlands, Charlottesvilles – or even entire states. The Trump administration can only wield power by using the Justice Department to prosecute people like Jack Corbin who never left his house or Atomwaffen for making crank phone calls. It couldn’t do anything about the hundreds of Antifa who rioted at Trump’s own inauguration.
Kyle Rittenhouse is another illustration of this truth. Kenosha is a Democratic city with a Democratic governor. After Jacob Blake was shot and the media ran with using the incident to push the narrative, Wisconsin Democrats went straight for the Charlottesville playbook. The mob was allowed to come in from Chicago and just start burning everything down while state and local officials watched and did nothing to stop it. Kyle Rittenhouse is a ballsy, do gooder kid who inserted himself into a volatile situation and got himself in serious legal trouble because as a rightwing, Back the Blue supporting White male he didn’t understand that he has no rights in such a place. Donald Trump is incapable of wielding power there. The Democrats wield power there and used it to charge him with multiple felonies.
Zman’s point is that conservative normies are sympathizing with Kyle Rittenhouse for a few minutes before their attention inevitably drifts on with the news cycle. He says this proves that the Alt-Right never learned the importance of optics. If a shitlib journalist from BuzzFeed were to find out, say, that this kid actually was a dissident and was a Henlo friends Groyper on Twitter and exposed him, all sympathy for him would vanish overnight. Conservatives wouldn’t be caught dead defending a “good optics” America First Groyper from murder charges in a Democratic city solely because of his politics. As a matter of principle, conservatives do not wield power to protect “Far Right” dissidents. They excommunicated Michelle Malkin from mainstream conservatism for associating with people like Jaden McNeil. They didn’t rise to his defense when Kansas State tried to drive him off campus.
Ask yourself who has power and is willing to wield it. Big Tech used their power to cleanse YouTube of Nick Fuentes and all of his “good optics” associates. The GOP used their power to pass the corporate tax cut which has more than doubled the value of Google’s stock. The GOP has power and wields it to give the Golan Heights to Israel or to assassinate Soleimani or to pass the First Step Act. It certainly does not use power either to protect dissidents or to advance any of our priorities. Conservatives have allowed law and order to collapse in over half the United States. They lacked the will to enforce our immigration laws. Now, they have moved on from that and lack the will to enforce any law to protect their own voters.
Dissidents do not have power. We are not wielding any power. We are repressed by the “mainstream.” Donald Trump and the GOP have power, but won’t wield it to do anything for us. They only use their power to wield it against us. Optics are irrelevant. The only thing that matters is our politics. Sadly, it seems that the millions of people who share their politics and vote for them don’t get much protection either. They will end up getting crushed like Kyle Rittenhouse and all those before them.