Professor Calls For The Elimination of the Republican Party and Purging “Nazified” People From Congress, Universities, and “Regular Jobs”

The media has been airing discussion of hosts and leading figures like Katie Couric on “deprogramming ” Trump supporters or treating Trump supporters as a cult, including a CNN interview with an actual “cult expert.”  Since that would include over 70 million Trump voters, the hyperbolic language can be dismissed as just more examples of our rage-filled political environment. After all, a few days after the election, a law professor declared that even questioning the Biden electoral victory was tantamount to being a holocaust denier. One professor however has taken this call even further in declaring such supporters are worse than the Nazis and heralding the need for the same type of treatment seen with the Nuremberg trials, including the apparent elimination of the Republican Party. Smith College Professor Loretta Ross, who teaches women’s and gender studies, rejected calls for unity and instead called for punitive action against supporters in Congress, universities, and “regular jobs.”

In an article in CounterPunch Ross declares that there can be no unity with Trump supporters and that the Republican Party itself cannot continue to exist:

“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. Then-President Lyndon Johnson predicted that most white people would flee the Democratic Party to join the pro-segregationist, anti-feminist, and anti-gay revanchist political movement of George Wallace, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan. Every undemocratically selected Republican president since the 1960s (by an electoral college designed to be disenfranchising) has failed to repudiate this neo-fascist wing of their party.

I’m through giving Republicans the benefit of the doubt after 50 years.”

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.”

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.”

What is unnerving is that such views are now common on the Internet and increasingly common at universities. Many professors who send me such columns admit that they are afraid to speak out. There is a rising level of intolerance at universities. In over 30 years of teaching, I have never witnessed the level of intimidation at colleges and universities that we have today. Indeed, these columns are meant to normalize such calls for curtailing free speech and academic freedom.  It is an effort not just to retaliate but to use the chilling effect of such threats to silence others (including effectively barring opposing viewpoints from being published). Rather than denounce such views an inimical to our intellectual mission, some professors are rushing to prove their own bona fides by denouncing colleagues or dismissing free speech values. They are afraid and I cannot blame for that fear. However, silence or passivity in the face of such calls will come at too high a price for our colleges and our country.

Just a year ago, Professor Ross was featured on MSNBC for her stand against cancel culture when she said “We’ve become too intolerant and too unforgiving of mistakes, unless we make them. And then, we only actually want to forgive the mistakes of the people we already know. We need to have a more forgiving society.”

That message appears to now be discarded in favor of open intolerance in the cause of tolerance. As for calls from people like President Joe Biden for reconciliation and healing, Ross balked at the very notion. She calls for Trump supporters to be denied jobs, media opportunities, publishing contracts, and all other opportunities. What is particularly chilling is her use of a statement from philosopher Karl Popper: “In order to maintain a tolerant society, the society must be intolerant of intolerance.” Thus, intolerance of opposing viewpoints is now tolerance. It is that easy.

This blog was updated.

339 thoughts on “Professor Calls For The Elimination of the Republican Party and Purging “Nazified” People From Congress, Universities, and “Regular Jobs””

  1. Words, we all have some;
    the 1619 project leads to the criminalisation of the US Constitution.
    are you good with that?
    its coming soon.

  2. Better hurry with the Patriot party;
    THIS is based on my own probabilistic calculations, 99% chance occurring next 6 months
    By unanimous* fiat of congress, scotus and all federal judges, intel agcy, and military
    the US Constitution will soonish be declared a racist, supremacist insurrectionist document
    that no longer has the force of law; that to end the tyranny of this middle ages document
    possession distribution or speech of it will be cause for summary internment and/or execution
    the same rule later applied to the Books of the Law and Prophets, NT, etc

    *any dissenters will be sent to internment camp
    the new layout will be a near carbon copy of chinese govt and legal thinking

    Where i’m ‘coming from’ is worth considering;
    Mr & Mrs Trump; i am grateful for your leadership and teaching;
    a 4 year college course in social studies, much time in prayer.
    much wisdom from the Lord
    You are Family to me, i having out lived my original family.
    May God Bless and keep you until we all meet in Heaven.
    I pray for you and your house always.
    Grateful citizen Jake

  3. Does anyone remember when mentally ill people, like this alleged “Professor,” were locked away both for their protection *and* ours?

    Pepperidge Farms remembers. . .

  4. People were willing to die and launched a violent attack against Capitol Hill because they believe lizard people and vampire pedophiles are running the government and the good professor takes issue with use of the word “cult”? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha……………..yeah for God’s sake don’t call it a cult. At least the good professor was getting paid when he went on Fox and said voting machines were changing votes. Christ, the boys at Fox were more responsible than to let that propaganda stand. Yeah, ok, not a cult, just a bunch of bumpkins being exploited. No, screw that, they’re totally a cult.

    1. Your are a moron u liberals are a cult and are the ones acting like nazis and facists kindly shut your ignorant mouth. The ppl who stormed the capitol did not believe that vampire pedophiles are running g the government

  5. Alternate Truths Promoted By Republicans:

    THE FASCISM – COMMUNISM CONFUSION

    Boomers growing up in postwar America were taught that fascism and communism were two completely different animals. Fascist, far-right regimes ruled with support (or feigned support) by private business interests. Whereas Communist, far-left regimes were intent on nationalizing all private businesses and private property. These differences were well understood by every educated Boomer of the postwar era.

    It is well-documented that Hitler’s rise to power in Germany was largely due to Germany’s fear of communism. Even formerly moderate Germans reluctantly accepted Nazism as the lesser of two evils. The German defense industry was largely composed of private businesses that still exist today. Panzer tanks were manufactured by Daimler Benz. Artillery pieces were made by Krups. Hugo Boss designed and produced SS uniforms. Imperial Japan’s defense industry was also composed of private companies; many of which still exist.

    Communist regimes, by contrast, did their very best to stamp out the very concept of private property. Stalin’s determination to collectivize all private farms led to serious famines in which millions starved. Mao then repeated that same mistake in China 20 years later. Cuba and North Korea also created artificial food shortages related to collectivization. But famines of this nature were never associated with fascist regimes.

    It wasn’t until Barack Obama pushed The Affordable Care Act that we started seeing this bizarre confusion regarding Fascism and Communism. Tea Partiers broadly labeled Obamacare ‘socialized medicine’ and therefore ‘communistic’. In reality, Obamacare was a bonanza for health insurers who fully embraced ACA. But reality means nothing to conservatives. Obama was characterized in memes with a Hitler mustache. And it was about this time that American rightwing media began to stir the confusion; insisting that Fascism and Communism were both the same. No one had ever heard that before. Yet most Trumpers today embrace this confusion as an ‘accepted truth’.

    One logical reason for this confusion is that Republicans have drifted far to the right of where they were 30 years ago. Ronald Reagan would now be too moderate to ever get the Republican nomination. And under Donald Trump, Republicans became highly (White) nationalistic with authoritarian tendencies. The siege on The Capitol was the logical outcome of these trends. Republicans have gone so far to the right, Dwight Eisenhower would scarcely recognize the party today. Trumpers are, for all intents and purposes, American fascists craving authoritarianism. For this very reason, American rightwing media seeks to confuse Fascism with Communism. Fox News has no intention of admitting that Fascism was traditionally far-right.

    So when Professor Turley writes that Democrats want to de-Nazifi Republicans, the concept has merit. There are far too many issues in which Republicans embrace false truths. And it could be difficult for Americans to move on as a nation when so many lies permeate conservative thinking.

    1. In the “scholarly” literature, not popular histories and media ‘documentaries’ or postmodern tracts which place argument above fact, there has never been a consensus on how to define Fascism and Nazism, although some have insisted that they are the same because they were all “totalitarian.” The reason is simple — the ‘scholarly’ literature is diverse — scholars adopt different methodologies and are influenced by different ideologies, so their selection of evidence, their analysis, and their conclusions tend to differ, e.g., a study by a Marxist will view “fascism” as the final phase of capitalism, while a Liberal may see it as a retrograd ideology used to rationalize dictatorship. A comparative approach suggests the following —
      Fascism and Nazism were distinct — Fascism was an Italian ideology which sought to create a “new man” (human) by overturning the old liberal order and discarding parliaments in favor of corporations. It was not racist until 1938 (a distortion due to the rise of Nazi Germany), which is why much of Europe was “fascist’ by 1938 and all European states, as well as some in the Americas and Asia, had “fascist” movements. Nazism was a distinctly German ideology based on race and the creation of “living space” for Aryan (German) peoples. It spread to Austria, but was not popular outside the Reich except among Germans and those who were believed themselves to be Aryan.
      The term ‘totalitarian’ was coined by Mussolini to suggest that everything and everybody should serve the interests of the state. Hannah Arendt analyzed how it applied to Nazi Germany and Freidrich and Brzezinski to the Communist, Fascist, and Nazi regimes in an effort to tar the Soviets with the same brush as the Nazis. Adorno and others then spread its use to psychology in a series of flawed studies. “Business,” whether private or state-run, did well under all of these ideologies because the managerial class embraced the dominant ideology of each regime.
      Our current use of terms like ‘fascist,’ ‘Nazi,’ ‘communist,’ ‘socialist,’ ‘totalitarian,’ and ‘authoritarian’ are simply terms of abuse devoid of any precise meaning, save that attributed to them by whomever is deploying them to smear someone else.

      1. Old guy, I agree with your excellent summary and how the terms are misused. Fascism can be defined many different ways but when we think of fascism historically, we think of Italian Fascism of the variety as Giovani Gentile described it in the Doctrine of Fascism that was ghostwritten by him for Mussolini.

        What is the difference between the fascism of the Italians and that of the Russians and the Germans? In simple terms one thing in common to all was some flavor of corporatism. However Marx and Engels looked for the abolition of the state something Russia never achieved. I believe they considered Socialism and Communism to be the same though the words are used differently today. Since Communism according to Marx and Engels abolished the state communism isn’t really a political system. It is an economic one.

        All these terms are quite confusing to everyone because of their different usages. I prefer looking at the political spectrum in terms of how much individual freedom exists. Today, I think the Democrat view of government is fascist compelling the individual to constrain his free thoughts (Giovani Gentile) transferring such energies to government and the party.

      2. DID YOU IDIOTS REMEMBER WHAT WE WERE DOING 80 YEARS AGO! DO YOU REMEMBER, 60 YEARS AGO! 20 YEARS AGO! DO YOU KNOW OR HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT WE ARE DOING RIGHT NOW! MILITARY FOLKS ARE GIVING UP THEIR LIVES FOR YOUR SORRY ASSES. YOU IDIOTS MAKE ME SICK. YOU ACT LIKE YOU CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT YOU WERE TAUGHT BY SIMPLE TEACHERS. BETTER GO TALK TO A VETERAN HE MIGHT STREIGHTEN YOU ASSES OUT. ASS HOLE

    2. Perhaps it is far simpler than your construct.

      Boomers grew up where Communism was a real threat to the extent we learned to “Duck and Cover” as elementary school kids and lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis then went on to serve in the Military Services during the Cold War.

      We fought a couple real Wars in Korea and Vietnam against Communist forces where we killed hundreds of thousands of them.

      Do you wonder why Boomers see Communism for what it is….and why we reject any notion or part of it?

      The one thing we failed to do properly is pass that knowledge and societal value along to our Children and Grand Children and allowed the subversion of our educational system by those who adhered to Marxist views.

      Anyone that has seen how Communism actually works and how it is so destructive of the human spirit…..will not be fooled as to the absolute evil such a system of government.

      All we have to do is point to the Berlin Wall, the Purges in Russia and China, and the boat people of Vietnam and Cuba as proof.

      The Wall kept East Germans in…..and not the West Germans out…..freedom…the American style of freedom we once had brought us refugees from Eastern Europe, China, Vietnam, and Cuba.

      Walls along our southern border are designed to keep illegal aliens out and impede the flow of drugs into our country.

      Being a Boomer who has served in combat against Communist armed forces…..why do you think for one second I am going to politely facilitate a takeover of our government and way of life by those who espouse an agenda that takes us into a Marxist system of any description?

      Millions of us participated in those wars against Communism….are we going to sit by and watch it happen right here at home without protest?

    3. You have the wrong classifications.

      The issue is *not* Left versus Right. The fundamental issue is capitalism versus statism. Communism and fascism are both types of statism — government control over the individual’s life and over the economy. The only difference is cosmetic: Fascism permits the appearance of private property, but in name only. Individuals hold title to property (thus the German companies you cited), but the government controls how that property is used and disposed of. The shutdowns and lockdowns are textbook examples of fascist policies.

      As is Obamacare. Doctors retain the title of “private doctor,” but the government controls the entire health care industry, including prices, patient choices, et al. You are right: Hitler was a fascist, not a communist (a minor difference, as both types are dictatorships). The Hitler “meme” was, in fact, accurate.

      1. Sam, Obamacare set minimal rules for health insurance (pre-existing conditions, etc) and set up markets for private insurance companies to sell to individuals. There is no government anything in it as a “public option” -like that fascistic Medicare – is not even part of it., It is based on a plan devised by the Heritage Foundation intended to save private insurance companies and still provide universal coverage.

        1. “Obamacare set minimal rules for health insurance (pre-existing conditions, etc)”

          At the same time he made middle class families pay for those being subsidized so much so that many middle class families couldn’t afford healthcare.

          Obama also set up a method to game the system so that many of the young didn’t insure themselves because their premiums were so much higher than reasonable. Obama’s plan was known that it would fail before it was passed. It was known that it would go into a death spiral as the rates for those under Obamacare would continuously increase making more and more healthy people drop the program.

          Do you know what a public option is and how it was intended to work? Of course not. You are ignorant of details knowing only this month’s talking points.

          “It is based on a plan devised by the Heritage Foundation intended to save private insurance companies and still provide universal coverage.”

          That is a lie. Only a tiny portion of Obamacare was based on a singular poorly thought out idea by the Heritage Foundation. Ask any Heritage Foundation leader knowledgeable about this situation and you will find them to directly state that they were wrong. They are quite embarrassed over that error. They were trying to prevent gaming and forgot to look at what they didn’t know.

          Joe Friday never looks at what he doesn’t know that is why he repeats the same garbage over and over again despite the fact he has never been able to provide the facts that disprove the other arguments. His statements are not even worded that much differently from 6 months or years ago even if his alias changed during that period of time. He remains the same ignorant Jan F.

    4. Oh please facism is a left wing thing. Plus the democrats have moved so far left jfk would be considered too moderate for them today. The democrats saying the want to denazifi the republicans has no merit. The democrats are the ones acting like nazis and facists.

  6. To all those on the left that hated Trump for what he did, Biden, our Fauxresident of the WH, has already reversed two important ones.

    In one of the acts Biden gave more to the Russians then Hillary Clinton and Biden ever did. He helped their cash flow problem while increasing the cost of living for ordinary Americans.

    In the other he guaranteed more unemployment for American Citizens and lower wages.

    He also added a decoration to the WH, a bronze bust of Caesar Chavez who hated what Biden did in the third paragraph.

    I won’t mention what Biden did because I don’t want to be persecuted by the left for not saying how wonderful it is to give aid and comfort to the Russians while causing American wages to fall and unemployment to rise.

    1. Watching him sign the E.O.’s, I thought it interesting he appeared to be reading them for the first time.

      BTW, I believe the bust of Churchill was once again removed from the Oval Office.

      1. “BTW, I believe the bust of Churchill was once again removed from the Oval Office.”

        Good. I don’t think such a great man would want to share an office with the Faux resident of the WH.

  7. Of interest especially for those living in NY.

    Every evening, Governor Andrew Cuomo sends out an e-mail blast blaming the vaccine chaos in New York on inadequate supply from the federal government. It is a lie. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show New York is delivering only 37% of its vaccine supply into people’s arms.

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16965/vaccine-crisis

    Problems extend statewide

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