Larry Summers Loses It: "Trump Is Endorsing White Supremacists", Asks How Supporters "Face Their Children"

Even CNBC was forced to call Larry Summers on some of his more vociferous Trump slander this morning as the former Treasury Secretary took to the air in a follow-up to an op-ed that demanded all CEOs should quity Trump's councils or "they will be on the wrong side of history."

Summers pulled no punches as he began:

"President Trump is endorsing white supremacists,  he is 'uncomfortably close' to white supremcists... our President is supporting racists"

Which prompted CNBC's Carl Quintinilla to correct Summers that there was, in fact, no endorsement for neo-nazis.

But that didn't matter for Summers had one clear message to deliver (as is clear in his op-ed):

...the President has again and again traduced American values of international cooperation, of integrity in government, and of human decency. No advisor committed to the bipartisan American traditions of government can possibly believe he or she is being effective at this point. And all should feel ashamed for complicity in Trump's words and deeds. I sometimes wonder how they face their children.

 

After this weekend, I am not sure what it would take to get these CEOs to resign. Demonizing ethnic groups? That has happened. Renouncing international agreements that have supported business interests? That has happened. Personal profiteering from the Presidency? Also happened. Failure to deliver on ballyhooed promises? That has happened as well.

Summers then went to explain that "the CEOs that remain will be on the wrong side of history," going on to equate their currenct actions to historical companies that have supported racism, anti-semitism, and homophobia.

Summers then singled out Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, who this week condemned Trump's remarks in the wake of the rally but said he would remain on one of the president's advisory councils regardless.

Maybe Wal-Mart's CEO is 'scared' not to be on Trump's council: Fmr. Treasury secretary from CNBC.

"He is not fit to be the CEO of Walmart if his judgment is so bad as to suppose that being a member of this council is giving him some sort of effectiveness," Summers said in an interview on CNBC.

 

"What he may be - and what a number of CEOs are - is scared. Scared that if they leave, the president, using the tools of government, will retaliate."

Summers called that reasoning "egoistic delusion."

"It is absurd to suppose that if the CEO of Walmart wishes to speak to anyone in the Senate, anyone in the president's cabinet, or key officials in the White House, he will be unable to if he is not a member of the presidents' council."

 

"I cannot understand why others have not followed Ken Frazier out the door," Summers said, referring to the CEO of Merck, who was the first to leave the council. "This is not a happy day for American business."

He said CEOs who remain on the president's councils are legitimizing what he called Trump's "endorsement" of white supremacists.

"I don't know how people who are supporting them are able to face their children," Summers said.

Summers then said in and interview on Bloomberg Television that some CEOs fear retaliation from President Donald Trump if they oppose him and see "safety in numbers... more CEOs deserting Trump’s manufacturing council would be constructive for the government and the country."

Summers also said Wednesday he's surprised no officials of Trump's administration have resigned.

"There's a tradition in America of people of principle when they are sufficiently offended and disagree with their president on matters fundamental resign," he said.

 

"I have been disappointed that there have been no resignations on principle by the political appointees of this administration."

But apart from that, we wonder how he really feels.

Comments

So Close Buckaroo Banzai Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:49 Permalink

There is no excuse or defense for the white supremacists or racists. But to not see and condemn the same foundational motivations deep in the roots of the black lives matter movement (when they espouse the execution of police, and burn down stores and cars), or postmodernist social justice warriors (who so vehemently and violently protest against any form of speech on campuses that is contrary to their own) is to not understand and see the whole of the issue. It is fine to call a spade a spade. Not calling all spades spades is ignorance, willful blindness, or demonstrates a profound lack of courage.

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MalteseFalcon BullyBearish Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:15 Permalink

Paraphrasing Mr Summers is an injustice.  Let's go full frontal.This article first appeared in Larry Summers' blog.I have since Inauguration Day been troubled by...The fact that your candidate was rejected by the American people? the President's manifestly inadequate response to CharlottesvilleThe President condemned Nazis, neo-Nazis and the Klan.  Did you want him to protest the national anthem?they resigned from his Strategic and Policy Forum because of the President's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.Stings, doesn't it?  I hope you and your friends lose every cent you poured into that hoax. the President has again and again traduced American values of international cooperation, Cooperation? Iraq? Libya? Syria? Russia?  Does unitary hyper-power ring a bell?of integrity in government, Fast and furious?  The Clinton Foundation? Elimination of Glass-Steagall?and of human decency. Rationalization of torture?  500,000 dead Iraqi women and children a "good thing"?  Stop me if this sounds familiar.No advisor committed to the bipartisan American traditions of government The cozy Washington consensus know as the "uni-party"?can possibly believe he or she is being effective at this point. And all should feel ashamed for complicity in Trump's words and deeds.To quote Michelle Obama, "for the first time in my life I am [exceptionally] proud of my country." I sometimes wonder how they face their children.When they forced my children to watch "An Inconvenient Truth" at their school, I de-progammed them afterward.  Later I taught them how to strip and clean a gun.  They thought that was pretty cool.  Do your kids shoot, Larry?After this weekend, I am not sure what it would take to get these CEOs to resign. This weekend?  Do you mean that phony pageant in Charlottesville.  Talk about the need for shaming.  Nice job by the chief of police and mayor.Renouncing international agreements that have supported business interests? That has happened. These agreements clearly do not support the American people.  We held an election.  You lost.  Elections have consequences.Personal profiteering from the Presidency? Also happened.Larry, how is it that congress-critters enter the congress with one suit and walk out multi-millionaires.  It can't all be due to the fact that insider trading is legal for congress-critters.Failure to deliver on ballyhooed promises? That has happened as well.I doubt you are bummed out about the lack of an Obamacare repeal, but if you are, go ask Johnny McCain.Of course, CEOs might argue that while they also loathe all that is wrong with the Trump administration, they can be more effective by remaining involved. Give me a break. CEOs who are absolutely dependent on government largess are well advised to stay friendly.  Give these guys a break, Larry.  You're safe in academia.There is another argument I have heard CEOs make: "My company cannot afford to alienate the President and face retaliation." Would Trump weaponize the IRS like Obama and Lois Lerner did?They should note that Merck's stock price rose yesterday (despite the President's disparaging tweet) as an indication that this fear is overblown. One days stock movement?  You don't still believe in the rational market theory, do you?  You're beginning to scare me, Larry.If a substantial group of CEOs resigned en masse, what realistically could the President do other than tweet his frustration and hopefully ultimately take a lesson.Here's the lesson that was "taken":  Trump disbanded the groups.  Now they will have to find an ad hoc way to curry favor.There is a long tradition in American history of business leaders as statesmen and moral leaders. I come from a union family, Larry, so I'll take exception to "moral leaders".  Larry, did you get your flu shot and other vaccination boosters?  I recommend them for you.Business leaders provided important support when the Supreme Court has upheld affirmative action. Affirmative Action has been around for 50 years.  Whatever good came of the policy is already in the books.  Doesn't look like much good happened, does it?  On a related note, what do you think of Gorsuch?  Think Ruthie G. needs a nudge?Business has long been a supporter of cooperation with other nations to promote prosperity. The income of working Americans has stagnated since 1971.  What happened then, Larry?Most CEOs were strong and effective supporters of the Paris Climate Agreement. How much did you invest in that?At the local level business leaders have fought to strengthen public schoolsCommon core?  SAT test scores at 45 year lows?  The schools in any inner city? and to resist discrimination against minorities.  This is the tradition that needs to be honored today.Business leaders made out pretty good during slavery and with Nazi Germany when they were "honoring" a different tradition.  Maybe some black or Jewish scholars can investigate what today's corporations were up to then?  There could be some money in it!In the Obama Administration, I frequently counseled that "business confidence is the cheapest form of stimulus." Cheaper than the endless, mindless stimulus from the FED?  Got a lot of zombie companies out there.  Gonna be tough times when some of those "moral leaders" get their pants pulled down by rising interest rates.I resisted populist rhetoric that vilified corporations, instead favoring approaches that emphasized accelerating economic growth and competitiveness for the benefit of all. The wealth gap grew by leaps and bounds during the last two administrations.  The gap is now at an historic high.... ponder Edmund Burke's famous warning that "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."Evil has been triumphing.  Good men are now waking up, and Edmund Burke wouldn't know you from a hole in the wall.Since writing this post, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich have decided to step down from Trump's Manufacturing Council as well. I applaud their decision, and hope that many other CEOs will follow suit.Save your breath.  Trump shit-canned the lot.Larry, do you still think that women are too stupid to be engineers?  I'm gonna have to tell my wife on you.  She's pretty smart.  For a woman.

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RagnarRedux Mr. Ed Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:47 Permalink

You do realize Hitler and Goebbels were specifically decribing how international Jewry uses the BIG LIE?"In his book 'Mein Kampf,' Hitler talked about the technique of 'the big lie' but not in terms of how he was going to use it," Jowett says, "but in terms that Germany had been subjected to 'the big lie' by Jews, to unfairly blame Germany's loss in World War I on Erich Ludendorff."- Garth Jowett(Ph.D)

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justa minute rrrr Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:10 Permalink

no it doesnt but did your rabbi teach you that? As Paul said there is neither Jew nor Greek and Christ himself said ye are of your father the devil, or the kingdom is taken from you. You have no idea what you you are talking about because you probably never read it but continue on in your ignorance.

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MEFOBILLS tmosley Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:36 Permalink

These kikes just don't know when to let up. True.  Throughout history they have run their usury operations, to then ultimately be expelled.  They push to their own detriment. After being expelled, they push to "get back in."  Jews have a very unique evolutionary adapted system, which in biological terms is closely aligned with parasitism.Part of the parasites mechanism is to spread hypnosis, hence owning of the press, to then broadcast "messages."  Whites, due to their altruism, are ready recipients of this hypnosis. White women especially can be programmed with false shibboleths. The parasite and host relationship is partly due to evolutionary characteristics of both groups.  

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Veritas X- MEFOBILLS Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:44 Permalink

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379"United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379, adopted on November 10, 1975 by a vote of 72 to 35, "determine[d] that Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination". The vote took place approximately one year after UNGA 3237 granted the PLO "observer status", following PLO president Yasser Arafat's "olive branch" speech to the General Assembly in November 1974.More at Wikipedia "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_General_Assembly_Resolutio…https://duckduckgo.com/?q=un+zionism+is+racism&t=ffab&ia=webX-

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Chupacabra-322 Veritas X- Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:10 Permalink

The Zionist Elephant In The Room
 
The political creed of Zionism has big ears and a long trunk and I think it’s time that was pointed out. It also stampedes through our lives at every level and that needs to be said, too.
It has created a pincer-movement on the human mind by hijacking staggering amounts of political, corporate, banking and media power on one side and by using the fear of being called ‘anti-Semitic’ if you dare to state the bloody obvious.
 
 They have been able to do this by equating in public perception that Zionism = Jewish people. It does not. Zionism is a political creed introduced by the House of Rothschild to advance the goals of the Illuminati families that are largely controlled by the Rothschilds.
 
 When people think of Zionism they think of Jewish people. When they think of Israel they think of Jewish people. That’s understandable given the propaganda, but it is seriously misleading and those instant connections need to be broken if we are going to understand what’s going on here.
 
Zionism means Rothschild just as Israel means Rothschild. When we see the extraordinary number of Zionists in key positions around the world we are looking not at ‘manipulating Jews’, but manipulating Zionists representing the interests and demands of the Rothschilds.
 
Significant numbers of Jewish people are not Zionists and oppose that appalling creed while many Zionists are not Jewish. These include the Christian Zionists and Obama’s vice-president, Joe Biden, who told Israeli television ‘I’m a Zionist’.  If, as Biden rightly says, you don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist, how can it be a racial rather than a political movement? It can’t. It’s just made to appear like that to manipulate public perception because opposing Zionism then becomes opposing Jewish people as a whole and the ‘you’re a racist’ card can be played over and over.

 Far from protecting and advancing the interests of the mass of Jewish people it has often been devastating for them and caused millions to be labelled unfairly by the actions of the Zionist elite. On the Jews Against Zionism website one feature highlights how Rothschild Zionism targeted Jews who had lived for generations in Palestine side-by-side with Arabs in peace and harmony:
 
 ‘The religious Jews who by virtue of their faith, clearly contradicted Zionist nationalism, and who had lived peacefully with their Arab neighbors for generations, became unwillingly identified with the Zionist cause and their struggle with the Arabs.
 They requested the United Nations that Jerusalem be designated as a defacto international city. They appealed to the diplomatic corps assigned to Jerusalem — but to no avail. They were hence confronted with the choice of either becoming a part of the Zionist State, which diametrically opposed the interests of Jews as a religion, or abandoning the land of which their forefathers were the first Jewish settlers.
 
 Let’s get this straight. Zionism doesn’t give a damn about Jewish people. To the Rothschilds and their Zionist gofers and thugs the Jewish people as a whole are merely cattle to be used and abused as necessary – just like the rest of the human population.
 
The networks of the House of Rothschild were behind Hitler and the rise of the Nazi Party in the Rothschild heartland of Germany where they had changed their name from Bauer in 18th century Frankfurt and launched the dynasty that was to control global finance.
 
 After the war the Rothschilds used public sympathy for Jewish people targeted by the Nazis to press for a homeland in Palestine. This was the alleged reason for the founding of Zionism, but that is only part of it.

 The campaign to impose a Rothschild fiefdom in Palestine goes back at least to the earlier part of the 19th century and probably long before. It was given a massive boost with the Balfour Declaration in 1917 when the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour declared in a letter his government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
This letter was sent by Balfour, an inner-circle member of an elite secret society called the Round Table, to Baron (Walter) Rothschild who funded the Round Table.
 
 Today, Rothschild Illuminati fronts like the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg Group, Royal Institute of International Affairs, and others, still answer to the Round Table which string-pulls and coordinates from the shadows. This is why Zionists in government are invariably connected with these Rothschild-controlled organisations.
 
 The Rothschilds funded the early settlers from Europe to relocate in post-war Palestine and they also funded and armed the terrorist groups, like Irgun, which bombed and terrorised Israel into existence in 1948, a campaign which forced 800,000 Palestinians to leave the land of their birth.

Israel is simply the State of Rothschild and how appropriate that they paid for the construction of the Israeli parliament building, the Knesset, and the Israel Supreme Court. The name Rothschild means Red-shield and it originates with the red shield ‘Star of David’ symbol (not a Jewish symbol before the Rothschilds) which they displayed on their house in Frankfurt .

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Veritas X- Chupacabra-322 Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:31 Permalink

Thank You C-322.David Icke explains it perfectly:***MUST WATCH*** | DAVID ICKE - Rothschild Zionism | They Dare Not Speak Its Name  "Published on Jul 2, 2013British author and lecturer David Icke has written 20 books and traveled to over 55 countries since 1990. His books reveal how a hidden hand is behind world-changing events like the attacks of 9/11 and the manufactured wars in the Middle East, as part of a mass mind manipulation technique he has dubbed problem-reaction-solution. While being controversial and often heavily ridiculed and attacked, David Icke has driven on with his unrelentless investigation into subject areas that others don't dare touch. He reveals information that has been kept from a "dumbed down" population and has allowed the establishment to treat them as nothing more than slaves to a sinister hidden agenda.His books are some of the most comprehensive exposés of the global conspiracy ever written and among them are: And the Truth Shall Set You Free, The Biggest Secret, Remember Who You Are and Human Race Get Off Your Knees: The Lion Sleeps No More.Many have dubbed Icke as the "most controversial speaker" on the planet. They used to laugh at him, but now they come in the thousands to hear him speak all over the world.Nonetheless, David's words are designed to inspire all of us to be who we really are, to fling open the door of the mental prison we build for ourselves and to walk into the light of freedom."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xe5cQDIbMsX-

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MEFOBILLS Veritas X- Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:10 Permalink

Zionism was created by Herzyl.  Herzyl in turn wanted to align with Rothschild, which Herzyl was able to effect.  Zionism intent was to combine money power (international capital) with a political movement.  The political movement then became funded, and its creed was return to Palestein.  Zionism also used anti-semitism as a lever.  For example, the Havarra agreement with Nazi Germany, was to compel german jews to the desert (palestein).Some banker money even funded Hitler in the beginning, as anti-semitism was useful.These impulses for Zion PREDATE zion itself.  For example, Sabati Zevi in 1666 was to be the Messiah, and after he was determined as a fraud, the Kol-Niedre methods were enshrined as doctrine in Talmud.  But, Kol-Niedre goes back further in time to crypto behavior especially during the expulsion from spain.Then you go back further in time to the Romans, and read about their encounters with the stiff necked Jews.  Then you can trace further back in time all the way to Sumer, where the Haibaru donkey carvans had bones interred outside the city gates.   No doubt the "Merchants" were plotting to take down Sumer.So, this Zionist stuff is just more of the same.  The verbal tradition of the Sanhedrin, became written down in Talmud.  This is the true nature of Jewry, not Torah.  Zion and Talmud are spiritual cousins.Until Jews disavow usury, Kol-Niedre, and the many psychopahtic passages in Talmud, then they are fair game.  Same goes for Islam, as it uses Abrogation to pick and choose its psychopathic passages.

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The Cooler King (not verified) knukles Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:00 Permalink

"I wasn't born not getting accepted into Harvard for my academic knowledge, but then later getting accepted because I changed my studies to economics, so as to, you klnow, solve REAL WORLD PROBLEMS, which, naturally got me a job sucking Clinton ass, and PAID me to fall asleep in meetings after taking over Bob Rubin's old post after we'd ALL fucked the world by gutting GlassSteagall while Bubba was sticking cigars into Monica Lewinsky's juicy Yenta honeypot crack". But I can, in fact, FACE MY CHILDREN (because more likely than not, any one of those GREEDY little BEAKER twins is likely to STAB me and steal my fortune if I made the mistake of turning my back on them).

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Jim in MN knukles Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:18 Permalink

Antifa, meet Larry.  Larry is your new mascot. Antifa now supports dumping nuclear waste in Africa to save money.  Thanks Larry!Antifa now supports neolibcon wars that incinerate innocent babies and grown-ups.  Thanks Larry!Antifa now supports domestic spying and Stasi tactics against ordinary American citizens.  Thanks Larry! You ALL can FUCK OFF and that includes the dipsy doodle hippies on NarcissusBook. 

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Creative_Destruct CheapBastard Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:47 Permalink

Since Summers somehow interprets Trump's denunciation of both sides as an "endorsement" of Neo-Nazism, it's MORE than reasonable to interpret Summers comments as an endorsement of Bolshevism and Antifa.What the hell, I guess Stalin and Mao mudering 120 Million is somehow less egredious than Hitler murdering 6 Million. Never mind Pol Pot.And a NYT Op-Ed by a Penn Female professor says women have better orgasms under Sosialism ( per an old East German study).https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/12/opinion/why-women-had-better-sex-under-socialism.htmlAh well, what's millions of dead peasants compared to getting your teeth rattled with Igor's junk?

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Akzed MalteseFalcon Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:34 Permalink

Women had better find something to do besides science, because Larry thinks they aren't made for it.The president of Harvard University [LARRY SUMMERS] has provoked a furore by arguing that men outperform women in maths and sciences because of biological difference, and discrimination is no longer a career barrier for female academics.https://www.theguardian.com/science/2005/jan/18/educationsgendergap.gen…

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rosiescenario Killtruck Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:35 Permalink

Exactly....the MSM has presented this whole incident as though these 2 opposing factions actually represent a significant portion of the population. Neither of these fringe groups represent anything meaningful in terms of the population as a whole.The MSM has presented "news" on this confrontation between two wacko groups as though it is the final battle for who shall control our entire political process.Not one "reporter" bothered to point out the obvious, that either one of these groups represents less than 0.0001% of the entire U.S. population. The MSM would rather create a news show to sell advertising time. That is what our MSM has now become.....a show, loosely based on a few factoids of reality, but full of the sound and fury painted with over the top emotional commentary....such as these rather idiotic musings from Summers.

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