Donald Trump is a walking testament to the bizarre nature of American politics, and as a consequence, he has brought out some really bizarre people. For instance: his top foreign policy advisor once tried to get control over a Montana dam from two Native American tribes.
While Trump’s tapped more than a few turkeys for key positions in his cabinet, many of them likely know scarce little about the country. That still hasn’t stopped former Pentagon inspector general Joseph Schmitz from believing the land of Attaturk is working with Native Americans to build nukes, though.
The dam in question is the Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe’ Dam, and last year, Schmitz — serving as co-counsel in a lawsuit filed by Montana State Senator Bob Keenan (R-Bigfork) and former state Senator Verdell Jackson (R-Kalispell) — asked the court to block the Confederate Salish and Kootenai Tribes from taking over the dam.
Originally, the dam was known as the Kerr Dam and was built in the 1930s on tribal land. When the tribally owned Energy Keepers, Inc. paid nearly $18.3 million for it to NorthWestern Energy, they renamed it.
And according to Schmitz, this transfer from NorthWestern Energy to Energy Keepers, Inc. was part of a plot by the Turkish government and terrorists to obtain nuclear materials.
Schmitz considers himself an “insider” with the right-wing news network Newsmax, and is a senior fellow with the benignly named but malignantly anti-Islamic Center for Security Policy.
So on what grounds does Schmitz make these bizarre claims?
The Turkish Coalition of America, which is a non-profit lobbying group, has attempted to establish an agricultural trade relationship with the Native American tribes. This, right here, is definitive proof that the American ally, NATO member, U.S. State Department-considered key partner in counterterrorism efforts, and active member in the Nuclear Threat Initiative that works to prevent proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons is trying to build nukes.
I mean, if you can’t make sense of this yourself I’m not sure what to tell you; this makes perfect sense. Stop believing everything the Man tells you and start believing everything I tell you!
Oh, but it doesn’t end there. Schmitz and fellow co-counsel Lawrence Kogan are both tied to the Orwellian organization and far right-wing group Citizens Equal Rights Alliance, which warns that Turkey wants to “promote their brand of Islam” — you know, the secular, democratic brand — on reservations.
CERA — who operate off the “crab bucket” definition of equal rights — also considers Native American rights unconstitutional.
The lawsuit claims that:
It is quite possible that the Turkish government, sponsored Turkish business enterprises, and affiliated terrorist groups or members may be seeking access to such expertise for possible acquisition and use of incendiary devices to compromise Kerr dam and/or other off-reservation targets.
Unsurprisingly, they voluntarily withdrew the lawsuit in October after being unable to provide evidence of this terrorist alliance with the Native Americans.
While Trump’s dislike of Muslims is well-known, what’s not as heavily documented is Trump’s dislike for Native Americans, and bringing aboard Schmitz just highlights this.
In the past, Trump has pushed back against the right of tribes to establish casinos under the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, while complaining for years that his competitors have used racist remarks. Trump himself, of course, is a fan of the actual name for the NFL team in Washington, who I call the Potatoes.
“I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name,” he said. “They think it’s a positive.”
Schmitz has killed countless pixels on the Internet, writing voluminous digital tomes about his fear of sharia law, multiculturalism, and political correctness — all of which are things that likewise give Trump sleepless nights:
Multiculturalism, political correctness, misguided notions of tolerance and sheer willful blindness have combined to create an atmosphere of confusion and denial in America about the current threat confronting the nation.
The only thing creating an atmosphere of confusion and denial in the United States are lunatics like Schmitz and the cancerous politicians like Trump who treat them legitimately by giving them positions like foreign policy advisor.
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