Anyone shocked that Donald Trump is caging migrant children must have been asleep last summer when neo-Nazis marched on Charlottesville, VA at the “Unite the Right” rally which left Heather Heyer dead and countless others brutalized and bloodied while a smug Trump shrugged his shoulders and insisted that “many sides” were at fault for the violence.
The U.S. judicial system thankfully views their actions quite differently, per ABC News.
One such marcher was U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Vasillios Pistolis, who was convicted on Monday of failing to obey an order or regulation and making a false statement under Articles 92 and 107 in the Uniform Code of Military Justice per the 2nd Marine Logistics Group.
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ProPublica, the same publication that unleashed the audio-recorded proof of the horrendous conditions inside Trump’s concentration camps, reported in May that Pistolis belonged to a white supremacist group. The genius was found bragging online about his hand in the violence at the Charlottesville rally, because – clearly – the first thing one should do when identifying with a hate group is to plaster proof all over social media.
Pistolis has been sentenced to 28 days of confinement, a reduction by two ranks to E-1, and a forfeiture of two-thirds of his pay for a month. Not exactly the punishment expected as people of color disproportionately rot in the American criminal justice system for petty crimes like marijuana possession, but at least he fared worse than Trump in the wake of the tragedy.
There was a similar case involving two Marines in May of 2017. The pair flew a white supremacist banner at a separate neo-Nazi really, though this one was dubbed “pro-Confederate” as if there is some difference between the two.
Veterans news site Task & Purpose broke that news which saw a much harsher sentence than that received by Pistolis.
Task & Purpose learned from Marine Corps officials that one Marine, Sgt. Michael Chesny, has been administratively separated from the service, while the other, Staff Sgt. Joseph Manning, was discharged in December.
If we are ever to end the vociferous mistreatment of immigrants and people of color in this country, a zero-tolerance policy of any person aligned with Neo-Confederates, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, or any iteration therein that suggests that the “white race” is superior to other skin tones must be implemented.