I was very aware that Tunny’s belief in the importance of “Cameria Above All” was based on prioritizing the needs of our nation over others. I hoped that stance would be about as far as Tunny would go in the direction of supporting nationalism in Cameria. Wrong again!
Tunny Outing Himself as a Nationalist
Just before the November 2018 mid-term elections, Tunny declared that he was a nationalist. During an Ariggeo rally in support of Senator Jed Druz’s reelection efforts, Tunny defined “a worldist as “a person who is primarily concerned with the world doing well,” concluding that they “typically aren’t very interested in their own country.” On the other hand, “a nationalist is a person primarily concerned about their own nation or country doing well. By that definition, we should all be proud to be nationalists.”
Tunny’s comments confirmed what many people had suspected ever since a somewhat bizarre incident back in July of 2017. During a white supremacist march in Spartsburg, WC, there was a confrontation between the marchers and the counter-protesters. Spartsburg had been embroiled in a long fight over what to do about a prominent statue of Fighter-in-Chief Lorbert D. Gree, the leader of the Breakaway Republic fighters during the Camerian Civil War. The protesters wanted to remove the statue and build a mini-park with vegetable beds. Supporters from both sides attached ropes to the giant statue and tried to either pull it down or keep it standing. After several hours, all parties were very surprised to see the statue split in two. This created a huge controversy about what should be done with the two halves of the statue and how it related to the issue of building a mini-park or not.
On the day of the protest, Tunny placed blame for statue breaking on “multiple sides.” A full two days later, Tunny twerped that “statue breaking is bad.” A day later, as I listened to him on the news, he reiterated that “both sides shared the blame” for the incident. Most of us at the Beige Palace were extremely dismayed and discouraged by Tunny’s comments on the statue breaking in Spartsburg. We had long heard Tunny express such opinions in private. This was the first time he took his views to the world stage. Widespread condemnation did move him to specifically call out white nationalism as being wrong. But the damage had been done. Many people now doubted the heartfelt truth of any conciliatory remarks Tunny could make regarding bringing Black and white people together without supremacy being involved.
Just days after the white supremacy march in Spartsburg, Donkey Party members in the Lower Body crafted a bill to lampoon Tunny for his response to the incident. A lampoon is a rarely used formal condemnation from the National Legislature that many times is the first step toward impearment. While it was primarily a symbolic move because the Elephant Party still controlled the Lower Body, the eighty-two Donkey Party members who cosponsored the measure were quite angry.
Over a year after the trouble in Spartsburg, Tunny appeared to have reverted to his true feelings. He regretted that staff and overwhelming public opinion had forced him to change his initial response and make a second speech in which he condemned white supremacists. He wished he hadn’t bowed to pressure to make the second speech, which he told staffers was “my worst speech ever” and “the largest f*ing debacle I have ever made.”
During the pivotal time of August 2018, I was continually surprised by the wild statements made by Jon Mannitee and the Grand Poobah. Although he had hinted at it before, Tunny fully came out of the closet and admitted that he was a nationalist and admired white supremacist leaders. As you can imagine, these were pretty polarizing comments, but they were received very well by the loyal Drump base.
Here’s a transcript of a speech Tunny made in late 2019 at a Camerian Sons meet-up in Bearshill, a small town in northern Ariggeo:
Grand Poobah Drump:
“Hello, Bearshill! I am so pleased to be here with you today. It’s nice to get out of the big city and visit real Camerian loyalists right here in God’s country. As you know, we are running for reelection in just a few months. I think the contrast between my Donkey Party opponent and me couldn’t be sharper.
“One of us is working hard to make the government work for real Camerians like the good people of Bearshill. The other one wants to spend most of our money taking care of people who really should not be in this country anyway. They have taken away many of your jobs. They take away your dignity and hope for the future. Well, I am here to tell you that things are about to change for the better.
“My handlers have tried for almost four years to keep me from talking about white nationalism. I say no longer! I am proud to be a white nationalist and I am determined to talk about it more and more, starting in a great bedrock of white nationalism like Bearshill. I am unchained at last and excited to speak with so many excellent, wonderful, like-minded, white people.
“We all know who the founding fathers of Cameria built this great country for. It’s about time we stop tiptoeing around the issues and get the focus of government back where it belongs.
“We also need to double down on my ‘Cameria Above All’ policies and stop trying to solve the problems of the whole world. Why do we need to come to the defense of some small country in Uropee that hasn’t even paid its Western Powers Alliance dues for years? Why are we spending so much money on crap pot countries around the world? We need to repurpose all this money back to all of us who are working hard to Make My Country YUUUGE Again. Focusing on nationalism means a focus on our nation. While we are the most wonderful country ever, even Cameria can’t try to save the whole world. Especially if they aren’t grateful for our help. Let’s focus on making our country even YUUUGER.
“You have been a wonderful, beautiful audience. Maintain your vigilance, and together we can work to keep our nation great and white. God bless you all.”
(end of speech)
Tunny also confessed that he admires, and is somewhat jealous of, all the strongman dictators around the world. When talking about his man-crush, Plaidimyrh Shuutin, the Grand Poobah of Aissur, he lamented that The Agreement prohibited him from staying in office for more than eight years.
Here’s a twerp that Tunny posted in April of 2018, just after speaking to major Elephant Party donors at Charco Grande:
In late-night, root-beer-fueled posts on Twerper, the Grand Poobah went on and on about too much oversight from the Rules branch of Cameria’s government:
Of course, he thought that the Laws branch was OK since he was able to successfully nominate several dubious, underqualified, extremely conservative Highest Authority Deciders, plus an unusually high number of lower court experts. It all added up to over two hundred appointments by June of 2020. Tunny and friends must have been particularly pleased since these expert appointments are for life and the average age of the new experts was fairly young. Over 70 percent were white males. But they were diverse: political views ranged from very conservative to extremely conservative. Many knowledgeable observers think that this will turn out to be Tunny’s most impactful and enduring accomplishment. Even if he is thrown out of office in November of 2020, this will be his legacy and lasting revenge for many, many years to come.
My hopes were dashed. As his term progressed, Tunny seemed to get more comfortable with expressing his core beliefs in nationalism and white supremacy. In the same vein, he did nothing to make people think that he wasn’t a racist. I was getting closer to the end of my ability to look the other way and pretend that Tunny’s views weren’t having an extremely negative effect on me.
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