KKK says Donald Trump is a “great outreach tool”

KKKNo one should be surprised when one fascist endorses another – as when last week, Vladimir Putin (the closest thing to a fascist dictator still in office) – endorsed our home-grown Donald Trump, Republicanfascist candidate for president. The Hill noted: “Putin had kind words for his ‘stablemate’ Donald Trump during an annual end-of-the-year Q-and-A session in Moscow.”

However, some may have overlooked the fact that during Trump’s meteoric rise to the top of the Republican field, he almost immediately garnered support from home-grown fascist white supremacist groups such as the Daily Stormer, America’s most popular neo-Nazi news site and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).  Frighteningly, Rachel Pendergraft, national organizer for the Knights, the standard bearer for the KKK, told The Washington Post:

“The Republican presidential candidate has become a great outreach tool, providing separatists with an easy way to start a conversation about issues that are important to the dying white supremacist movement…In addition to opening a door to conversation, Trump’s surging candidacy has done something else: It has electrified some members of the movement…They like the overall momentum of his rallies and his campaign…They like that he’s not willing to back down. He says what he believes and he stands on that.”

Unfortunately, for too many Americans, Trump’s xenophobic hateful vitriol about Mexican immigrants and Muslim refugees has become a rallying call for disaffected whites.  It’s a language Pendergraft admits she expected to “never hear a mainstream politician in either party use in public.”  But Trump’s hateful rhetoric has lifted the lid on the conversation and opened “a door to conversation.”

White supremacist movements like the KKK have been dying in America, but Trump is breathing new life into them. Stormfront, one of the most popular white nationalist websites, claims that a surge of Trump-inspired traffic has forced administrators to upgrade their servers, according to a story earlier this month in U.S.News. And site-founder Don Black told the Post that Trump:

“…has inspired an insurgency for users of the site and listeners of a Stormfront radio show…It’s all very surprising to me…I would have never expected he be the great white hope, of all people. But it’s happening. So that’s what we talk about. That’s what so many of our people are inspired by.”

In a recent post on the white nationalist blog Occidental Observer, Kevin MacDonald — described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “the neo-Nazi movement’s favorite academic”— wrote that Trump’s candidacy is:

“…helping America realize that a very large number of White people are furious about the where the country is headed…A major political candidate is saying things that have been kept out of the mainstream for decades by a corrupt elite consensus on immigration and multiculturalism that dominates both the GOP and the Democrats.”

There is some debate over whether or not Trump is a white nationalist, but he is certainly inspiring their ilk to come out of the woodwork and into the mainstream – and he has done little to refute their insurgence. Even when David Duke, the infamous leader of the KKK, said of the presidential contenders he considers Trump to be “the best of the lot,” Trump brushed off the comment by half-heartedly telling Bloomberg:

“I don’t need his endorsement; I certainly wouldn’t want his endorsement. I don’t need anyone’s endorsement.” When asked further whether he would repudiate Duke’s support, Trump replied. “Sure, I would if that would make you feel better.”

Let us not forget that yesterday on Meet the Press, in response to Hillary Clinton’s claim during Saturday’s debate that his rhetoric is “becoming ISIS’s best recruiter,” Trump said that even if he were presented with proof that terrorists are using him in recruitment videos he wouldn’t change his words nor strategy. Why? “My words represent toughness and strength.”

The bottom line is that while Trump may be spouting these extreme views to boost his popularity, that is the lesser part of the overall problem. That’s simply the part that reflects on him. The bigger, scarier part is that he is the Republican frontrunner for president, and the more outrageous he becomes and the more of a maniac he is, the more vitriol that spews from his mouth, the more his popularity grows with Republican voters – people who represent the worst of what America means in itself and presents to the world at large.

H/T WinningDemocrats

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