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February 28, 2016 27

Extremist Support of Donald Trump

Updated March 2, 2016

White supremacists have been enthusiastic supporters of Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president in June 2015 with bigoted remarks about Mexican immigrants. Subsequent remarks from Trump about banning Muslim immigration to the U.S served to solidify that support. White supremacists believe that Trump is voicing their own xenophobic and bigoted views toward immigrants and non-whites.

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David Duke, a racist and anti-Semite and the most notorious bigot in America, urged his supporters to back Trump. On his radio show in February, Duke said that “voting against Trump is really treason to your heritage.” Duke even told his listeners to volunteer for Trump during the election. He added that he hoped that Trump “does everything we hope he will do.”

One of Trump’s biggest supporters is neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin who runs the Daily Stormer website. The site is filled with virulently racist and anti-Semitic articles. In July 2015, Anglin wrote an arti­cle that praised Trump for his com­ments on Mex­i­cans. Anglin asserted, “The Trump Train has left the sta­tion and is run­ning non-stop to total vic­tory over the bar­bar­ian hordes of Mex­ico. Because there is one issue which mat­ters beyond all other issues and that is the inva­sion of White coun­tries by non-whites.”Anglin adds that “the amount of good” that Trump has done “is immeasurable.” Anglin now refers to Trump as “our glorious leader,” and extols Trump at every turn.

White supremacist William Johnson, head of the American Freedom Party does more than talk about supporting Trump. He has actually created the American National Super PAC, which has paid for a series of robocalls supporting Trump for president. The calls have gone out number of states, including Iowa and New Hampshire. New robocalls are scheduled for Vermont and Minnesota which tell voters not to “vote for a Cuban.” The calls go on to say that the “white race is dying out in America and Europe because we are afraid to be called ‘racist.’” Johnson has long courted the more hardcore members of the white supremacist movement, including racist skinheads.

Jared Taylor, a white supremacist who runs the American Renaissance website is another enthusiastic supporter of Trump. The American Renaissance site features articles that purport to demonstrate the intellectual and cultural superiority of whites. Taylor has written a number of articles endorsing Trump. His voice also appeared on the American National Super PAC robocalls in Iowa, where he told voters that “we don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture.”

Richard Spencer, a white supremacist who runs a tiny think tank called the National Policy Institute has posted videos and articles endorsing Trump for president. Spencer is a symbolic of the new white supremacy whereby young racists would rather don suits and ties than a Klan robe to promote white nationalism. In an interview, Spencer said that Trump “seems to genuinely care about the historic American nation that is white people.”

Kevin MacDonald, a notorious anti-Semite and retired professor, has also backed Trump. He has lauded Trump’s comments about banning Muslim immigration and says that electing Trump “may be the last chance for Whites to elect a president who represents their interests.” MacDonald actually tried to raise money for his anti-Semitic publication, The Occidental Quarterly, by touting Trump’s candidacy. He wrote, “Donald Trump’s candidacy is a game changer and has a very real possibility of success. In this new climate, millions of White people are realizing that it’s entirely legitimate to oppose immigration and multiculturalism. It’s okay to oppose the idea that every last human has the moral right to immigrate to a Western country, or that all peoples and cultures are equally acceptable as immigrants.”

Matthew Heimbach, a racist and anti-Semite who co-founded the Traditionalist Youth Network, a white supremacist group, has expressed support for Trump. He wrote, “The march to victory will not be won by Donald Trump in 2016, but this could be the stepping stone we need to then radicalize millions of White working and middle class families to the call to truly begin a struggle for Faith, family and folk. For this reason alone I will campaign for Donald Trump because as the saying goes ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’ and that is doubly true if that person is viewed as an enemy by the International Jew.”

It has also been reported that the Knights Party, a Klan group in Arkansas, uses Trump and his views as a talking point when questioning potential recruits. In an article in Politico, Rachel Pendergraft, a spokesperson for the group, said that Trump, “has offered KKK members a prime opportunity to feel out potential recruits on their racial attitudes.”

In media interviews, Don Black, who runs Stormfront, the largest white supremacist Internet forum in the country, has said that Trump has helped drive traffic to his site. In interviews in Politico and Vice, Black said that Trump had been a boon to the white supremacist cause.

Lee Rogers, who runs the neo-Nazi website Infostormer, refers to Trump as “our leader.” Like Andrew Anglin, Rogers posts viciously racist and anti-Semitic articles on his site and exalts Trump.

Hunter Wallace, aka Brad Griffin, a white supremacist who promotes Southern nationalism officially endorsed Trump for president on his website, Occidental Dissent.

James Edwards, a white supremacist who runs the Political Cesspool website and radio show, wrote a blog about attending a Trump rally in Memphis on  February 28 as a representative of the press.  Edwards declared that he is voting for Trump and encouraged his own supporters to do the same. Edwards added, “With Trump, America has a chance to regain her identity.”

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July 3, 2014 3

Matthew Heimbach Publically Returns to Racist Street Activism

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Matthew Heimbach

After announcing he was taking a sabbatical from activism, Matthew Heimbach, the co-founder white supremacist Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), returned to racist activities during the month of June. Heimbach attended three events in June organized by the white Southern nationalist group League of the South (LOS).

Despite the fact that Heimbach was previously banned from the organization for attending neo-Nazi events, Heimbach not only attended the recent LOS annual conference but also took part in LOS demonstrations in Kentucky and Alabama.

On Saturday, June 1, Heimbach attended demonstrations organized by the Kentucky chapter of the League which took place in the towns of Carrollton, and Warsaw, Kentucky. At the demonstrations, Heimbach held a sign that read, “Feds out of Kentucky.” Another LOS protest is scheduled to take place in the town of Pikeville, Kentucky, on July 19. According to LOS, the demonstration will be in support of coal miners in the state “whose industry is being destroyed by the feds.”

Over the past two years, LOS changed tactics, focusing more on street activism in an attempt to attract new members and raise awareness about the organization and Southern nationalism. Brad Griffin, aka Hunter Wallace, the founder of the racist blog Occidental Dissent is the main promoter of this tactic. The theme of this year’s LOS national conference was “Hitting the Streets: Taking the Southern Nationalist Message to the Public.”

Griffin joined LOS two years ago and is responsible for bringing the organization closer to the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), another racist organization with chapters around the South. Griffin is married to Renee Baum, the daughter of Gordon Baum, the head of CofCC. LOS and CofCC held demonstrations together for the first time during the past year. Griffin spoke about the issue of street activism and the media attention it garners at the LOS national conference last Saturday, June 28.

After their national conference ended on June 28, LOS held a demonstration in Wetumpka, Alabama, where the group is headquartered. Heimbach and many other conference attendees joined the event, which focused on supporting Southern workers who LOS claims are losing their jobs to immigrants. Many of the LOS protests are anti-immigrant but others focus on issues such as marriage equality. A similar demonstration is scheduled to take place in Gainesville, Georgia, on August 23.

Heimbach’s return to racist activism appears only to be with LOS for the time being. One possible reason for this is the LOS’s promotion of a racist version of Christian values, which Heimbach also embraces. It remains to be seen whether Heimbach will organize again with other racist organizations, but it’s clear that his sabbatical from racist activity is over.

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May 7, 2014 Off

White Supremacist Activists Opt for Sabbatical after Priest’s Rebuke

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Matthew Heimbach and Matt Parrott, the founders of the white supremacist Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), have decided to take a sabbatical from their activities. The two took this step after the priest of the Orthodox Christian church they belong to publicly released a statement on April 29 saying that Heimbach must “cease and desist all activities, both online, in print, and in person, promoting racist and separationist ideologies….”

The same priest earlier that month had overseen Heimbach’s communion in the Orthodox Church.  Although it is unclear where Parrott stands in terms of his own communion, he and Heimbach have both apparently chosen to take time off from their activities at the request of the priest. On the TYN site, Parrott writes that he and Heimbach do not know if their leave of absence will be temporary or permanent.

Parrott and especially Heimbach have openly talked about their religious beliefs on the TYN blog.  Their priest noted that he made the communion a public issue because Heimbach “makes inflammatory public statements in the name of the Orthodox Faith.”  Both Heimbach and Parrott ostensibly see their white supremacist beliefs as compatible with their vision of Christianity. Though the two are racist and anti-Semitic, Parrott has tried to justify their views by claiming they have no ill will towards other religious and ethnic groups.

It is unclear how Parrott and Heimbach plan to spend their sabbatical. Even after Heimbach’s priest asked him to cease activities and do penance to be received back into the Orthodox communion, Heimbach participated in a demonstration led by the racist League of the South (LOS) in Washington, DC, on May 1. LOS had only recently allowed Heimbach back into the group after kicking him out in October 2013 for taking part in a neo-Nazi event. A week before the LOS DC event, Heimbach attended the white supremacist American Renaissance conference in Tennessee. In addition, TYN continues to function as a group, despite Heimbach and Parrot’s leave.

The reaction from the white supremacist community has been somewhat mixed, with most people supporting Heimbach and Parrott’s sabbatical while the two figure out their next moves. One well-known white supremacist, Greg Johnson, who runs the online white supremacist publication Counter-Currents, has attacked Heimbach and Parrott for abandoning the white supremacist cause for the sake of Christianity. Others, like Brad Griffin, aka Hunter Wallace, who runs the racist Occidental Dissent blog, believe that Heimbach and Parrott will be able to reconcile their racist views with Christianity and make a full return to the white supremacist movement.

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