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February 28, 2016

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

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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January 12, 2015

Racist Group Begins Youth Recruitment Effort

The American Freedom Party (AFP), a white supremacist group, has recently established a youth wing, the National Youth Front (NYF). NYF, which officially launches in February, has already created a website, a Facebook page, and a recruitment video to appeal to young people between the ages of 18 and 40.

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National Youth Front symbol

In an introduction on its website, NYF claims that it is “an elite youth organization dedicated to the preservation of America our Western culture [sic].” In addition to creating a flyer about the group, NYF has created a polished recruitment video aimed at young people. It decries their parents’ acceptance of diversity and claims that young whites are “the victims of [their] parents’ childish liberation movements” from the 1960s. The video is called a “Declaration of War” and is similar to videos circulated by far-right youth groups in Europe, which chide previous generations’ acceptance of multiculturalism.

NYF chose three interconnecting triangles known as the Valknot or “knot of the slain,” an old Norse symbol, to represent the group. It is often considered a symbol of the Norse god Odin. Some white supremacists, particularly racist Odinists, have appropriated the Valknot to use as a racist symbol. Often they use it as a sign that they are willing to give their life to Odin, generally in battle.

Leaders in the group include Nathan Damigo and Daxter Reed, also known as Daecca Reed. Damigo is an Iraq war veteran who was released from prison in April 2014 after serving time for pulling a gun on a taxi driver, a crime he attributed to PTSD. Damigo is the acting chairman of NYF and also holds the position of director of PR and outreach. Reed, who is from Asheville, North Carolina, is director of national chapters. Reed is active in Asheville Youth Front, a local chapter of NYF and is seen on that chapter’s Facebook page handing out a NYF flyer. On his Facebook page, Reed “liked” Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

Unofficially in existence since November 2014, NYF has already lost its first chairman, Caleb C. Shumaker. Shumaker resigned on January 6, citing recent attacks against him and his family. He was formerly a member of the Conservative Youth Council, an affiliate of the far-right Conservative Party USA. In his farewell column, Shumaker claimed that NYF already has nine chapters around the country, although there is little evidence of activity at this point.

AFP was originally founded in October 2009 as American Third Position (A3P), “to represent the political interests of White Americans.” Today the organization’s leadership is made up of older well-established white supremacists such as California lawyer William Johnson, anti-Semitic ex-professor Kevin MacDonald and James Edwards, who runs The Political Cesspool, a radio show based in Tennessee. AFP is apparently trying to attract young people to bring new energy into the group, which has mostly run unsuccessful candidates for local positions.

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March 21, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Think Tank Appoints Bay Buchanan To Board

bay buchananThe Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), an anti-immigrant think tank founded by racist John Tanton, recently appointed Bay Buchanan, an anti-immigrant figure with ties to extremists, to its board of directors.

Buchanan is the president of The American Cause, a group founded by her brother, Pat Buchanan, a racist and anti-Semite. Though the organization is currently dormant, it hosted a number of anti-immigrant gatherings in the past featuring racist speakers.

For example, in January 2009 the organization held an event when it released a report on the impact of candidates’ views on immigration during the 2008 election. Panelists included Bay Buchanan, Peter Brimelow, a white supremacist and founder of the racist anti-immigrant website VDARE, and Marcus Epstein, founder of the now-defunct far-right Robert Taft Club. The Taft Club often invited racist speakers to address its gatherings, including white supremacist Jared Taylor, founder of The New Century Foundation, a self -styled think tank known primarily for American Renaissance , a white supremacist journal and companion website.

After Marcus Epstein was arrested and pleaded guilty to simple assault for attacking an African American woman in Washington, D.C., Buchanan defended him in a column published by VDARE titled “The Internet Lynching of Marcus Epstein.” Buchanan also contributed an article to The Social Contract (TSC) an anti-immigrant journal edited by white supremacist Wayne Lutton. At the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Buchanan spoke on a panel sponsored by the now-defunct racist student group Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) titled “Will Immigration Kill the GOP?”  Kevin DeAnna, the founder of YWC, was also on the panel. In 2005, Buchanan was a guest on the racist radio program The Political Cesspool, hosted by white supremacist James Edwards.

Buchanan also served as chair for her brother’s three presidential campaigns and in 2008, was a senior advisor to former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo, who is known for his anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric.  Buchanan also ran the now-defunct Team America Political Action Committee (PAC) founded by Tancredo.

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