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July 15, 2015

White Supremacists View Donald Trump as Champion of Disaffected Whites

Donald Trump’s bigoted remarks about Mexican immigrants, his subsequent jump in the polls and his ability to attract thousands of people to a campaign event in Arizona caught the attention of white supremacists. Eager to exploit the situation, some white supremacists are hailing Trump as a champion of disaffected whites who are angry about non-white immigration and cultural changes.

Andrew Anglin

Andrew Anglin

On July 13, neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin wrote an article on The Daily Stormer, the virulently racist and anti-Semitic site he runs, which 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.”

Writing also on July 13, Peter Brimelow, who runs the racist, anti-immigrant site VDare, attacked “cultural Marxists,” often a code word for Jews, for rebuking Trump’s remarks and “shutting down” the immigration debate. Brimelow compares the reaction to Trump to the negative reaction to the Confederate flag. Brimelow then implies that the mainstream media “elite” that has rejected Trump’s views is mostly made up of Jews in New York.

Richard Spencer, the head of the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist think tank, posted pictures of Trump’s campaign stop in Arizona on July 12, in the online racist journal Radix under the title, “Trump Against the World.” Spencer claimed that Radix people were at the event. In the article, he also made an apparently sarcastic comment about the “diversity” of the largely white crowd.

On July 10, on The Alternative Right, a white supremacist website, an unidentified writer compared Trump to a “honey badger” that has rampaged through the Republican primary field. The person writes, “Even if they could find some way of stopping Trump, the man has already left his mark on the 2016 Presidential Race by tapping into the rising ethnocentric tide of American politics, something that is hardly likely to dissipate when the liberal left is engaged in a massive culture war against White identity.”

Kevin MacDonald, a white supremacist and anti-Semite, wrote an article about Trump’s candidacy in his online publication Occidental Observer on July 10. MacDonald claims that “Trump’s statements on the criminal tendencies and generally low functioning of Mexican and Central American immigrants have struck a chord with White America.”

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November 26, 2014

Anti-immigrant Activist Provides Substantial Input For Georgia Bill

According to a newspaper report, longtime anti-immigrant activist D.A. King provided “substantial input” for an anti-immigrant bill pre-filed in the Georgia Senate for 2015. The bill seeks to block people who have received work permits and deferred deportation through the federal deferred action program from receiving driver’s licenses in the state.d-a-king

King is the founder of the Marietta-based anti-immigrant group Dustin Inman Society (DIS) and has a history of making bigoted statements and working with the more extreme elements of the anti-immigrant movement.

In April 2007, for example, when speaking at a Newton County, Georgia Republican Party meeting, Mr. King reportedly claimed that undocumented immigrants are “not here to mow your lawn – they’re here to blow up your buildings and kill your children, and you, and me.”  Mr. King has also asserted that the United States is “being invaded and colonized” by a “Mexican mob that brings with it a culture of lawlessness and chaos.” Earlier this year, in response to children fleeing violence from Central America and seeking refuge in the United States, King asserted that the children are “swarming the border and bringing disease.”

For a number of years, King penned articles for the racist website VDARE, founded by white supremacist Peter Brimelow. In one blog entry, he discussed his experience at a March for Dignity, comprised of, in King’s words, “mostly Hispanic demonstrators.” He wrote, “I got the sense that I had left the country of my birth and been transported to some Mexican village, completely taken over by an angry, barely restrained mob….My first act on a safe return home was to take a shower.”

King also has ties to racist John Tanton, the architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement. Tax deductible donations to King’s DIS can be made through U.S., Inc., a group founded by Tanton. The president of U.S., Inc. is anti-immigrant extremist K.C. McAlpin, Tanton’s right-hand man. McAlpin organizes an anti-immigrant Writers Workshop event each year where activists, including a number of racists, present on immigration topics. King spoke at both the 2010 and 2011 Writers Workshop.  In 2010, other speakers included Jason Richwine, who left the Heritage Foundation after information emerged that he had written for a “nationalist” website and had written his doctoral thesis arguing that the U.S. should focus its immigration efforts on people with high IQs, and Kevin DeAnna, the founder of the now-defunct far-right student group Youth for Western Civilization. In addition, King is a contributor to Tanton’s anti-immigrant journal The Social Contract, edited by racist Wayne Lutton.

Though King has demonized immigrants through his bigoted statements, he continues to be a major player in the immigration debate in Georgia. His working relationship with politicians can impact immigration legislation and the lives of immigrants in Georgia.

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November 26, 2014

Activists Use Extreme Rhetoric in Response to Obama’s Executive Action

A number of anti-immigrant activists and groups used extreme rhetoric in response to President Obama’s executive action on immigration, announced on November 20. For example, William Gheen of the extreme anti-immigrant group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) connected the Mexican Civil War with Obama’s executive action in an interview with the conspiracy-oriented website World Net Daily. Gheen stated, “Obama’s choice of this date [November 20 is Mexican ‘Revolution Day’ or Mexican ‘Civil War Day’ which is the equivalent of America’s 4th of July] for his departure from his Oath of Office and the U.S. Constitution creates a permanent symbolic relationship between his actions and Mexico’s violent revolutionary and civil wars from 1910-1920.”

William Gheen

William Gheen

Gheen also circulated a Gary Varvel cartoon that depicted an immigrant family climbing in the window of a house of a white family while they are eating Thanksgiving dinner with the caption, “Thanks to the President’s immigration order, we’ll be having extra guests this Thanksgiving.” Gheen later claimed the cartoon “makes a very important point about illegal immigration, boundaries, the assault on American families and American culture… and the real situation in America. And unfortunately for many American [sic], illegal aliens are literally crawling through their windows!”

A number of activists associated with the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) also made comments about President Obama’s plan on immigration. When asked on his radio show whether Obama’s actions would lead to ethnic cleansing, Kris Kobach, who is of counsel with Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), the legal arm of FAIR, responded, “And the rule of law used to be unassailable, used to be taken for granted in America. And now, of course, we have a president who disregards the law when it suits his interests. So, while I normally would answer that by saying, ‘Steve, of course we have the rule of law, that could never happen in America,’ I wonder what could happen…”

Ruthie Hendrycks, a FAIR state advisor and head of the anti-immigrant group Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform (MINNSIR), posted a comment on Facebook calling for the families of undocumented immigrants currently in deportation proceedings to also be deported.

FAIR advisory board member and anti-immigrant extremist Frosty Wooldridge, responded to the president’s action in his regular column on the News With Views website by espousing birther conspiracy theories. Wooldridge wrote, “We now face a man in the White House who doesn’t mind breaking our Constitution, paid for with the blood of millions of men and women. In his youth, he chose to smoke pot, do drugs and lie his way through college and into Congress. He lacks any comprehension of what America stands for because he still hasn’t proven he’s an American.”

More extreme elements of the anti-immigrant movement also weighed in on the issue. White supremacist Peter Brimelow, the founder of the racist and anti-immigrant website VDARE called for the impeachment of President Obama. Brimelow also used the November 20th announcement to call for the “immediate abolition” of birthright citizenship.

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