A prominent American white supremacist group is seeing a dramatic spike in web traffic after using Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as talking points in its outreach.
Stormfront, one of the leading websites used by white supremacists, is having to upgrade its servers to help cope with the increased demand.
Hate group monitors like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League believe that Trump’s political rhetoric helps flame the surge in anti-Muslim violence this month, while white nationalist leaders are capitalizing on his candidacy to expand their movement.
“Demoralization has been the biggest enemy and Trump is changing all that,” said Stormfront founder Don Black. “He’s certainly creating a movement that will continue independently of him even if he does fold at some point.”
Trump said he does not support or endorse any white supremacist group, nor does he want people like Black endorsing his campaign. Earlier this month, the real estaste mogul threw out a man with a Confederate flag during a rally in Virgina and he also (allegedly) fired two staffers for posting racist comments over social media.
Many hate group leaders believe Trump has done more for their movements than most people realize. When the former reality TV star claimed that Mexican immigrants are “rapists” and criminals, many neo-Nazi bloggers pledged their allegiances to the candidate.
White supremacist blogger Andrew Anglin, owner of the website The Daily Stormer, posted his “official endorsement” of Trump for president.
“Trump is willing to say what most Americans think: it’s time to deport these people [Hispanic immigrants]. He is also willing to call them out as criminal rapists, murderers and drug dealers.”
Even the most notorious racist “intellectual” in the U.S. and former grand wizard of the KKK, David Duke, said that Trump was the “best of the lot.”
Analysts from the SPLC say that Trump is feeding into these hate groups by creating an atmosphere that will likely lead to more violence against Muslim-Americans.
“When well-known public figures make these kind of statements in the public square, they are taken as a permission-giving by criminal elements who go out and act on their words.” said Mark Potok of the SPLC. “Is it energizing the groups? Yeah. They’re thrilled.”
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