Although it’s not in their official platform, it’s well known that the Trump campaign has been pandering to the modern-day white nationalist movement for some time now.
Through endorsements and campaign contributions, America’s organized racist contingent has made it clear who they want for president.
Donald Trump’s reliance on plausible deniability has been disturbingly lackluster, considering that he and his surrogates have repeatedly promoted the social media posts of known white supremacists and their memes. The GOP candidate’s son, Donald Trump Jr., is now lauded across the white supremacist web.
Thanks to the Trump candidacy, fundraising and traffic to white power outlets is stronger than it’s ever been.
Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Lisa Mascaro points out that white supremacist writer Andrew Anglin claims that the movement is so galvanized, that virtually “every alt-right Nazi I know is volunteering for the Trump campaign.”
“White supremacists are active on social media and their websites report a sharp rise in traffic and visitors, particularly when posting stories and chat forums about the New York businessman.
Stormfront, already one of the oldest and largest white nationalist websites, reported a 600% increase in readership since President Obama’s election, and now has more than one in five threads devoted to Trump. It reportedly had to upgrade its servers recently due to the increased traffic.
‘Before Trump, our identity ideas, national ideas, they had no place to go,’ said Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank based in Arlington, Va.
Not since Southern segregationist George Wallace’s failed presidential bids in 1968 and 1972 have white nationalists been so motivated to participate in a presidential election.
Andrew Anglin, editor of the Daily Stormer website and an emerging leader of a new generation of millennial extremists, said he had ‘zero interest’ in the 2012 general election and viewed presidential politics as ‘pointless.’ That is, until he heard Trump.”
You can read Mascaro’s article in full here.