Experts say white supremacists see Trump as 'last stand'
11 August 2016, 19:32
Washington – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and
his campaign are expressing ideas similar to those espoused by white
supremacists, legal, media and civil rights experts say. In
addition, the experts said on Wednesday, white supremacists are using the 2016
presidential elections to attempt to control the culture of politics.
white supremacists see this as their last stand for controlling the
country," Heidi Beirich, head of the Intelligence Project at the Southern
Poverty Law Center, said on a conference call with reporters.
of Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee did not return calls
said Trump has flirted with these groups and their ideals through some of his
campaign statements and platforms, including building a wall between the US-Mexico
border; a proposed ban on Muslims entering the country; planning to join Marco
Rubio at what they consider an anti-LGBT event in Orlando on the two-month
anniversary of the Pulse massacre; and the failure to immediately denounce the
endorsement of David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
Carusone, executive vice president of Media Matters for America, a liberal advocacy
group, noted that Trump has retweeted posts from white supremacist accounts on
is Trump's biggest microphone, and his rhetoric correlates with some of the
beliefs of white supremacy organizations and communities, Carusone said.
Bjork-James, a Vanderbilt University lecturer and expert in white supremacist
social movements, said white nationalists are attempting to increase their
numbers through Trump's campaign.
are organising online to rebrand to respectable politics," she said.
"Instead of being racist, they try to be respectable, but they are also
using conspiracy theories to control the media through their social media
handles for white nationalist ideas."