While it’s been fun to watch GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump lose several business relationships as a consequence of his racist statements about Mexican immigrants, those same comments have apparently won him some die-hard fans.
While Univision, NBC and Macy’s have all severed their relationship with the real estate mogul, another demographic has come forward in support: white supremacists. Despite the fact that Trump’s hate speech has cost him millions of dollars, racists are rooting for him as Trump continues to stand by what he calls his “totally accurate” anti-immigrant rant.
One of these new fans is Andres Anglin, who blogs on neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. Praising the man who he affectionately refers to as “The Don,” Anglin wrote, “I do not believe he would solve all or even most of the problems we are facing, but he is absolutely the only candidate who is even talking about anything at all that matters.” Anglin also spoke with admiration of Trump, because the Republican candidate was “willing to call them out as criminal rapists, murderers and drug dealers.”
Trump also has the support of white supremacist and Council of Conservative Citizens member Kyle Rogers. If you need a refresher, the Council of Conservative Citizens is the hate group that Charleston massacre gunman Dylann Roof credited for radicalizing him. Although Rogers deleted his Twitter account after Roof shot nine black churchgoers dead on June 17, activist Shaun King was able to provide a screenshot of Rogers promoting shirts that said “Donald Trump 2016” to his Twitter followers the day before the shooting.
A KKK-supporting white supremacist group appropriately named “American White History Month” linked to a story in which Trump was praised for “refusing to back down” on their Facebook page.
So while Trump’s comments may have alienated him from decent human beings, his statements have clearly thrown him into the arms of another target audience. It’s really no surprise, though – as hateful bigotry seems to be synonymous with Republican values. In fact, Trump’s despicable comments have even won him the support of fellow Republican candidate Ted Cruz.
As Trump has climbed to second place in the race for GOP nomination, it’s frightening to think that people like Dylann Roof are the ones that are supporting him now. Without a doubt, Trump is going to keep saying and doing ridiculous things that will make it hard for the general public to accept him as an ideal candidate, but he clearly has the backing from several crazies that shouldn’t be given power.
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