This is the kind of person that is inspired by Donald Trump’s hateful and abrasive rhetoric. August Kreis II, an avowed neo-Nazi and former leader of the Aryan Nation, was convicted on Friday of molesting three girls between the ages of 10 and 14 by a South Carolina jury. In an apparent bid to “sway” the jurors, the white supremacist held a sign that read “VOTE FOR TRUMP” throughout the trial.
He was sentenced to fifty years in prison, but remained unrepentant. At the conclusion of the trial, he announced that he will “always hate the Jew,” and that “this government is run by an evil group of people, and please — vote for Trump!”
The Southern Poverty Law Center, who has been tracking this vile monster for decades now, reported that he is “a hot-tempered, longtime white supremacist and Christian Identity minister … (He) once headed one of a handful of competing splinter factions of the once-mighty Aryan Nations. Kreis has fervently advocated the mass murder of Jews, non-whites and ‘race traitors.'” After being kicked out of the Army for being “not suited for military service,” Kreis spent thirteen years in the Ku Klux Klan before becoming involved with the Posse Comitatus and becoming a pastor for the Church of Christian Identity, which asserts that white men are the true Israelites and other trite nonsense about the dangers of Jews. After becoming the leader of his faction of the Aryan Nations, he attempted to form an alliance with Al-Qaeda in 2005.
Donald Trump’s blatant xenophobia and divisive rabble-rousing has brought this disgusting kind of racism into the public eye, as Trump becomes a rallying figure for disgruntled white men across the nation, terrified at the thought of losing their privileged position in American society and threatened by the egalitarian values of liberalism. Multiple white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups have already endorsed Trump’s candidacy. It just goes to show that unfortunately, this kind of perverse racism is still alive and well in America – Donald Trump is just bringing it out of the woodwork.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.