The dark and disturbing undercurrent of racial supremacy that animates the Donald Trump campaign has been given new legs by the appearance of Trump supporters in the past week, highlighted by Trump supporters dressed in Ku Klux Klan hoods at the Nevada caucuses and recent polls which indicate that a good number of Trump supporters believe that we shouldn’t have freed the slaves after the end of the Civil War. Having been previously endorsed by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups in the past, white supremacists are now coming out of the woodwork to support Trump.
Former Ku Klux Klan “grand wizard” David Duke announced to his followers on his radio show that:
“Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage. I’m not saying I endorse everything about Trump. In fact, I haven’t formally endorsed him. But I do support his candidacy, and I support voting for him as a strategic action. I hope he does everything we hope he will do. And I am telling you that it is your job now to get active. Get off your duff. Get off your rear end that’s getting fatter and fatter for many of you everyday on your chairs. When this show’s over, go out, call the Republican Party, but call Donald Trump’s headquarters, volunteer. They’re screaming for volunteers. Go in there, you’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mind-set that you have.”
One shudders at the thought of what the Ku Klux Klan “hopes” Trump will do. In December, he noted that Trump has made it “okay” to talk about the apparent issues facing white males in America and the threats to privilege they have achieved at the expense of every other demographic group. Which is accurate, to the extent that Trump has released the horrific demons of ethnonationalist supremacy and racial segregation from the undercurrent of politics and shoved them onto center stage. These bigots recognize that the end of Christian white male socioeconomic dominance is quickly approaching, but see Trump as a savior – and that should tell you all you need to know about the front-runner of the Republican presidential race.
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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.