Former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard and avowed Trump supporter David Duke declared on a recent radio show that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would be the end of white America and promised horrifying interracial crime if she is elected. His cohost Jay Hess called her the “architect of white genocide” and a “traitor” while Duke had this outrageous bit of racism to throw in:
“When a person goes to the store, they go to the mall, or they drive somewhere in their car and they break down, or they stop at a traffic light and they might get hijacked, nine times out of ten it’s not gonna be some white guy hijacking their car.
It’s not gonna be a white guy kidnapping them at the Walmart, right? And, you know, taking their family and slaughtering them, or robbing them or raping the women. That’s just the reality of life in this country.”
Such fearmongering rhetoric is common among white supremacists but obviously has no relation to reality. First of all, race is a social construct and ethnic groups do not act in a singular fashion like some kind of hive-mind creature. Secondly, whites, being the majority ethnic group in the United States, commit the majority of its crimes. A family is most likely to be “slaughtered” by one of its own family members with one of the guns that Duke loves so much.
While Trump loudly complains about Hillary Clinton’s accurate description of his followers, his own vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence refused to call David Duke – a former leader of a genocidal terrorist group – deplorable. Incidentally, David Duke got mad at CNN’s Wolf Blitzer not for making a cursory effort at journalism but for a…very different reason:
Wolf Blitzer demands that Pense call me “Deplorable” and he refuses.. Wolfie boy, still upset that I outed you on CNN as an AIPAC AGENT?
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) September 13, 2016
Because of course he’s asking a vice-presidential candidate if he approves of a hate-mongering racist because he’s a secret agent working for the global Zionist conspiracy.
“Deplorable” in the dictionary is as follows: “very bad in a way that causes shock, fear, or disgust.” There is no denying that the positions embraced by Donald Trump and his supporters are shocking, disgusting, and quite scary. To see this kind of horrifying racism being thrown around so casually is truly appalling, and a sharp reminder that our work to keep Trump from the White House is more important than ever.
Colin Taylor is the 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.