4 Signs the Trump Campaign Is Using White Supremacy to Win

It has been months since then GOP presidential contender Donald Trump weathered a highly critical news cycle where the New York businessman hedged over denouncing the endorsement he received from Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. In that period, Trump has become the party nominated presidential candidate, Duke has announced his own plan to run for Senate in Louisiana, bragging, “I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years,” and Trump’s dalliances with the white supremacist movement has become more and more overt.

Here are four signs that the Trump campaign is using white supremacists to win the White House.

1) His new campaign chief executive ran an online news site peddling anti-Semitic attacks – especially at enemies of Trump.

In the latest campaign shakeup, Trump’s primary strategist Paul Manafort has been moved to the background to promote Steven Bannon, the former executive of Breitbart News. Besides being a far right smear site, Breitbart was a furious propagandist for Trump’s presidential race, to the point where reporters resigned in protest.

According to the New York Times, one of the more memorable pro-Trump articles attacked a rival conservative website by using anti-Semitic language in their headline. “The site was criticized for courting Mr. Trump’s most extreme followers on the far right while criticizing anti-Trump Republicans and conservatives like Bill Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard,” the Times reports. “It drew particular fire for a headline that read ‘Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew’ that many viewed as anti-Semitic. Mr. Kristol has been critical in return, most recently Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’

The Bannon hire is a clear sign that the campaign approves of such tactics.

2) “America’s Merkel.”

The name of Angela Merkel, Germany’s female Chancellor, doesn’t probably doesn’t resonate much with most Americans, yet Trump has made it a new talking point to call his presidential rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, “America’s Merkel.” While most voters are probably scratching their heads over it, Think Progress explains that it is a very deliberate call to the White Supremacist movement to engage them in opposition of Clinton.

“To white nationalist communities that fervently support Trump, Merkel has been a popular villain. Sites like the Daily Stormer, the White Genocide Project, American Renaissance, and The White Resister have posted constantly about her since the Syrian refugee crisis began escalating earlier this year. They have accused her of making a ‘deliberate attempt to turn Germany from a majority White country into a minority White country.’ They have called her a ‘crazy childless bitch,’ ‘Anti-White Traitor,’ and “patron saint of terrorists.’ They have asked in articles about her, ‘Why would you allow a woman to run a country, unless you were doing it as a joke?’” explains Alice Ollstein. “In fact, Trump’s new line about Clinton wanting to become ‘America’s Merkel’ can be found almost verbatim in these white supremacist forums. ‘If Hillary takes power she will be to America what Merkel is to Germany,’ a member of Stormfront wrote in March. ‘Hillary Clinton is America’s Angela Merkel,’ wrote a commenter on American Renaissance in April.”

3) His own social media.

In fact, Trump’s social media channels are heavily promoting material that is generated in the white supremacist movement, as Talking Points Memo argues.

“Recently, Fortune commissioned a social media analytics company to analyze Donald Trump’s retweets on his infamous Twitter account,” writes Josh Marshall. “They identified 2,000 ‘influencers’ in the ‘#WhiteGenocide’ community (yes, I’m sorry to say there’s a ‘#WhiteGenocide’ community), and they looked at that influence matrix against Trump’s Twitter history. ‘Since the start of his campaign,’ they found, ‘Donald Trump has retweeted at least 75 users who follow at least three of the top 50 #WhiteGenocide influencers. Moreover, a majority of these retweeted accounts are themselves followed by more than 100 #WhiteGenocide influencers.’”

Some of these graphics and tweets are slightly modified, such as this recent graphic that is nearly identical to one used by David Duke. Others are far more direct.

4) “Trump Youth.”

No, really. That is really a thing. “The founder of ‘Trump Youth’ has called on young Americans to come together to fight the ‘parasites’ of society,” writes Rawstory. “The Jewish newspaper Forward reported on Tuesday that activist Jayme Liardi had launched the ‘Trump Youth’ program with rhetoric that ‘evokes the Hitler Youth, a wing of Germany’s Nazi party.’ A website for the group encourages young voters to ‘[e]mbrace your destiny and become a part of the greatest battle the world has ever seen.’” And, in case any of that is too subtle, he wears a brown shirt in his video to boot.

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Sarah Hill2 years ago

No body can be as bad as the left has painted Trump! He has blacks at every level in his companies. He has women at every level (and not just his daughter). You really need to do your own research and not rely on what you are told! It's amazing, he has been in public life at some level for a long time but NO one has ever accused him of anything until he decides to run for president! Wake up people. You can't trust want you hear in the press!

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Jennifer H.
Jennifer H2 years ago

All you have to do is listen to hear his anti-everybody rhetoric. He is one scary creep.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson2 years ago

American politics is going to be worse following this encouragement to our worse instincts. As was the case in Louisiana before, it is our curse that the only alternative is continuing corporate rule at a time when it is no longer very viable.

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Rhoberta E.
Rhoberta E2 years ago

@ David F
Is tRump paying you as a surrogate? How about his Doc who falsified his credentialsin his health report.. You're really reaching, David.

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