Is President-elect Donald Trump a white supremacist? Does he have white supremacist ties? In the wake of a highly contentious presidential election that was largely decided along racial lines, Donald Trump appears to be striking a dangerous tone as he begins his foray into his new job as President-elect. Throughout his campaign, Trump enjoyed the support of some controversial white supremacist leaders and neo-Nazi organizations. Now that the campaign’s over and the presidency is about to begin, those ties are lingering.
— News 13 (@MyNews13) November 9, 2016
Especially because Donald Trump refused to disavow or disparage the KKK well into 2016, after his so-called “Trump Train” had been chugging along for months, and reaping a huge amount of white supremacist support. Eventually, Trump’s campaign called the KKK “repulsive,” but the response came too little, too late for many.
As Politico reports, one of Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters during his campaign was notorious white supremacist and former KKK leader David Duke. While Trump was seeking a path to the White House, David Duke was campaigning for a spot on the Louisiana state senate. Ultimately, Duke lost while Donald Trump won. And, to be fair, Donald Trump and his campaign did repeatedly disavow any David Duke ties.
However, that hasn’t stopped white supremacist David Duke from repeatedly cementing his association with Donald Trump and even claiming partial credit for Donald Trump’s unexpected White House win. In fact, after Donald Trump’s upset Election Day victory, Duke called Trump’s win “one of the most exciting nights of my life.” David Duke also took to Twitter to bask in the glory of his hero’s victory.
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) November 9, 2016
Duke’s very unambiguous post-election tweet said volumes. The “our people” he was referring to were clearly America’s white supremacists, a group Duke claims played a “HUGE” role in the victory of President-elect Donald Trump.
During his campaign, Donald Trump was also endorsed by a prominent KKK newspaper, reports The Washington Post. Called “The Crusader,” the white supremacist-friendly newspaper displayed its unflagging support for Donald Trump on the entirety of its front page in the days leading up to the general election.
“While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, ‘What made America great in the first place?’ The short answer to that is simple. America was great not because of what our forefathers did — but because of who our forefathers were. America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”
— almightygod (@almightygod) November 4, 2016
Like the situation with David Duke, Donald Trump’s campaign immediately denounced the white supremacist newspaper’s support. To no avail, apparently, because the KKK is now planning a parade in North Carolina to celebrate Donald Trump’s victory and the benefits a President Trump will bring to the world of white supremacy in the United States.
As The Los Angeles Times reports, the North Carolina Trump-loving white supremacists come from the organization known as The Loyal White Knights of Pelham. One of the most extensive KKK organizations in the United States. On their website, the KKK group made a disturbing announcement after Trump’s presidential victory. A parade in his honor, to take place on December 3.
“TRUMP = TRUMP’S RACE UNITED MY PEOPLE.”
— Luis Juarez (@mercutio64) November 14, 2016
@RepBarbaraLee Steve Bannon, a Nazi who supports Israel and criticizes the Dems and Republicans for supporting Islam b/c it hates the Jews?
— Jonathan Mase (@JonathanMase) November 14, 2016
@emmyrossum this is what happen when you lie about your qualifications and experiences to run a country….
— „malika (@windsansa) November 11, 2016
The KKK endorses our new president and his ideology. David Duke believes Trump is going to create his ideal society. Let that sink in. https://t.co/DfKb6QLWge
— Charlee (@Charlee_Reiff) November 9, 2016
David Duke just made his public statement on how proud he is of the appointment of Steve Bannon as Trump's Chief Strategist.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 13, 2016
So far, no announcement as to the location for the Donald Trump white supremacist event has been made, and Trump and his team have once again tried to distance themselves from the “honor” the KKK is bestowing upon them.
Even so, Donald Trump’s association with white supremacists seem to keep popping up. Over the weekend, they got disturbingly real; that’s because on Sunday, news broke that Donald Trump is tapping Breitbart News head Stephen K. Bannon to be his chief strategist. The implications are terrifying for non-Caucasian and Jewish Americans. And the fact that a man with Bannon’s history of alt-right, white supremacist allegiances is being awarded a position near the top of President-elect Donald Trump’s presidential inner circle is doing nothing to help distance Donald Trump from white supremacy rumors.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) November 14, 2016
Immediately following the news that Bannon is going to be part of presidential team Trump, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid Adam Jentleson, released a statement.
“President-elect Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon as his top aide signals that white supremacists will be represented at the highest levels in Trump’s White House. It is easy to see why the KKK views Trump as their champion when Trump appoints one of the foremost peddlers of White Supremacist themes and rhetoric as his top aide. Bannon was ‘the main driver behind Breitbart becoming a white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill,’ according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.”
To understand the concern regarding Steve Bannon’s white supremacist (and anti-women, anti-Jewish) views coupled with his rise to power in America, one has only to consider some of his brainchild, Breitbart News‘, headlines. Headlines that have made Bannon’s Breitbart the go-to “news” source for America’s alt-right, white supremacists and Antisemitic hordes.
— Benjamin Leash (@benleash) November 14, 2016
— Trending Racism News (@racismolizer) July 2, 2016
— Trendolizer (@Trendolizer) October 13, 2016
These are some Breitbart headlines. Their white nationalist CEO is now Trump's top White House strategist. Pay attention. pic.twitter.com/2y2NLiOv0B
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 14, 2016
While the fallout surrounding Donald Trump’s decision to appoint a proud, outspoken “white nationalist” Steve Bannon as his chief strategist has been widespread, and became apparent almost immediately, not everyone is jumping on the Bannon-bashing bandwagon. In fact, Trump’s new chief strategist is getting some support from a seemingly unlikely source.
As Israel National News reports, the talk that Trump’s newest appointee is a white supremacist and Antisemitic is being utterly disavowed by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), which also happens to be the oldest American pro-Israel organization. Indeed, the ZOA has defended both Bannon and Breitbart, saying that neither are anything of the sort and even referencing pro-Israel stances that both Bannon and his media organization have publicly held.
The ZOA has even gone so far in their collective defense of Trump’s controversial chief strategist that they have asked the Anti-Defamation League to issue a public apology to Bannon in the aftermath of accusations made by the organization regarding Bannon’s character.
Despite having the apparent support of the Zionist Organization of America, Trump’s elevation of Bannon in his soon-to-be government is apparently doing nothing to calm the waters following a divisive and still contested (by the public, at least) Electoral College win. In fact, choosing Steve Bannon has seemingly fanned the flames of pervasive rumors that Donald Trump may have deep ties to white supremacists.
What do you think? Does the support shown by the KKK and white supremacists organizations to Trump coupled with the Steve Bannon appointment indicate something nefarious? Could Trump actually be a white supremacist himself? Or are people who believe Donald Trump has deeply ingrained white supremacist affinities simply grasping at straws?
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