Donald Trump has received the backing of an organization that most presidential candidates would be happy to avoid -- an endorsement from the American Nazi Party.
The Washington Post reports that the leader of the American Nazi Party, Rocky Suhayda, has publicly proclaimed his support for Donald Trump in the presidential race, saying that electing him into the White House would provide a "real opportunity for people like white nationalists to act intelligently."
He added that choosing Trump would be the first step in laying the groundwork needed for white nationalists to have a greater representation in the American government. Interestingly, Suhadya said that his endorsement, or that of the American Nazi Party, need not be ridiculed by left-leaning or centrist media organizations because the American "national socialists" movement today "doesn't have to be anti, like the movement has been for decades, so much as it has to be pro-white. It's kind of hard to go and call us bigots if we don't go around acting like a bigot."
As progressive as that may sound -- considering the history of the Nazi Party -- Suhadya's words are hardly consistent with the larger stand taken by his party. For example, even a cursory glance at their website would show that the Nazis have remained the same, but as True Activist put it, they only have "a new, better PR guy" at their disposal now.
While some of their views might even appease progressives, like when the party talks about taking the money out of big banks and bringing it back to the people, or when the party's platform discusses the importance of keeping the environment clean, the fact of the matter is Rocky Suhayda is the leader of a party that thrives on the ideas of racial supremacy and bigoted jingoism.
The American Nazi Party was established by George Lincoln Rockwell more than a decade after Adolf Hiter's death, and having borrowed the same iconography and ideals, it was also founded on the same principles of racial segregation and the assumed supremacy of the white race.
But after Rockwell was assassinated in 1967, the party disintegrated into several smaller factions, all of which presently compete for being the most bigoted institution in modern America.
Even so, the endorsement might give Trump's rivals, and especially Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, more ammunition to attack him during the campaign trail. It might also provide the moderators of televised debates between Trump and Clinton with even more fodder.
Trump's well-documented reluctance to denounce the support of the grand old wizard of Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, who is now running for a U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana, has already shown us that no matter how hard the Republican leadership might want Trump to ignore endorsements from groups or individuals with discomfiting agendas, Trump will probably still relish them. Like when Duke told American voters that "voting against Donald Trump is treason to your heritage," it is very likely that Trump would have taken it as a compliment.
And going by the standards that the Republican nominee has set in this race, American Nazi Party's endorsement could be considered as another feather in Donald Trump's cap.[Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images]