No surprise here, the party of racism is getting lots of support from white supremacists.
First up, for the Republican Governor of Maine –
Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke came to the defense of Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) after he asserted that drug dealers with names like “D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty” would often come to his state to sell drugs and then “impregnate a young, white girl” before leaving.
LePage later insisted that he was “not going to deny or apologize” for his remarks, andlashed out at media and state lawmakers for criticizing him.
On his Friday radio program, Duke came to the governor’s defense, praising the remarks as part of what he said was the “Trump effect of people not talking in politically correct manner.”
“You are probably picking yourself off the floor to think that an elected governor in the United States of America would actually talk about this horrible destruction and defilement of young white women,” the former Klansman opined. “These are not Anglo-Saxon guys from rural Maine doing this. These are, again, like the Puff Diddys — or whatever they want to call themselves — from New York.”
Appearing as a guest on Duke’s show, Pastor Mark Dankof argued that LePage was “trying to horn in on the Trump vote” for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who he is supporting in the 2016 presidential race.
The pair also ripped Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who they called “a truly evil woman,” for comparing LePage’s remarks to the “hateful and divisive rhetoric” being used by Republican candidates.
“Isn’t this the same Hillary Clinton who has constantly told us about black people being victimized by police?” Duke asked. “She says that this is a racist problem that police are shooting down blacks. When the fact is, they shoot down proportionally a far higher capita of a white person who acts criminally.”
“Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, from the beginning, have been financed and promoted politically by Jewish interests,” Pastor Dankof said.
Next – Making Campaign calls for Trump –
One of America’s most prominent white supremacists is making robocalls in Iowa imploring voters to support Donald Trump. Jared Taylor, the publisher of the white-nationalist American Renaissance website and the author of White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century, is making the calls on behalf of the American National Super PAC, which filed a statement of organization with the Federal Elections Commission late last week.
“I’m Jared Taylor with American Renaissance,” he says on the call, which was first flagged by Talking Points Memo. “I urge you to vote for Donald Trump because he is the one candidate who points out that we should support immigrants who are good for America.
“We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture. Vote Trump.”
Rev. Donald Tan, who TPM identifies as a Filipino-American pastor and talk-show host, also endorses Trump on the call. A press release announcing the robocall effort refers to Trump as the “Great White Hope” and says Tan decided to team up with white nationalists to support Trump because he had been “called of God to make America great again.”
At the end of the Iowa robocall, the group’s treasurer, William Johnson, who filed the statement with the FEC, identifies himself as a “farmer and white nationalist” and says the call has not been authorized by Trump.
Taylor has been a major player in white-nationalist circles since the 1990s and is a spokesman for the racist Council of Conservative Citizens, the ideological heir of the White Citizens Councils, which fought desegregation during the civil-rights era. The CCC was prominently cited in the manifesto of Dylann Roof, who massacred nine people at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last June. Speaking for the CCC, Taylor denounced the killings while insisting Roof had “legitimate grievances.”
Trump has become an extremely popular figure among white nationalists, who tend to believe that the United States should be dissolved in favor of “ethnostates” and the creation of a white homeland. At a white-nationalist conference held on Halloween in Washington, D.C., Richard Spencer, another leading figure on the far right, praised Trump as an ideological “icebreaker.”
“[W]hat I think he’s done is that he’s delegitimized—and I think he’s to a degree he’s humiliated—mainstream conservatives, the elite of the GOP, and certainly the kind of fuddy-duddy conservative movement types, the National Review,” Spencer told The Daily Beast at the time. “He’s delegitimized them, he’s humiliated them, and I think that opens a space for someone else… it’s not so much Trump per se. It’s not like we think he’s going to save the world. It’s like we finally felt like we’re breaking through, that something’s breaking out, and what comes after Trump is going to be interesting.”
So far, Trump has been reluctant to offer a full-throated condemnation of his white-supremacist fans such as Taylor and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. The robocall, however, may put the Republican frontrunner in a tough position, as it shows some white nationalists are now actively campaigning on his behalf. As Taylor himself told The New Yorker over the summer: “I’m sure he would repudiate any association with people like me, but his support comes from people who are more like me than he might like to admit.”