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The Elephant in The Room: Trump’s Ties to White Supremacy [continued]
In our last post, we discussed Trump’s very belated response to the Charlottesville domestic terrorist attack in which one counterprotester was killed by a car. Everyone from the media to members of his own party criticized Trump for placing the blame on both sides.
Trump equated the neo-Nazis and their hate-speech with the counterprotesters who were attempting to combat bigotry. John McCain stated unequivocally that white supremacists and neo-Nazis are in complete contradiction to the ideals we hold as Americans, subtly contradicting the President’s stance.
The question, then, was why Trump was so hesitant to condemn white supremacy.
As it turns out, Trump has purposefully sought the support of the alt-right and white supremacists for quite some time. The Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley attempted to detail all the ways in which Trump has helped the alt-right movement and white supremacists in an August 14 piece he wrote.
According to Mathis-Lilley, Trump’s support for alt-right theories began in 2011 when he propagated the idea that Obama may not have been born in the States. Apparently, according to Trump, his credible source had even sent investigators to Hawaii for the purpose of looking into the matter.
Trump further suggested that Obama may be a Muslim who was sympathetic toward radical Islamic groups such as Isis. The underlying message of this rhetoric, of course, was that Obama, with his Arabic-sounding name, could not be trusted. Trump further played into the alt-right’s fears that an African-American man would be their President.
Along with his birtherism claims, Trump also appointed his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who was, and is now currently, the executive chairman of Breitbart News. As a platform for the alt-right and its beliefs, Breitbart had no problem with supporting neo-Nazi figures like Richard Spencer, who brazenly employed Nazi gestures during a celebration of Trump’s presidential election.
Bannon took this support further when he endorsed a book entitled “The Camp of the Saints,” a white pride novel which employs the most dehumanizing and racist stereotypes imaginable. Bannon also allegedly didn’t want his kids going to schools with a large Jewish community.
Last but not least, Trump validated many of the alt-right’s claims when he endorsed Alex Jones and InfoWars. While Alex Jones and his InfoWars site believe in all manner of bizarre conspiracies, one of the theories which plays directly into the hands of the alt-right is the belief that the Rothschilds have the power to control global events.
The Rothschild family has been the target of anti-semitic sentiment since the 18th century. Claims that they own more than 80 percent of the world’s total wealth have been circulating among the alt-right community for years. The family’s grossly exaggerated wealth is then used to support theories of global influence and manipulation by the Jews or Zionists.
Whether Trump knows these facts or chooses to remain oblivious to them, his actions and statements have made it clear that he is not in the business of defending the vulnerable or uniting a country. His allegiance is, and always will be, to those who have the power and influence to further his brand.