It’s become abundantly clear that Donald Trump has become the nominee of choice for America’s fringe right-wing neo-Nazis. The relationship is clearly mutually beneficial. He’s scored several endorsements from various KKK and neo-Nazi affiliated groups, while he himself more than occasionally (intentionally or not) retweets the messages of his white supremacist fans out to his millions of Twitter followers.
The words Trump uses and the promises he makes have clearly revved up these hate groups in ways America hasn’t seen in years. This week, for example, a white nationalist group marched on California’s state capitol as part of a white pride recruiting effort. The group of neo-Nazis made no secret of their desire to see carnage. Shortly before the rally, one organizer tweeted out an image of his “comrades” posing with mock shields and many wearing bandannas to hide their identities.
Just some of our brave comrades preparing to march today in California. Hail the TWP and GSS. United, we will win! pic.twitter.com/NoaB72Ts4v
— Matthew Heimbach (@MatthewHeimbach) June 26, 2016
But their tough guy posturing was met with stiff resistance from organized anti-fascist, anti-racist groups and the two protests quickly descended into violence. Police have yet to charge anyone in the melee but say there were reportedly severe injuries to participants on both sides including several stabbings.
Not dissuaded by the violence, leaders of the “Traditionalist Working Party” now say they plan to attend Trump’s coronation as Republican Party nominee in Cleveland in July. TWP spokesperson Matt Parrott claimed he would be defending Trump supporters from “leftist thugs.”
Traditionalist Worker Party spokesman Matt Parrott, who blamed the anti-fascists for the riot, said about 30 members of his group would come to Cleveland.
“We’re essentially just going to show up and make sure that the Donald Trump supporters are defended from the leftist thugs,” he said.
Parrott said he expected Cleveland police to largely prevent violence with heavy security, although “there might be a couple of isolated skirmishes.”
Hmm, a group of violent right-wing racists still licking their wounds from being humiliated in California heading to Cleveland in anticipation of a few “isolated skirmishes” with protesters. What could go wrong?
The toxic rot at the underbelly of the Republican Party has spread and now threatens to swallow the whole. Donald Trump, who just recently “accidentally” sent a known white nationalist to the convention as one of his delegates, has exposed just how ugly things have gotten for the GOP. Its base now consists of people who have a near pathological hatred of minorities and the groups that were one time on the outside fringe of the conservative movement are now calling the shots.
There is a reason white nationalist groups like the TWP are sticking their necks out for Donald Trump. They know the stakes of this election and they know a Trump victory would mean many of their wildest dreams would look a lot like Trump’s policy positions. The fact that they are willing to engage in violence to achieve that really says it all.
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