Twitter user Bill Burgin (@billburgin_va) is proud to be white and have guns. Of course, that’s a little like being proud of blue eyes and a drivers license, but I digress.
Burgin describes himself this way:
Conservative Christian Patriot Warrior. Love my Guns, my God, my Race, my Country, and my family. In that order. Pride in your own race is not racism.
His banner photo is of a Confederate flag.
Burgin retweets pro-Hitler memes.
He posts lovely sentiments like this:
On Christmas, he posted this, which has since been taken down:
While Burgin hasn’t explicitly endorsed Donald Trump, he does like to use Trump hashtags.
Most frightening, though, is that Burgin and people like him are firmly out of the closet, thanks in part to Trump. White nationalism is back in the news. The KKK, which was out of the spotlight for so long, is back. The founder of Stormfront says that Trump has “sparked an insurgency” of white supremacists.
While Trump has no problem empowering the white nationalist movement, he is also playing fast and loose with gun rights.
Donald Trump imagines a world where regular citizens can buy automatic weapons; where gun owners can hide their weapons in any state; where there are no expanded background checks for gun purchases; and where citizens fight crime with their own assault rifles.
In other words, not only is Trump giving a renewed voice to white supremacists like Burgin, as president, he’d like to give them every opportunity to carry out their threats.
One leader of the KKK called Trump an “outreach tool.” In other words, regular old political talk can now easily transition into white nationalist talk.
In an era of gay marriage and a black president, more than a half-century after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law, separatists can’t exactly swan dive into conversations with strangers about the white-power cause.
It involves, say, walking into a coffee shop or sitting on a train while carrying a newspaper with a Donald Trump headline. The Republican presidential candidate, Pendergraft told The Post, has become a great outreach tool, providing separatists with an easy way to start a conversation about issues that are important to the dying white supremacist movement.
“One of the things that our organization really stresses with our membership is we want them to educate themselves on issues, but we also want them to be able to learn how to open up a conversation with other people,” Pendergraft said.
Of course, the flip side is that Trump is making it easier to cull the bigots from your own social media and real life contacts.
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