For over a year, Donald Trump dog-whistled and at times grabbed a bullhorn to shout racism at his hordes of white supremacist followers attending his rallies.
He retweeted neo-Nazis on Twitter and didn’t immediately denounce an endorsement from former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke. He loudly and proudly kicked Black Lives Matter protesters from his rallies, and reinforced the idea that “they” didn’t belong with an air of 1950’s nostalgia, saying repeatedly that in the “good old days” these people would have been hurt or killed for acting up.
His early campaign promises to eliminate political correctness perked the ears up of every Hitler-worshipping fascist in North America because that meant they could use words like “nigger” and “kike” with abandon and would no longer be relegated to the shadows of society as embarrassments. Later, Trump promised the country would say “Merry Christmas” again which was a wink-wink to religofascists that all religions would be marginalized and ignored while Christianity was restored to prominence. This idea was reinforced by his Muslim ban, which painted the entire religion as a threat to our society much to the delight of America’s bigots.
And then, of course, there was the promise of a 30-foot tall wall spanning across our southern border and the promise to rip 11 million people out of this country by their roots which was met with ecstatic glee from those who proudly wear xenophobia like a badge of honor.
Trump’s campaign was perfectly tailored to these American Neo-Nazis. And it worked.
But since November 8, when the electoral college count was tallied and Trump declared the winner, he almost immediately distanced himself from his most popular campaign promises and softened up a bit.
He wouldn’t jail Hillary Clinton. The border wall may be more of a fence. He never promised to deport people and so it went.
Neo-Nazis are livid at the prospect that they will remain on the political fringe.
In a recent article by Rory Carroll at The Guardian, several White Supremacist/White Nationalist groups who had supported and voted for Trump say they are disappointed in The Donald and promise armed revolt if he doesn’t carry out their fascist agendas.
For example, Carroll interviewed Jared Taylor, a “race realist” who runs the American Renaissance magazine. Taylor says Trump has walked back several promises that energized the “alt-right”:
At first he promised to send back every illegal immigrant. Now he is waffling on that.
David Cole, a Holocaust revisionist and columnist for Taki magazine imagines the neo-Nazi movement that was refueled by Trump will fall into “rabbit warrens” of online trolling and intimidation rather than being involved in actual policy-shaping. Cole told Carroll:
In January Trump will start governing and will have to make compromises. Even small ones will trigger squabbles between the ‘alt-right’. ‘Trump betrayed us.’ ‘No, you’re betraying us for saying Trump betrayed us.’ And so on. The alt-right’s appearance of influence will diminish more and more as they start to fight amongst themselves.
Another member of the white power movement, Peter Brimelow, founder of Vdare an online site which pedals conspiracies about a Mexican takeover of the U.S., told Carroll that if Trump doesn’t deliver “certain bones” to the alt-right there would be hell to pay:
I think the right of the right is absolutely prepared to revolt. It’s what they do.
Trump is facing quite the schism. He either implements a fascist agenda or will face a fascist uprising.
We have quite the future ahead of us.
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