Until recently, Jared Taylor, long one of the country’s most prominent white supremacists, had never supported a presidential candidate.
“There’s been no one worth endorsing,” he said in an interview. “I mean, for heaven’s sake, was John McCain ever going to do anything useful as far as the legitimate interests of whites are concerned?”
But Mr. Taylor believes he has finally found someone who will: Donald J. Trump.
This year, Mr. Taylor’s voice could be heard on robocalls to voters across Iowa and New Hampshire, urging them to support Mr. Trump. “We don’t need Muslims,” he said on the call. “We need smart, educated, white people who will assimilate to our culture.”
Then came Sunday — a banner day for Mr. Trump in the eyes of white-power advocates.
Well that’s a
burning cross smoking gun!
In an early-morning social media post, Mr. Trump approvingly reposted on Twitter a quotation from Benito Mussolini (“It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep”). Then, in an interview on CNN, he refused to condemn the Ku Klux Klan or David Duke, its onetime grand wizard, after Mr. Duke declared his support for Mr. Trump.
“God bless this man,” exulted the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website.
After the CNN interview, Mr. Trump pointed to his disavowal of Mr. Duke’s support two days earlier. In an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday, he blamed a “very bad earpiece” for his equivocation. And a spokeswoman for Mr. Trump, Hope Hicks, said he broadly disavowed all white supremacist groups.
Mr. Duke took no umbrage. “I’ll laugh it off — that’s fine,” he said in an interview on Fox News Radio on Monday evening. “Donald Trump: Do whatever you need to get elected.”
Intentionally or not, Mr. Trump’s remarks are resonating with — and mobilizing — white supremacists, many of whom have traditionally refrained from participating in the political process.
Last week we heard from numerous sources that the GOPe was going all-in to “Stop Trump.” A couple days later they used smoke, mirrors, innuendo and guilt by association to whip up a yuuge nothingburger story smearing Trump as pandering to racists.
“He only denounced David Duke twice!!! He’s a racist!!!”
They haven’t offered any racist statements by Donald Trump. They haven’t come up with a single racist act by Donald Trump. They can’t show any instance when Donald Trump supported a racist group or candidate.
This is a classic left-wing media smear. What is disturbing is that so many people on the right have played along.
We’ll find out this evening how effective this smear has been.