Today, Donald Trump picked up a key endorsement from Chris Christie; an endorsement that Trump was very proud of: “Generally speaking, I’m not big on endorsements,” Trump said, adding, “This was an endorsement that really meant a lot.”
As he rolls forward in the primaries, let’s take a look at some of the other key endorsements Trump has secured.
Recently, Donald Trump received the much sought after KKK endorsement. David Duke, former Imperial grand wizard and current white nationalist formally endorsed Trump on his ‘David Duke Radio Program’ when he told his listeners that they must support him because “…voting against Donald Trump [at this point], is treason to your white heritage.”
Trump also has enjoyed the support and endorsement of the American Freedom Party, a white nationalist group that has been making robocalls on his behalf in each state days before their primary/caucuses. Their most recent calls in Minnesota make the claim, “The white race is dying out in America and Europe because we are afraid to be called ‘racist.’ Donald Trump is not afraid….Don’t vote for a Cuban. Vote for Donald Trump”.
He even received the endorsement of failed net-Nazi, white supremacist Craig Cobb, who posts videos and internet rants about his ‘crush’ on Trump. In 2015, Cobb once again attempted to get into the headlines by trying to buy condemned buildings in another small town, declaring his intention is to take over and change the town’s name to “Trump Creativity,” or “Creativity Trump,” in honor of Donald Trump.
At the Nevada caucus, at least a few Klansmen showed up, and a few other White Supremacists did too. One supporter, a young woman posed for a reporter’s camera and made the Nazi salute while saying, “Heil Trump”, then explained to the reporter why she felt Cubans are liars.
"Heil Trump," said this supporter, who posed unprovoked before going into a rant about how Cubans are liars pic.twitter.com/JCpwAwLna1
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) February 23, 2016
Even run of the mill Trump supporters seem to be drawn from the rank and file of the most racist elements of America. One poll, conducted prior to the South Carolina Primary found that Overall, 10% of Republican voters agreed with the statement that “whites are a superior race.” Additionally, 38% of Trump supporters polled wish the South had won the Civil War, while at the same time 70% of Trump’s were upset that the Confederate battle flag was removed from the state capital, and over 80% support Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States. These supporters, mostly ignorant of their own racism, are a small subsection of Americans who fear the reality that America is getting less white (and more brown). They see the privilege of their white authority undermined in the media, their schools, and every time they move about in public and see signs in English and Spanish, or notice that the world around them is more diverse than ever before. These are the people who say, “I’m not a racist, but…”, yet feel that Trump is their last hope to return to some mythical antebellum America where they were in charge and “those people” knew their place.
In general, Trump has used some of the racist myths commonly spread on websites such as Stormfront to gain attention. When he (famously) claimed early in the primary cycle that illegal immigrants are ‘killers and rapists’, he was parroting the popular white supremacist theme that minorities and immigrants are violent criminals bent on defiling white women, a tried and true storyline used by White Supremacists to recruit angry young men who fancy themselves as knights in shining armor out to protect the fairer sex from miscegenation.
Sadly, the media has remained mostly silent on Trump’s white supremacist appeal, or if they do address it they do so from the standpoint that he’s unaware of the impact of his words on the racists of America. Even his rivals for the Presidential nomination have stayed mostly silent. Although Trump (and active tweeter) has been re-tweeting racist and white supremacist posts – some from the @whitegenocideTM (and others) – none of the major news outlets have made more than a passing mention of this fact. Some estimates found that over 60 percent of the accounts Trump has retweeted recently have white-supremacist connections.
This racist/white supremacist link would appear to be a wedge issue for one of his rivals to opportunistically exploit, unfortunately they seem to be too afraid to alienate the base that feeds off of Trump’s outlandish brand of bile. Marco Rubio came closest to making a statement about racism, but he pulled his punches at the last minute. He said, “Whether you agree with them or not, if a significant percentage of the American family feels that they are being treated differently than anyone else, we have a problem then we have to address that as a society and as a country. I do not believe we can fulfill our potential as a nation unless we address that”. Sadly, he ended this bold statement with a feeble disclaimer, “I’m not sure there is a political solution to that [race/racism] problem, but there are things we can do.”
If Trump does manage to sweep Super Tuesday and clear a path to the nomination, it seems probable that one of his opponents on the Democrat side will quickly make his white supremacist support and dealings a major issue. It remains to be seen if this will be the case, but one can guess that the neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and other abrasive racists will become more vocal as the election season progresses. The media will probably take a closer look if this happens and it could become a major point in driving some Republicans away from the party and to the Democrat alternative.
Racism hasn’t won an election for anyone yet. Let’s hope it doesn’t in 2016.