There’s a reason why white supremacists like Donald Trump.
“A lot of what he believes, we believe.”
Donald Trump launched his campaign for president calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals” (“and some, I assume, are good people”).
He’s threatening to ban an entire religion—Islam—from entering the United States.
And he pitches himself to “the blacks” by saying: “What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump? … You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”
America has a lot to lose by electing Trump. But there’s one group in particular who has everything to gain—and that’s why white supremacists are lining up to support Trump publicly:
Trump has had ample opportunity to—in no uncertain terms—disavow what David Duke and other white supremacists are saying about him and his campaign. But he takes the coward’s way out. Here’s what he told CNN’s Jake Tapper when asked about whether he’d reject the former Ku Klux Klan leader’s support:
“I don’t know anything about white supremacists, so I don’t know.”
And when asked if he’d support a Democratic candidate over Duke, who is running for Senate in Louisiana, Trump’s first instinct was to say:
“I guess depending on who the Democrat is, but the answer would be yes.”
This, somehow, is the Republican nominee in the 2016 election.
If you want to put a man who courts white supremacists and the “alt-right” (coined by the head of a white nationalist think tank to describe those who idealize “white identity” and preserving “Western civilization”) in the White House, vote for Trump.
If you want a president who knows we are stronger together and who is going to fight like hell to make sure that all Americans—no matter their skin color, their gender, their sexuality, or their religion—can succeed, vote for Hillary Clinton.