Here’s one way Donald Trump’s political math is working out, whether he meant it to or not.
Trump’s new proposal to ban Muslim entry into the United States plus his longstanding promise to deport 11 million undocumented, mostly Latino workers equals intensifying support from white supremacists.
“At this point, if you still don’t support Trump, I’m seriously questioning whether or not you’re [a white nationalist],” one individual said Monday evening on Stormfront, the most popular white supremacist forum online.
“Heil Donald Trump – THE ULTIMATE SAVIOR.”
Many neo-Nazis already supported Trump, but his new plan won him even more fans, who can’t help but be excited by the fact that he’s been polling as the leading Republican candidate for five months.
Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin, publisher of the Daily Stormer blog, put his thoughts plainly: “Heil Donald Trump – THE ULTIMATE SAVIOR.”
The one common criticism seen across white supremacist websites and forums was that Trump didn’t extend his ban to all non-whites. Still, many called the move a “good start.”
While much of the public focuses on the Islamist terrorist threat to the United States, the facts tell a more sobering story.
Since 9/11, Muslim terrorists have killed an average of 3.2 Americans per year, according to the International Security Program, while white supremacist and right-wing terrorists have killed an average of 3.4 Americans per year.
There have been over 14,000 murders every year in the U.S., adding up to over 279,000 violent gun deaths between 2005 and 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dwarfing that, over 610,000 Americans die of heart disease each year.
Despite the relatively small number of Americans killed by violent jihadists, the proposal to block all Muslims from entering the U.S. has been met with triumph from white supremacists.
How do the Internet’s neo-Nazis express their ecstasy at Trump’s new plan? The same way the rest of the Internet does: Memes.
Less Trump-centric, still celebratory:
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