Donald Trump is deserving of another post I suppose. Probably more than one as time marches into, well, march. How clever of me there. Regardless, Trump is at it again. He has garnered support from some fairly odd places, as have all the republicans. Those odd places count among them white supremacists, and the KKK. David Duke has come out in support of the Trump man, going so far as to state “a vote against Trump is a vote against your heritage.” This is David Duke speak to say vote for white people as David is the cleaner, pressed whites version of the white supremacist movement. But the KKK, neo-nazi, white power portion of this nation in general has come out in Trump’s favor as noted in my previous post Trump is no Enigma He is the dark Side of the Farce, in which I post the list below which I borrowed from the Huffington Post.
- The Daily Stormer, a leading neo-Nazi news site, endorsed Trump on June 28. “Trump is willing to say what most Americans think: it’s time to deport these people,” the site said in its endorsement. It then urged white men to “vote for the first time in our lives for the one man who actually represents our interests.”
- Richard Spencer, director of the National Policy Institute, which promotes the “heritage, identity, and future of European people,” said that Trump was “refreshing.” “Trump, on a gut level, kind of senses that this is about demographics, ultimately. We’re moving into a new America,” Spencer said. “I don’t think Trump is a white nationalist,” Spencer added, but noted that Trump embodies “an unconscious vision that white people have — that their grandchildren might be a hated minority in their own country. I think that scares us. They probably aren’t able to articulate it. I think it’s there. I think that, to a great degree, explains the Trump phenomenon. I think he is the one person who can tap into it.” Spencer, Osnos notes, is not the stereotype of a prejudiced yokel: At 36, he is clean-cut, and boasts degrees from elite universities. The Southern Poverty Law Center, Osnos says, calls Spencer “a suit-and-tie version of the white supremacists of old.”
- Jared Taylor, editor of American Renaissance, a Virginia-based white nationalist magazine, said: “I’m sure he would repudiate any association with people like me, but his support comes from people who are more like me than he might like to admit.” Taylor later told Osnos: “Why are whites supposed to be happy about being reduced to a minority? It’s clear why Hispanics celebrate diversity: ‘More of us! More Spanish! More cucaracha!’”
- Michael Hill, head of the League of the South, an Alabama-based white supremacist secessionist group, said Trump was “good” for the white racist cause. “I love to see somebody like Donald Trump come along,” Hill said. “Not that I believe anything that he says. But he is stirring up chaos in the GOP, and for us that is good.” Osnos attended a speech Hill gave to a crowd of cheering followers in which he railed against the “cultural genocide” of white Americans, which he said was “merely a prelude to physical genocide.”
- Brad Griffin, a member of Hill’s League of the South and author of the popular white supremacist blog Hunter Wallace, has written that his esteem for Trump is “soaring,” and has lauded the candidate for his “hostile takeover of the Republican Party.”
This time however Trump has stepped in it a little bit. Just a little bit as his followers are a group that easily brush aside any Trump activity or information that doesn’t suite their particular needs. Trump however was asked to publicly state he did not want or welcome any support from the KKK, David Duke, or white supremacists in general to which he responded saying his normal Trump, I don’t know them or anything about them so I have no comment. He has done a similar thing when asked about his supporters beating a homeless Latino man, merely calling them passionate. He sidestepped the issue to avoid saying negative things about those rabid anti-intellectuals willing to vote for him. While it may be sound strategy to avoid insulting or talking bad about your constituency, it is certainly a lie to say you have never heard of the KKK or white supremacists.
Even Trump is a little stuck right now as his base, his rabid, predominantly white, brain dead, base, a base he once stole from the far right pundits and entities, then owned, manipulated with skill, and sicked back on their creators and former masters, now owns him. He is beholden to their desires, their wants, their simple understanding of political and world views. He may not have a large financial backer to appease in the vein of the Koch brothers but he has his supporters.
These supporters would drop him in a moment if he began speaking sanity. If, even in a moment of weariness, he let slip a moderate point of view. If he said the wall wasn’t needed, or Obamacare was good. OH, Wait, he did do the latter. He let slip in an interview and in the debate that health care for humans was good. The right wing leaped upon him and I am sure some followers questioned their choice.
This is Trump’s Achilles heel. His wax wings that would melt were he to fly to close to the heat of sane, rational, commentary. Do not imprison all Muslims, loses poll numbers. Can’t actually deport 12 million people, and we drop a few more points in the latest exit poll. Have to yell a little louder, speak a little nuttier, OK that is better he feels as the polls again rise. Call Cruz a name, threaten to sue, call Hilary a criminal and the numbers increase again. His insanity is CPR to his candidacy. He has become allergic to rational discourse and he knows it. He has to avoid denouncing the KKK because a large segment of his people belong. He has to, until the elections are over, ride the crazy train or risk losing.
Trump is a caged little dog fighting for his place. He wasn’t caged by any other candidate or pundit. He has been caged by his own rhetoric, his own desire for poll numbers, his own rabid, uneducated, throng, and though it now looks like he will win the nomination with this throng they can, also turn on him as they did their previous masters. Trump is now imprisoned by his own definition of success, the chaos he has created to support his rise can, and will, be his fall.
I am curious as to what he will do when it is time to discard them for the sake of winning a general election. The real republican base loathes him so he cannot run to them. The masses that support him will not support a softening of the crazy, so he must leave many of them behind. They will not understand his need to acquire a more nuisanced message in order to win. They will think him just another wealthy politician abandoning them after promises he has no intention of living up too.
The Trump will win tomorrow as we head into super Tuesday. He will win the nomination. He will then begin to lose everything. He will lose his voters, and his fame, and much of his wealth. He will no longer be reality show material and will go the way of Honey Boo Boo. The Trump will fall to the mechanism he has created as the fuel of hate and fear will be exhausted. But it might be fun to watch. I am trying to picture a giant flaming golden cross burning in New York somewhere after the KKK finds out who Trump makes babies with.