Donald Trump is a white supremacist. He refuses to condemn white supremacy.
Most recently, he has issued a call to arms to the extremist hate group Proud Boys.
This was done during a presidential debate, on arguably the most global stage in the world. The group is now celebrating.
During the debate, President Trump was asked “Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities as we saw in Kenosha and as we’ve seen in Portland? Are you prepared to specifically do that?”
Donald Trump’s only response was “Proud Boys Stand back and standby.” The president of the United States gave a call to action for the most violent organization to be prepared to fight.
That same night, the New York Times reported that in mere minutes, members of the extremist group were flooding their social media accounts.
The president’s comments were dubbed as “historic” and seen as an endorsement to the organization’s violent tactics. They also directly caused a spike in new recruitment for Proud Boys.
Proud Boys social media messages shared via Instagram also stated “Trump basically said to go fuck them up! This makes me so happy.”
“Standing by sir,” read another. The group’s official account also posted an image of their logo surrounded by Trump’s statement.
However, the events at this debate were not the president’s first time refusing to condemn white nationalism.
Just consider the time he was caught refusing to condemn endorsements from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
The infamous KKK leader spoke out
saying, “Trump & Tucker is the only way to stop the commie Bolsheviks! It is the only path to beat them! #TrumpTucker2020” on Twitter.
As well as, “We’re going to take our country back. We’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back and that’s what we gotta do,” in an interview during a Charlottesville rally in 2017.
Duke’s support for Trump came after the president posted a video of his supporters chanting “white power.”
Donald Trump has not denounced any of these statements.
The president’s refusal to condemn white supremacy follows a long six months of civil unrest in response to systematic racism under the Trump administration.
Millions of Americans have taken to the streets since May in the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, African-Americans who were killed by police and white civilian vigilantes.
Donald Trump has denounced these demonstrations and referred to the organization Black Lives Matter as “a symbol of hate.”
Despite the countless protests, rallies, and riots that have been taking place across the country for the last six months, Donald Trump still refuses to acknowledge systematic racism.
His administration has not done anything other than stoke racial division in our country leading up to this election.
Thus it should not come as a surprise that Donald Trump is sympathetic to neofascist groups such as the Proud Boys and other white supremacists.
He has demonstrated time and time again throughout his term in office that he will not tolerate a citizen who is not white.
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