Donald Trump just got a big endorsement but it may upset his pal Vladimir Putin, who hates fascists.
Rocky Suhayda, chairman of the American Nazi Party (ANP), said the New York billionaire is hugely popular among his followers.
A Trump victory in November will "be a real opportunity" for "white nationalists," in Suhayda's view. Since there already is a Congressional Black Caucus , he said, there should be a "pro-white" caucus.
BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski reported that Suhayda said on his radio program last month Trump's rhetoric revealed the popularity of the ANP's white supremacist message.
Polls consistently show Trump's popularity is greatest among lesser educated white men.
“Donald Trump’s campaign statements, if nothing else, have SHOWN that ‘our views’ are NOT so ‘unpopular’ as the Political Correctness crowd have told everyone they are,” Suhayda wrote in an ANP report, according to BuzzFeed.
This isn't Trump's first endorsement from white supremacists, who share the real estate mogul's hostility toward Mexicans, Muslims, Latinos, African-Americans and other minorities.
Rachel Pendergraft — the national organizer for the Knights Party, a standard-bearer for the Ku Klux Klan — told The Washington Post that the KKK has been using Trump's candidacy as a successful recruiting tool in "stuff that goes out to members."
“They like the overall momentum of his rallies and his campaign,” Pendergraft said, according to the Post. “They like that he’s not willing to back down. He says what he believes, and he stands on that.”
David Duke, an outspoken anti-Semite and former KKK Grand Wizard, told NPR, "Donald Trump is not a racist."
That is debatable in light of Trump's attacks on Mexicans, Muslims, Latinos, African-Americans and other minorities.
There is also widespread anti-Semitism among Trump's followers, particularly on social media, and he has done little to stop the surge of attacks, particularly on Jews in the media.
Duke, a Republican Senate candidate in Louisiana, is an outspoken supporter of the GOP nominee, he said, “Because I represent the ideas of preserving this country and the heritage of this country, and I think Trump represents that as well.”
The Hill reports Duke actually has more support among black voters than Trump in Louisiana.
Jared Taylor, editor of the white nationalist American Renaissance magazine, told the New Yorker, “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 was also quoted by the Washington Post saying, “We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture. Vote Trump.”
After initially refusing to reject Duke's endorsement and falsely denying he even knew who the Klansman was, Trump eventually turned it down. That, said Newsweek's managing editor, Robert Schlesinger, "lends new credence variously to the theories that he really does have white supremacist or fascist tendencies."