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Emboldened by Trump, a record number of white nationalists are running for office
The Daily Kos
May 31, 2018
by Jen Hayden
The Southern Poverty Law Center is reporting a surge in white nationalists running for office in the United States. This includes candidates advocating for racial segregation, Holocaust deniers, and the whole deplorable platform. By their count, at least eight known white nationalists are running, most of them as Republicans. I’d argue that given Trump’s 2020 campaign is in motion, that number should be nine.
MSNBC’s Morgan Radford interviewed several of these candidates and it is crystal clear Donald Trump is empowering them and encouraging them to seek office—and that should terrify the hell out of all of us.
As Republican strategist Rob Stutzman says in the interview, these candidates and their hateful views need to be repudiated at the ballot box.
Here is a fantastic Vox video explaining the rise of white nationalists and how Donald Trump earned their support in 2016 (Spoiler alert: he’s a fucking racist and he’s speaking their language).
Charlottesville Hate Marcher Elected by Republican Party
06.05.18 5:03 AM ET
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY THE DAILY BEAST
An affiliate of a “pro-white” group who marched in Charlottesville last year was elected to a Republican Party post in Washington state last week, part of his campaign to take over the GOP for the alt-right.
James Allsup, 22, attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists chanted anti-Semitic slogans and one allegedly drove a car into a crowd, killing a protester and injuring more. Allsup was filmed marching with Identity Evropa, an anti-immigrant alt-right group. Fallout over the rally led to Allsup stepping down as president of the Washington State University College Republicans, a group he once boasted of taking over. Now he claims he’s on the way to taking over the local GOP.
Immediately after his election Allsup said he was attending a Spokane GOP dinner headlined by former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (who did not return The Daily Beast’s request for comment), and claimed he or an associate were scheduled for a private meeting with an unnamed congressperson.