There are reasons why racists and fascists love conservative Republican President Donald Trump. And I'm not talking about him being sued for housing discrimination against African Americans by the Justice Department in 1973. But it's for all his racist views in the last five years that pleases white supremacists. Let's go over some of them.
1. He was a big time birther. His support for the view that former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States added legitimacy to the racist lie. It was done to delegitimize the country's first African American president.
2. His campaign speech announcing his run for the presidency. He called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists. And for good measure he used the same paint brush to include those from South America and the Middle East. Real Clear Politics. You have to notice that Trump is talking about countries whose people are not white. He isn't talking about white Europeans, is he? And yes, there are immigrants from predominantly white countries.
3. His initial failure to disavow David Duke. In February of 2016, CNN's Jake Tapper asked Trump whether he would disavow former KKK leader David Duke. His answer was this:
"Well, just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke. OK? I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists." CNN report.
But Donald, you do know who he is. In 2000, you called him a racist. But if you want all the racist white vote, and angry right-wing white male vote, you probably are going to not say anything bad about white supremacists.
4. Stephen Bannon. Last August, Stephen Bannon was asked by Trump to lead his campaign. He is now Trump's chief strategist. Bannon is not your normal political operative. He was chairman of Breitbart media and Breitbart news. They're a far right-wing conservative news and opinion outlet. But it was under Bannon that Breitbart went from conservative to the fringe of conservative movement. He proudly announced,
"We're the platform for the Alt-Right." Mother Jones interview.
You may ask "What is the Alt-Right?" They are a group within the conservative movement that rejects mainstream conservatism. Richard Spencer coined the term in 2010. And who is this guy? He's a white nationalist or if hear him speak he's a white supremacist. (Wikipedia)
But Spencer is more than that. He is a Nazi. If you don't believe me, check out this video courtesy of The Atlantic and PBS. It's so vile, I refuse to embed it. Anyway, Spencer is in Washington, D.C. and is seen giving a speech at annual conference for the National Policy institute, a white nationalist think tank.
Spencer attacks the press as "lugenpresse" which is German for "lying press." Then he ends his speech by yelling, "Hail Trump! Hail Our People! Hail Victory!" Some members of the audience salute with the straight arm and flat palm down. Hmmm. Where have we heard and seen this before? Yes. It's from Nazi Germany. You need to merely substitute Hitler for Trump in Spencer's chant. And you will get a Nazi salute. Remember "Seig Heil" is the Nazi German chant and its english translation is "Hail Victory."
5. Trump's attacks on China. Look, I don't like the communist government in China. But if you listen to Trump, the Chinese are one of the major villains for our economic ills. No such criticism for our Cold War adversaries in Russia. And no such complaints with our very large trading partner, Canada. Oh, but he does have problems with Mexico. Hmmm. Russia and Canada are predominantly white. Mexico and China are not.
6. The Muslim Ban. In December 2015, Trump called for a ban of Muslims entering the United States. Just recently he banned people from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States. CNN. Note Trump carves out an exception for Christians. Real Clear Politics. So yes, it's a ban on Muslims.
I think it's clear based on the evidence, that conservative President Trump doesn't like non-white people. And that's not good when America is a nation of multiple races. We're the melting pot. That diversity is what makes us great.