With the GOP primary caucuses in Iowa coming up in just a few weeks, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been all-hands-on-deck, with his staffers and supporters rallying to get America’s most famous bigot elected into the highest office in all the land.
Amongst those pitching in to help Donald Trump succeed? White supremacists belonging to an organization recognized by Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.
The American Freedom Party, which is recognized as a white nationalist hate group that was founded by skinheads, has been hard at work in Iowa promoting Donald Trump’s presidential bid, with one spokesman — a figure who has been tied to Dylann Roof’s terrorist attack in Charleston, South Carolina — saying they want to “promote a Christian and white nationalist message” and to “reach voters in Iowa” with that racist, hateful message.
“We don’t need Muslims,” says a message recorded by the hate group and spread via robocalls throughout Iowa. “We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture. Vote Trump.”
It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that Trump scores big with white supremacy hate groups. He kicked off his 2016 presidential bid by referring to Mexicans as drug dealers and rapists, and has since advocated banning Muslims from entering the United States, encouraging the idea of forcing Muslims to wear identification badges and entering them into databases, vowed to bring back waterboarding, and even promoted the internment of Japanese-Americans during the second World War.
What could be scarier than Donald Trump delivering hate speech openly in 2015 and 2016? The fact that it’s resonating with voters, that’s what… Trump currently holds an aggregate 16-point lead over all of his competitors according to RealClearPolitics. Huffington Post has Trump leading the GOP field by 17.7 points.
How does a man well-established to be a bigot take charge in a twenty-first century election cycle? I’m no psychologist, but the smart money is on the notion that perhaps twenty-first century America has more in common with eighteenth century America than any of us care to admit.