They’ve been greatly energized by statements and messages emanating from the GOP campaign trail and at the GOP Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Some Americans who prefer to be called “White Nationalists” rather than “White Supremacists” by most Americans cheered the newly crowned Republican Presidential Candidate, Donald J. Trump, during and after his coronation by the GOP . . .
Apart from their newfound love for the new GOP, ostensibly crafted by Trump himself, they are also die-hard Trump supporters – to the core! They cheered and cheered as Trump released a staccato of things he will do if he becomes the White House tenant on January 20, 2017 – on immigration, global trade (America First!), terrorist-infested countries, protection of blue-collar jobs etc. They are not official GOP delegates but they obtained credentials to attend one of the GOP’s highest gathering in a luxury hotel. As they gathered, Donald Trump fired on in his Thursday GOP acceptance speech, an address, a fiery appeal the new Trump supporters said helped push the Republican Party closer to their principles.
PHOTO: In this July 22, 2016, photo, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke talks to the media at the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office in Baton Rouge, La. And far from hiding in chat rooms or under white sheets, they cheered the GOP presidential nominee inside the Republican National Convention over the last week. While not official delegates, they nevertheless obtained credentials to attend the party’s highest-profile quadrennial gathering. Donald Trump has publicly disavowed the white supremacist movement when pressed by journalists. Seizing on the energy, Duke on Friday announced a bid for the Senate. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Donald J. Trump has definitely transformed the American Republican Party whether any American realizes this or not. Trump has transformed the GOP – for a long time to come.
Let it be on record that Trump has publicly disavowed the white supremacist movement in America when pressed by journalists. Asked to respond to the white supremacists presence at the convention, campaign spokesman Jason Miller said, “Donald Trump has a lifetime record of inclusion and has publicly rebuked groups who seek to discriminate against others on numerous occasions. To suggest otherwise is a complete fabrication of the truth.”
According to AP, Miller said this in reaction to how they got tickets to attend the GOP convention: “People get tickets through various means, including the media,” and “In no way, shape or form would we ever sanction any group or individual that espoused those views.”
Trump’s “America First” message is backed by his call for a massive border wall to block illegal Mexican immigrants etc., focus on immigrants who are criminals, rein in global trade, make NATO countries pay more for their own defense and other Trump plans. All these and more have energized people like Spencer. He described their mood as “euphoric.”
Miller may be right but according to AP, one man seized on that energy. He is the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, who on Friday announced a bid for the U.S. Senate. According to the Louisiana Republican “I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years, my slogan remains ‘America First.'”
It will be recalled nostalgically, for Trump’s new supporters, at least for those who were around then or those versed in American history, that the phrase: “America First” was first used in 1940 by the America First Committee, an isolationist think tank that formed to pressure the U.S. government not to enter the then brewing and imminent World War II (Second World War) in the 1930s.
How Trump’s newly minted unlikely American “native” supporters will fare within the GOP establishment; with the race for the White House or indeed get themselves or a few others elected onto various political platforms and institutions in America (i.e. legislatures: state Senates, U.S. Senate, Congress etc.) in the bourgeoning new American era of Donald J. Trump’s GOP, is left to an open-ended conjecture. Trump is expected to launch fully into the labyrinth of the U.S. presidential race – an outsider and a candidate of one of the two major political dynasties in the world.