Trump once flirted with white nationalism. Now, it is a center of the White House.
President Donald Trump has a symbiotic relationship with white nationalists.
It was a constant in almost every element of his presidency: White national violence during a solidarity rally in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, followed by a statement that there was some Very good people on both sides.
The most diverse National Assembly elections of 2018 have encountered tweets protesting against women who are progressing in color, telling them to go back to the places hit by the criminals they went to. Even Covid-19, a disease originating from the animal kingdom, has been regarded as foreign enemies, which is the fault of – and, worst of all, created by – non-humans, with The president insists on using racist language around it. And Trump is said to have started his political career by appearing on shows like Fox News, The OrosReilly Factor in 2011 to speculate that, presumably, President Barack Obama, his birth certificate. Obama said he was Muslim.
As president, Trump energizes white nationalists on two levels: with eloquence and through policy and personnel options. In return, many gave him their support. In doing so, Trump gave a public platform to white nationalists in an unprecedented way in the modern political era.
The problem is not just Trump Trump rhetoric. His immigration government The immigration policy has led to the division of families and children facing the risk of exposure to diseases such as Covid-19 in detention facilities and the death of immigrants. asylum seekers in the US. His criminal justice policy led to a stricter criminal justice system and weakened police surveillance, all of which disproportionately affected black communities.
His economic policies rewarded those who held wealth (a predominantly white group) and his greatest economy was great for blacks – especially especially black Americans, have unemployment at least 2 percentage points higher than the overall unemployment rate for the entire Trump term. In fact, a kinship with white nationalist ideas can be found in any part of Trump administration’s Trump policy, from health care to foreign affairs.
All of this is not to say that the Trump administration has run the country exactly as the leader of a white nation group will. Etc. But they are doing a lot of ideologically compatible things, said Cameron Kathleen Belew, a historian of the University of Chicago and author of the War-Wearing House: The White Power Movement and the United States, told Vox. And I think it creates a path towards political action for a movement that may not have been seen in a historical time before.
White nationalism, supreme power and white power, briefly explained
The white nationalist movement is a complex one, and it overlaps with other ideologies, especially white power and white power, that are brought up in racist, historical and The false belief that white people are superior to black people. But the terms white nationalism, the power of the White, the power and power of the white people mean something different. And to understand how the Trump administration relates to white nationalism, it is important to understand what white nationalism is and what it is not.
Nationalism often refers to the strong support for a nation that closely resembles patriotism, as among nationalists who want to put America first. But nationalism can also refer to agency, such as Scottish nationalists who want an independent Scottish state.
White nationalism has many similarities with later nationalist forms: It supports a physical or mental white state.
The race in white nationalism is imagined to be the nation of Aryan, Bel Belew said. White nationalism is the idea that whites will unite together as a national polity or in a white homeland or a white nation – or even in a white world – through killing die or eliminate other violence.
There are many paths to this vision, but Belew emphasizes that white nationalists generally do not care about the United States as a nation. Instead, they aspire to replace the United States with something like the imagined white state at the end of Turner’s Diary, a white central ethnic text describing the fight against blacks. .
Appar this sort of white supremacy, Stony Brook University sociology professor Crystal Fleming told Jenée Desmond-Harris in a 2016 piece for Vox, that has been “a constant throughout history.” The concept provided for the enslavement of Black people, the genocide of Native Americans, and the overall allocation of resources in manners that benefit white Americans. And it is a system that still exists today, keeping people of color out of jobs, universities, and political power. Which means everyone – regardless of whether one subscribes to white supremacist beliefs – lives in a white supremacist system.
Trump has embraced this system and has glorified some of its uglier moments, like its production of the Confederate States of America. He does not advocate for the sort of white nationalism depicted in The Turner Diaries, but his rhetoric has certainly elevated white Americans – and sometimes white supremacists and nationalists – over Americans of color. And as Belew notes, when it comes to the idea of white power, “there is a lot of very concerning evidence that, if not Trump himself, there are people in his administration who really do understand what it means.”
The Trump administration’s relationship with white nationalism goes beyond the president
Appar not only Trump who gives a voice to white nationalists. Key people in his administration champion their beliefs. Chief among them is White House senior adviser Stephen Miller.
A trove of more than 900 emails Miller sent to the alt-right publication Breitbart in 2015 and 2016 – both while an aide to then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and a member of the Trump campaign – suggest Miller has deep ties to the white nationalist movement.
The emails, which were analyzed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, touched on race or immigration. Some of the messages included links to white nationalist articles, while others included white nationalist slang. Miller also promoted The Camp of the Saints, a white supremacist book that casts immigrants of color as savages who subsist on feces, as well as praise for the nativist, hard-line immigration policies of the 1920s.