The recent, vocal outbreak of white nationalists’ boldness and hatred is directly related to the vulgar, inexcusable behavior of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, due to his lack of respect for the minority community and his unapologetic attitude towards violence.
Do not get it confused. Trump is clearly not the creator of racism, systemic racism was alive before his existence, but he is a clear motivator to his fans’ desire to see white supremacy excel.
“We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump…because he said he’s going to take our country back and that’s what we got to do,” a self-identified white nationalist David Duke said, in response to the recent event in Charlottesville, Virginia.
There is no better example of Trump’s want for an ethnically uniform society than his efforts at banning an entire brown-skinned race from entering the United States with the Muslim ban. He built a large portion of his campaign around the promise of creating a wall to not allow another brown-complexioned race, Mexicans, into this country based off inaccurate assumptions. He said during his 2016 presidential bid, when he declared himself a Republican candidate, that the individuals who cross the border are “rapists” and “criminals”.
The platform to use force and violence when a situation is personally not appealing has been perfectly set up by Trump. His physically aggressive demands for his fan base is nothing less than deplorable and disgusting.
When supporters at a Trump rally brought protesters to his attention, he said, “If you see somebody with a tomato, knock the crap out of them.” He quickly followed up with the promise of paying court fees for any of his supporters who completed his request.
A president is elected with an expectation to be an example and a constant reminder of what we are striving to be. This president has used his honorable position to promote the environment he wants for this country and that is hatred and bigotry. The bar is set and the people who placed him in office are living up to standards by taking continuous actions to nourish the white supremacy outlook.
The person responsible for leading this country continuously supports and defends racism and domestic terrorism. His behavior has offered a comfort that has not been present in our society for decades. This has directly led to backlash from the once silenced group; white nationalists.