After delivering a raging immigration speech in Phoenix, Arizona Wednesday, Donald Trump has tightened his grip on the white supremacist movement, being publicly praised by prominent Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalist groups.
According to Trump confidante Corey Lewandowski, the hourlong speech was written to appeal directly to white men. “White males have a high propensity of voting and this speech is clearly geared at those individuals right now, to make sure Trump has locked them in for the election,” the former Trump campaign manager said on CNN.
On a prideful tweet, David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, and current Senate candidate in Louisiana, called the speech “excellent.”
Not to be outdone, Jared Taylor, editor of the white nationalist publication American Renaissance, said it was a “hell of a speech. Almost perfect.”
“Trump is back,” wrote Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank.
The three men also live-tweeted Trump’s speech, engaging with Trump’s campaign in a way that is unprecedented in modern politics.
During his fear-mongering speech, Trump promised to create a “deportation task force” within the Department of Homeland Security and triple the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
For the fringe world of white nationalism, Trump’s campaign is a godsend. Thanks to Trump, topics that were previously taboo ― like barring people from certain religious groups or nationalities from entering the U.S. ― were suddenly front and center in national debates.
“I am overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues I’ve championed for years,” Duke said in a campaign message.
God help us all.