The racist white nationalist movement is once again thrilled with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, this time over a speech he gave on October 13 that has been criticized for trafficking in anti-Semitic themes.
In his speech, delivered in West Palm Beach, FL, Trump said that “global special interests” and “the Washington establishment and the financial and media corporations that fund it” were working against his campaign along with attacks “orchestrated by the Clintons and their media allies.” Trump also went on to slam “a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.”
“This is a conspiracy against you, the American people, and we cannot let this happen or continue. This is our moment of reckoning as a society and as a civilization itself,” Trump told the audience.
The Washington Post noted that the speech was “laced with the kind of global conspiracies and invective common in the writings of the alternative-right, white-nationalist activists who see him as their champion.” The Post also pointed out that the speech “bore the imprint” of Stephen Bannon, Trump’s campaign CEO and the chairman of Breitbart.com, which he has described as “the platform for the alt-right.”
In reaction to the speech, Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, wrote on Twitter that the Trump campaign “should avoid rhetoric [and] tropes that historically have been used [against] Jews [and] still spur #antisemitism.” Several reporters also noted Trump’s trafficking in anti-Semitic tropes, including Politico’s Eli Stokols, who wrote, “The hints of anti-Semitism were strong.”
Trump and his campaign allies have an ongoing and disturbing relationship with the white nationalist movement, including embracing white nationalist themes, retweeting white nationalist accounts on Twitter, and appearing on white nationalist radio programs. His campaign has been cheered every step of the way by his white nationalist supporters.
Following Thursday’s speech, white nationalists praised the content of the speech and responded to criticism of Trump’s language with blatant anti-Semitism:
The white nationalist “alt-right” site The Right Stuff praised Trump’s speech, with writer Lawrence Murray arguing, “somehow Trump manages to channel [Nazi propaganda chief Josef] Goebbels and ‘Detroit Republicanism’ all at the same time.” Murray added that the speech was “almost unprecedented in its militancy and vitriol for the luegenpresse and the brahmins.” (“Luegenpresse” is a term Nazis used to denigrate the media — “lying press” — that has recently been revived by racists.) He also described Trump’s speech as “88% woke” (88 is a symbolic number used by white nationalists as an abbreviation of “Heil Hitler”), adding, “Can you picture the shvitzing (perspiring, in Yiddish) that must be going on in some circles right now? I can, and it’s glorious.”
David Duke, a former leader of the Klu Klux Klan and current Republican Louisiana Senate candidate, used his radio show to call Trump’s speech “maybe the strongest, most all out speech concerning the war that is being waged against us and the war that is being waged by the oligarchs who control the international banks and the globalists” before claiming “Jewish supremacists” are using their control of the media and other institutions to attack Trump.
In a post at neo-Nazi website Infostormer, writer Marcus Cicero claimed he was skeptical that Trump would ever “launch a full-strike on the Jews,” but the candidate “has exceeded our expectations once again.” Cicero mocked concerns about the anti-Semitism in the speech from “the vast majority of Christ-Killers with internet influence” and said he had not seen such “rabid rage … since the glory days of 1930’s Germany.” He also fantasized about “rounding up the Kikes onto the deportation trains and planes.” Praising the “Glorious Leader,” Cicero went on to note, “While he did not use the word ‘Jew specifically in his speech, the vast majority of Christ-Killers with internet influence and access immediately jumped upon the awe-inspiring rally with a rabid rage not seen since the glory days of 1930’s Germany.”
The neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer praised Trump’s speech on October 14 in a post headlined “Jews Go Into Red Alert at Trump’s Historic Speech Denouncing International Finance, Globalism and the Media”:
Trump’s speech in West Palm Beach, Florida today will go down as a major turning point in the history of Western rebirth–or its last gasp. In it, Trump affirmed what has become transparent this election: the mass media isn’t “biased” in the innocent sense, it’s the lying Jewish mouthpiece of international finance and plutocracy, seeking to protect agendas that make trillions of dollars for a small film of scum at the very top, at the expense of middle and working class Americans.
Trump noted that any time somebody represents the voice of the majority against globalization, ‘certain forces’ accuse these dissidents of “racism” and “sexism.” This is clearly a nod at the carefully interwoven web of media, finance, political correctness – with the eternal Jew as the treading spider trapping its opposition within it.
Reprinted with permission from Media Matters for America.
IMAGE: David Duke speaks in Belgium, 2008. Photo by: Emmanuel d’Aubignosc