SPLC condemns Donald Trump retweet of “White Genocide” Twitter user

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The Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is condemning “racist” remarks from Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump.

On Friday, Trump used his official Twitter account to disseminate a message from @WhiteGenocideTM, an account that has claimed “Hitler SAVED Europe” and “Jews/Israel did 9/11,” while lashing out at another Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Donald Trump tweetThe site is named for an idea, which is increasingly popular with “white nationalists,” that Caucasians in America are facing a “white genocide.” The concept has been popularized in modern days in Robert Whitaker’s “The Mantra,” which ends with the following phrase: “Anti-racist is code word for anti-white.”

According to The Hill, the site shows its location as “Jewmerica” with a profile photo of George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party.

“He’s endorsed an idea that has been one of the more powerful [ideas] that the white nationalist movement has made in some time,” the SPLC’s Senior Writer and Online Editor for Hatewatch Ryan Lenz said. “(White genocide) is a completely fabricated notion. The fact that he has endorsed an idea championed by Klansman and white nationalists is disheartening.”

The tweet has already attracted attention from white nationalist organizations like Stormfront, an organization which describes itself as a “community of racial realists and idealists,” even going as far as to say they are “white nationalists.”

In support of Trump’s comments, a Stormfront follower said the following on the organization’s website: “(T)his is a GOOD thing. (Trump) willingly retweeted the name. The name was chosen to raise awareness of our plight. Helped propagate it. We should be grateful.”

Another user said “A resounding applause to you, Herr Trump. And please pay no mind to the anti-White idiots insulting you.”

While Lenz would not go so far as to allege that such ideology is becoming common in the Republican Party, he noted that how the party responds will make all the difference in how such concepts are addressed by American conservatives.

“What happens now relies on how the party responds,” Lenz said. “It does seem to be pushing the political conversation in a direction that the Republican Party might not be ready to handle.”


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