White supremacists have reacted with delight to Donald Trump’s alleged “sh**hole countries” comments, with a prominent neo-Nazi claiming they suggested the US president was “more or less on the same page as us with regards to race and immigration”.
While Donald Trump’s reported comments attracted near-worldwide condemnation, American racists hailed them as an “illuminating and beautiful” contribution to the start of a revolution that would “restore racial sanity”.
And neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin used his Daily Stormer website to claim the controversy was “encouraging and refreshing” because “it indicates Trump is more or less on the same page as us with regards to race and immigration.”
The response led one prominent anti-racist organisation to call Mr Trump’s alleged remarks “the engine that fuels white supremacy”.
Mr Trump has been criticised by diplomats, by the African Union and members of his own party after it was reported that during a discussion about immigration he demanded: “Why are we having all these people from sh**hole countries come here?”
He was said to have compounded this remark by adding the suggestion that the US admit people from Norway instead of people from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa.
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While much of the world united in condemnation, American neo-Nazi Mr Anglin said: “This is encouraging and refreshing, as it indicates Trump is more or less on the same page as us with regards to race and immigration.”
Writing in his Daily Stormer online newspaper – named in apparent imitation of the German wartime Nazi tabloid Der Stürmer – Mr Anglin added “I think it is clear that Trump’s ideal America is the one he grew up with in the 1950s. And the closer we get to that, the closer we are to our own goals of a white race-state.”
Mr Duke, who has previously claimed that white supremacist support played a “huge part” in Mr Trump’s 2016 election victory, said: “Just as the most ardent Trump supporters were about to give up on him in despair, he restores a lot of love in us by saying blunt but truthful things that no other President in our lifetime would dare say!”
Supporting the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA] system that protected young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children from deportation, Mr Duke added: “NO DACA! NO COMPROMISE – NO Sh**thole America! Hail Trump!”
In an apparent reference to reports of Mr Trump’s remarks, Richard Spencer, another prominent white supremacist, changed his Twitter handle to include the Norwegian flag.
At the top of his Twitter page, he pinned a tweet in which he said: “I must come to the defence of Haiti! It’s a potentially beautiful and productive country. The problem is that it’s filled with sh**hole people. If the French dominated, they could make it great again. #MakeHaitiGreatAgain”
On his ‘Stuff Black People Don’t Like’ website, the far-right commentator Paul Kersey declared: “The ‘sh**hole’ comment by Donald Trump has been his most illuminating and beautiful moment as President of the United States, helping punctuate how the corporate/mainstream/legacy media exists to run public relations for the very people turning much of America into a ‘sh**hole as well.”
He added: “We live in the early stages of revolutionary times, where the restoration of racial sanity seems plausible.
“Who knew the entire anti-white world order was so fragile [that] the uttering of one adjective – to describe the conditions non-whites collectively create in the absence of white people – was [enough] to blow away decades of carefully-crafted plans to convince whites they had a moral duty to set aside the dreams of their people to uplift the lives of every other person on the planet?”
Other responses to the controversy included that of a Trump supporter who is also interested in “ethno-nationalism”, who posted a string of tweets about venereal disease rates among black Americans and said: “If it’s this bad here, can’t imagine what these figures look like in the sh**holes”.
After drawing attention to some of the white supremacist comments, Oren Segal, the director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Centre on Extremism, told Newsweek that Mr Trump’s reported comments were “the engine that fuels white supremacy”.
Mr Segal added that whenever Mr Trump made racially charged remarks, it helped normalise the views of racists and gave them the impression that their views were “gaining a foothold in this country”.