Despite clear evidence that avowed neo-Nazis were out in force at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA, many moderates were hesitant to say there was any connection between the fascist marchers and President Donald Trump.
If the fact that marchers holding torches and making Nazi salutes while wearing Trump’s Make America Great hats wasn’t enough, a popular neo-Nazi website confirmed the link between their movement and the White House.
The neo-Nazi Daily Stormer publication touted Trump’s weak response that the violence in Charlottesville came from “many sides.” In fact, they were ecstatic.
“Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us,” a live update of the rally on the website noted. “He said that we need to study why people are so angry, and implied that there was hate… on both sides!”
“So he implied the antifa are haters. There was virtually no counter-signaling of us at all,” the update continued. “He said he loves us all. Also refused to answer a question about White Nationalists supporting him. No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.”
In case you're wondering if President Trump inspires neo-nazis–this is from their publication The Daily Stormer: pic.twitter.com/cT4OZv7VMP
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) August 12, 2017
Many have cited the possibility that despite countless condemnations from both sides of the aisle, Trump’s refusal to call the matter domestic terrorism committed by neo-Nazis was a “dog whistle” to his base of far-right, fascist supporters. After all, KKK leaders like David Duke and neo-Nazis openly celebrated Trump’s electoral victory in November, and according to several studies, hate crimes have risen significantly since the election, as bigots were emboldened by the president’s hateful comments and calls for violence.