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Friday
Dec112015

DNC - The white supremacist bump? 

When the RNC concluded in itsautopsy report that “we badly need to reach beyond our base ofsupporters,” and that they “should build a broad grassroots outreach effort to increase the Party base,”is this what they had in mind?

 

White supremacist groups see Trump bump

POLITICO//BEN SCHRECKINGER

 

The Ku Klux Klan is using Donald Trump as a talking point in its outreach efforts. Stormfront, the most prominent American white supremacist website, is upgrading its servers in part to cope with a Trump traffic spike. And former Louisiana Rep. David Duke reports that the businessman has given more Americans cover to speak out loud about white nationalism than at any time since his own political campaigns in the 1990s.

 

As hate group monitors at the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League warn that Trump’s rhetoric is conducive to anti-Muslim violence, white nationalist leaders are capitalizing on his candidacy to invigorate and expand their movement.

 

“Demoralization has been the biggest enemy and Trump is changing all that,” said Stormfront founder Don Black, who reports additional listeners and call volume to his phone-in radio show, in addition to the site’s traffic bump. Black predicts that the white nationalist forces set in motion by Trump will be a legacy that outlives the businessman’s political career. “He’s certainly creating a movement that will continue independently of him even if he does fold at some point.”

 

Trump does not belong to or endorse white supremacist groups. He has said that he does not need or want Duke’s endorsement and his campaign has fired two staffers over racist posts on social media. A man displaying a Confederate flag was ejected from a Trump rally in Virginia earlier this month.

 

But its leaders consistently say that Trump's rhetoric about minority groups has successfully tapped into simmering racial resentments long ignored by mainstream politicians and that he has brought more attention to their agenda than any American political figure in years. It is a development many of them see as a golden opportunity.

 

Meanwhile, analysts from the two leading organizations that track violence against minority groups say Trump is energizing hate groups and creating an atmosphere likely to lead to more violence against American Muslims.

 

According to experts at the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center who monitor hate groups and anti-Muslim sentiment, Trump’s call on Monday to halt the entrance of Muslims to the United States is driving online chatter among white supremacists and is likely to inspire violence against Muslims.

 

“When well-known public figures make these kind of statements in the public square, they are taken as a permission-giving by criminal elements who go out and act on their words.” said Mark Potok of the SPLC. “Is it energizing the groups? Yeah. They’re thrilled.”

 

Marilyn Mayo, co-director of the ADL’s Center on Extremism, said Trump’s proposal this week to halt the entrance of Muslims into the United States is only the latest statement to inject vigor into the racist fringe of American politics. “Since the beginning of Donald Trump’s candidacy, we’ve definitely seen that a segment of the white supremacist movement, from racist intellectuals to neo-Nazis have been energized,” she said.

 

A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

 

His rhetoric on minority groups has been condemned as racist by political observers on both the left and right and by the protesters who regularly interrupt his rallies. In his announcement speech in June, Trump said of undocumented Mexican immigrants, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” After terror attacks killed 130 in Paris last month, he entertained the creation of a national database of all Muslims. On Monday, after Muslim extremists shot 14 dead in California earlier this month, Trump called for a halt on the entrance of Muslims into the United States.

 

The white racist fringe of American politics is a fragmented one, where attitudes toward Trump range from full-fledged embrace to cautious optimism to skepticism.

 

Black of Stormfront said Trump's rhetoric has been a boon to white nationalists. “He has sparked an insurgency and I don’t think it’s going to go away,” he told POLITICO of Trump.

 

Black, who said his site receives a million unique visitors a month, said Trump has helped drive a steady increase in traffic in recent months – including 30-40 percent spikes when the businessman makes news on immigration or Muslims – that is compelling him to upgrade his servers.

 

Rachel Pendergraft, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas-based Knights Party, which considers itself the national standard-bearer for the KKK, said the group encourages its members to engage with their communities through apolitical volunteer work and, at the right moment, steer conversation toward race and “white genocide.”

 

Trump, she said, has offered KKK members a prime opportunity to feel out potential recruits on their racial attitudes. “Right now he is a major talking point. He is in the news a lot.”

 

Duke, a former grand wizard of the KKK and perhaps the most notorious racist intellectual in the United States, said Trump, a successful businessman and the subject of nonstop media coverage, has given Americans license to more openly voice their racial animus.

 

“He’s made it ok to talk about these incredible concerns of European Americans today, because I think European Americans know they are the only group that can’t defend their own essential interests and their point of view,” Duke said. “He’s meant a lot for the human rights of European Americans.”

 

Even those white supremacists who remain unconvinced that Trump is one of them welcome his entrance to the political arena. “As long as he’s causing chaos and havoc with the citizens, he’s fine with me,” said former KKK leader Tom Metzger, founder of the racial separatist group White Aryan Resistance. “I love it.”

 

But like other white nationalist leaders, Metzger – who served jail time for unlawful assembly for taking part in a cross burning in California – said he was skeptical that Trump would actually follow through on many of the proposals that appeal to them most. That includes the businessman’s latest call to halt the entrance of Muslims into the country. “It’s going to get people excited and it could get out of hand … He’d have to employ the military to do it, and I don’t think they’re going to do that.”

 

Brad Griffin, publisher of the white nationalist blog Occidental Dissent, is among Trump’s skeptics. “Do we honestly believe that he’s going to block all the Muslims and deport all the illegals?” he said. “I think he’s doing a lot of this just to signal to people that he’s on their side.”

 

Griffin said that he was most enthusiastic about Trump’s candidacy this summer, but that his fervor has cooled since seeing details of the businessman’s tax and trade policies, which hew more closely to mainstream Republican positions than he had hoped.

 

Griffin said his white nationalist circles remain divided.

 

“There are people who are really excited about Trump and are true believers and there are people who believe Trump is just a politician. He’s brought attention to a lot of our issues, but those were our issues 20 years ago.”

Tuesday
Dec082015

NHDP - Response to Trump’s Comments  

 

 

 

 

MANCHESTER, N.H. - In response to Republican front-runner for President Donald Trump’s statements this evening, NHDP Chair Raymond Buckley made the following statement:

“Once again, the Republican front-runner Donald Trump continues to back up hateful comments with policy ideas that are not only wrong, they rip our country apart. Does Kelly Ayotte continue to stand by her statement that Trump’s candidacy was ‘positive thing,’ when her party’s front-runner continues to fuel radical extremists by refusing to stand up for the things Americans believe in?”

“While the Republican favorite for President continues to try and divide us, I am proud to support candidates that fight for everyone - no matter their race, ethnicity, class, creed, gender, or sexual orientation.”

Tuesday
Nov032015

ALG praises Rep. Paul Gosar efforts to defund HUD racial zoning quotas 

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Nov. 2, 2015, Fairfax,Va.--Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising U.S. Representatives Paul Gosar, Trent Franks, Brian Babin, D.D.S., Marsha Blackburn, Steve Chabot, Scott DesJarlais, Stephen Fincher, Louie Gohmert, Glenn Grothman, David P. Joyce, Cynthia Lummis, Thomas Massie, Lamar Smith, Lynn Westmoreland and Ted Yoho for signing ajoint letter to House and Senate appropriators urging them to include language inthe upcoming appropriations bill defunding a regulation by the Department ofHousing and Urban Development (HUD) to condition community development block grants on redrawing local zoning along racial and income boundaries:

 

"It is refreshing that so many members are committed the defund of this onerous HUD regulation that conditions community development block grants on redrawing local zoning along racial and income boundaries. The federal government has no business dictating local zoning policy.

 

"This is the exacta ssertion of the power of the purse that is needed for Congress reassert its Article I powers as the chief lawmaking body in government. Rep. Gosar's defund is needed to stop this massive federal government encroachment on local controlof communities.

 

"Americans for Limited Government remains committed to doing everything in its power to convince Congress to include theHouse-passed defund of the HUD action into any new spending bill to protectl ocal communities from Obama's takeover of every neighborhood in America that accepts federal money."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-praises-rep-paul-gosar-efforts-to-defund-hud-racial-zoning-quotas/

 

Attachments:

 

15 House Republicans sign letter to House and Senate appropriators urging action on HUD defund, Nov. 2,2015 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/11022015-AFFH-Letter-to-Appropriators.pdf

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Tuesday
Jul282015

NRSC - ICYMI: NH Gov Hassan Led a Beach Club Accused of Anti-Semitism 

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In Case You Missed It...

Hassan Led a Beach Club Accused of Anti-Semitism

The Washington Free Beacon
By Bill McMorris
July 27, 2015
http://bit.ly/1IATEjR

Veteran Rhode Island Democrat accused Hassan’s club of discrimination

Gov. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire held a leadership role at an exclusive beach club that has been accused of anti-Jewish discrimination.

Hassan, the presumed Democratic frontrunner in the race for the Senate seat currenly held by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R.), held several leadership roles at the Warren’s Point Beach Club in tony Little Compton, Rhode Island. From 1993 to 2000 she served as the club’s president and vice president. The club garnered headlines in 1995 when Richard Licht, the former lieutenant governor of Rhode Island, accused Warren’s Point of being anti-Semitic after his application to join the $280-per-week club was rejected.

Licht, a Democrat who now serves as a judge, did not return a request for comment from the Washington Free Beacon.

Hassan’s stance on Israel has become a focal point in recent weeks after her church overwhelmingly voted to join the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement aimed at hurting Israel financially.

The Democrat tweeted out her disapproval of the BDS movement, which critics say is rooted in anti-Semitism, after the Washington Free Beacon reported on the issue. She has dodged questions over the recently announced Iranian nuclear deal, as she weighs a campaign challenge against Ayotte.

The New Hampshire GOP called the history of discrimination allegations “extremely troubling.”

“The allegations of anti-Semitism made by Democrat Lieutenant Governor Licht against Governor Hassan’s exclusive millionaire beach club are extremely troubling,” said Jennifer Horn, the party chairman.

The club did not return a request for comment.

Horn said in a statement that Hassan should confront the issue and address the accusations of anti-Jewish bias at the club.

“As a senior member of the organization’s leadership, Governor Hassan would have been in a position to investigate and address these concerns at the time they were raised. Governor Hassan should discuss what actions she took as the Vice President of this elite club to review the lieutenant governor’s complaint,” Horn said.

Hassan’s family has longstanding ties to the Little Compton community, maintaining a $2.7 million beachfront estate that was constructed by Hassan’s great grandfather. The home has seven bedrooms and more than 3,300 square feet with a wrap-around porch that provides an ocean view. Vacationers can rent out the estate for $25,000 per month in the summer, more than enough to cover the nearly $16,000 in property taxes on the home.

“Several hundred yards from one of Rhode Island’s prettiest beaches, the house has five premier double bedrooms and two attic bedrooms. The deck sweeps around the south and west sides of the house and expands into a 400 sq. ft. covered porch at the southwest corner,” a family advertisement on Homeaway.com says. “The kitchen and bathrooms are modernized, but the rest of the house retains the turn-of-the-(last)-century feeling, including a great dining room that seats up to 16 at one table. The house can accommodate up to 14 people.”

A spokesman for Hassan did not return a request for comment

Saturday
Jul112015

ALG - Confederate flag fight conceals Democrat history of hate!

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July 10, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the House of Representatives to get back to work on the appropriations bills:

 

"If the appropriations process is going to be held up over an amendment defunding the placement of Democrat-created Confederate flags at Confederate grave sites at national cemeteries, and we're not going to get any work done until this business is settled, then it should all be tied to a single vote including renaming the Richard Russell Senate Office Building, who was a pro-segregationist, removing every hammer and sickle symbol — a symbol which tens of millions have died under — from every gravestone in Chicago's Haymarket National Cemetery, renaming the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, named after the President who resegregated the entire government including the military and hosted a showing of 'The Birth of a Nation' at the White House and praised it, renaming all federal courthouses and corrections facilities in West Virginia named after the late Senator Robert Byrd, a former leader of the KKK and Democrats in the Senate, and renaming the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac, due to LBJ's fondness for using the N-word.

 

"It is ridiculous for Congress to relinquish the power of the purse that the appropriations process enables, due to this symbolic idiocy of the left, so let's just get rid of all of it. If purging the cruel, racist history of the Democrat Party is their goal, let's just help Democrats expunge their shame for all time — and get back to the urgent business of Congress."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/confederate-flag-fight-conceals-democrat-history-of-hate/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.