Trump Gives a Platform for White Nationalism

How is Donald J. Trump personally responsible for the propagation of hatred among certain groups in this country, namely white nationalists, the Alt-Right and white supremacists like the KKK? The answer is quite simple: He perpetuated and overtly encouraged violence throughout his year-long campaign to his base upon his "enemies"; and, remember, a good cult leader and socio- or psychopath names any opponent whatsoever an enemy. From his own mouth, and not from anyone commenting on his behavior, Donald Trump states:
If you see someone getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them. Would you? Seriously. Just knock the hell . . . I promise you: I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. [The crowd bursts into cheers.] (link)
Had Hillary Clinton uttered these words, the Right, including the Religious Right, would have, hypocritically mind you, proverbially crucified her publicly. Remember, though, this man was supported by 81% of conservative evangelicals and prominent evangelical leaders, such as Franklin Graham, James Dobson, Paula White, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Robert Morris, James Robison, Ben Carson (eventually), Mike Pence, Ted Cruz (reluctantly but eventually), Gary Bauer, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Pat Robertson, Jay Sekulow (Trump's personal lawyer), Eric Metaxas and, tragically, too many others. Trump continues his violence:
I love the old days. [By the way, "the old days" is the kind of America Trump wants to make great again, the kind that included, "back then," intolerance, overt racism, violence toward and domination over women (who were supposed to be submissive), and an anti-LGBTQ context. Here are his own words.] You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They'd be carried out on a stretcher, folks. No, it's true. [The crowd bursts into cheers. One man threw an air punch.]

I'd like to punch him in the face, I'll tell ya. [The crowd goes wild.]

In the good ol' days [again, this is the "America" Trump wants to make great again], they'd rip him out of that seat so fast . . . but today everybody's politically correct. Our country's going to hell with being politically correct -- going to hell. [The crowd becomes ecstatic. The roar of the cheer is enormously loud in approval.] (link) (emphases added)
Here, being "politically correct" indicates politely tolerating opposing views other than your own, which is deemed a mortal sin in the distorted, cult-like, sociopathic mind of Donald J. Trump. At another rally he informs security to get a protester to leave: "Alright, get him out of here, please, get him out. Get him out. . . . Are you from Mexico? Are you from Mexico? Huh? [The crowd both cheers and then boos the man.] Are you from Mexico?" (link) So, during this episode, he must not only rid his devotees of a dissident but also express his inherently racist heart; and his racist crowd loves it, feeds on it, is empowered by it. Trump gives racists a platform, a voice, an expression to their fascist and anti-American views.

His violent-affirming rhetoric aside, Trump provides evidence that he affirms the white nationalism of the Alt-Right by hiring Alt-Right advocates Steven Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Sebastian Gorka. Trump cannot denounce, from his own lips, the demeaning words and disgusting actions of white nationalists, white supremacists, and the Alt-Right when at least three of his own appointees are overt Alt-Right supporting white nationalists! He cannot deny and reject his own base -- as David Duke, former leader of the KKK states, he cannot deny those who voted him into office! (link) But there is much more.

The Alt-Right white nationalists/white supremacists were certain that their vision for America would finally be realized in the Trump administration. KKK former leader David Duke states, on the night of Trump's victory, it was "one of the most exciting nights of my life." (link) The white nationalist/white supremacist Alt-Right was also elated, as many were seen saluting Trump in Nazi fashion, yelling: "Hail, Trump! Hail, our people! Hail, victory!"



This, the entire disrespectful, violent, white nationalist motif, is what the Religious Right fought so desperately to get into the White House: a godless-posing-as-godly candidate who would advance their agenda; a man who makes a mockery of Christianity; a man who gives a platform for degrading human beings created in the image of God.

Is Donald Trump really that violent? Is he not, rather, just joking? He sarcastically states:
Yeah, alright, get him out; try not to hurt him. (link)
But we already know that Trump does not care who gets hurt as along as the individual is deemed an enemy. Many police enforcement agencies had to condemn Trump's violence-encouragement recently. (link) Having told security, in the immediately-above quote, to "try not to hurt him," he adds: "If you do I'll defend you in court; don't worry about it." (link) Let us not forget that this despicable faux president also admits that he could shoot somebody and his base, including his Religious Right base, would still support and defend him: shoot and kill somebody. Think seriously about those words and their implications.

Another story Trump tells to his base at a campaign rally includes the following:
We had four guys; they jumped on him [while he is motioning hand signals indicating a beating]; they were swinging and swinging. The next day we got killed in the press -- that we were too rough. Give me a break! [People at this point begin to boo the press, the press that Trump has deceived his base into believing promotes fake news, defined as any reporting that rightly exposes Trump for what he actually is in reality: a liar and a fraud.] You know: right? We don't want to be too politically-correct anymore. Am I right, folks? [They agree with Trump's violence-affirmation with approving cheers.] (link)
Trump spends over a year rallying at campaigns calling on his base for violent reactions and then expects us to believe his "condemnation" of the violence propagated by the Alt-Right, whom he refuses to name as evil, as national terrorists, regarding the Charlottesville event. At yet another violent-affirming rally, Trump says, "We had some people, some rough guys like we had right here, and they started punching back. It was a beautiful thing." (link)

Allow me to grant God's perspective of Trump and his violence-loving followers and defenders: "The boastful will not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful." (Ps. 5:5, 6) "The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked; and his soul hates the lover of violence." (Ps. 11:5, emphasis added) There has been no change of mind, no repentance, from Trump or his violence-loving followers and defenders. God stands clearly opposed to all, including Trump and his followers (even those who claim to follow Christ), who love violence. (Yet, Franklin Graham defends Trump on this issue today, and demonstrates further that he is a religious fraud. God opposes violent Trump and Franklin Graham defends him. You decide.)

Actual physical violence toward your ideological opponent is, according to Donald J. Trump, a thing of beauty. This is not fake news. These are the words out of the mouth of Trump's own madness; and you want me to embrace this psychopathic cult leader? You want me to endorse and vote for him, Religious Right, based on pro-life values? You are a religious fraud if you think that Trump, with all of his violence, is pro-life. You are deceived beyond any semblance of hope if you think that this Alt-Right, white nationalist, lunacy represents pro-life, Christ, or the Kingdom of God. This human-degrading man, including his administration, needs to be removed from office before they ruin this nation. May God have mercy on evangelicals, Republicans, and the citizens of this country "under Trump."

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My name is William Birch and I grew up in the Southern Baptist tradition but converted, if you will, to Anglicanism in 2012. I am gay, affirming, and take very seriously matters of social justice, religion and politics in the church and the state.