An American top Nazi leader says the rise of Donald Trump yields a “real opportunity” for white supremacists in the 2016 presidential election.
Rocky Suhayda, the chairman of the American Nazi Party, made the announcement in his radio program last month, whose audio was posted later by the BuzzFeed, the Washington post reported Sunday.
“Now, if Trump does win, okay, it’s going to be a real opportunity for people like white nationalists, acting intelligently to build upon that, and to go and start — you know how you have the black political caucus and what not in Congress and everything — to start building on something like that,” Suhayda said.
Suhayda has apparently avoided making a lot of statements in support for Trump, fearing they may harm the real estate mogul’s candidacy.
“We have a wonderful opportunity here folks, that may never come again, at the RIGHT time,” Suhayda wrote in an American Nazi Party report from September. “Donald Trump’s campaign statements, if nothing else, have shown that ‘our views’ are not so ‘unpopular’ as the political correctness crowd have told everyone they are!”
Other white supremacists have already spoken in favor of Trump, who has even denounced them to get away with criticism.
According to Rachel Pendergraft, the national organizer for the Knights Party, which is a standard-bearer for the Ku Klux Klan, Trump’s endorsement is being used to strike up a new conversation aimed at recruiting new members.
“One of the things that our organization really stresses with our membership is we want them to educate themselves on issues, but we also want them to be able to learn how to open up a conversation with other people,” Pendergraft said in February.
Trump also enjoys the support of former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke.
“As a United States senator, nobody will be more supportive of his legislative agenda, his Supreme Court agenda, than I will,” Duke told NPR this week, asserting he is “100 percent behind.”
“Donald Trump is not a racist,” he added. “And the truth is — in this country, if you simply defend the heritage of European American people, then you’re automatically a racist.”
Being one of the oldest and most infamous hate groups in the US, the Ku Klux Klan has targeted African Americans, Jews, Catholics and immigrants, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which studies hate groups.
In an interview with CNN in February, Trump said he knew nothing about the white supremacist group and its former leader.