President Donald Trump has downplayed the notion white nationalism was a growing threat. The president instead suggested white nationalists were “a small group of people.” The extemporaneous comment came when the President was discussing his veto of the border resolution.
Critics of the President were quick to respond. Rep. Bennie Thompson (Dem. Miss), sent a tweet that said, “Contrary to your misguided belief, @POTUS, white nationalism is very much a growing threat.” Thompson’s tweet included a link to a “list of white nationalist hate groups” now operating in the United States.
Trump said Friday he does not believe white nationalism is a rising global danger after 49 Muslims in New Zealand were killed by a 28-year-old who has expressed some allegiance to white nationalism ideologies.
While many Republicans de-emphasized the role of white nationalist ideology, some Democrats suggested, either directly or indirectly, that Trump’s history of anti-Muslim remarks and policies contributed to the tragedy. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who is seeking to challenge Trump in 2020 tweeted “This isn’t normal or acceptable. We have to be better than this,” the Washington Post reported.
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According to Wikipedia “White nationalism is an ideology that advocates a racial definition of national identity. These individuals identify and are attached to the perceived white nation. It ranges from a preference for one’s ethnic group to feelings of superiority and forms of white supremacism, including calls for national citizenship to be reserved for white people, as in Rhodesia.”
We recognize that a rising number of individuals are expressing and acting out on white supremacist ideals. We find this to be disgusting. However, we see claims that such practices are directly linked to President Trump’s persuasions to be disingenuous. The left wrongfully attaches bigoted labels to the President because he is popular among white males. A tiny fraction of these supporters are white supremacists and the President, as he should, has denounced such groups. Moreover, there are plenty of hate groups on the left that need attention.