White nationalist leaders are capitalizing on sentiments drummed up by Trump to grow their movement. Stormfront, a popular white supremacist website, reports a traffic spike related to Trump’s candidacy and David Duke says Trump has allowed racist groups to openly talk about topics that up till now were considered taboo.
“Demoralization has been the biggest enemy and Trump is changing all that,” Stormfront founder Don Black told Politico. “He’s certainly creating a movement that will continue independently of him even if he does fold at some point.”
Black told Politico that Stormfront has been getting millions of new visitors and that Trump is driving growing web traffic. Stormfront gets 30-40 percent spikes when Trump makes news on immigration or Muslims. The Trump-related traffic surge to the white supremacist site is prompting Black to upgrade his servers to handle it.
According to Politico, Trump has discouraged the most obvious forms of racism by firing staffers for racist social media posts or barring a Confederate flag-carrying supporter from a Virginia rally. But Trump’s comments about Muslims and Latinos have blown the lid off a simmering under-layer of hatred that has been too ugly for mainstream politicians. Until now.
Donald Trump hasn’t just been popular with the Republican party as a presidential candidate. He’s also served as a recruiting tool for white supremacists, Politico reports.