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White supremacist leaders capitalize on Trump's comments

By Ann Marie Awad
White supremacist leaders capitalize on Trump's comments
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's Dec. 7 call for a temporary halt on Muslim immigration to the United States has been a shot in the arm for white nationalist groups. Photo by Matthew Healey/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Donald Trump's recent remarks about Muslims have created excitement among white nationalist groups.

Stormfront, a prominent white nationalist website, is upgrading its servers to cope with a spike in traffic that they credit to Trump. "He has sparked an insurgency and I don't think it's going to go away," said Stormfront founder Don Black.

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Analysts from the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center tell Politico that chatter has surged in online communities for white supremacists since Monday, when Trump proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States.

The ADL issued a statement Monday condemning Trump's proposal, calling it "deeply offensive." The SPLC issued a statement the following day, saying that "the mainstreaming of hate and extremism is dangerous to the millions of peaceful Muslims in our country[.]"

The controversial Louisiana politician and author David Duke, who in his 20s was the leader of a local Ku Klux Klan group and went on to run for the Democratic nomination for president in 1988, winning the New Hampshire primary, said Trump has changed the ground rules.

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"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."

Trump does not support white supremacist groups, and has turned down Duke's endorsement in the past.

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