Extremists Within Our Borders

John Dunphy, The Telegraph, July 11, 2017

“While we will always welcome new citizens who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind,” President Trump proclaimed in a speech delivered in Poland.

Some of us found this pledge to keep foreign extremists from entering the United States ironic. There are plenty of extremists already living in the United States. They’re neither foreigners nor Muslims – and they played a vital role in placing Trump in the Oval Office.

“White supremacists have been enthusiastic supporters of Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president in June 2015 with bigoted remarks about Mexican immigrants,” the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) noted on its web site.

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Jared Taylor also strongly supported Trump’s presidential campaign. He edits the American Renaissance web site, which sings the praises of Trump’s presidency. Taylor himself is the author of a web site article titled “Racial Equality: ‘Noble Fiction’ – or Noxious Poison?”

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Steve Bannon is also a leader of the alt-right and served as CEO of Trump’s presidential campaign. David Duke praised Bannon’s appointment by Trump as his administration’s chief strategist as “excellent” and said Bannon would create “the ideological aspects of where we’re going.” Jared Taylor also lauded his appointment because Bannon would hold Trump to his campaign promises regarding immigration and other key issues.

Trump’s promise to keep extremists out of our country rings hollow in light of the extremists whose endorsements he readily accepted in order to win the presidency. Indeed, The Donald has no problem whatsoever with extremists – as long as they support him. Trump promised that he would make America great again. The very notion that bigotry and hate-mongering can possibly enhance our nation is offensive and absurd to most Americans. Racism and xenophobia were cherished values in Nazi Germany but have no place in a nation founded on the assertion that “all men are created equal.”

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