It’s official – the American Nazi Party is backing Donald Trump for president. The party leader, Rocky Suhayda, released an audio recording outlining his support for Trump and the ‘real opportunity for white nationalists’ that Trump represents..
“I believe that Trump is going to win the election this November,” Suhayda said in a disjointed statement. “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…”
Suhayda’s recording was a sometimes rambling statement but it is a clear endorsement of Trump from a self-confessed Nazi and white nationalist. The American Nazi Party has operated at a low level for years but Donald Trump’s rise has encouraged the hard right to come out into the open.
Trump already has support among self-styled white nationalists. Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke is so confident in Trump he is running for the Senate. Duke’s support for Trump has rattled many mainstream Republicans. The open support of racists and white supremacists is an embarrassment for the GOP.
Trump was asked repeatedly to disavow Duke’s support. Though he initially claimed he needed to know more about Duke before disavowing him but later testily said he would. Duke was unconcerned about Trump’s endorsement just as long as Trump wins. Trump will likely ignore the latest praise from real life American Nazis.