By now, it’s no secret that Donald Trump has inspired Neo-Nazis and right wing militia to take up arms here at home. It’s no secret that he refused to outright condemn the Charlottesville Nazis, or that he has refused to condemn the actions of a 17-year-old in Kenosha.
Is it surprising then that he’s inspiring actual Neo-Nazis from Germany? As far I’m concerned Barack Obama didn’t inspire Neo-Nazis. George W. Bush didn’t inspire Neo-Nazis. However, Donald Trump has inspired far-right militia and Neo-Nazis all over the world. Those who refuse to see why that’s the case are willfully ignorant. I’ll say it clearly: white supremacists are inspired by Donald Trump because they recognize themselves in him.
From The New York Times:
Just before hundreds of far-right activists recently tried to storm the German Parliament, one of their leaders revved up the crowd by conjuring President Trump.
“Trump is in Berlin!” the woman shouted from a small stage, as if to dedicate the imminent charge to him.
She was so convincing that several groups of far-right activists later showed up at the American Embassy and demanded an audience with Mr. Trump. “We know he’s in there!” they insisted.
Mr. Trump was neither in the embassy nor in Germany that day — and yet there he was. His face was emblazoned on banners, T-shirts and even on Germany’s pre-1918 imperial flag, popular with neo-Nazis in the crowd of 50,000 who had come to protest Germany’s pandemic restrictions. His name was invoked by many with messianic zeal.
It was only the latest evidence that Mr. Trump is emerging as a kind of cult figure in Germany’s increasingly varied far-right scene.The New York Times
It’s not the first time that America has inspired Nazis. In fact, the Nazis were huge fans of the Jim Crow laws and looked to them to form their basis on how to treat the Jews. But the admiration went further. In fact, the Nazis realized that the horrible way African-Americans were treated wasn’t enough for their situation, so they actually copied the way the U.S. had treated Native Americans, in particularly, the way that it had denied them citizenship.
The Nazis also looked to America for its anti-miscegenation laws, that is its laws prohibiting inter-racial marriage. However, America’s law of the “one-drop rules” was even too harsh for the Nazis. Now, that’s something for you think about. America’s definition of who had black ancestry in their DNA was even too severe for the Nazis.
That the leader of the free world in 2020 is inspiring these fringe groups all over the world and bringing them to the mainstream, should be a wake up call to the self-proclaimed patriots. Too many Americans gave their lives so that we can be free from the scourge of Nazism, just for the president of the United States of America to be their inspiration. There’s something really wrong with that picture.
But, what can we expect from the man who refused to visit the fallen WW1 soldiers “losers” and “suckers”? He has no respect for the military. He has no respect for honor and bravery.
Nazis and their ilk belong in the trash heap of history and that’s where Trumpism belongs as well. I hope that this November Americans can come together to send a resounding message to these hateful groups, “Not here, not ever again.”