The entire world is still reeling from the horrific terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday March 15, 2019. The massacre was carried out by Brent Tarrant, an Australian white supremacist who hated Muslims. The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Scott Morrison, says that Tarrant, 28, is an “extremist, violent, right-wing terrorist.” That much is clear to anyone who observed the news cycles on this horrific event, and is even more so if you heard anything about the rambling, fascist manifesto Tarrant left behind, which read, in part:
“The origins of my language is European, my culture is European, my political beliefs are European, my philosophical beliefs are European, my identity is European and, most importantly, my blood is European.”Al Jazeera
Perhaps the more shocking part of this whole real life nightmare is where Tarrant said he got his ideas from: the American right-wing. Specifically, Candace Owens, a black conservative who this shooter says helped radicalize him. When asked where he got his inspiration, Tarrant says of Owens:
“Yes, the person that has influenced me above all was [US conservative commentator] Candace Owens… Each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness.”Al Jazeera
Tarrant’s attack left at least 49 people dead, and is clearly fueled by white nationalist ideology. Further, he says an avid Trump supporter was his inspiration. Now, since Candace Owens is black, many people might say that the idea that she would have the ability to inspire white supremacist terrorism is absurd. Not so, though. She, and others like her, actually give cover to these people for this very reason. They suffer from internalized racism, and they allow themselves to be seen as tokens so that white racists can say, “see? We’re not racist. This black person agrees with us.” And that makes these movements all the more dangerous.While it seems that the manifesto, allegedly entitled “The Great Replacement” in reference to the white supremacist conspiracy theory that black and brown people will eradicate the white race, only mentioned Trump as a “renewed symbol of white identity,” there is no doubt Tarrant likes Trump’s white nationalist ideas. That is not to suggest that Trump is in any way responsible directly for this madman’s actions, but it is to suggest that this is a part of a larger pattern.
Aside from a lifetime of unrepentant racism that dates back to the 1970’s – Vox kindly chronicled it – Donald Trump’s entire modern political career has been one big bullhorn to white supremacists everywhere. Of course, there was the fact that Trump became the first presidential candidate to be endorsed by the official newspaper of the Ku Klux Klan. Then, when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Trump to disavow former Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, he was unable to do so. We have previously detailed more instances of Trump’s racist behavior throughout the years as well.
Most notably – and perhaps most sinister – after the horrific white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump made moral equivalency between the neo-Nazis who organized and marched in the violent and deadly “Unite the Right” rally and those who would oppose them. The President insisted that there were, quote, “very fine people” marching in that rally, and that there was blame on both sides. Even worse, the people at the notorious white supremacist online haven, the Daily Stormer, praised Trump’s remarks, saying:
Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us.
He said that we need to study why people are so angry, and implied that there was hate… on both sides!
So he implied the antifa are haters.
There was virtually no counter-signaling of us at all.
He said he loves us all.
Also refused to answer a question about White Nationalists supporting him.
No condemnation at all.
When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room.
Really, really good.
God bless him.
Of course, there was nary a peep from Trump or his White House when it comes to these, and so many more, examples of Presidential flirtations with white nationalism, as well as the indisputable evidence that this faction of society here in American and around the world is inspired and fueled by Donald Trump. However, here are a couple of examples of white supremacists explicitly saying, on record and on video, that they are inspired by Trump, and just why that is true:
Now, in the wake of this latest white supremacist terrorist attack, in which the shooter was clearly and openly inspired by the current American Right movement, of which Trump is the leader, we have a bigger problem than ever on our hands. America has always had an issue with racism; after all it was built on the backs of African American slaves and the genocide of Native Americans. That has never gone away, and it likely never will. However, for the first time in modern history, we have a an open white supremacist in the Oval Office. Of course, the GOP will never, ever admit to what Donald Trump is. They can’t admit to what he is. But, at the end of the day, we all must stand up against this hate, lest it take over the nation once and for all. Trump won’t do it, so we must.