Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been so full of xenophobia and anti-immigrant posturing that it has excited several noted white nationalists.
In a piece for The New Yorker published this week, Evan Osnos reported many of the positive responses about Trump from a range of far-right characters. Jared Taylor, founder of the white nationalist New Century Foundation, was one of the Trump supporters quoted in the piece.
“I’m sure he would repudiate any association with people like me, but his support comes from people who are more like me than he might like to admit,” Taylor said.
During a podcast released Monday afternoon, Taylor discussed Trump’s anti-immigrant platform with Peter Brimelow, founder of the virulently anti-black and anti-immigrant website Vdare.com. Unsurprisingly, these two white nationalists expressed their support for Trump’s draconian immigration plan, but also want the GOP front runner to go farther.
When asked by Taylor what could be done to improve Trump’s plan “to the point of perfection,” Brimelow suggested several extreme positions including abolishing all refugee resettlement and even invading and overthrowing the government of Cuba. “I think we should simply invade Cuba and overthrow the communist regime. Then maybe America could have Miami back,” he said.
Brimelow wasn’t done. He also expressed support for even greater attacks on the 14th Amendment than what Trump and other presidential hopefuls have suggested. “I would actually like to see retroactive application of birthright citizenship abolition. I think it should go and strip citizenship from the people who are the children of illegal immigrants.”
Brimelow subsequently invoked the antebellum South and apartheid South Africa as examples of retroactive application of birthright citizenship abolition being successful. Brimelow dismissed the brutal oppression inherent in the two as “examples of nations trying to emerge, trying to define themselves.”
Anti-immigrant concerns extend to Europe
Later in the interview, Taylor expressed hope that Trump’s outrageous immigration plan, in the impossible event that it could be fully realized, would provide hope for Europeans. “I’m very concerned about what’s happening in Europe. And, although there are brief stirring of resistance to what the French are increasingly calling ‘the great replacement,’ It’s not nearly enough,” Taylor said, before invoking a virulently racist French novel, “it’s a slow motion version of The Camp of the Saints it seems to me.”
Since it’s initial publication in 1973, Jean Rapsail’s racist, dystopian novel has been wholeheartedly embraced by many on the nativist right. Much of this is likely due to John Tanton, a white nationalist and architect of the organized anti-immigrant movement, republishing the novel in 1994.
While fulfilling his crucial leadership role within the organized anti-immigrant movement, Tanton also promoted and provided financial assistance to both Peter Brimelow and Jared Taylor’s work in the 1990s. Tanton’s personal letters reveal that he was instrumental in encouraging Brimelow to write his 1995 book, Alien Nation. And in a November 12, 1993 letter to Taylor and his white nationalist colleagues, Tanton said he had enclosed “a little something for your start-up costs.”
Tanton’s leadership role within the anti-immigrant movement has subsided. But like Taylor and Brimelow, Tanton’s successors are quite effusive in their praise of Trump’s plan as well.
Today’s anti-immigrant leaders revel in ‘unreality’
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) President Dan Stein recently wrote that Trump’s plan “embodies the core principles of true immigration reform.” FAIR Communications Director Bob Dane lauded the plan as the “American Workers’ Bill of Rights” at the time of its release. Dane even co-authored a full-throated defense of Trump’s plan on FAIR’s website on Monday overlooking one of the plan’s key components. The post’s laughable headline: “Correcting the Media: Trump Didn’t Say Mass Deportations, You Did.”
In his New Yorker piece, Osnos described Trump’s strident supporters as “the portion of the electorate that is drifting deeper into unreality.”
Spokespersons for the anti-immigrant movement will continue obfuscating and misrepresenting Trump’s unworkable plan. And the movement’s ideological companions in the white nationalist community will keep encouraging Trump to embrace even more extreme proposals. As they do, Osnos’ words will only ring more true.