President Donald Trump has earned back the respect of Ku Klux Klan head honcho, David Duke, following his declaration that he will end birthright citizenship.
The godson of ex-Grand Wizard David Duke, Derek Black, 29, says that his new immigration policy announcement is an attempt to pander to far-right hate groups.
Trump revealed his plans to revoke the right to citizenship for babies born to non-U.S. citizens in the U.S. by signing an executive order, a move which has been dismissed by many critics as political grandstanding. The move is considered to be in direct violation of the Constitution and even fellow Republicans have cast doubt over whether this could even be achieved.
"You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order. [...] You obviously cannot do that,' House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a radio interview. "[...] As a conservative, I'm a believer in following the plain text of the Constitution and I think in this case the 14th Amendment is pretty clear."
But Black feels the move is right in line with white nationalist ideology.
“The government itself is carrying through a lot of the beliefs [white nationalist groups] have and a lot of the goals—things like limiting immigration, and as of today, the goal of ending birthright citizenship. That has been a goal of white nationalists for decades, like explicit: this is what they want to do,” Black told the New York Daily News.
Trump's radical views have sparked global outrage. During the aftermath of the synagogue hooting, Trump's visit to Pittsburgh was met with protesters following his lukewarm response to the attack which claimed the lives of 11 people.
Despite his own daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who are both Jewish, it is alleged that he was not inclined to denounce the mass shooting publicly until they urged him to do so.
Trump has publicly referred to himself as a Nationalist, and has not shied away from the backlash.
During an interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham, he said:
"No. To me, I don’t have to clarify. It means I love the country, it means I’m fighting for the country. I look at two things, globalists and nationalists. I’m somebody that wants to take care of our country, because for many, many years, you know this better than anybody -- our leaders have been more worried about the world than they have about the United States and they leave us in a mess -- whether it’s the wars, whether it’s the economy, whether it’s debt, whether it’s all of the things that they’ve done, including putting in the wrong Supreme Court Justices and we’re -- we’ve really put two great ones in -- no, I’m proud of this country and I call that “nationalism”; I call it being a nationalist and I don’t see any other connotation than that.
Now, as soon as you make any statement nowadays with the political correctness world, they make a big deal. I’m not a globalist, but I want to take care of the globe, but first I have to take care of our country. I want to help people around the world, but we have to take care of our country, or we won’t have a country, including -- we have to take care of our country at the border."
As Trump moves ever closer to extreme right-wing policies, the far-right hate groups will continue to vote red, but when will the madness end?
“They have a person in the White House that is advocating the exact white nationalist goal that is one of the cornerstones of their belief system,” says Black. And he's right.
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