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Why Are White Nationalists So Fond of President Trump?
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Why Are White Nationalists So Fond of President Trump?

Ahead of a House Judiciary Committee hearing on hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism, Simon Clark, Katrina Mulligan, and Danyelle Solomon explain how President Donald Trump has emboldened white nationalists.

In the wake of last week’s arrest of a Trump supporter and self-described “patriot” who threatened to “put a bullet” in the head of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, today the House Judiciary Committee will hold a critical hearing on hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism.

The hearing will shed some much-needed light on what is behind the recent rise in this lethal ideology, the impact it is having on American communities, and what social media companies can do to stem this poison. Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) deserves great credit for taking the threat of white nationalist violence seriously, in contrast to President Donald Trump’s supine dismissal of the danger as just coming from “a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess.”

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Authors

Simon Clark

Senior Fellow

Katrina Mulligan

Managing Director

Danyelle Solomon

Vice President, Race and Ethnicity Policy