Some supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump were involved in a California clash involving neo-Nazis.
Fans Set Up Rally To Help Trump, Included Nazis
The fight at the California state capitol in Sacramento erupted between fascists and left wing protesters. According to police, at least 10 people were injured in the conflict, with 5 of them suffering stab wounds.
“The Traditionalist Worker Party” was at the heart of the rally, and they have explicitly aligned themselves with Donald Trump.
The group and its California affiliate, Golden State Skinheads, sent about 30 people to speak up for Trump supporters who have been denied their freedom of speech, spokesman Matt Parrott said after the violence.
“The purpose of the protest was actually a reaction around the Donald Trump rallies where working-class white Americans were trying to peacefully organize, not on racial terms,” he said. “We wanted to have a march to show we will not back down in the face of radical leftists, who threatened violence beforehand.”
Parrott said his group was “prepared for a fight; they were prepared to defend themselves.”
One figure is directly associated with Trump. Matthew Heimbach, the party chairman, is the white supremacist who was officially selected as a Trump delegate to the Republican convention in Cleveland. His views on white supremacy were public knowledge at the time he was selected by the Trump campaign to represent them.
He pulled out of the position when national media began reporting on it, and it caused a series of uncomfortable headlines and stories for the Trump campaign.
Trump Campaign’s Continuing White Supremacist Problem
The Trump campaign continues to face problems due to the nominee’s refusal to fully disassociate from the white supremacist movement. Trump refused to directly disavow the support of former klansman David Duke when asked about it by CNN, and Trump himself has often re-posted Twitter messages from white supremacists, including supporters who have posted blatantly racist messages about Latinos, Jews, and blacks.
It also follows a decades-long pattern of the Republican Party either turning a blind eye to racism within its support base or downplaying racist and bigoted comments by officials within the party at multiple levels — now including the presidential tier.
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