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Trump’s Election boosted by white supremacists & far-right

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Since 2012, the number of white supremacists and self-identified Nazi groups on Twitter have multiplied more than 600%, according to a study by George Washington University’s Programme on Extremism [1].

According to the study, far-right accounts on Twitter have increased from about 3,500 in 2012 to 22,000 in 2016.

As most of them are based in the USA, it is believed that those groups have played a huge part in Trump’s campaign.

The study also found a sharp decline in propaganda from Daesh on Twitter during the same period of time, mainly due to a huge crackdown on Islamist extremism groups organised by the social media giant. However, white supremacist and self-identified Nazi groups are largely ignored by Twitter and the main stream media, and they are able to recruit new members, whilst spreading their propaganda with the help of social media.

Donald Trump was a prominent subject amongst white nationalists during the US elections campaign. And his victory has given them a huge boost.

Former Ku Klux Klan leader, David Duke, placed credit for Mr Trump’s win to the help of white supremacists:

“Make no mistake about it,” he Tweeted, “our people played a HUGE role in electing Trump!”

Before adding:

Trump’s race united my people.”

Since then, the Ku Klux Klan has announced it will host a victory parade in a North Carolina town in celebration of Donald Trump’s win[2], bringing white nationalism and the alt-right movement to mainstream politics.

Of course, the KKK and others far-right parties are trying to use Trump’s victory as the way to recruit more members to their cause.

But it is a fact that those groups are growing at a considerable rate in the US and they have helped Trump to win the White House.

And Trump has ripped the lid off Pandora’s box.

Hate Crimes Linked to Trump’s Election Reported Across the US

As for Brexit[3], right after Trump’s victory, social media was rife with accounts of sometimes violent incidents of hate crimes targeted at Muslims, the gay community, Jews, Latinos and African-Americans.

Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Centre who monitors hate in extremism, told CNN that he’s seen a spike in hate crimes, including attacks on women wearing hijabs and racist graffiti since Trump’s election, before adding:

“I think this is absolutely clearly a result of Trump’s election. Donald Trump has ripped the lid off Pandora’s box.”

A gay man was also attacked after supporters of Trump allegedly shouted homophobic slurs at him in a bar[4].

The victim named Chris Ball, was in a bar in Santa Monica as election results came in on Tuesday night and the atmosphere grew increasingly tense.

“People started launching homophobic slurs at me from afar,”

Ball told the Calgary Metro.

“I mean, I kind of got into it, but I didn’t want to provoke them.”

“They were saying things like, ‘We got a new President you f***ing f****ts'”

When Ball left the bar alone, he said he was ambushed by a group of men and smashed over the head with a glass bottle.

Biggest Threat facing the Western World?

White supremacist and far-right groups are potentially becoming the biggest threat facing our democracies. However, they have been around for quite a while and largely ignored.

What has changed is that they now have mainstream politicians that borrow their ideas to win power.

And in recent years, the far-right has bolstered its numbers using social media to recruit new members.

The common threads that all these groups share is a strong anti-woman, anti-black, anti-Islam and anti-Semetic sentiment that runs deep through their rank and files, and over the past 12-months, the public expression of such sentiments has become frighteningly acceptable.

Trump’s comments on women or about Islam has resonated deeply with all far-right parties, not just in USA but across the western world[5].

But in Europe too, the rise of the far-right is largely ignored.  In France, and according to recent polls, the French far-right Front National could get 28% of the vote at the next Presidential election. [6]

Don’t believe that Trump’s victory was an accident: there may be more to come.

 

 

 

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