Since the election of Donald Trump, we’ve covered the numerous hate crimes that have erupted against minorities, distilled why his senior advisor Stephen Bannon is awful AF, and now we turn to the rest of President-elect Trump’s Cabinet.
These responses are all from Stormfront, which is a Neo-Nazi forum filled with people who are openly anti-semitic and openly racist. I advise you strongly to not visit. Likewise, I am giving the most emphatic trigger warning possible to the following content: if violence, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and idiocy is something that bothers you, click away.
Stormfront reacting to the appointment of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General
Above, not only do the Neo-Nazis laud the selection of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General (he was denied a court position decades ago because of his problematic racial statements), they also suggest that Loretta Lynch — the first African-American Attorney General — should be lynched.
Michael Flynn for National Security Advisor
There seems to be a consensus here that Muslims should be named terrorists, and well, you read the rest for yourself.
Stephen Bannon as Chief Strategist
This story was kinda been covered to death, but for completion’s sake:
James “Mad Dog” Mattis for Secretary of Defense
The white nationalists had a generally favorable opinion of Mad Dog, though there were some concerns. Some members were worried that he was too “anti-Russia” but most hoped that Trump would keep him in line on that front:
Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education
Some people are okay with this pick (in part because of her competition for the post, read below), but many have problems with DeVos:
Nikki Haley for UN Ambassador
Lots of pushback for Haley as well, partially because of her Indian ethnicity, but also because of her opposition to Donald Trump in the past.
Across the board, when Donald Trump nominated folks with sympathies to white nationalist thinking, the forum rejoiced. When he nominated people who were more “mainstream” and didn’t have problematic social views, they got a bit angry.
When “the left” talks about racism in this country, we aren’t invoking a non-existent boogeyman. Donald Trump is energizing real racist people out there, who have truly racist designs for this country. The only thing stopping them is us.
This article is not suggesting that most, or even many, of Donald Trump’s supporters subscribe to these extreme views. However, these views are out there. When Hillary Clinton suggested that there are Americans supporting Donald Trump who fall into a basket of deplorables, she was right! Here they are. Let’s not waste time denying it any longer.
There are people in our country who have a very racist, very sexist, very anti-semitic vision for America. And these people are not irrelevant, nor can we just ignore them and wait for them to go away. We have to take racism very seriously, by engaging in real dialogues and discussions with people in our lives.
If you want something uplifting to read after all that filth, check out this long-form story of how the son of Stormfront’s founder eventually embraced multiculturalism and renounced his racist views through dialogue and friendship.