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White Nationalist And Anti-Muslim Fringe Embrace Trump Proposal

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Posted on December 8, 2015, at 1:45 p.m. ET

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A coalition of America's top white nationalists again praised an initiative from Republican front-runner Donald Trump, this time praising his plan to restrict Muslim immigration to the United States.

In what is becoming a fairly routine ritual in a campaign that has seen no shortage of racially charged rhetoric from the Republican front-runner, American's prominent white nationalists again found comfort in a proposal from The Donald.

"I would not let in any Muslim immigrants at all, from Syria or from anywhere else," said Jared Taylor, who runs the site American Renaissance (which says that "one of the most destructive myths of modern times is that people of all races have the same average intelligence"), in an email to BuzzFeed News in mid-November. "They only cause trouble. Even if they don't throw bombs, they want special food, won't work with pork, want special swimming pool hours for women only, etc. Who needs them?"

Taylor, unprompted, emailed BuzzFeed News on Monday after Trump's comments, forwarding the previous comments with addendum "you saw it here first."

Former Klu Klux Klan official and politician David Duke offered his support for Trump's proposal on his radio program on Tuesday, saying the media is attacking Trump because his comments call into question a U.S. foreign policy pushed by Zionism.

"The Jewish knives are coming out on Donald Trump," Duke said on his radio show of Trump's comments.

"How come it's against America values to want to preserve the heritage of the country?" Duke asked, paraphrasing Trump. "We're overwhelmingly a Christian country and overwhelmingly a European country."

Trump's broad call for a ban on Muslim immigration also found praise across the white nationalist web. On the Daily Stormer, the white nationalist website that has endorsed Trump, editor Andrew Anglin wrote in a post "Glorious Leader Calls for Complete Ban on All Moslems" that Trump was the only candidate speaking sense.

"Why were these monkeys ever allowed in in the first place? What an insane, stupid concept," he wrote with a link to Trump's comment. "Finally: Someone speaks sense."

Brad Griffin, who runs the white nationalist blog Occidental Dissent under the pseudonym "Hunter Wallace," similarly praised Trump.

"In addition to the Trump database, this should help Trump peel off a lot of the Carson/Cruz vote while sending the Left into a new fit of PC rage that will generate free publicity through Iowa," wrote Griffin.

"That's great," Griffin said of Trump's policy. "We need to stop the damage the U.S. government is already doing to places like Minneapolis–St. Paul and Middle Tennessee with the refugee resettlement program. It was revealed today that ISIS is targeting the refugee program to funnel terrorists into the U.S."

On the white nationalist site, Trump's comments drew rave reviews across the board. In one post from editor James Kirkpatrick seeking donations to the site, Trump's call was cited as proof The Donald was embracing the white nationalist cause.

"Even as this is written, Donald Trump has come out for a moratorium on Muslim immigration, just days after our Editor-in-Chief Peter Brimelow advocated precisely the same thing," wrote Kirkpatrick. "They may not admit it, but more people than ever are reading And finally, people are beginning to act."

In another post, writer Allan Wall called the idea "fantastic."

"I am a conservative Evangelical Christian and I think Trump's idea is fantastic. They don't have Muslim terrorism in Japan, do they," he wrote.

Anti-Muslim activists — a distinct group from the white nationalist movement, which has historically directed its racism at blacks and Jews — also embraced Trump's proposal.

"No one has some natural right to enter the U.S.," anti-Islam activist Robert Spencer, director of the site Jihad Watch, wrote BuzzFeed News in an email, adding that Trump was suggesting a temporary measure and citing the role of "intelligence failures" in the attacks in San Bernardino, California, and Paris. "Must our commitment to 'multiculturalism' and 'diversity' override any concern for national security?"

The anti-Muslim provocateur Pamela Geller also praised the suggestion.

"Obama's negligence and jihad denial necessitates emergency measures. The San Bernardino jihad rampage is a direct result of Obama's jihad denial," she said.

Neither Spencer nor Geller, however, supports Trump as a candidate, because they believe he is not anti-Muslim enough. In particular, both broke with Trump after he denounced as "disgusting" a "Draw the Prophet" event hosted by a group the two founded, which was attacked by two gunmen in May.

Geller told BuzzFeed News last month that she preferred Ted Cruz, arguing that "Trump doesn't understand the importance of freedom of speech."

Spencer, meanwhile, wrote yesterday, "I will never support Trump for President, even were he to knock on my door, get on one knee, and ask for my vote. I could never support a candidate who advocates kowtowing to violent intimidation and submitting to the Islamic supremacist war against the freedom of speech, as he did after the jihad attack on our event in Garland, Texas."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.