While many who watched Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump yell his way through a "policy" speech on immigration last night in Arizona were left fairly dismayed, Trump's white supremacist followers were thrilled.
Anyone expecting some kind of "pivot" during the general election may be surprised to learn that the pivot was from the far-right to the alt-right.
The speech was a grim, high volume rough ride that bordered on fear-mongering against all immigrants. Just the kind of thing white nationalists/supremacists love.
David Duke, former KKK Grand Wizard and current candidate for the U.S. Senate:
@DrDavidDuke Whitey-whitey, white-itty-white white!— Neko Case (@NekoCase) September 1, 2016
Richard Spencer, of the white nationalist think tank National Policy Institute:
Agenda for August 31.— Richard B. Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) September 1, 2016
> Diplomacy in the morning.
> Nationalism in the evening. #Trump is back in a big way!
Jared Taylor, editor for the white nationalist publication American Renaissance:
#TrumpAZ Hell of a speech. Almost perfect. Logical, deeply felt, and powerfully delivered. Now watch how the media twists it.— Jared Taylor (@jartaylor) September 1, 2016
According to former campaign manager and current adviser Corey Lewandowski, the speech was written to appeal to the white male voters who already support Trump's nationalist policies. “White males have a high propensity of voting and this speech is clearly geared at those individuals right now, to make sure he has locked them in for the election,” said Lewandowski on CNN after the hour long speech.