Hindu nationalists and 5 other wacky groups that have endorsed Donald Trump
Donald Trump brings a lot of people together, just not necessarily people anyone would really want to be around. This week a far-Right nationalist organization based in New Delhi was reported to be praying for a Trump presidency. They’re also convinced his ban on Muslims and other foreign policy ideas are their last opportunity to be saved from radical Islam.
“The whole world is screaming against Islamic terrorism, and even India is not safe from it,” Hindu Sena head Vishnu Gupta told the Associated Press. “Only Donald Trump can save humanity.”
If you think that’s weird, here are five other wacky groups who are standing beside Trump.
1. White supremacists and the KKK.
Monday, the California Secretary of State announced the delegates that Donald Trump and other candidates chose for the upcoming primary election. Due to a “database error,” according to the Trump campaign, the slate includes William Johnson, who, according to Mother Jones, is one of the most prominent white nationalists in the country.
Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke is also a fan of Trump. Trump refused to disavow the KKK at first, saying “it would be unfair” until he “did research on them.” He later blamed a bad earpiece for not hearing which group was being talked about.
The National Memo posted a complete, and long, list of the white nationalists supporting the Trump campaign.
2. Right-wing preachers.
One preacher who finds sexual arousal from money is absolutely supporting Trump, according to his show. Televangelist Mike Murdock is a Texas-based pastor who promotes the so-called “prosperity gospel.” He formally endorsed his favorite real estate tycoon and reality TV star in February during a rally in Greenville, South Carolina.
Televangelist Pat Robertson is another big Trump fan. While at Regent University, the preacher threw his arms around Trump telling him, “You inspire us all.”
One Trump-loving pastor has even called for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to convert to Christianity.
3. Scantily-clad “babes” and Cosby-loving video bloggers.
Trump has claimed that there are more than 15,000 women’s groups that support him — a ridiculously false assertion. In fact, more than 70 percent of women from both parties have an unfavorable view of Trump, according to a CNN/ORC poll released in March.
But what about that other 30 percent?
“Babes For Trump” is one group of women to endorse the presidential candidate. (Though the group is actually operated by four anonymous men.) These bikini-clad “babes” scrawl Trump slogans across their bodies and pose for social media images.
Another group, Women United 4 Trump, told the New York Times they support Trump because he “treats everybody equally.” The group was formed by video bloggers Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson. The duo has defended comedian Bill Cosby despite numerous allegations of rape against him.
“I do not believe that he’s sexist. He’s not racist. All those provocative words that the media has been trying to use on him for the past nine months, I believe that they’re lies,” Hardaway told the Times.
4. Flag-wearing Republican Muslims.
Though Trump has called for barring all Muslims from entering the United States, he apparently has won the endorsement of some Muslims. The Muslims for Trump Facebook page might be a parody, but there are a number of other individual Muslims who have expressed their support for the presumptive Republican nominee.
One such person is Saba Ahmed.
Ahmed, the founder of the Republican Muslim Coalition, wore an American flag hijab on Fox News, where she criticized Trump for his comments about Muslims. But Ahmed now says she and her group will support Trump if he is the nominee.
5. Pro-rape pickup artists
The presumptive Republican nominee has won support from a group of misogynists who advocate for the legalization for rape. Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh of the Return of the Kings website endorsed Trump in February.
“We may never have the opportunity to elect such a man again,” a blogger on the Return of Kings website explained. “No, it won’t solve all our problems, but Donald Trump, despite not even holding his party’s nomination, has shifted the Overton Window so far to the right in just six months that what used to be discussed only at places like Return of Kings has now become mainstream discourse. Imagine what Trump could do as president?”
With additional writing by Eric W. Dolan