A pair of white nationalists cackled with glee at the growing popularity of their fringe movement — thanks to social media and Donald Trump.
James Edwards, host of the “Political Cesspool” radio program, gloated that the so-called “alt right” movement had ushered a diverse collection of younger social media users into the white nationalist movement, reported Right Wing Watch.
“There’s so many different audiences within the ‘pro-white’ spectrum that they don’t overlap anymore,” Edwards said. “We have an audience that is different from some of the others, and it’s encouraging and uplifting when we come into contact with one another. Used to — 10, 15, 20 years ago — all five of us knew each other. That’s not the case anymore.”
He brought up the “sad frog” meme, an in-joke meant to mock self-pity that was borrowed from the 4chan message board, that’s used by some white nationalists to identify themselves online.
“What you see happening with Twitter, you know, all these different people with the green frog avatars — I don’t even know what that means, but they’ve got thousands of people following them, and they’ve always got something thoughtful to say,” Edwards said, giggling. “It’s snowballing to the effect, reaching a critical mass, that I think would have been, at least, part of my wildest dreams in 2004, when we first took to the airwaves.”
His guest, the prominent white nationalist Jared Taylor, said he agreed “100 percent” — saying the movement had grown far past his influence and now included a number of bloggers who put out high-quality productions to help spread the “pro-white” message.
“We are putting out a message that is vital to our people more effectively and in more different places, coming from more reliable, believable people than ever before,” Taylor said. “I find it hugely encouraging.”
Taylor has always window-dressed his white nationalist views with the pretense of intellectualism, but the younger members of that movement trade in more visceral provocations — or, in other words, trolling.
“The most visible manifestation of this is the support for Donald Trump,” Taylor said. “Donald Trump is an opportunity for ordinary Americans to say they are fed up. And one of the big things they’re fed up about is the racial changes going on in the United States, and they think Donald Trump might actually do something about it.”
Taylor, spokesman for the Council of Conservative Citizens and former editor of American Renaissance, recorded anti-Muslim robocalls urging Iowa voters to back Trump, and Edwards hosted the GOP candidate’s son on his radio program.
Both men agreed that Trump’s campaign had brought their life’s work into the mainstream and had emboldened other white supremacists to speak out.
“Even if he’s dog whistling about some of our issues, he gives the people cover to come out and be more apparent in their beliefs, and I think that’s certainly a good thing,” Edwards said.