CNN’s Van Jones interviewed on Saturday a former white supremacist who successfully used racial “dog whistle” campaign tactics to win elective office in the Mar-a-Lago area.
Derek Black is the son of Stormfront founder Don Black and the godson of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.
“What is behind this appeal for white nationalism in America?” Jones asked.
“Coming from that background that I do, it’s always been happening. It’s always been — sometimes not on tv — but it’s always been there, there’s always been people who were saying those things you saw at Charlottesville, there’s always been politicians saying the things that Donald Trump says now,” Black explained.
“They didn’t get as much support and I think we didn’t pay as much attention to them as we probably should have,” he noted.
“You actually were able to run for office and win using some of these kind of dog whistles,” Jones noted. “One of the dog whistles that you were part of this movement to mainstream these ideas.”
“Yeah, I ran for this little committee seat, a Republican committee seat in south Florida, right across the water from Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s house there — so he’s always been in my life,” Black explained.
“And I went door to door, and I said stuff like, ‘don’t you think the signs in Spanish are kind of undermining your culture? So don’t you think that people of color who live in that other neighborhood, don’t you think there needs to be more police for people like that,'” he recalled.
“Like these kind of messages really similar stuff to what Trump said on the campaign trail and people would react to it as long as they didn’t hear the word racist, as long as they didn’t hear, you know, I’m a white nationalist, as long as you didn’t say that sort of stuff, these are things that they viscerally reacted to,” he continued.
“That is what the white nationalist movement was saying. I would just try to figure out ways to say it that didn’t freak them out so much,” he explained.
“I got 62% of the vote saying that stuff,” Black added.
Incel blew his hand off — and may have been planning for suicide bomber attack on ‘hot’ cheerleaders: report
A young man in Virginia was photographed for his mugshot with extensive facial injuries.
"A 23-year-old Virginia man who appeared to be planning an incel bomb attack on "hot cheerleaders" accidentally blew off his hand with explosives, authorities say," BuzzFeed News reported Saturday. "Cole Carini was charged in federal court on Friday connection with the plot after he allegedly lied to FBI agents by saying his extensive injuries were the result of a lawnmower accident."
Big turnout for protest in Texas town known as a ‘haven’ for the Ku Klux Klan
Protesters gathered in Vidor, Texas on Saturday for a rally against racism and police violence.
The East Texas town has long had a reputation for racism.
Vidor is a small city of about 11,000 people near the Texas Gulf Coast, not too far from the Louisiana border. Despite the fact that Beaumont, a much bigger city just 10 minutes away, is quite integrated, Vidor is not. There are very few blacks there; it's mostly white. That is in large part because of a history of racism in Vidor, a past that continues to haunt the present," Keith Oppenheim reported for CNN in 2006.
BUSTED: Key Trump aide caught pushing racist vigilantism on social media
Video of a chainsaw-wielding Texas man threatening protesters while shouting the n-word went viral on Friday.
While many people were shocked by the video, one of President Donald Trump's top advisors supported the racism and vigilantism in documented in the video, according to a new report.
"President Donald Trump and his allies for years have amplified racist messages on Twitter while simultaneously reaching out to black and Hispanic voters, a dissonant balancing act that’s now rocking the GOP amid nationwide racial-justice protests," Politico reported Saturday. "The two competing forces collided Saturday on the Twitter feed of Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp, when she boosted a tweet that lauded a man in Texas in a viral video as he yelled the n-word and wielded a chainsaw to chase away anti-racism demonstrators."