Donald Trump has spent years pushing overtly racist views to try to get ahead in politics, and it’s gotten him this far – but today it seemed to all come crashing down on him. His own white supremacist supporters led a grotesque rally in Charlottesville that culminated in murder today, and his tepid response left his base and the American mainstream equally upset with him for different reasons. Now his biggest supporters are panicking and turning against each other.
Long after other politicians had spoken up more forcefully about the matter, Donald Trump generically tweeted “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!” (link). This led former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, who had endorsed Trump during the election, to push back against him: “I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists.” But in turn this led one of the most prominent of Trump supporters to attack Duke in bizarre fashion.
Mike Cernovich, a pro-Trump blogger best known for having helped push the phony Hillary Clinton “pizzagate” story in a manner which nearly led to violence at a pizzeria, decided to lash out at David Duke in bizarre fashion. He tweeted “Deep State David Duke did a great job for CNN and Soros today. He gave them talking points to use against Trump, which is his job.” That’s right, Cernovich is accusing Duke of being a secret plant put in place by the U.S. intel community and liberal billionaire George Soros.
This kind of rhetoric from Duke and Cernovich serves as a reminder of just how utterly deranged and unwell Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters are. But on this day it also serves to demonstrate that as Trump continues to collapse, they’re panicking and attacking each other. This can only serve to hasten Trump’s freefall.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report