American Nazi Party: Trump victory would be ‘a real opportunity’
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American Nazi Party: Trump victory would be ‘a real opportunity’

Party chair Rocky Suhayda tells radio audience a president Trump would benefit his constituency of white nationalists

Eric Cortellessa covers American politics for The Times of Israel.

Rocky Suhayda, chair of the American Nazi Party, a neo-Nazi group based in Virginia (Wikipedia)
Rocky Suhayda, chair of the American Nazi Party, a neo-Nazi group based in Virginia (Wikipedia)

WASHINGTON — The American Nazi Party’s chair said on his radio show recently that a Donald Trump presidency would offer “a real opportunity” for white nationalists and the “pro-white” cause.

Rocky Suhayda, who heads the Arlington, Virginia-based neo-Nazi group, told his followers last month that he predicted Trump would defeat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, and that the real estate mogul gave them the best chance to assemble an alliance dedicated to advancing their agenda.

“I’m gonna project, that I believe that Trump is going to win the election this November, for various reasons which I don’t want to go into again,” Suhayda said during a July broadcast. “I think it’s gonna surprise the enemy, because, I think that they feel that the white working class, especially the male portion of the working class, and with him his female counterparts have basically thrown in the towel. Given up hope of any politician again standing up for their interests.”

He went on to say: “Now, if Trump does win, okay, it’s going to be a real opportunity for people like white nationalists, acting intelligently to build upon that, and to go and start — you know how you have the black political caucus and what not in Congress, and, everything, to start building on something like that, okay. It doesn’t have to be anti, like the movement’s been for decades, so much as it has to be pro-white. It’s kinda hard to go and call us bigots, if we don’t go around and act like a bigot. That’s what the movement should contemplate. All right.”

The news website BuzzFeed was the first to report on Suhayda’s expression of support.

The American Nazi Party was founded in 1959 by George Lincoln Rockwell. It was originally called the World Union of Free Enterprise National Socialists (WUFENS) until they changed the name to its current title a year later.

Based on the ideals of Adolf Hitler, the party aims to “secure the existence of our people and a future for white children,” according to its website, which includes a platform, merchandise sales and a link for “non-Aryan sympathizers” to make donations.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses supporters at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, Colorado on July 29, 2016. (Jason Connolly/AFP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses supporters at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, Colorado on July 29, 2016. (Jason Connolly/AFP)

Former KKK grand wizard David Duke, who also supports Trump, was a member before he left to lead the white supremacy group.

While Suhayda has stated he would decline to comment on Trump, he did address the billionaire’s candidacy in a report from September 20, 2015, saying Trump’s improbable presidential run confirmed the suspicion that more Americans share his party’s views than many would have thought:

“We have a wonderful OPPORTUNITY here folks, that may never come again, at the RIGHT time! Donald Trump’s campaign statements, if nothing else, have SHOWN that ‘our views’ are NOT so ‘unpopular’ as the Political Correctness crowd have told everyone they are!”

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