CLEVELAND (AP) — They don’t like to be called white supremacists.
The men who gathered last week in Cleveland’s Ritz-Carlton bar after Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination prefer “Europeanists,” ”alt-right,” or even “white nationalists.” They also are die-hard Trump supporters.
While not official delegates, they had credentials for the Republican National Convention. Richard Spencer of Arlington, Virginia, says Trump pushed the GOP closer to their principles.
Trump has publicly disavowed the white supremacist movement. His campaign declined to comment on their convention attendance.
Yet Trump’s “America First” message, backed by his call for a border wall and focus on immigration, has energized the white supremacist movement.
Seizing on the energy, former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke said last week he will run for the Senate from Louisiana.