Trump campaign inspires white nationalist threats of voter intimidation on election day

So it has come to this . . . Stephen Bannon of the alt-right white nationalist Breitbart.com is actually managing the campaign of the Republican nominee for president.

Donald Trump also has a team of GOP ratfuckers advising his campaign from Roger Stone, to Roger Ailes, to Mike Roman, and other alt-right luminaries such as conspiracy theorist  Alex Jones of Info Wars.

Trump’s son Donny Junior earlier this year proudly aligned himself and the Trump campaign with the white nationalists of the alt-right on Instagram. Trump Jr. and top supporter share White nationalist image on social media:

Roger Stone, a Donald Trump ally, and Donald Trump Jr. have shared a White Nationalist symbol on Twitter.

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The image includes photos of Stone, Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), Eric Trump, vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), Donald Trump Jr., Infowars’s Alex Jones, conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos and a frog meme associated with the alt-right movement — all under a large heading that reads “The Deplorables.”

The frog, called Pepe, is a white supremacist meme, the Southern Poverty Law Center told NBC News.

“It’s constantly used in those circles,” said SPLC’s Heidi Beirich.

“The white nationalists are gonna love this because they’re gonna feel like, ‘Yeah we’re in there with Trump, there’s Pepe the Frog.'”

Donald Trump Jr. shared the same image on his Instagram account.

“Apparently I made the cut as one of the Deplorables. All kidding aside I am honored to be grouped with the hard working men and women of this great nation that have supported [Donald Trump] and know that he can fix the mess created by politicians in Washington,” Trump Jr. wrote.

So it should come as no surprise to anyone that Donald Trump has received the editorial endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan’s Crusader.  KKK’s official newspaper supports Donald Trump for president:

Among the small number of American newspapers that have embraced Donald Trump’s campaign, there is one, in particular, that stands out.

It is called the Crusader — and it is one of the most prominent newspapers of the Ku Klux Klan.

Under the banner “Make America Great Again,” the entire front page of the paper’s current issue is devoted to a lengthy defense of Trump’s message — an embrace some have labeled a de facto endorsement.

The Trump campaign sharply and swiftly criticized the article. “Mr. Trump and the campaign denounces hate in any form,” the campaign said in a statement Tuesday evening (wink, wink, nod, nod).

Thanks for your support guys, but try to be more subtle about it, OK?

POLITICO Tiger Beat on The Potomac reports today, White nationalists plot Election Day show of force:

Neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin, the editor of the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website, plans to muster thousands of poll watchers across all 50 states. His partners at the alt-right website TheRightStuff.Biz are touting plans to set up hidden cameras at polling places in Philadelphia and hand out liquor and marijuana in the city’s “ghetto” on Election Day to induce residents to stay home. The National Socialist Movement, various factions of the Ku Klux Klan and the white nationalist American Freedom Party all are deploying members to watch polls, either “informally” or, they say, through the Trump campaign.

The Oath Keepers, a group of former law enforcement and military members that often shows up in public heavily armed, is advising members to go undercover and conduct “intelligence-gathering” at polling places, and Donald Trump ally Roger Stone is organizing his own exit polling, aiming to monitor thousands of precincts across the country.

Energized by Trump’s candidacy and alarmed by his warnings of a “rigged election,” white nationalist, alt-right and militia movement groups are planning to come out in full force on Tuesday, creating the potential for conflict at the close of an already turbulent campaign season.

“The possibility of violence on or around Election Day is very real,” said Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “Donald Trump has been telling his supporters for weeks and weeks and weeks now that they are about to have the election stolen from them by evil forces on behalf of the elites.”

It is difficult to know at what scale these plans will materialize, because Anglin and his fringe-right ilk are serial exaggerators, according to Potok. And rather than successfully uncover widespread voter fraud — for which there is a lack of compelling evidence — or successfully suppress minority turnout, Potok said the efforts are most likely to backfire.

“If on the morning of Election Day it turns out that we have white supremacists standing around looking threatening at polling places, I think it would arouse anger,” he said. “People would vote just to prove they’re not being intimidated by these radical racists.”

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A senior Trump adviser told Bloomberg Businessweek last month that the campaign is working on a three-pronged voter suppression strategy that includes an effort to depress black turnout. Though other Trump advisers later pushed back on the report, Anglin’s partners say they are hoping to put Trump over the top by doing just that.

“We also have some teams going in to the ghettos in Philly with 40s and weed to give out to the local residents, which we think will lead to more of them staying home. We have had success with this in the past,” wrote the representative of TheRightStuff.biz, who said four teams of two employed this tactic in Detroit during the Democratic primary in an effort to help Bernie Sanders. “40s” are 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor. POLITICO could not independently verify his claims.

It remains an open question whether the neo-Nazis’ plans materialize, and to what extent.

In fact, Salon dismissively says The Right Stuff trolls Politico, promises herds of alt-right voter suppressors in “the ghettos in Philly with 40s and weed”: A self-appointed squad of alt-right voter suppressers likely won’t be patrolling Philly ghettos with “40s and weed”:

Politico said it couldn’t “independently verify his claims,” but it’s pretty clear that the website that offers its readers “Tips for Trolls” has claimed another victim.

Yeah, it’s likely not going to happen. But don’t take it from us.

AHAHAHA, POLITICO JUST GOT MEMED ON https://t.co/R1kWCid81r

— Publius Gaius (@TheRickyVaughn) November 2, 2016

(Interestingly enough, this Twitter account has been suspended).

This is America. The one thing we have learned is that all it takes is one nut with a gun and an agenda to cause panic among the populace. I would not be so cavalierly dismissive as Salon of potential problems on election day.

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