While President Donald Trump has come under fire from both sides of the aisle for his unwillingness to explicitly denounce the role of white supremacist ideology at the deadly protests in Virginia on Saturday, at least one group appears to be content with Trump’s vague response: White supremacists.
Trump, who told reporters that “many sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, was praised by the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer who called the president’s comments “good.”
“He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us,” wrote Andrew Anglin, the website’s founder.
“No condemnation at all,” Anglin added. “When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.”
In case you’re wondering if President Trump inspires neo-nazis–this is from their publication The Daily Stormer: pic.twitter.com/cT4OZv7VMP
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) August 12, 2017
The website, which the Southern Poverty Law Center labels The Daily Stormer a site dedicated to “spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism,” openly celebrated the murder of counter-protester Heather Heyer during the violent August 12 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA.
In his August 13 article, Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin wrote that “most people are glad [Heyer] is dead, as she is the definition of uselessness.” He also called the victim an “overweight slob with no children” and praised the driver of the car as a “hardcore player” with a “cool demeanor” who “didn’t give a fuck,” according to Media Matters.
The 32-year-old victim who, according to her mother, was “determined to stand up to injustice,” was murdered when a car plowed through counter-protesters at the rally. The driver, later identified as James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio, was charged with second-degree murder. Alex had been seen earlier standing alongside white nationalist groups during the rally. One of the driver’s former teachers claimed that he was a Nazi sympathizer with “white supremacist views” and “a big idolatry of Adolf Hitler.”
Media Matters notes:
The Daily Stormer, designated a neo-Nazi hate site by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has long been a fan of President Trump, having said that a vote for him would be a vote “for the one man who actually represents our interests” and having praised his hiring of Steve Bannon.