All along, Republicans have been saying that Trump is not a racist, not a Nazi, and not a white supremacist. Confronted with the flood of hate speech he has spewed from early in his campaign to the present, Republican pundits say that he really doesn’t believe that. He’s just saying what segments of the base needd to hear. Yesterday, he removed all doubt. He clicked his heels, raised his arm, and screamed "Heil!" The Alt-right Nazi Republicans and KKK Republicans loved it.
President Trump buoyed the white nationalist movement on Tuesday as no president has done in generations — equating activists protesting racism with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rampaged in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.
Never has he gone as far in defending their actions as he did during a wild, street-corner shouting match of a news conference in the gilded lobby of Trump Tower, angrily asserting that so-called alt-left activists were just as responsible for the bloody confrontation as marchers brandishing swastikas, Confederate battle flags, anti-Semitic banners and “Trump/Pence” signs.
“Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth,” David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, wrote in a Twitter post [KKK Republican delinked] shortly after Mr. Trump spoke.
Richard B. Spencer, a white nationalist leader who participated in the weekend’s demonstrations and vowed to flood Charlottesville with similar protests in the coming weeks, was equally encouraged. “Trump’s statement was fair and down to earth,” Mr. Spencer tweeted [Nazi Republican delinked]…
From <NY Times>
Even to a monster like Trump, that level of hatred just does not come naturally. It has to be learned. And that begs the question, "Where did Trump learn it?" Last night, Rachel Maddow addressed that issue.
Normally, one would say, the apple does not fall far from the tree, but in Trump’s case, the tree took a big dump, and that bad apple was Trump.