Prior to Trump’s vaunted immigration speech in Phoenix, AZ, his white nationalist fans were growing concerned. After all, he had begun speaking of a possible path to amnesty — a “softening” of sorts on immigration — and had recently spoken to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
There was no telling which direction Trump would take his campaign. But Trump’s speech proved a return to form. Gone were any notions of going easy on this country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants; instead we were back to the Trumpian calls for a massive border wall and elite deportation force that just might be able to rid the country of his liberal opponent.
White supremacists, including Stormfront founder Don Black, were pleased.
Black, a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, once conspired with other white supremacists to overthrow the government of Dominica and install former Prime Minister Patrick John as leader. In 1981, he and nine other mercenaries were arrested in New Orleans before they could board their boat in what the press dubbed the “Bayou of Pigs.”
Black was subsequently convicted under the U.S. Neutrality Act and sentenced to 3 years in prison. Almost a decade later, Black would found Stormfront, the single largest online community for white nationalists which would later be linked to nearly 100 murders.
On his Stormfront Radio program, Black said that the media went “ballistic” upon hearing Trump’s speech — labeling it “vile” and hateful — “because he said that sovereign nations have the right to protect their borders” and to “deport people who come to their country illegally.”
After all, he said, when people enter Mexico illegally, they are beaten and deported. “But, white people aren’t allowed to do this,” he lamented. “We aren’t supposed to have sovereignty, so I thought that it was rather inspiring last night.” In fact, many of “our fellows” in “our movement” (e.g., David Duke) found it “inspiring” as well.
Then, sounding as if he were talking about a religious figure, Black declared Trump had “redeemed himself” to those white nationalists who had “lost faith” in him. Black’s co-host, Arkansas barber Freeland Roy Dunscombe (a.k.a. “Truck Roy”), admitted to losing faith in Trump as well, but added that “he keeps making me think that I should keep faith in him.”
Dunscombe wasn’t sure what to make of Trump’s return to his original xenophobic policies, wondering aloud as to whether or not he is “representing a group of people that want to see nationalism of some sort return to America” as part of some long-term plan “with several different options of getting there.” But “whatever the case, you know, he seems to have a firm goal in mind, here.”
Black agreed, saying everyone thought his post-Mexico visit would be “mushy.” In reality, it was anything but. He lauded the “wildly enthusiastic crowd” cheering for Trump as he “talked about setting up a deportation force, building a wall, making Mexico pay for it even though they don’t know it yet.”
“You know, Don, one of the things I look forward to if Donald Trump becomes president is his showmanship,” Dunscombe interjected. “I mean he’s beyond any other president I’ve seen in my lifetime. And he makes everything interesting and exciting, even just a simple speech.”
In fact, Dunscombe envisions a future in which Trump’s border wall is as much a spectacle as one of his towers or casinos. We could have a border wall with hotels and restaurants, suggested Black. “Towers, observation towers,” Dunscombe added. “You could look into Mexico and have a sandwich while you’re at it, and walk along the wall like people walk along the Great Wall of China.”