Three hundred self-stylized “race realists” came together over the weekend at Tennessee’s Montgomery Bell State Park for the fourteenth annual American Renaissance conference, put on by one of the country’s leading white nationalist publications. Many of them, ardent immigration opponents, pointed to Donald Trump’s campaign as a positive sign for the future of their movement.
Read about their support for the presumptive GOP nominee below, and check out TPM’s full report from the conference here.
Nathan, Tennessee, worked as canvasser for Trump campaign: “I’d say 9 out of 10 doors I’ve knocked on are already Trump supporters.
Tina Nichols, former restaurant industry worker from Seiverville, Tennessee: “I support him. But I have such a good memory I still remember his womanizer days back in the 1980s. I can’t help it. I’m female. If he runs the country well, I’m all for him making this country a good place again.”
Nathan Damigo, undergrad majoring in social science, California: “Is Trump’s campaign good for the country and good for people of European ancestry? I’d say yes to both of those.”
Peter Brimelow, panelist and editor of VDARE.com: “He does like building things. I think we can count on that wall.”
Sandeep and Abhilash, Nashville, Tennessee: Abhilash (right): “I had actually been following this since before Trump. I do think he’s changed the zeitgeist. I think [without Trump] these hidden animosities would manifest in other ways.”
Jake and Bonnie Cox, Kenosha, Wisconsin: Jake: “I don’t work for the Trump campaign. Sometimes I make memes and sputter them around.”
Fernando Cortés, panelist and self-avowed Mexican nationalist: Trump is “breaking the taboo of political correctness, and making it a lot safer for subjects like this to be talked about.”
JeannieD, former IT project manager at Microsoft from Seattle, Washington: “I do like the wall on the border. I think we need to know who is coming here. I don’t think that we need to stop people from coming here but in terms of refugees I think they do need to come here but they do need to be vetted well. I think we do need a moratorium so we can come up with a plan so we know who is coming.”
James Edwards, panelist and host of “The Political Cesspool” podcast: “I think we’re going to win this thing.”
Ingrid Zundel, head of Holocaust-denying Zundelsite.com, Sevierville, Tennessee: “I think that he’s an alpha male. He speaks off the cuff and shoots off the hip and I think this country is hungry for that. Our country really responds to that.”
RamZPaul, panelist and YouTube video maker: Trump saying “you don’t have a country without a border” is “what brought us to him.”