President Trump is sounding a lot like a white nationalist in a recently published interview he gave to the United Kingdom-based tabloid paper, The Sun.
In the interview, which covered topics like his relationship with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Brexit, and the immigration debate in the U.S. and around the world, President Trump used white nationalist rhetoric when opining on the refugee crisis in Europe.
“I think what has happened to Europe is a shame. Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame,” Trump told The Sun‘s Tom Newton Dunn. “I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it’s never going to be what it was and I don’t mean that in a positive way. So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad.”
“I think you are losing your culture. Look around,” he added.
President Trump’s comments that immigration is changing “the fabric of Europe” and that “it’s never going to be what it was” is eerily similar to the philosophy on immigration held by Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate groups like Identity Evropa — one of the groups that marched in the fatal “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year.
“America was founded as a white country — as a country for people of European heritage,” Identity Evropa founder Nathan Damigo said in 2017. “[E]ven here in California [not only] are we a minority, but they are actively trying to disenfranchise us from the institutions that our ancestors created.”
The Anti-Defamation League, which monitors hate groups around the U.S., has a primer on Identity Evropa on its website, in which the group is quoted saying it seeks to promote “white European identity” in the face of a perceived threat from immigration:
Identity Evropa (IE) is a white supremacist group focused on the preservation of “white American culture” and promoting white European identity… IE’s slogan, “You will not replace us,” reflects its belief that unless immediate action is taken, the white race is doomed to extinction by an alleged ‘rising tide of color’ purportedly controlled and manipulated by Jews.
The comments from Trump hint at a philosophy that Europe should be a continent of white people, for white people. It’s not unlike philosophy espoused by White House advisor Stephen Miller, who helped author the first draft of the Trump administration’s controversial Muslim ban. In an in-depth Vanity Fair profile, the magazine reported on how Miller has held white nationalist and Islamophobic views since high school. His senior year quote for his yearbook at Santa Monica High School was from Teddy Roosevelt: “There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100 percent Americanism, only for those who are American and nothing else.”
Trump has made sweeping generalizations about predominantly black and brown countries in the recent past, once referring to Haiti and the whole of the African continent as “shithole countries.” He has also made statements seemingly endorsing the “racehorse theory” of genetics, in that some people’s genes make them superior to others.
Read The Sun’s entire interview with Trump here.
Scott Alden is a freelance contributor covering national politics, education, and environmental issues. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in the suburbs of Detroit.