White supremacists in the US are claiming renewed interest in their organisations due to the nationalist policies proposed by presidential candidate Donald Trump. The US white supremacy website Stormfront said it has been forced to upgrade its servers due to a 40% hike in traffic numbers during the billionaire's campaign.
Trump has called for an extended border fence between the US and Mexico and referred to its citizens as drug dealers and rapists and has also called for a blanket ban on Muslims entering the US. The founder of Stormfront has credited Trump with making it more acceptable to talk openly about nationalist issues.
Don Black, the white supremacist founder of Stormfront, told the political website Politico: "[Trump is] certainly creating a movement that will continue independently of him even if he does fold at some point. He's made it OK to talk about these incredible concerns of European Americans today, because I think European Americans know they are the only group that can't defend their own essential interests and their point of view. He's meant a lot for the human rights of European Americans."
Despite his views, Trump did insist that a man who was carrying a Confederate flag – which some see as a symbol of white suppression in the Deep South of the US – was ejected from one of his rallies at the beginning of the month. Stormfront has had a colourful history and in
In 2014, the American civil rights advocacy organisation Southern Poverty Law Center linked Stormfront to suspects charged with more than 100 murders. The website describes itself as a "community of racial realists and idealists".