Donald Trump’s attacks on Angela Merkel stumped me. Besides being unknown to the average American, she has always projected stability and resoluteness (interpret that last noun loosely; I’ve got leftist friends in Europe who loathe Merkel). But I forget the salience of brown-skin immigration to the Trump base. Alice Ollstein:
To white nationalist communities that fervently support Trump, Merkel has been a popular villain. Sites like the Daily Stormer, the White Genocide Project, American Renaissance, and The White Resister have posted constantly about her since the Syrian refugee crisis began escalating earlier this year. They have accused her of making a “deliberate attempt to turn Germany from a majority White country into a minority White country.” They have called her a “crazy childless bitch,” “Anti-White Traitor,” and “patron saint of terrorists.” They have asked in articles about her, “Why would you allow a woman to run a country, unless you were doing it as a joke?”
In fact, Trump’s new line about Clinton wanting to become “America’s Merkel” can be found almost verbatim in these white supremacist forums. “If Hillary takes power she will be to America what Merkel is to Germany,” a member of Stormfront wrote in March. “Hillary Clinton is America’s Angela Merkel,” wrote a commenter on American Renaissance in April.
A warning: these excerpts boast hyperlinks to white supremacist sites whose content makes Woodrow Wilson look like W.E.B. Du Bois. No wonder Trump wastes no time on minority outreach. His base wants no minorities.