Donald Trump’s immigration speech in Arizona last night received glowing reviews from some of his most early and dedicated supporters, including Ann Coulter and the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
“Excellent speech by Donald Trump tonight,” commented David Duke, who live-tweeted the entire speech. “Deport criminal aliens, end catch and release, enforce immigration laws and America First.” Coulter, meanwhile, praised the speech as “the most magnificent speech ever given.”
Huffington Post notes a flood of other leaders from the white supremacist movement praised Trump’s merciless plan to deport or force out most, if not all, of the 11 million undocumented immigrants settled in this country:
Jared Taylor, editor of the white nationalist publication American Renaissance, said it was a “hell of a speech. Almost perfect.”
“Trump is back,” wrote Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank.
All three men also live-tweeted Trump’s speech, another sign of how white nationalists are engaging with Trump’s campaign in a way that is unprecedented in modern politics.
On CNN last night, paid CNN commentator and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski — who is still advising the campaign, according to some reports — stated the obvious: Trump’s speech was a tactical appeal to white men.
“Look, I think Donald Trump’s message tonight was the message that he started with back on June of 2015, which was ‘America First,’” Lewandkowski said. “That’s what he believes, and what he is playing to — and if you look at the polling data, he’s got about an 18 point lead in the demographic of white males who are voting in this election.”
“They have a high propensity of voting, and so he’s got about an 18 point lead on Hillary Clinton in that particular demographic,” he continued. “This speech is clearly geared at those individuals right now, to make sure they are there, he has locked them in for the election.”
Lewandowski did go on to mention that, if Trump wants to win the general election, he will have to “expand” to appeal to broader swaths of voters.
Good luck with that — a new PPP survey released earlier this week showed that Black and Latino voters preferred — among many things — bubonic plague over Donald Trump.