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Trump Surrogates Drop White Supremacist Sponsor From Cleveland Rally

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Media Matters reporting has forced Donald Trump surrogates to drop a white supremacist sponsor from an upcoming pro-Trump rally set to happen during the GOP convention in Cleveland next week:

Media Matters reported this week that a “unity rally” featuring several Trump surrogates scheduled to be held in Cleveland on July 18 was being co-sponsored by Eternal Sentry, a self-described “altright” website that has repeatedly warned about “White Genocide” and posted other racist and anti-Semitic material.

Paul Chambers, who produces the Eternal Sentry website and was also listed as the “Content Creation Team Director” for rally co-host Citizens for Trump, has also posted racist material arguing that whites need to “fight back” against African-Americans and “send them back to the mud-huts they so desperately and obviously desire.”

Citizens for Trump’s Tim Selaty told Cleveland.com he was not aware of Chambers’ “harmful” views and that his group had failed to do its “due diligence.” According to Selaty, Chambers “decided to drop his sponsorship and resign his volunteer position on our staff.”

In May, an image including the phrase “Diversity is just their code word for White Genocide” was published on Eternal Sentry’s Facebook page.

This is far from the first time the Trump campaign and Trump surrogates have colluded with right-wing extremists like white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

Earlier this month, the Trump campaign tweeted an anti-Semitic image that originated on “an Internet message board for neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white supremacists newly emboldened by the success of Trump’s rhetoric.” While the campaign deleted and sloppily replaced the tweet, Trump later defended the anti-Semitic meme, saying he would have kept it up.

Back in May, the Trump campaign also nominated as a California delegate a white supremacist who “once called for a constitutional amendment which would revoke citizenship from all non-white Americans”. The campaign later dropped him and blamed his selection on a “database error.” Right.

It’s no surprise then that a who’s-who of extremists are flocking to the GOP convention in support of their chosen candidate, with KKK leaders even saying they have felt newly-reinvigorated with Trump’s rise in the GOP.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, among the groups trekking to Cleveland are violent white supremacists who have pledged to “defend Donald Trump supporters from leftist thugs,” as well as an official Trump delegate who has called for assassinating United States government leaders:

Tra­di­tion­al­ist Worker Party (Matthew Heim­bach and Matt Par­rott): The Tra­di­tion­al­ist Worker Party is an anti-Semitic, white suprema­cist (they say “white nation­al­ist”) group focused on attract­ing young peo­ple to their cause. TWP was one of the white suprema­cist groups involved in the vio­lent stand­off with counter-protesters in late June in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia, which left ten peo­ple injured.  Heim­bach and Par­rott have filed per­mits to march in Cleve­land — accom­pa­nied by a con­tin­gent of TWP mem­bers — to “defend Don­ald Trump sup­port­ers from the left­ist thugs.” In March, Heim­bach was caught on cam­era shov­ing an African Amer­i­can pro­tester at a Trump rally in Kentucky.

Blood and Hon­our USA: This racist skin­head group is the Amer­i­can chap­ter of a loose inter­na­tional con­fed­er­a­tion of hard­core racist skin­heads.  Some mem­bers of Blood and Hon­our USA have in the past com­mit­ted vio­lent acts.  One of the group’s lead­ers announced on social media that he and a num­ber of other mem­bers would be in Cleve­land sup­port­ing Trump and wear­ing t-shirts bear­ing the Totenkopf (death’s head) – a sym­bol used by the SS in World War II

Amer­i­can Free­dom Party: This white suprema­cist group is headed by attor­ney William John­son. John­son made head­lines in the spring of 2016 with his “robo­calls” to vot­ers in cru­cial pri­mary states, entreat­ing peo­ple to “defend the white race” by vot­ing for Trump, and again in May when it was revealed that he was on the list of Trump del­e­gates for Cal­i­for­nia. Blam­ing a “data­base error,” the Trump cam­paign removed John­son from its list, but AFP responded with this glee­ful Face­book mes­sage:  “…here’s what they don’t know: we have more delegates!”

David Riden (Trump del­e­gate from Ten­nessee): Mem­ber of the anti-government Patriot Move­ment. Riden has said he believes mem­bers of the cur­rent U.S. gov­ern­ment deserve to be killed for “abus­ing the Constitution.”

Jim Sta­chowiak:  Mem­ber of the anti-government Patriot Move­ment. This right-wing, rabidly anti-Muslim extrem­ist from Geor­gia will be in Cleve­land to sup­port Don­ald Trump, and has called upon “all mil­i­tary vet­er­ans, law enforce­ment vet­er­ans, fol­lowed by three-percenters, patri­ots,” to “come law­fully armed with lethal and non-lethal weaponry,” has advo­cated for Mecca to be bombed, and has made not par­tic­u­larly veiled threats against Black Lives Mat­ter activists, whom he refers to as “ter­ror­ists.”  Sta­chowiak, a for­mer uni­ver­sity pub­lic safety offi­cer turned mili­tia fan boy and online radio host, has been arrested sev­eral times.

A recent report has indicated that the convention is taking an even more dangerous turn as the Franklin County Sheriff says he will not send his deputies to the event out of security concerns:

Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott says he has rescinded his offer to send more than 30 deputies to Cleveland to assist with security during the Republican National Convention.

Scott says city officials did not adequately address his concerns over insurance coverage for deputies who may be facing violence during the convention.

Cleveland officials have declined comment. Police officials in Greensboro, North Carolina recently decided not to send officers to the convention. Cincinnati police also declined Cleveland’s request for officers. Columbus police will send officers to the city, but officials are not saying how many.

Donald Trump not only has a history of failing to condemn violence at his rallies, he has a history of encouraging it too.  Republican leaders in Congress have so far failed to stand up to him, but if there was ever a time for them to speak up to calm an approaching storm, this would be it.