The head of the American Nazi Party has found his own supposed führer to pledge support to: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
In a rant on his radio show in July, Nazi leader Rocky Suhayda said Trump was perhaps one of the biggest shots the American fascist and white supremacist movements will get to put their ideals into action, BuzzFeed reported.
"I'm gonna project, that I believe that Trump is going to win the election this November, for various reasons which I don't want to go into again," Suhayda said on his show. "I think it's gonna surprise the enemy because I think that they feel that the white working class, especially the male portion of the working class, and with him his female counterparts have basically thrown in the towel. Given up hope of any politician again standing up for their interests."
"Now, if Trump does win, OK, it's going to be a real opportunity for people like white nationalists, acting intelligently to build upon that, and to go and start – you know how you have the black political caucus and what not in Congress, and, everything, to start building on something like that, OK," Suhayda said.
"It doesn't have to be anti, like the movement's been for decades, so much as it has to be pro-white. It's kinda hard to go and call us bigots, if we don't go around and act like a bigot. That's what the movement should contemplate. Alright."
Something certainly seems to have changed in Suhayda's political calculus. In December, he said he supported many of Trump's ideas but doubted Trump's sincerity or ability to actually enact his proposals because of the "rest of the soldout 'mainstream' political whores."
But in recent months, Trump has been involved in a number of high-profile feuds and controversies that might have served as the whistle that drew this particular dog. In addition to proposing the United States ban all Muslims from entering the country, Trump's Twitter account recently tweeted an anti-Semitic image of Hillary Clinton originating on the white supremacist web and launched a feud with the family of Humayun Khan, a U.S. Army officer who died in Iraq in 2004, with thinly veiled jabs at their ethnic background.
Other far-right groups to express support for Trump have included the American Freedom Party, the National Policy Institute and neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer.