chaosof99 wrote:Yup, they lack real power. Only the highest office in the land is being held by a guy who is actively surrounding himself with white supremacists, who campaigned on and is attempting straight white supremacist policies such as the heinous immigration laws, the horrendous activities by ICE, and the undermining of the free press at every turn.
Trump panders to white supremacists, but he's just a run-of-the-mill racist, not a white supremacist. He's just an idiot, and wanted to win. Moreover, there's a big difference between being a anti-immigration, for example, and white supremacists. You know who historically is anti-immigrant in the US? Immigrant populations. Undermining free press ... not unique to white supremacists.
Additionally, if you actually bother to look at the makeup of Trump's government the folks that you might accuse of casual white supremacy are a slender group ... particularly when it comes to the higher echelons. Jeff Sessions is about it. Stephen Miller is a nice target, but he doesn't have truly meaningful power.
A lot of what you are citing here is the shitty shit that conservative political ideology has gravitated towards in recent years. And, yes, there's a great deal of white identity politics and grievance that tinges that, but that's not necessarily "white supremacy." White supremacy is an overt ideology. Rural, white America feeling the pinch of the post-industrial economy and globalization and reacting to that is as much about class as it is race. As ever, there's a lot of crossover and overlap there.
Of course not every member of the GOP or their voter is a white supremacist, but as you mentioned yourself they are very much willing to just ignore the problem, and then it's too late. You want to get ants? Because that is how you get ants.
Chaos ... these people are a miniscule but noisy minority. This isn't the Weimar Republic of the 1920s. And we will always have ants. That's the price of a free and open heterogeneous society.