March 4, 2016

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Trump intrigues Europe's far right (Deutsche-Welle, 3/04/16)

The list of groups and individuals supporting Donald Trump's candidacy reads like the Who's Who of the international extreme right: The leader of the Dutch Freedom Party Geert Wilders, the founder of France's Front National Jean-Marie Le Pen, the head of Italy's Lega Nord Matteo Salvini, Greece's Golden Dawn party, as well as the Ku Klux Klan and the black supremacists of the Nation of Islam in the US.

While it would be unusual under normal circumstances that such a motley crew of international radicals would be backing the top contender for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, the fact that they are backing Donald Trump is not so surprising.

"Donald Trump is tapping into an idea that is also shared by many radical political movements particularly in Europe," said Matthew Goodwin, an expert on extremism at the University of Kent. "On the radical right, many share his belief that a way of life is under threat, that they need to deliver election victories for the native white group before societies become too ethnically and culturally diverse to change them."

Trump's radical statements on issues near and dear to the extreme right, such as illegal immigration - but also his delivery and tone - have hit a nerve with Europe's far right.

Trump Bashed Romney For Being 'Mean-Spirited' On Illegal Immigration After 2012 Election (Eric Owens, 03/04/2016, Daily Caller)

On Thursday, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney thrashed current GOP front-runner Donald Trump. Romney called Trump dangerously unfit for office and advised Republicans to vote for the candidate who "has the best chance of beating Mr. Trump in a given state."

Trump responded by suggesting that Romney "would have dropped to his knees" and "was begging" for Trump's 2012 endorsement.

Thursday's clash between the two men is not the first.

In November 2012, during the immediate aftermath of Romney's loss to President Barack Obama, Trump strongly condemned Romney -- and the entire Republican Party -- for "mean-spirited" attacks on illegal immigration and for a "maniacal" policy of self-deportation.

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