Letter: Tragic reality is becoming crystal clear

Neo-Nazi’s, white supremacists and the KKK loudly proclaim their full support for Donald Trump. David Duke succinctly stated their position: “We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in — that’s why we voted for Donald Trump because he said he’s going to take our country back and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Make no mistake about white supremacists and the KKK. Make no mistake about Duke’s message: the total subjection of nonwhites to hate-filled white racists. We witnessed some the consequences of that ideology during our Civil War with the deaths of 620,000 soldiers and many cities reduced to chaos and ash.

Make no mistake about neo-Nazi’s. Nazi ideology reduced large sections of Europe, Africa, and Asia to rubble. Hitler’s viral hatred resulted in up to 60 million deaths worldwide with as many as 6 million of those being innocent Jewish men, women, and children. The United States lost 416,000 soldiers fighting Nazism.

Support for Trump is rapidly being morphed into support for neo-Nazi’s, white supremacists, and the KKK. The president’s support for those groups along with Duke’s comments make this tragic reality crystal clear.

Tom Rutledge

Cedar Rapids

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