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Why won't Donald Trump talk about white nationalism? Because he enables and supports it

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Last Thursday night I happened to be on Twitter when news of the New Zealand massacre hit. Not realizing the magnitude of the horror, I clicked on a link to a video of the shooter's livestream. When I realized what I was seeing, I quickly clicked away, but I'm afraid I won't ever be able to forget what I saw before I did. But the one thing I knew from the moment I saw the guns and heard the words, "Let's get this party started" was that this was a white supremacist terrorist. That macho, pseudo-warrior, "white power" swagger is all too familiar these days.

You've heard all the ghastly details of the massacre by now. And you've undoubtedly heard about the killer's manifesto, entitled "The Great Replacement," which he posted online before he began his murderous rampage. It's filled with white supremacist dogma and coy internet tropes designed to troll people who are unfamiliar with the jargon, while speaking to his mates in the racist online forums he frequented.

We've seen various forms of terrorism repeatedly in recent years. But only terrorist attacks committed by brown or black people, it seems, are worthy of anything more than a reluctant shrug and a few words about how some people "have problems" from the President of the United States. If the perpetrator is a Muslim, it's a different thing altogether.

When a young white man gunned down 10 fellow students in Roseburg, Oregon, in October 2015, Donald Trump was philosophical. He said:

You’re always going to have problems. I mean, we have millions and millions of people, we have millions of sick people all over the world. Even if you did great mental health programs, people are going to slip through the cracks.

Two months later, before anyone knew the details of the attack in San Bernardino, California, in which 14........

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