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Just 19 percent of Americans think Donald Trump rejects white nationalism: poll

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Most Americans believe President Donald Trump does not personally oppose white nationalism, according to the results of a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

The survey, which was conducted in the wake of last week's mass shooting at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, reveals just 19 percent of U.S. adult citizens think Trump rejects white nationalism. Thirty-nine percent of respondents say that the commander-in-chief, in fact, supports white nationalism, while 20 percent say the president does not have a strong opinion on the movement either way. An additional 21 percent say are unsure.

The suspected New Zealand gunman, who is an Australian citizen, allegedly praised Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose" and referred to immigrants as "invaders within our lands" in a 74-page manifesto filled with hateful rhetoric that he appeared to post on social media before the attack.

Trump offered his "warmest sympathy" and "best wishes" to New Zealand in a Friday tweet, calling the massacre a senseless loss of life. He did not specifically express condolences to the Muslim community in New Zealand or deliver a message of empathy or support to Muslim Americans, who may feel scared as mosques around the country increased security measures as a result of the attacks. Later, the president told reporters in the Oval Office he does not believe white nationalism is rising and becoming a........

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