How Trump’s Presidency Is Fueling Right-Wing Nationalist & Anti-Immigration Movements Across Europe

How Trump’s Presidency Is Fueling Right-Wing Nationalist & Anti-Immigration Movements Across Europe


AMY GOODMAN: Professor Dominic Thomas, you
specialize in European affairs, and I wanted to shift gears a bit and ask you about Austria,
where conservative leader Sebastian Kurz has been tasked with forming a government after
he won a slim majority in the snap elections earlier this month. Kurz campaigned on an anti-immigration platform,
his conservative party now weighing whether to form a coalition with Austria’s far-right
populist Freedom Party, which won 26 percent of the vote in the Austrian elections, the
Freedom Party founded by the former—by former Nazis six decades ago. Speaking last week, Sebastian Kurz reassured
European leaders he would support the European Union. SEBASTIAN KURZ: [translated] I’m not just
glad we have this European Union, but I also see it as the responsibility of my younger
generation to actively engage and shape the EU in a positive way. Any government I form will be a pro-European
one, a government that wants to actively shape Europe and change it for the better. AMY GOODMAN: So, we just played this clip
of the leader in Austria. Professor Thomas, can you talk about the rise
of right-wing nationalism in Europe—start with Austria—and also how President Trump
has affected this movement? Professor Thomas? Professor Thomas, we’re going to go to a
break, and then we’re going to come back to this discussion. Stay with us. [break] AMY GOODMAN: “Taking the Horizon” by Txarango,
here on Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, as we continue with Professor
Dominic Thomas, who heads up the—he chairs the Department of French and Francophone Studies
at University of California, Los Angeles, at UCLA. Professor Thomas, I asked you about the rise
of conservative and right-wing parties and politics in Europe, starting with Austria,
where the conservative leader, Sebastian Kurz, has been tasked with forming a government
after he won a slim majority in the snap elections earlier this month, and also wanted to ask
how Trump’s presidency here is affecting European politics. DOMINIC THOMAS: Right. So, as I was just saying, what was remarkable
about the Austrian context is, whereas other European leaders had explicitly said during
their campaigns that if the far right performed well, that they would not consider entering
into coalitions with them, the sitting foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz, running for the
ÖVP party, when he came out on top and throughout his election, said that he would absolutely
consider working with this far-right party. And what was interesting in the development
of that is that essentially it has allowed these far-right views to be mainstreamed and
to accept it. And in the end, about 60 percent of Austrian
society elected a chancellor and the far-right group, if he does indeed go into the coalition
with them, on a platform that is, you know, anti-immigration and so on, too. The Trump presidency has shaped European elections
in different ways over the past six months. First of all, Trump’s position on the international
stage has led to a widespread consensus that—essentially, that America has vacated the world of foreign
policy leadership and ethics and are turning to new leaders. So, in the German election, this worked in
Angela Merkel’s favor, because she offered stability and continuity in the face of this
sort of dwindling American set of influence. But the other aspect with the Trump presidency
that has given value and credence to so many of these groups in Europe has been around
the question of nativism. And you’ve seen so many political candidates
arguing sort of “Austria first,” “Germany first,” “France first,” “Let’s take
place of our domestic concerns,” “Let’s reduce immigration,” “Let’s target Islam”
and so on. And these are some of the ways in which Trump
has given some kind of credence and value to these political parties, and it’s really
quite disturbing. AMY GOODMAN: Let’s go back to the major
speech that President Trump made in Poland in July, when he said the future of Western
civilization is at stake, as he warned against the threats of terrorism and extremism. Trump spoke in Krasinski Square near the site
of the 1944 Warsaw uprising against the Nazis. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: This continent no
longer confronts the specter of communism, but today we’re in the West, and we have
to say there are dire threats to our security and to our way of life. You see what’s happening out there. They are threats. We will confront them. We will win. But they are threats. … We are confronted by another oppressive
ideology, one that seeks to export terrorism and extremism all around the globe. America and Europe have suffered one terror
attack after another. We’re going to get it to stop. AMY GOODMAN: President Trump’s speech was
often interrupted by applause. According to news reports, supporters of the
right-wing Polish government were bused in to hear Trump’s speech. Professor Thomas? DOMINIC THOMAS: Well, what was so disturbing,
I think, about that speech is—and there were many aspects—is, first of all, this
idea that there is such a thing as the West versus the rest, and so on, and that, in fact,
these societies are not already incredibly diverse, mixed and globalized. The aspect of that speech, particularly in
Poland, in some of these areas around there, in Poland and Hungary and so on, if the European
Union is indeed founded on some important questions of liberal democratic values and
principles, what we find in Poland, what we find in some of the actions of President Trump,
that interfering with the legal process, putting into question the validity of the local courts,
challenging journalists and so on, are profoundly describing developments that have nothing
to do with fundamental liberal democratic principles. And it was not surprising that he targeted
that particular region of Europe to go and deliver this particular speech. We are increasingly seeing the rise of micro-nationalist
positions that go along with these nativist, protectionist modes around Europe, and it’s
a great source of concern to the European Union today. AMY GOODMAN: In Britain, government figures
show hate crimes have surged to record-high levels over the last year, with more than
80,000 hate crimes reported in one year, between March 2016 and March 2017. The researchers said the increase in hate
crimes was fueled by the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, as well as the terrorist
attacks in London and Manchester. About 80 percent were racially motivated. DOMINIC THOMAS: Right. Then the question of immigration has been
used by various government leaders and political figures to designate both aspects of it: on
the one hand, the migratory flows into the European Union and, on the other hand, the
question of immigration—in other words, the question of ethnic relations, of multiculturalism
and diversity. And we saw this exploited by the Brexitiers
during that political campaign. And their message echoed and has echoed that
that we’ve seen in other elections throughout Europe—in the French elections with Marine
Le Pen, in the Dutch elections with Wilders and so on. So, of course, into that, the question of
terrorism has fueled those kinds of questions, and increasingly putting limits on migration
and increased border control—the very kinds of debates that we see in the United States
today. AMY GOODMAN: Finally, Professor Thomas, this
whole issue of the use of nuclear weapons, the reports that—President Trump asking
his generals, “If we have nuclear weapons, why don’t we use them?” and the reports
that the Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, after that meeting, called him an “effing
moron”—something he has not denied to this point, though asked repeatedly about
it—the whole ramping up of attacks against North Korea, and, finally, this latest news
that the Air Force says it will place nuclear-armed B-52 bombers on 24-hour ready alert for the
first time since the Cold War ended in 1991—how is this affecting Europe right now? DOMINIC THOMAS: Well Europe—the European
Union heads of state, leaders, in one of their sections that they delivered at the end of
the meeting, the section called external relations, made specific points about their ongoing support
for the Iran nuclear deal; secondly, expressed tremendous concerns over not only the actions
in North Korea, but also talked about the ways in which President Trump has escalated
tensions in that particular area of the world. European leaders and people living in Europe
are concerned about the kind of dynamics that are being set in place, particularly with
the long history of Cold War conflict, that was very real for people living in many parts
of Europe. And there is just tremendous concern here
that the United States has shifted so rapidly towards this kind of discussion, this bellicose
discussion of conflict, of war, without sufficiently exploring diplomatic solutions or the destabilizing
impact that this is having on global politics and relations. AMY GOODMAN: We want to thank you so much
for being with us, Dominic Thomas, professor at UCLA specializing in European politics,
chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies. This is Democracy Now! When we come back from break, we’ll be speaking
with the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, who wrote about biography
of President Trump, has covered him for well over three decades. We’re particularly going to be looking at
the tax plans that President Trump has put forward. Who will they help? Who will they hurt? Stay with us.

99 Comments on "How Trump’s Presidency Is Fueling Right-Wing Nationalist & Anti-Immigration Movements Across Europe"


  1. Only Black people can be PROGRESSIVE! If you're not advocating for Black reparations, you're not a PROGRESSIVE.

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  2. Attention REAL NEWS ALERT former president Jimmy Carter believes Russia did not influence the 2016 election and Trump win was legitimate. maybe Jimmy Carter is a Nazi

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  3. Yes, we always knew Europeans have no brains of their own. They just blindly follow whatever the smart Americans do.

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  4. Trump is getting to much credit. Yes he’s a full blown imbecile. However the European countries that are engaging in racist ideals were racist before trump.

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  5. Because people wanting their independence from the corrupt anti-democratic EU and control of their own immigration policies are racist nazis. SMH

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  6. As a history major, watching the historical cycles of progressivism followed by conservatism is both fascinating and terrifying. Only because we are entering a period of extreme nationalism and countries are turning inwards after years of trying to build a global community, economy, and global peace.

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  7. The story needs to be viewed from the perspective of US Middle East policy. Much of the migration and immigration issues facing Europe are a direct result of US and European ME policy. They have both guilty of creating an endless war in the ME and Europe acts surprised when people flee towards peace. This has provided much of the fuel for the rise of the right in Europe. Getting this genie back in the lamp is not going to be easy and the leaders of Europe are certainly not up to the task and the US clearly doesn't care.

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  8. trump supporters have nothing better to do than shit post on videos that trigger them lol. what a bunch of snowflakes

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  9. Trump just let all these racist step out of the shadows. We just need to make racist scared again…

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  10. fueling right wing ??? this video is literally fueling devision. is anyone hearing this bullshit ? its allowed these far right views to become mainstream and accepted ? so what ? its democracy nows job to supress it ? hahaha america… the land of the free lol, get the fucking virus that is israeli zionists out of your country and things may start to look better, fucking aipac

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  11. People are waking up.👍 Italy, Britain, Austria, Poland, Spain…
    Globalist scum are being exposed. Trump is an inspiration to the 🌎

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  12. EU can dissolve, or better it should dissolve. True democracy is possible when and only when the opinion of the local people determine their own future. But for EU, and also for the USA, the voice of the locals is ignored for the grand agenda of the banking cartel that knows no limit in satisfying their hunger for greater profit and more control over the masses. Is Democracy Now part of that agenda?

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  13. Odd how this was going on before Trump and was to do with bad Lefty laws ,It has been fueled by "progressives" forcing opinions and condemning anyone who disagrees as "nationalists, neo nazi" etc But its so easy to blame trump and it gets clicks .

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  14. 3:13 What election did you look at? How is losing about 8% of the vote "working in your favour"? Merkel's party might have won the plurality of the vote, but she still lost. No other party lost as many votes compared to the previous federal election as the CDU/CSU. Only because she's now acting like she ran a successful campaign and that there should not be any personal consequences or even real political consequences is nothing but stubborn and could be seen as a losing a grip on reality on her part.

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  15. RISE OF THE NAZIS ALL OVER AGAIN. THIS IS WHAT THE JEWS ARE UP TO, HUH. THEY WERE ALWAYS THE NAZIS TO BEGIN WITH.THEY PORPUSELY FLOODED EUROPE WITH ARABS TO CAUSE RACIAL TENSIONS.

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  16. most immigration is due to overpopulation, they are fleeing overpopulation. average Nigeria family is 17 kids. they have used up all of their steel, aluminum, cooper, tin, depleted the soil growing food , now migrating.

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  17. imigrants create the need for the USA to import oil. without imigrants gasoline is .43 cents a gallon.

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  18. Global peace never worked look at history. Diversion won't work immigrants won't change to acclimate but try and test our laws. Push their customs from where the fled and failed into America! Globalism is bs

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  19. It's the left and their programs of mass immigration and invasion that are causing the nativist backlash actually of which Trump is yet one more symptom.

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  20. As we learn from our past History Nationalist far-right threats are the downfall of a great nation.

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  21. it's plain and simple. man up and start killing the nazi filth before they kill you. learn the lesson from the last time for fucks sake. drag them out of their house and start hanging them from the lamp posts right now, cause if they get in power that's exactly what they would do.

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  22. Just maybe it’s the world saying no to the elitist global community. It’s about time. FYI, it’s only just started and will continue. These kinds of channels on appeal to a small little portion of the world. You’re the minority and will not have dominion over the majority. MAGA

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  23. Nice little jab there Anna. The Freedom Party "founded by ex-nazis". Wernher Von Braun, one of the greatest minds in history was an ex-Nazi who took mankind to the moon. It's time to stop berating the German people for their past. They have the right to defend themselves, their children's future and their culture from a supremacist ideology that has a history of colonial exterminations and replacement. One way tolerance is cultural suicide.

    Qur'an:8:12, “I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.”

    Tabari IX:69 "Arabs are the most noble people in lineage, the most prominent, and the best in deeds. We were the first to respond to the call of the Prophet. We are Allah's helpers and the viziers of His Messenger. We fight people until they believe in Allah. He who believes in Allah and His Messenger has protected his life and possessions from us. As for one who disbelieves, we will fight him forever in the Cause of Allah. Killing him is a small matter to us."

    Anybody who studies the mathematics of demographics can see the writing on the wall.

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  24. I'm all for immigration, but we do need to be couscous of who we let in, so a proper vetting system should be in place.
    I'm COMPLETELY AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION!!

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  25. and obama fuled a left wing agenda across the world , it is called equal time amy yet you act like only one side should be heard

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  26. Nah son. The people of Europe are tired of waves of economic immigrants and see nationalism as a plausible solution to halt the tide. Trump is a symptom of a problem, not THE problem. In this case that is

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  27. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!WHAT A FUCKIN EGOTISTISTIC IGNORANT RACIST MORON, CAN DO, Hitler reborn, no wonder why he's a german descendent!!!!!

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  28. It is now the government's job to divide the country so they can get away with pillaging the economy for the 1%.

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  29. The EU is a sovereignty killer and unelected bureaucrats with no interest of individual communities and countries. Hate crimes are up because they now call anything a hate crime that use to just be called a crime. You guys usually only give a voice to one point of view. Still love you though. Globalism is the great killer of cultures. Don't you like different cultures to exist? or do you want to turn it all into a shopping center?

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  30. Why don't right wing politicians tell the US and UK to stop bombing civilians in foreign countries which caused the refugee crisis? Because it's easier to blame powerless refugees fleeing terror than to stand up to the likes of Trump. #Cowards

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  31. How many countries has the US government invaded and bombed in the last 50 years? Non government associated terrorists bomb the twin towers and entire Middle Eastern countries are bombed. The Israeli government's military identifies a ship in INTERNATIONAL waters as their ally, America, so they block it's radio signal to prevent it calling for help because Israeli jets are bombing it murdering nearly all the service men. Then they dropped a sarcastic note next to all the blood and dismembered body parts asking if anyone was hurt. How does the US government react? By telling the surviving men to keep their mouths shut otherwise the Israelis will accuse the president of anti-semitism which would ruin his chances of running for office again.

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  32. Trump's presidency is fueling fuck all. What's fueling the right is the left wing policy of mass immigration and it's inevitable consequences such as terrorism, mass sexual assaults and the inevitable cultural changes all of which occurred long before Trump came to power.

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  33. Basically​ the proColonialist are AntiGlobalist.and they are christian.Lieing,greedy ,racist hypocritical christians

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  34. I am sick to death of going into these comments sections and banging my head against the wall with these myopic morons. The gap between basic historical materialism and blind fanaticism is just too great. It is up to the international left, who once again are vindicated as capitalism crumbles, to rise to the occasion and show that we fight to elevate the lives of all. Millions do not need to die at the hands of these cretinous, fearful hatemongers. How impoverished and indoctrinated our culture is that so many would cut off their nose to spite their face, and gladly.

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  35. Trump is fueling not just the right wing but the imperialists too.
    They are backing the Saudis to bomb Yemen providing them with gas bombs same ones which were used by Saddam against the Iran and Kurds. Instigating India to go to war with it's nuclear armed neighbour Pakistan. He is going lead this world to wwiii then there will be no Trump hotels left if someone in his family does survives the nuclear apocalypse.

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  36. If you're white and not ashamed of being white, that's all the Left's requires to label you a "white supremacist" bogeyman.

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  37. The European Union is Not a Federation. Only the economic and border control and internal immigration are involved in this union.The EU should never be compared to the USA. The EU nations are quite limited in natural resources. The EU must rely on international trade. Any type of right-wing activities could easily be confused with the past mistake(s) Europe is so "Famous" for.

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  38. The fact he mentions societies within societies should inspire people to want borders to be defined. Why would or should any culture accept all things?

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  39. Dr. Thomas and Amy Goodman conveniently forgets that is it the national conservatives of Europe who opposes the globalistic wars for regime change and "democracy". I wrote the following in an email to him:
    Dear Dr. Thomas.
    Maybe I can take the big ideological discussion with you at some point, but for now, just lest me say that I am appalled with your anti-democratic globalism and attempt to destroy the national democracies and the nation states of Europe. I will fight people like you and dangerous attitudes like yours with every fiber in my body for the rest of my life. I am honored to have shared the stage with HC Strache, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150599939520907&set=a.10150536180295907.424142.705220906&type=3&theater

    Sincerely

    Kristian Kahrs
    www.SorrySerbia.com

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  40. We enter parliament in order to supply ourselves, in the arsenal of democracy, with its own weapons. If democracy is so stupid as to give us free tickets and salaries for this bear's work, that is its affair. We do not come as friends, nor even as neutrals. We come as enemies. As the wolf bursts into the flock, so we come.

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  41. Ok, let me clarify this for you all: immigration is not and will never stop. The sooner you accept it, the better. Good interracial coupling.

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  42. Try to find the fault for your failing society in your shitty eductaion and not in big bad shadow villians (currently corporations)

    You the American people are the threat to your own nation and to the rest of the world.
    It has come to a point where American politics directly affect everyone around the globe.
    Why? Cause your a dangerous threat with a out of control military.
    If it would be any other reason people wouldn't observe the USA all the time, you have nothing to offer.

    You worship violence and death in every book and movie ever written by Americans. Peace and love is a fairy tale to you. You are ugly, hateful characters who always look for someone to blame for everything instead admitting your own mistakes.

    You live in a rats race society where everyone who's not a winner is worthless and not worth looking at or speaking about.
    You're greedy and obsessed with money and fame. Yet you life in holes.
    You life in a matrix where you believe in a dream that is nothing but a fantasy.

    You worship and glorify payed killers as hero's and you are insane enough to completely ignore the facts that they fight illegal wars.

    Until you're not getting rid of your tv and Hollywood, you will never ever become a intelligent nation in the eyes of the world.
    In fact you are viewed as the real existing terrorist threat by more and more

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  43. It’s not disturbing that the far right is rising. It’s rising because liberal and left parties have failed the working middle class, the left forgot to defend the honest working family, instead they supported the banks and the selling off of national companies to foreign takeover corporations, and bringing in cheap immigrant labour. Than you say why the far right national parties is on the rise?

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  44. it's plain and simple. man up and start killing the nazi filth before they kill you. learn the lesson from the last time for fucks sake. drag them out of their house and start hanging them from the lamp posts right now, cause if they get in power that's exactly what they would do.

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  45. So it's not the waves of illegal migrants and almost constant terror attacks. It's Trump?

    You. Fucking. Idiots.

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  46. Open borders for Israel!!   Israel needs to embrace diversity, there is too much of a monoculture.  It is too white and that is racist.  There is no immigration.

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  47. Stupid leftists ruining the world by meddling with nature- native people of same group want to keep it the same without being called racist. Eg Saudi Arabia, Japan .also true native people given priority eg ALL COUNTRIES except leftist Western countries cos leaders selling their countries for power and fame to globalists who are enslaving milking humans everywhere

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  48. "We're confronted by a dangerous ideology that wants to spread across the US."

    Ya….the US gov and neoliberalism (trade or die)……

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  49. Europeans should stay out of other countries and reimburse the countries that they stole from! Dissolve the borders they imposed and be content with the resources Europe has! That’s all these racist bigots have to do, oh, but capitalism would not work! Oh, Europe is depleted of most resources! Oh, without those foreigners you actually have to do those demeaning jobs! Wow, how are you superior when you can’t function without the people you hate and claim needs you!?

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  50. Trump did not affect the nationalist moovement in Europe ! She is wrong .
    In europe we are tired of being invaded and the governement are tyranic dictatures ! People are tired and that was before trump was elected !!!!!

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  51. Dominic Thomas is a failure, a ball-less loser. This bastard should be dragged out into the street and publicly beaten for this traitorous language.

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  52. Classical Liberals and Collectivist Leftists are not the same. Leftists love to hijack Liberal terms and missapply it. There's nothing Liberal or Progressive about Marxism.

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  53. Why are nazis so physically hideous? They all have some type of defect. I read a study that found conservatives smell foul, like rotting flesh.

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  54. FECUS: FAT EGOTISTICAL CLOWN OF THE US. Unelected, traitor, moron drumpf has endangered every American, every human, every living thing on this planet. Why, why,why has the CIA, NSA, FBI, DOJ allowed these criminals( bannon, trump, mercer, the koch's) to operate in the open so brazenly ????Because they are white. IT'S A DISGRACE A HUMILIATING DISGRACE. I AM ASHAMED TO BE AN AMERICAN.

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  55. HOW COME Trump is called an "American" when his heritage is German? Black Americans are automatically called "African-American" even if they are BORN in America!! Trump is therefore a "European-American"!!

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  56. kill nazi scum it should be a moral duty to kill as many fascist cretins as possible. hypocrisy of the nazis is unbelievable. colonialist imperialist looting raping scum

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  57. Being proud of your country isn't always a bad thing. People need to stop being apologetic for the past mistakes of their forefathers and stand up for what they are proud of. You may have not influenced anything on some grand scale in your country but i guarantee that if you hold a job and follow the laws of the country you can be proud to be a citizen and if not, nothing is forcing you to stay there (especially in most European countries). I don't get how being proud of a country and its culture is pathetic. If you don't agree with it that is fine but to tear down flags because someone else wants to be proud because its "anti-fascist" is being exactly what you are claiming to fight…a fascist. I say, be proud of where you are from, stand up for your country and your culture and don't let other people try and emasculate you because you take a stand for your beliefs (looking at you Germany). All countries have dirt in their past, you separate the bad from the good and be proud of the progress you have made especially in Europe (and even here in the US). I am PROUD to be an American, I served my country as well as my brother and father before me because I believe in what this country stands for to my family and I. It does not mean that i agree with the slavery and racism the US had because I am not proud of that nor was I apart of that. There is a difference in understanding and moving on and dwelling on the past. You don't see Muslim nations focusing on their current and historical wrong doings and yet a lot of them are more proud of their countries than Europeans are (there is a reason why refugees aren't going to other Muslim countries). Europe is suffering from mass societal breakdown because it is losing its identity. Sadly it has reached the US as well.

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  58. Because Mr.Trump he's a wise person's before been a white man.Mr.Trump he's not the culprit's of importing Africans to America's,but today he's having a a bed tasks about handling a stranger's situations with a World that's day by day's becaming Islamics,thanks to Mr.ONU.

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  59. I think people who spout the rubbish they decide is right-wing nationalism is causing the problem. They are part of it. The lady in this video is part of it. There has to be a recognition of economic migration. It is on a scale that is irresponsible. People are genuinely concerned by this. Populist parties are not extreme. The media are extreme in trying to play it down and label people trying to have the debate.

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  60. From Italy and Austria to Hungary and Poland, ethno-nationalism and populism are spreading like a cancer in Europe, where the two devastating world wars of the 20th century broke out. Get ready for WWIII, again caused by racist Europeans.

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  61. Yeah, there’s certainly nothing wrong with hundreds of thousands of poor migrants, refugees, women, children,…and terrorist and criminals flooding the cites of the west. It would be RACIST to suggest that the mass-movement is any problem in itself.
    Diversity is our strength. That’s why Japan is so succesful.

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