Support for Trump growing among white supremacists

Donald Trump (AAP)
Donald Trump (AAP)

While Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is often skewered for discriminating against Americans, it appears he has unified one group: neo-Nazis.

Andrew Anglin, editor of the white supremacist website Daily Stormer, told the Los Angeles Times that "Trump had me at 'build a wall.'"

"Virtually every alt-right Nazi I know is volunteering for the Trump campaign," he said.

'Alternative right' Nazis are a collection of younger, more tech-savvy white supremacists who prefer to publicly express their views and campaign on social media, rather than hiding behind the traditional 'white hood'.

However, the Trump campaign has not alienated the older generation of white nationalists either.

David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, is running for the US Senate in Louisiana.

"I love it - the fact that Donald Trump's doing so well, it proves that I'm winning," Mr Duke said.

White supremacists typically shun presidential elections, feeling their views are not supported by the main parties.

This year, however, members from the white nationalist community have been seen attending Trump rallies, door-knocking and organising debate-watching parties.

"Before Trump, our identity ideas, national ideas, they had no place to go," said Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think-tank.

While Mr Trump has publicly tried to take attention away from this dedicated group of supporters, his presence on social media has inadvertently done the opposite.

Earlier in the year, he was slated for retweeting messages of support from white supremacists and sharing a series of neo-Nazi memes.