Religious leaders cast a wide ‘alt-right’ net
The letter commends the president for speaking out against the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists, but notes the alt-right has escaped President Trump’s disapproval.
“We believe it is important for this movement to be addressed,” says the letter, “for at its core it is a white identity movement and the majority of its members are white nationalists or white supremacists …. The core of the movement is the protection of white identity.”
Dr. Dwight McKissic of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, is one of the authors of the letter.
“Many of them, if not most, support the notion of white supremacy,” he tells OneNewsNow. “They claim to be the ones who are responsible for America being what she is. The alt-right is a group of people who share Nazi and racist, white supremacist viewpoints.
“They seem to be the Klan without the hoods, from the best I can tell,” he adds.
No doubt, some within the movement are racist. But the term “alt-right” came to prominence during the 2016 campaign – and many on the left, to score rank and dishonest political points, labeled all of President Trump’s supporters as part of the movement.
That, of course, would include several pro-family and pro-life organizations that are nowhere near racist. Trump advisor Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas, tells OneNewsNow that while some of those who signed the letter may have been duped into signing, others knew exactly what they were doing.
“They have been never-Trumpers from the beginning,” says Jeffress. “They cannot hide their disdain for the president – and the fact is what they cannot forgive the president for is that he got elected in spite of their objection.”
Dr. Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, is one of the initial signatories of the letter. When asked, he couldn’t name the three alt-right advisors the letter charged Trump with having on his White House staff. One, he knew, was Steve Bannon, who exited his White House role last month.
“He would be the major one that we had in view, and I think that’s who Dwight and Keith [Whitfield] had in view when they made that statement,” says Akin. “To be honest with you, I’m not sure who the other two were that they had in mind.”
Dr. Keith Whitfield, also of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, joined Akin in signing the letter. During an interview today on American Family Radio, he refused (when asked) to identify who on the White House staff is “associated” with the alt-right – but he did say there are more than three.
Jeffress says for the record, there are no credible accounts of Bannon expressing any racist sentiments.