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The same white nationalist group that got involved in a bloody brawl with anti-fascist protesters in Sacramento over the weekend has pledged to protect Trump supporters at the Republican National Convention in July. The Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP) has vowed to send roughly 30 of its members to Cleveland to protect supporters of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump from so-called "leftist thugs," Jezebel reports.
Speaking to McClatchy Monday, TWP spokesperson Matt Parrott blamed protesters for the violent encounter in Sacramento while promising to defend Trump supporters at the convention. "We're essentially just going to show up and make sure that the Donald Trump supporters are defended from the leftist thugs," Parrott said, adding that a few "isolated skirmishes" may take place during the festivities.
"You're going to have a relatively civil event where you're going to have the leftists protesting Trump and you're going to have us arguing up against the leftists," Parrott said. "And you're going to have the police there ensuring that you're going to have a first world situation and not some sort of Gangs of New York knife fight."
10 people were ultimately injured during the clash between the neo-Nazi demonstrators and anti-fascist protesters Sunday, the Sacramento Bee reports. Of those injured, 5 were stabbed. "We had a number of times where we had a patient on the ground and crews were trying to do triage and take care of them and the chaos was enveloping them," Sacramento Fire Department spokesperson Chris Harvey said. "They were surrounded by the CHP and police officers just trying to keep the general surge of people away."
TWP is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the "political wing" of the Traditionalist Youth Network, which actively engages with younger people in an effort to "indoctrinate high school and college students into white nationalism." The group's official website asserts their confounding theory of oppression against white people as follows:
The state, at various levels, institutes policies that put European-Americans at a disadvantage by guaranteeing members of other races advantages that European-Americans have to support with their own money and property.
The group's website also advocates for segregation. Yes, really:
Ethnopluralism offers a solution to the failed racial, ethnic, cultural and civic nationalist ideologies that have sprung up in our post-modern society. Rather than trying to force people of different races, ethnicities, cultures, and civic orientations to live together with all of their competing differences, they should be allowed to live apart and conserve the differences that have value to them.
The public support of similar white supremacist groups has been a constant source of controversy for the Trump campaign. Back in August of last year, during the early stages of Trump's campaign, a white supremacist in North Dakota emerged from a state of semi-retirement to announce plans to start a whites-only town. The proposed town's name? Creativity Trump.