Santa Fe Shooter Was One Of Trump’s ‘Very Fine’ Neo-Nazis (IMAGES)

We all remember when, after the violent white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia that left a counter-protester and two state troopers dead, Donald Trump stared down the barrel of a camera and declared that there were some, quote, “very fine people” in that crowd of assorted white supremacists, Ku Klux Klan members, alt-right assholes, neo-Nazis, and other assorted bigots. That comes as no surprise; after all, Trump has been a lifelong open and unapologetic racist himself, and has long played footsie with the alt-right crowd, no matter how violent they may be or how repugnant their views. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how he responds to the fact that Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the 17-year-old who shot up Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday, was an ardent Trump fan who had neo-Nazi imagery all over his social media pages.

The Daily Beast reports that Pagourtzis’ Facebook page had an image of a “Born to Kill” t-shirt, as well as a jacket classmates say he was known to wear that had an image of an Iron Cross, which was a military award that the Nazis gave to their brethren, and a hammer and sickle. He associated these symbols with “bravery” and “rebellion” respectively. Pagourtzis’ liked a whole host of violent gun pages, as well as – wait for it – things promoting Donald Trump. Here are images of the aforementioned neo-Nazi paraphernalia:

Image via Facebook via The Daily Beast

Image via Facebook via The Daily Beast

 

So, there you have it. Another violent neo-Nazi who also happens to be a Trump fan has caused death in his rage. When will people wake up and see that the rise in white supremacy under Donald Trump is dangerous, and that yes, he is at least partly responsible? He has emboldened these people, and now they are recruiting impressionable young people online into their cause. What makes it it even more dangerous is that the people around them often do not know about the double life until it is too late and something like this happens.

Pagourtzis’ classmates say while he kept to himself, he never seemed like the type to do something like this. The only sign, according to one classmate was his penchant for wearing a long black trench coat, even in swelteringly hot weather. According to classmate Candi Thurman:

“The sketchy thing is, he wore a full-on black trench coat to school every day.”

“Why would you wear a trench coat when it’s 100 degrees outside? When he first started wearing that trench coat, it was during the winter.”

The thing is, though, plenty of kids go through an emo phase where they dress that way. That might be a little odd, but certainly nothing to make one think something like this would be coming. In short, people are being radicalized online, and they are being emboldened by Trump and his administration due to their own racist views, statements, and policies.

The tone is set at the top, and the person at the top is practically a neo-Nazi himself. Sadly, this is simply no surprise.


Featured image via video screen capture from CBS