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White Rage - USA

In Trump's America, the Ku Klux Klan has been superseded by Nazis with European role models. Espen and journalist Ronny Berg travelled 3266 km through three states to understand what drives hate in America.



"Every year there are 300 attacks from right wing extremists in USA, according to a study done by the United States Military Academy. During the first ten days after Trump's election to the presidency, there were an average of 87 hate attacks daily, a five-fold increase according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a human rights group . In August 2017, far-right groups from all over the US gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, to oppose the removal of a Confederate statue of Robert E. Lee. Dubbed the 'Unite the Right' gathering, Protesters included white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, Klansmen, neo-Nazis and militias. Some carried semi-automatic rifles, swastikas, anti-Muslim banners and "Trump/Pence" signs. The event turned violent after protesters clashed with counter-protesters and ended with one fatality and 30 other casualties when a neo-nazi drove his car into a crowd of protesters. For the first time in decades, the extreme right in the US was united at a single event. Their aim was to rebrand American nationalism, from the old KKK to a new generation of people like the the alt-right star Richard Spencer. Where does this hate come from and is the far-right really on the rise in the US? During our journey, we met a Nazi leader, the man behind the Charlottesville event, a member of Antifa, militia members, Trump supporters and patriots. What did these people have in common?



43 year-old Danny was one of 32 members from the American militia movement attending the Charlottesville event in August 2017. Equipped with firearms and a bullet proof vest he met Nazis shouting 'Blood and soil' and 'Jews will not replace us'. Danny is the leader of the My Brothers Threepers group who are preparing for the 'end days' - In his garden he practices shooting at targets of

Osama Bin Laden. In Charlottesville we met 56 year-old activist Jamie Dyer who was playing poems by James Baldwin through loudspeakers on a roof to the demonstration below. Dyer sees the Confederate statues as a sign of white power and fears that Trump wants to start a race war. Lorri Cottrill, 45, is the leader of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) in West Virginia. She has an Iron Cross tattoo on her right arm and used to be a member of the Ku klux Klan. She's convinced that white people are more intelligent than black people.



According to the Southern Poverty Law Center she also chairs a 'hate group' of which there are now 917 around the US. Since organising 'Unite the Right' in Charlottesville, 34 year-old Jason Kessler has been in hiding. Referring to Heather Heyer, who was killed during the protest, he wrote on Twitter: 'Heather Heyer was a fat, disgusting Communist'.



In the heart of Trumpland, in the hills of West Virginia, we meet a barber with a loaded rifle in his shop. 'Here I can't trust anyone. This place has really become quite bad. People are destroyed by crack,

cocaine and OxyContin' he says. Barber Mark Eileff has lived here for 24 years and seen the world around him change. 'We baptised our daughter last week. She is nine, but I think she already understands what kind of shape our world is in.'



At a secret location, several militia groups have gathered for a training camp. Some of the members attended Charlottesville. One of the leaders, Christian Yingling, describes himself and the members as 'patriots'. 'There will always be evil people out there. They can come from a christian group, from among us in the militia or from the far right. Now that the country has become so polarised, hateful people from both sides emerge from the shadows to be heard. We are in a war right now' he says.



During the Charlottesville demonstrations, left and right wing people attacked each other. Videos and pictures show people with shields, helmets and bats. One of them was 'Redcorn', a member of the Southern Virginia Antifa who is using a nom de guerre and has covered his face. He says he wants to seek out Nazis in their homes and kill them in front of their wives and children. 'I want to scalp them as well. I just want them killed' he says.
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