Days ago, in New Orleans, officials had to move under the cover of night to remove a statue of Jefferson Davis, amid both protest by white supremacists who saw the removal as an attack on their heritage as well as support by those who believed the statue glorifies a racist. In Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacists took things even further.

Over a hundred white supremacists, predominantly made up of Trump supporters, neo-Nazi, and members of the KKK, made waves on social media for their menacing optics of marching around a doomed statue of Robert E. Lee with lit torches.

Led by neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, the group was protesting the impending removal of the Lee statue to make way for a monument dedicated to those enslaved during the same era.

Amid the various chants throughout the evening, one in particular stood out. The crowd could be heard chanting the phrase, “Russia is our friend.”

While the white supremacists saw the statue’s removal as an affront to their history and values, the Mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer, struck a decidedly different tone, saying:

“This event involving torches at night in Lee Park was either profoundly ignorant or was designed to instill fear in our minority populations in a way that hearkens back to the days of the KKK. Either way, as Mayor of this City, I want everyone to know this: we reject this intimidation. We are a welcoming city, but such intolerance is not welcome here.”

This crowd’s misguided affection for Russia can only be traced back to Trump, who continues to show outward admiration for Russia’s autocratic ruler, even while embroiled in an FBI investigation over possible collusion with that very man. The President’s supporters are being tricked into thinking that this adversarial foreign country, a country that has successfully launched a full-scale cyber attack not only on our election, but our democratic process as we know it, is by no means “our friend.” And Trump, it seems, is not one, either.

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