White supremacists want to rig the election for their preferred candidate: Donald Trump

White supremacists want to rig the election for their preferred candidate: Donald Trump
Source: AP
Source: AP

White nationalists, who have flocked to Donald Trump's candidacy, are plotting tactics to try to swing the election his way, planning to watch the polls on Election Day and even hand out alcohol and drugs to keep minority voters home, Politico reported Wednesday.

Andrew Anglin, a Neo-Nazi, is spearheading the effort, according to Politico

Of course, Anglin is a fringe character whose group largely resides on the Internet, so it's unclear whether his boasts amount to scare tactics rather than something that will actually come to pass.

But Mark Potok, an expert on extremism at the Southern Poverty Law Center, told Politico that the "possibility of violence on or around Election Day is very real."

"If on the morning of Election Day it turns out that we have white supremacists standing around looking threatening at polling places, I think it would arouse anger," Potok told Politico. "People would vote just to prove they're not being intimidated by these radical racists."

The rise of the alt-right, a fringe wing of conservatives filled primarily with white supremacists, has become a theme of the 2016 election

The group has felt emboldened by Trump, who has made derogatory comments about Hispanics and African-Americans, and surrounded himself by characters who have stoked their movement, including former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon.

Trump has denounced his white supremacist supporters, but it hasn't stopped them from touting his candidacy. 

For example, the KKK's official newspaper endorsed Trump on Tuesday, devoting its entire front page to a "lengthy defense of Trump's message," the Washington Post reported.