United States President Trump may be embattled at home, where he faces an impeachment inquiry and high-stakes diplomatic crises, but right-wing activists are planning a pro-Trump rally this week anyway – in Pretoria.
Willie Jordaan, the attorney who leads the Patriots for Minorities movement in South Africa, announced his plans on Monday to host a Trump 2020 support rally at the U.S. Embassy building this Thursday morning.
Jordaan condemned the “ridiculous and unfounded” impeachment process in the politically tense U.S. and praised Trump for “keeping an eye on South Africa.”
“We would like to thank you for your continued support and highly successful endeavors to bring the plight of a minority nation in South Africa to the world,” said Jordaan in a public copy of the press release. He sent it to Trump-friendly media networks Fox News and One America News (OANN), both of which are closely monitored by the U.S. president.
Jordaan’s release then turned to appeals to protect Afrikaans culture – and especially pushed against the land reforms that the South African right has placed before aligned U.S. politicians, think tanks and media before.
In August 2018, Trump said he was “directing U.S. Secretary of State (Mike) Pompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.”