“I’m kind of banking on the Republicans staking their claim as the white party.” A few people in the audience started to clap, and then a few more began to whistle, and before long the whole group was applauding.“Our moment,” Derek said, because at least in this room there was consensus.

Their public conference had been interrupted by a demonstration march and a bomb threat, so the white nationalists decided to meet secretly instead.

They slipped past police officers and protesters into a hotel in downtown Memphis.

“Years from now, we will look back on this,” he said.

“The great intellectual move to save white people started today.” *** Don Black poses for a portrait earlier this month in Crossville, Tenn.

Black established the white nationalist website Stormfront, which has grown to more than 300,000 users. White nationalism had bullied its way toward the very center of American politics, and yet, one of the people who knew the ideology best was no longer anywhere near that center.

(Matt Mc Clain/The Washington Post) Eight years later, that future they envisioned in Memphis was finally being realized in the presidential election of 2016. Hillary Clinton was making speeches about the rise of white hate and quoting David Duke, who had launched his own campaign for the U. Derek had just turned 27, and instead of leading the movement, he was trying to untangle himself not only from the national moment but also from a life he no longer understood.

“Usurpers,” Don sometimes called them, but Chloe didn’t want to move away from her aging mother in Florida, so Don settled for taking long road trips to the whitest parts of the South.

Don and Derek always stayed on those trips with Don’s friends from the white power movement, and soon Derek had heard many of their stories.

They moved into Chloe’s childhood home in West Palm Beach to raise Derek along with Chloe’s two young daughters.

There were Guatemalan immigrants living down the block and Jewish retirees moving into a condo nearby.

He had launched a white nationalist website for children and won a local political election in Florida. We can take the country back.” Years before Donald Trump launched a presidential campaign based in part on the politics of race and division, a group of avowed white nationalists was working to make his rise possible by pushing its ideology from the radical fringes ever closer to the far conservative right. He had won a Republican committee seat in Palm Beach County, Fla., where Trump also had a home, without ever mentioning white nationalism, talking instead about the ravages of political correctness, affirmative action and unchecked Hispanic immigration.