Trump downplayed the white nationalist threat. It’s growing, experts say.

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By Linda Givetash and Geoff Bennett

The recent mass shooting of Muslim worshippers in New Zealand was a devastating and tragic symptom of the growing threat posed by violent white supremacy in the U.S. and across the world, experts say.

The death toll from the attack rose to 50 on Sunday. A 28-year-old Australian described by officials as a “right-wing extremist terrorist” has been charged with murder.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant appeared to post and email —a lengthy manifesto before the attack detailing his white-supremacist worldview and claiming inspiration from Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof to Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.

The manifesto also makes a brief reference to President Donald Trump.

“Were/are you a supporter of Donald Trump?” was one of the questions he posed to himself. His answer: “As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no.”

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