Vice President Joe Biden visited the Serbian capital, Belgrade, on Tuesday but was greeted by a large crowd rallying in support of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
According to The Intercept, the group of demonstrators was led by the head of Serbia’s ultranationalist Radical Party and accused war criminal Vojislav Seselj.
The activists marched outside of Parliament wearing t-shirts with Trump’s face printed on them while chanting his name.
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Seselj said he was sending a message to Serbian-Americans: “Vote Trump, for future of Serbia.”
Speaking to Reuters reporters, Seselj elaborated on why he feels the GOP candidate should win the presidency, “Trump is the alternative to globalization. He will destroy old centers of power in the United States and he is a supporter of Russia.”
He also credited Trump with “restoring American pride.”
If his support of Trump wasn’t evidence enough, Seselj is a known proponent of bigotry. He was the driving force behind the “ethnic cleansing” campaign in Serbia and parts of Bosnia and Croatia back in the 1990s.
He recruited volunteer fighters to carry out attacks and referred to non-Serbs as “primates,” “vampires,” and “excrement.”
More than 100,000 people were killed during the horrific campaign that involved just about every heinous act you can think of including murder, rape, and intimidation.
Seselj was tried by the United Nations court for crimes against humanity and war crimes in relation to the ethnic cleansing, but was acquitted of the charges in a split decision.
By the looks of it, Seselj’s divisive and radical views remain intact and he has latched onto Trump, since their values appear closely aligned.
While it may seem shocking that Seselj was actually able to round up such a large group of supporters for his rally, many Serbs are vehemently against the Clintons as they are angry with former president Bill Clinton for the 78 days of deadly NATO air strikes on Belgrade and other parts of Serbia back in 1999.
It’s likely that even if they don’t agree with Trump’s politics, many Serbs are willing to back him solely because of their bitterness toward the Clintons.
Nevertheless, Seselj’s strong support is a very clear indication of what type of people Trump’s rhetoric is resonating with. We don't need people like this feeling vindicated and encouraged.
Trump has already been deemed a global threat and several American foreign policy veterans have stepped up to voice concerns surrounding the dangers of a Trump presidency. Seselj’s rally is a prime example of what these leaders fear.
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