This march represented one face of a growing nationalist movement that has swept across Europe. Emboldened by a surge in anti-immigrant sentiments following the refugee crisis, ultra-conservative rhetoric is now seeping out of the fringes and into the mainstream. Many in these movements say they are battling what they claim is a trend of multiculturism that is threatening the traditional identity and heritage of their countries.
The three videos Trump retweeted were originally shared by Britain First, an anti-Islam, ultranationalist party known for hate-filled incitement. Jayda Fransen, the group’s deputy leader, later tweeted another video, thanking Trump for sharing her tweets.
Fransen argues her movement is not based on hate, but on what she says are the feelings of ordinary citizens.
“You’re seeing a side of politics that has actually been on the back foot for a long time and that is the patriotic, common sense, everyday man that’s saying… ‘I live in the UK. I wish I’d be put first before immigrants,’” Fransen told ABC News’ Nightline.”
Kerbl says he estimates there are 300 members of his group in Austria. They organize public stunts to spread their ideas beyond their circle. The stunts, he says, don’t often draw big crowds; but their goal is to have the photos and videos reach many more online.
Kerbl insists his views are not bigoted. “I don’t have a feeling of supremacy because I’m white,” Kerbl told “Nightline.” “Christians and Muslims have the same god. They just [fight] each other in the belief of, ‘Mine is the better one.’”
“It’s my own culture. It’s the culture of my parents, of my uncles,” Kerbl added. “We have a duty anyway to keep going on.”
Friberg also founded Arktos, which is said to be the world’s largest distributor of far right literature. Much of the literature translated into dozens of languages and distributed around the world.
“This is a global phenomenon. And [the] American alt right have [been] inspired by the new right from France and Germany and Belgium especially, the identitarian movements all across Europe,” Friberg told “Nightline.”
Friberg said he believes “mass immigration and the great replacements” is what is currently wrong with Western politics.
“I know that we are [being replaced] because I know how to read statistics,” Friberg said. “People of childbearing age. Forty-seven percent of the segments are already non-European in Sweden. If that is not a replacement I don't know what is.”
Friberg claims there is one important difference between the nationalist movements in the U.S. and in Europe.
“In Europe, we don’t use the term whites for obvious reasons. That’s not people’s primary identity, right. People identify us as a Swede,” he said. “For a good reason, because white and black in the U.S. is kind of a household word… We use the word European and non-European because it makes more sense for us.”
But Joe Mulhall, a senior researcher from the British Hope Not Hate campaign says there are more troubling undertones masked by the immigration argument.
“They think that that's a message that will sell and that will work and perhaps they’re correct. There’s high levels of concern around those issues in Europe,” Mulhall told “Nightline.” “I think we have to look at actually what the Identitarians are talking about… Their ideas are fundamentally rooted in European fascist thought. They’re racist, Islamophobic, often they’re still extremely anti-Semitic, homophobic. A huge strain of these new movements are anti-feminist, anti-LGBT rights. There's a whole package here about what these groups are propagating. That goes well beyond saying it's just about levels of immigration.”