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Neo-Nazi says he's emboldened by Trump, his neighbors are disgusted by his message

Daniel Burnside doesn't believe 6 million Jews were killed in World War II. (Source: CNN) Daniel Burnside doesn't believe 6 million Jews were killed in World War II. (Source: CNN)

ULYSSES, PA (CNN) – One man says those political leanings help fuel his agenda of hate, many other residents in the same town want this neo-Nazi gone.

Daniel Burnside is a lightning rod of discord in Ulysses, PA, population 690. He’s spread his message on the internet, giving the town attention it does not want.

When a reporter asked if he is a neo-Nazi Daniel Burnside does not deny it.

"Do I embrace it? I don't try to push it away," he said.

"You're wearing a swastika on your shirt," the reporter, Sara Sidner, points out

"Exactly," he answers.

"Then you've got swastika flags. Why the flags? Why this shirt? Why these hateful symbols in this town?" Sidner asks.

"I don't think they're hateful. I think it's an ideology that has been completely misinterpreted since the Third Reich," Burnside said.

"Now I've got to stop. Misinterpreted? Six million Jews were killed," Sidner said.

"You'll never sell me on that," he responds.

"I'm not trying to sell you. It is reality, it's history, it cannot be denied,” Sidner responds.

Rural Pennsylvania is firm Trump country where almost all of the counties are bright red.

"Rural America spoke up when they elected Trump, rural America," he said.

And by rural America, he means white America.

"We're staring down the barrel of a gun here in white America, there's still 193 million white Americans. Yes, the vast majority of them are in their 60’s and 70’s, will be in the ground in the next 20 years and therefore we have the possibility of becoming a minority in our own country," Burnside said.

"It sounds to me like you're afraid of being me," Sidner said.

"This is my country," Burnside responded.

"This is also my country,” Sidner said.

"You guys didn't win the culture war,” Burnside said.

Burnside invited the reporter and camera on his property to talk, but when he doesn't like our conversation, he explodes with expletives and a Nazi arm gesture.

Residents say Burnside does not speak for this town.

"The president that we got right now hasn't helped the situation a whole lot. He's got a lot of the same beliefs. At least he won't speak against them. This guy feeds off that stuff," said Ulysses resident Ivan Lehman.

Among the crowd, many with grandfathers or fathers who fought the Nazis in World War II.

"We're good people and he's stepping on us. He's stepping on all of us. You know we are all one tribe. And who does he think he is?" resident Carm Barker said.

Teacher Debbie Hamilton says she just returned from touring concentration camps in Poland.

"One of the things that we spent a lot of time talking about was passive resistance versus active resistance," Hamilton said.

So far, they've chosen passive resistance with Burnside.

On the other side of Potter County, Joe and Sheshena Leschner are convinced passive resistance is the wrong choice.

"I'm not saying you should go to their houses with pitchforks and guns, you know, I'm saying hold a peaceful protest against them," Joe Leschner said.

After seeing KKK flyers appearing in their neighborhood, and Burnside's decorations in their county, Joe Leschner did protest.

Only to receive a threat by one of the supremacists he stood against.

"He would look at me and gave me the finger and even make little gestures, you know, like they were going to shoot me," Joe Leschner said.

He also said the racial hatred intensified when his Jamaican bride arrived.

"In Walmart, you know, I get a lot of ‘That n-----,'" Seshena Palmer Leschner said.

In their minds, if more people stood up against hate, the racists would be forced to leave and let love stand.

The Leschers moved about four hours away to another small town, but Seshena Leschner says it's made all the difference. She finally feels comfortable walking down the street.

As for Ulysses, the borough president told us they have dealt with an outspoken Neo-Nazi in their midst before. They pushed him out several years ago, but that was because he broke the law.

He said there is nothing they can do about Burnside unless he does the same.

White nationalists are planning to take to the streets this weekend, one year after the deadly rally in Charlottesville, VA.

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