Not All Endorsements Are Good Endorsements
When you’re running for president, you want to have as many votes as possible. But what happens when some of your biggest supporters are less than reputable?
Like some strange popularity contest that ultimately determines the fate of nearly 324 million people, election season is upon us, and the primaries have brought us endless onslaughts of uncomfortable debates and interviews with candidates who are truly larger than life.
Yet among the contenders, none are as publicized and ridiculed as Donald Trump, real estate mogul and Republican frontrunner. Long known for his boisterous personality and recognizable hair, Trump has been a popular character in American business and entertainment for decades, but over the past few months, we’ve come to see new sides of him that have split the country into zealous supporters and those fearful for what a Trump presidency would entail.
Though criticized for not condemning a high-profile KKK endorsement several months ago, Trump has yet another supporter in the white supremacist organization: the Grand Imperial Wizard from Virginia.
You have to see this rare interview…
Trump refused to condemn his last KKK endorsement.
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Candidates want to garner as much support as possible, but when Trump was endorsed by former KKK leader David Duke, people weren’t happy about it.
Having been compared to emulating the words of previous white supremacists and hate group leaders, Trump has been highly criticized for his outspoken manner throughout his campaign.
When former KKK Grand Wizard, Louisiana State Representative, and all around white supremacist David Duke endorsed Donald Trump’s campaign last winter, Trump refused to initially denounce such an endorsement on the grounds that he didn’t know enough about Duke to rebuke his support.
A Brief History of Hatred
Unbeknownst the many, the KKK today is not the same KKK that we picture burning crosses early on in American history. In fact, today’s estimated 5,000–8,000 members are part of a third wave that manifested itself during the 1950s and ’60s.
Today’s Klan largely consists of scattered and unaffiliated group that simply use the name of the KKK but are run and governed locally.