Trump's got a new endorsement...
You can tell a lot about a candidate by the people who endorse them.
But aside from your family, a few celebrities, and that kid from high school who posts every single thought on Facebook, perhaps nobody sways the average voter so much as the media.
We’ve already covered the newspapers and publications that are backing either candidate, and the numbers speak volumes. To date, 316 newspapers and magazines have endorsed Hillary Clinton while only six have come out in favor of Donald Trump.
Trump and his supporters might be happy to know that another newspaper just added itself to that list, that is, until they find out just what newspaper we’re talking about…
Trump and the Klan
“Not all Donald Trump supporters are white supremacists, but all white supremacists appear to be Donald Trump supports,” reports The Daily Kos.
Months ago, you may remember hearing the news story that former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke came out with his support for Donald Trump. The candidate was most criticized for not condemning the white supremacist’s endorsement on the spot. Instead, he responded, “Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So I don’t know. I don’t know—did he endorse me, or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists.” Alrighty then!
Some time later, Trump would condemn the endorsement, saying “David Duke is a bad person, who I disavowed on numerous occasions over the years. I disavowed him. I disavowed the KKK. Do you want me to do it again for the 12th time? I disavowed him in the past, I disavow him now.”
The KKK in Politics
Historically, the Klan did indeed endorse certain presidential candidates, but the practice faded as the nationalistic, white supremacist terrorist organization changed and lost influence over time.
In fact, two presidents, Warren G. Harding and Harry Truman, were themselves affiliated with the Klan, though accounts vary. Harding was allegedly active while president whereas Truman was supposedly inducted early in his career but later turned against them.
Of course, their ultra-conservative beliefs make it fairly obvious as to which candidate they would support in a given year, but now, the organization’s official endorsement of Donald Trump is something more. Though we may never know what’s truly in his heart, Trump’s rhetoric this election season has spoken volumes about the vision he has for our country. As summarized in the
Editor’s note of any Huffington Post article about him: “Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims—1.6 billion members of an entire religion—from entering the U.S.”
Citing that the number of Klan chapters nationwide grew from 72 to 190 in 2015, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that Trump’s speeches “demonizing statements about Latinos and Muslims have electrified the radical right, leading to glowing endorsements from white nationalist leaders such as Jared Taylor and former Klansman David Duke.”
Now, it seems the entire KKK is behind him.
Yes, it’s true: The KKK has its own publication, The Crusader, published by its political faction the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. In the past, The Crusader has published cover stories such as “The First ‘Jewish’ President?” in reference to Barack Obama.
On their most recent issue, the KKK’s head Christian Identity pastor, Thomas Robb, wrote a long argument in favor of Trump that took up the entire front page, entitled “Make America Great Again.”
Inside the article, Robb writes, “The desire to make America great again touches at the very heart of Americans who are having a harder and harder time identifying with this new American image. A recent Reuters News poll says that 58% of Americans feel they no longer identify with this ‘new’ America. And 53% say they feel like a stranger in their own country. And while they feel like strangers the reality is that it is strangers which have invaded our land and now dictate to us policies which are foreign to our traditions, our spirit and our faith.”
The article is filled with an age-old, virulent hate of progress and diversity, but nothing sums up his support for Trump than this: “While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, ‘What made American great in the first place?’ The short answer to that is simple: America was great not because of what our forefathers did – but because of who our forefathers were. America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”
I guess you can forget about liberty and justice for all. Here’s how the Trump campaign reacted…