Among all the small number of newspapers that have endorsed the Trump campaign, there is one that will get your attention. This one if called the Crusader – the official newspaper of the Ku Klux Klan.
Using a banner saying “Make America Great Again”, the current issue of this paper devoted the entire front page to a very lengthy defense of Trump and his message — a defacto endorsement.
“Make America Great Again!” This is the slogan that is repeatedly used by Trump while campaigning for the presidency. This is what the Crusader’s Pastor Thomas Robb wrote: “You can see it on the shirts, buttons, posters and ball caps such as the one being worn here by Trump speaking at a recent rally….But can it happen? Can America really be great again? This is what we will soon find out!”
“While Trump wants to make America great again”, the article continues, “We have to ask ourselves, what made America 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.”
When the Washington Post reached Robb by phone, he stated that while the paper was not officially endorsing Trump, the article signaled the publication’s support for his candidacy.
“Overall, we do like his nationalist views and his words about shutting down the border to illegal aliens. It’s not an endorsement because, like anybody, there’s things you disagree with,” Robb said. “But he kind of reflects what’s happening throughout the world. There seems to be a surge of nationalism worldwide as nationals reclaim their borders.”
This quarterly newspaper of 12-pages calls itself “The Political Voice of White Christian America!” and on its front page it a well-known white supremacist symbol. This latest edition has articles about black-on-white crime, Jewish links to terrorism, and a man claiming to be Bill Clinton’s illegitimate child. Near the end there is an article about Trump’s candidacy and “moving the dialogue forward.”
An article near the end of the paper says that Trump’s candidacy is “moving the dialogue forward.”
Website of the paper states that its “number one goal” is to “stop white genocide.”
Trump since the earliest days of this bid for president, has attracted the support of white nationalists across the country, setting off fears that a dormant fringe faction of the GOP base-steeped in xenophobic and white supremacist rhetoric – would be folded back into mainstream politics.
White nationalists in the early months said they had a reluctance to throw support publicly behind the billionaire for the fear of harming his campaign while it grew. But now the group said as Trump became more heartened, they did too.
Jared Taylor, the editor of the white supremacist magazine American Renaissance, in January gave his voice to a robo-call recording urging those registered voters in Iowa to back Trump. Those potential voters, Taylor told The Post, are a part of the silent majority who are tired of being asked to celebrate diversity because of the fear of being labeled bigots.
A month later, Trump was embraced by former KKK grand wizard David Duke, leading to what was a divisive exchange between Jake Tapper of CNN, and Trump. Asked by Tapper to “unequivocally condemn” Duke, Trump implored ignorance.
“Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, okay?” Trump said.
Tapper pressed him several more times to disavow Duke and the KKK, but Trump again declined.
“I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists,” he said. “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.”
That same month, Rachel Pendergraft – the national organizer for the Knights Party (standard-bearer for the Ku Klux Klan) – told The Post that the campaign of Trump offered the organization a new tool for outreach to recruit new members and expand their ranks that was dwindling.
Pendergraft told The Post, that the Republican presidential candidate provided separatists with the easy way to start any conversation about issues that are important to the white supremacist movement that is dying.
“One of the things that our organization really stresses with our membership is we want them to educate themselves on issues, but we also want them to be able to learn how to open up a conversation with other people,” stated Pendergraft.
The conversation piece of Trump has been discussed on a private, members-only website and in “e-news, stuff the goes out to members.”
By opening a door to conversation, Trump’s surging candidacy has some members of the movement electrified.
Pendergraft further stated, “They like the overall momentum of his rallies and his campaign. They like that he’s not willing to back down. He says what he believes and he stands on that.”
The American Nazi Party’s chairman Rocky Suhayda in August agreed, on one his radio show declared Trump offers “real opportunity” to build the white nationalist movement.
Recently Trump’s rallies have become marred by several racially charged fights or incidents. A black Trump supporter last week was booted out of a North Carolina rally when he was believed to be a protester. The security detail escorted that man out of the rally while the audience cheered.
Trump said, while making a sideways motion with his thumb, “You can get him out, get him out.”
The man in question was C.J. Cary, a North Carolina resident, and claimed to be a longtime Trump supporter.
In a telephone interview on Saturday Cary said he had gone to the rally to hand deliver a note to Trump. He made his way about 20 to 30 feet from the stage, shouted Donald, while waving the note around to catch Trump’s attention.
“Everyone else is waving Trumps signs an I’m waving this white letter,” said Cary age 63. He stated that together with the fact he was wearing sunglasses during the evening rally to deal with light sensitivity, may have been why people got set off.
Several days later, Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway very forcefully disavowed a supporter as “deplorable” for chanting “Jew-S-A!” at a rally over the weekend, which is the latest incident of rhetoric that is anti-Semitic was used by some of Trump’s supporters.
The conduct of this man is totally unacceptable and does not reflect our campaign or our candidate. Wow,” Conway said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “That man’s conduct was deplorable. And had I been there, I would have asked security to remove him immediately.”