The racist organisation Klu-Klux-Klan has made a clear reference to Donald Trump in the US election campaign.
“The Crusader”, one of its most famous newspapers, has dedicated its entire front page to the Republican Presidential Candidate.
The author of the article, Pastor Thomas Robb, has stated that he is not working for the Trump campaign officially, but has expressed enthusiastic support for the candidate.
“Overall, we do like his nationalist views and his words about shutting down the border to illegal aliens,” Robb said. “It’s not an endorsement because, like anybody, there’s things you disagree with. 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.”
The KKK newspaper interpreted Trumps campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” to spread their racist ideas, noting, “while Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, ‘What made America great in the first place?”
Robb writes: “America was great not because of what our forefathers did — but because of who our forefathers were”. “The Crusader” believes that “America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”
— Billy Gee (@billygee12) November 1, 2016
The Trump campaign has distanced itself
Mr. Trump and the campaign denounces hate in any form,” the campaign said in a statement Tuesday evening. “This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign.
Today’s key endorsements:
Trump gets the KKK
Hillary gets the NYDN, which knows Trump well. pic.twitter.com/zXL2XbB0ll
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) November 2, 2016
The connection to the right
In February 2016, the picture was a little different. After violet clashes between supporters and opponents of the KKK in California, Trump drew attention to the racist organisation.
In a CNN talk show, “State of the Union”, he avoided a chance to denounce them but instead said, “They want me to condemn a group that I do not know about”.
Not only the KKK support Donald Trump, but other extremists openly have voiced their solidarity with the Republican candidate.