Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump has taken a lot of criticism for his often appalling list of supporters, but one new revelation may be the most damning yet.
The Ku Klux Klan’s official newspaper, The Crusader, has now embraced Donald Trump’s campaign and his message. While the KKK as a group hasn’t officially endorsed Trump for president, they dedicated the front page of their official paper’s current issue to firing back at Trump’s detractors, an act that some have called a “de facto endorsement,” according to The Washington Post.
Under a red headline reading “Make America Great Again,” Pastor Thomas Robb wrote, “It is a slogan that has been repeatedly used by Donald Trump in his campaign for the presidency. 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, 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,” Robb wrote. “America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”
— Billy Gee (@billygee12) November 1, 2016
Furthermore, The Washington Post spoke to Robb about the publication’s enthusiastic support for the Republican billionaire’s candidacy.
“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.”
In response, Trump’s campaign team was quick to criticize the article, saying in a statement Tuesday evening that “Mr. Trump and the campaign denounces hate in any form. This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign.”
Nevertheless, Trump has elicited support from The Crusader, a quarterly that calls itself “The Political Voice of White Christian America!” Articles detailing black-on-white crime, Bill Clinton’s illegitimate children, and Jewish links to terrorism make up the current issue.
The Crusader’s website says the publication’s “number one goal” is to “stop white genocide.” And an article in the current edition puts forth that Trump’s candidacy is “moving the dialogue forward.”