A few short years ago, Donald Trump was known only as an American business magnate, a real-life yet somehow cartoonish approximation of Gordon Gekko, mostly known for starring on NBC’s The Apprentice and unsuccessfully attempting to patent the phrase, “you’re fired.”
But now, speak the name “Trump” and a whole different set of ideas come to mind, as these days the highly controversial Republican presidential candidate is known more for his populist right-wing policies and many controversial remarks, most infamously about building a wall separating the United States and Mexico and banning all Muslims from entering the U.S. It seems not everyone finds these ideas ugly, however.
An article appeared in the Washington Post today quoting Rachel Pendergraft, the national spokesman for the Knights Party, a branch of the Ku Klux Klan, as saying that the KKK is using support for Donald Trump as part of an outreach effort for recruitment.
“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,” Pendergraft said.
She went on to detail how Trump’s campaign has also breathed new life into the organization and the white nationalist neo-Nazi movement at large, saying it has “electrified” members.
“They like the overall momentum of his rallies and his campaign,” Pendergraft said. “They like that he’s not willing to back down. He says what he believes and he stands on that.”