Is Donald Trump in the KKK?
The Crusader, the official newspaper of the Ku Klux Klan endorsed the Republican front-runner on the front page of its October issue, CNN is reporting.
The KKK newspaper carried a banner which read "Make America Great Again" and followed it up with an article rationalizing Trump's campaign slogan, admitting he was the better candidate for the "dialogue moving forward."His campaign team has since shut down any attempt of a Donald Trump endorsement by the KKK calling the publication disgusting and not in any way supporting the views of the Manhattan billionaire towards the diversity that celebrates the American nation.
"Mr. Trump and the campaign denounce 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."Pastor Thomas Robb, who wrote the article said the KKK, was not officially endorsing Trump for the presidency but trying to draw attention to his slogan and if American could truly be great again.
"'Make America Great Again' is a slogan that has been repeatedly used by Donald Trump in his campaign for the presidency. You see it on the shirts, buttons, posters, and ball caps, but can it happen? Can American really be great again? This is what we will soon find out."Robb went on to say that America was great in the past because of not what her forefathers achieved, but who they were. He argued that America needed to go back to the era of the White Christian Republic to taste greatness once again.
The Crusader KKK newspaper which calls itself the "The Political Voice of White Christian America" is a 12-page quarterly. The latest edition carries stories about black-on-white crime, Jewish links to terrorism and a man who is purportedly the son of Bill Clinton.
This is not the first exchange between Donald Trump and the KKK. According to the Independent, former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, David Duke in February, urged people to vote Trump because he "embraced most of the issues I've championed for years."
"Is Trump KKK" questions came to the fore when the billionaire during an interview was asked by CNN's Jake Tapper to renounce the David Duke and the KKK associations, to which he refused, feigning ignorance that he could not disavow endorsements from people he did not know personally.
Another KKK support of Donald Trump happened when Rachel Pendergraft, a national organizer for the group, commended the Republican nominee's campaign for resuscitating recruitment for them, which had thinned over the years.
According to Time, Pendergraft said a Donald Trump KKK tool had helped them reach out to people and start conversations about issues pertaining to white supremacy because the 70-year-old politician was raising issues that characterized their own movement.
She added that the members' only Ku Klux Klan website had witnessed a spike in numbers ever since Trump began his race for the White House.The KKK newspaper which is published in Arkansas claims it's number one priority is to "stop white genocide," a stance that has made the Crusader gravitate towards the candidacy of Donald Trump because he also shares similar views.
"We do like his nationalist views and his words about shutting down, the border to illegal aliens…he kind of reflects what's happening throughout the world. There seems to be a surge of nationalism worldwide as nationals reclaim their borders."Is Donald Trump KKK?
The 70-year-old, who has repeatedly retweeted posts from white supremacist sites more than 75 times, continues to divide opinion despite his condemnation of racial and hateful rhetoric in recent times.
This controversy has led to allegations that his father, Fred Trump, is a Klan member too. According to International Business Times, Trump's father was arrested during a fascist protest March in New York, 1927.
It was alleged that Fred Trump and the Ku Klux Klan were protesting against Catholic police in Queens who had assaulted "native-born Protestant Americans," they were later arrested by police, the charges cannot be confirmed.
Donald Trump's net worth is $3.7 billion, his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton has always described him of being born into privilege and getting a $14 million loan to start his business courtesy of his father.
So how did Fred Trump make his money?
Fred Trump made his money as a self-made construction magnate. He started building houses in the Queens District in New York in the late 1920s and never looked back. He founded the vast real estate corporation his son runs to this very day.
Fred Trump gave his son, Donald, the Manhattan District of New York in the 1970s and the money to get started. When he died in 1999, he was worth $300 million. Fred Trump was a frugal man who used to collect unused nails from his construction sites because he did not want to waste money. His only indulgence was the purchase of a new Cadillac every three years with the customized plate "FCT" for Fred Christ Trump.
The "Christ" moniker came from his mother, Elizabeth Christ, who got married to his father in 1902 in Germany.
Is Donald Trump in the KKK?
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