After news that the KKK endorsed Donald Trump for president resurfaced again the Trump campaign has released a statement rejecting the endorsement: "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."
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Donald Trump has been de facto endorsed for President of the United States by the Ku Klux Klan. Trump has received endorsements from zero major newspapers, but has been endorsed by the NRA and the National Fraternal Order of Police.
Salon reported that the KKK praised the GOP nominee and his campaign slogan on the front page of the the group's official newspaper The Crusader. The Crusader wrote:
““Make America Great Again!” 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 found 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 are forefathers were, America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”
Trump received support from former KKK leader David Duke earlier this year when he told listeners of his radio show that: "Voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage." Asked about the unofficial endorsement from Duke, Trump blamed his refusal to condemn the KKK and white supremacists, which he said he knew nothing about, on a bad ear piece.
During the campaign, Trump has tweeted Nazi and neo-Nazi imagery, imagery that’s been reflected in the hijacked Pepe the Frog meme that’s been declared a hate symbol. Other ties between Trump and Nazis include Trump supporters caught on camera giving Nazi salutes.
A photo of what appears to be The Crusader endorsing Trump appears below.
In the endorsement, the LGBTQ community is condemned, as well as President Barack Obama for passing marriage equality and the initiative for gender neutral bathrooms.