Trump Campaign Calls KKK Newspaper That Endorsed Him ‘Repulsive’

AP

Donald Trump’s campaign on Tuesday denounced the support of the Crusader newspaper, one of the official mouthpieces of the Ku Klux Klan.

“Mr. Trump and the campaign denounce hate in any form,” the campaign said in a statement. “This publication is repulsive.”

The Crusader’s Pastor Thomas Robb wrote the front-page endorsement of the Republican nominee, praising his nationalist views and ability to prevent so-called “white genocide.”

“While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, ‘What made America great in the first place?’” Robb writes. “The short answer to that is simple. America was great not because of what our forefathers did—but because of who our forefathers were.”

“America was founded as a White Christian Republic,” he went on. “And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”

Robb told the Post that the piece wasn’t an official endorsement because “there’s things you disagree with” but represented the publication’s enthusiastic backing of his candidacy.

While the Trump campaign insisted that the newspaper’s views “do not represent the tens of millions of Americans” who support the real estate mogul, this is far from the first time his team has had to denounce the support of white supremacist and anti-Semitic fans.

Trump was endorsed by the white nationalist American Freedom Party, has been promoted in robocalls by a white nationalist super PAC, received the endorsement of several former KKK leaders including David Duke, and is the darling of the white nationalist Twitter trolls who compose the alt-right.

Just this weekend, campaign managed Kellyanne Conway called a fan who screamed “Jew-S-A” at reporters “deplorable.”

Trump has received few newspaper endorsements for a major party presidential candidate. With the exception of a handful of small hometown publications and the Crusader, Trump’s other endorsements include the Sheldon Adelson-backed Las Vegas Review Journal and the National Enquirer.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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