Trump’s 2016 KKK Endorsement Is Trending On Twitter Four Years Later, A Stark Reminder

Back in 2016, it was reported by Reuters that a Ku Klux Klan newspaper had endorsed then-candidate Donald J. Trump for President. The Klan paper known as The Crusader explained that America became the best because it was Christian and filled with white people. The Klan seemed to gravitate towards Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

At the time, the Trump campaign did not accept the KKK’s endorsement. Then campaign spokesman, Steven Cheung, had this to say, “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.”

Despite the Trump campaign rejection, it did not stop prominent white supremacists from voicing their support for Trump.  Former KKK leader David Duke of Louisiana voiced his support for Trump. Duke claimed to recognize his beliefs when hearing Trump speak. Duke is a firm believer that white people are under attack in America. The problem many had with Trump was his lateness in denouncing David Duke.

The 2016 endorsement is trending on Twitter again amidst antiracism and antifascism protests in all 50 states, including, in front of the White House after the police killing of black man, George Floyd. Floyd was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis after the officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Many Americans believe Trump to be a racist despite his denials. Many believe that the KKK endorsement from 2016 is a clear sign of where Trump still stands on race today.

Pastor Thomas Robb wrote, in The Crusader in 2016, “While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, ‘What made America great in the first place?’ He added, “America was great not because of what our forefathers did -but because of who our forefathers were. America was founded as the White Christian Republic. And as the White Christian Republic, it became great.”

We’ll just stop this right here.

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