TRUMPED: Is Donald Helping KKK Recruitment?

He's got the (white) power?

Donald Trump is always in the headlines. Usually, he loves all the media attention. But even he may not like this latest batch of press.

According to the Washington Post and Rachel Pendergraft — the national organizer for the Knights Party, a standard-bearer for the Ku Klux Klan (yes, a woman) — Trump is helping the bigoted cause and recruitment for the KKK.

The Republican presidential candidate, Pendergraft told The Post, has become a great outreach tool, providing separatists with an easy way to start a conversation about issues that are important to the dying white supremacist movement.

“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.

Turns out the KKK base appreciates his divisive stances and rhetoric because he doesn’t back down. A little racial discrimination doesn’t hurt, either.

This isn’t the first run-in Trump has had with the hooded group, either.

Back in August, Trump told Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann that the endorsement of former KKK Imperial Leader David Duke wasn’t something that particularly interested him.

“I don’t need his endorsement; I certainly wouldn’t want his endorsement.”

“He’s saying what no other Republicans have said, few conservatives say. And he’s also gone to the point where he says it’s not just illegal immigration, it’s legal immigration,” Duke said. “I don’t care what his motivation is on this issue, at least it’s being discussed.”

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He may not, but as Boing Boing uncovered a month later, Trump’s daddy may have.

In an article subtitled “Klan assails policeman”, Fred Trump is named in among those taken in during a late May “battle” in which “1,000 Klansmen and 100 policemen staged a free-for-all.” At least two officers were hurt during the event, after which the Klan’s activities were denounced by the city’s Police Commissioner, Joseph A. Warren.

Moral of the Story, kids? Sometimes, when trying to jump over a PR patch of quicksand, you just trip and fall flat on your face.

 

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