The Ku Klux Klan officially came out in support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in a front-page editorial in one of the KKK’s most prominent newspapers. The editorial in the current edition of the Crusader was published with less than a week left for Election Day.
Pastor Thomas Robb, the author of the editorial, told the Washington Post that the article isn’t so much as an endorsement but a show of support for the real estate mogul’s road to the Oval Office.
“Overall, we do like his nationalist views and his words about shutting down the border to illegal aliens. It’s not an endorsement because, like anybody, there’s things you disagree with,” Robb said. “But he kind of reflects what’s happening throughout the world. There seems to be a surge of nationalism worldwide as nationals reclaim their borders.”
In the editorial, Robb wrote: “I am not sure how many people this slogan [Trump’s campaign slogan, "Make America Great again"] resonates with, but evidently there was enough to allow Trump to win the Republican primary. The slogan appeals to people who are sadly realizing that something has happened to America. And it’s not good!”
“Who would have thought that the day would come upon us when the White House would be lit aglow with the colors of the rainbow promoting the program of the vile homosexual agenda? Who would have thought that same-sex marriage would be legally (thus forcibly) placed upon us?” the editorial reads.
Robb, however, noted that making the nation great again was not dependent on a Trump presidency, “but whether you and I can regain the spirit of our forefathers.”
The Trump campaign was quick to condemn this support. In a statement Tuesday evening to CNN, the campaign said: “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.”
But the white supremacist group is reportedly attempting to rally support for the candidate by employing other means too. In Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and Louisiana, people have reported finding KKK fliers outside their homes off late calling for residents to vote to “take our country back.”
A flier distributed in Madison, Alabama, read: “Please join and help us take our country back. Black Lives Matter Black Panthers are telling followers to kill white people and police officers in the name of justice for the killing of Negro’s (sic) by policemen in the line of duty. These Negro’s (sic) were not innocent. They were thugs breaking the law, and standing up against police.”
Prominent members of the anti-immigration and anti-Semitic group, including its former grand wizard David Duke, have spoken in support of the 70-year-old billionaire.