Election 2016

Endorsed by the KKK

We talked to the KKK's national director about why they're backing Trump

We talked to the KKK’s national director about endorsing Donald Trump

The Ku Klux Klan has put out an editorial expressing support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the fall edition of its quarterly newspaper, The Crusader.

Under the headline “Make America Great Again,” Thomas Robb, the national director of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, explained why he is throwing his support behind Trump, and a lot of it has to do with his campaign slogan.

“I am not sure how many people this slogan resonates with, but evidently there was enough to allow Trump to win the Republican primary,” Robb wrote. “The slogan appeals to people who are sadly realizing that something has happened to America. And it’s not good!”

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It didn’t bother Robb that Trump disavowed the support of David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the KKK, earlier this year. Robb says Duke is a good friend of his.

“We don’t really care; [Trump] can denounce us all day long,” Robb told VICE News. “We’re more concerned about the message.” That message, Robb says, is “a white identity we’re preserving.”

“We’re concerned about white genocide, about white people becoming a minority,” he said. “White people have a right to love their heritage, love their culture.”

Robb says he’s voted for Republican candidates in the past, but that they never came close to being candidates he felt were truly “acceptable.” Trump, on the other hand, is “more of a nationalist,” according to Robb.

“He’s not a white nationalist,” Robb said. “He’s not working for white people, but I do think the policy he promotes allows fertile ground for all people — including white people — to embrace their identity.”

Donald Trump’s campaign did not respond to VICE News’ request for comment.

UPDATE: A Trump spokesperson sent us this statement Tuesday night: “Mr. Trump and the campaign denounce 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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