Ever since he began his campaign by comparing Mexican immigrants to rapists, Donald Trump’s bid for the White House has been plagued by accusations of racism. It doesn’t help that he has earned the endorsement of KKK leader, David Duke, or that he sent out a self-congratulatory tweet regarding the death of Dwayne Wade’s cousin.
Dwyane Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016
Trump has tried to backtrack his association with Duke. During an interview with CNN’s State of the Union, Trump said he has no idea who Duke was.
‘I don’t know anything about David Duke, okay. I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. I don’t know, did he endorse me? Or what’s going on. Because I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists’
Of course, Trump did know who David Duke was because, in 2000, he refused to run on the Reform Party ticket due to Duke’s association with the Reform Party.
‘The Reform Party now includes a Klansman, Mr. Duke, a neo-Nazi, Mr. Buchanan, and a communist, Ms. Fulani. This is not company I wish to keep’
But Donald isn’t the only Trump with ties to the KKK. In 1927, the New York Times reported that his father, Fred Trump, was arrested at a KKK rally. The rally turned into a brawl between the KKK and supporters of Benito Mussolini’s fascist movement.
To be fair, the article does not imply that Trump was part of the KKK or even attending the event. It’s possible he was simply caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, it is a fact that he was arrested. His son, Donald, has denied this claim. He told the Daily Mail that the story was “completely false.”
‘He was never arrested. He has nothing to do with this. This never happened. This is nonsense and it never happened. This never happened. Never took place. He was never arrested, never convicted, never even charged. It’s a completely false, ridiculous story. He was never there! It never happened. Never took place.’
Honestly, the real problem here isn’t the fact that Fred Trump was arrested during the early 20th century. After all, we have no evidence that he was part of the KKK. The problem is that Donald Trump is lying about it. We know he was arrested, so why deny it?
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