Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has received scan few newspaper endorsements, but just a week before the election he picked up a front-page nod from The Crusader, a prominent Ku Klux Klan-affiliated publication that bills itself as ‘The Premier Voice of the White Resistance.’
“‘Make America Great Again!’ It is a slogan that has been repeatedly used by Donald Trump in his campaign for the presidency,” wrote Thomas Robb, the Crusader‘s editor. “You can see it on the shirts, buttons, posters and ball caps such as the one being worn here by Trump speaking at a recent campaign rally … But can it happen? Can America really be great again? This is what we will soon find out!”
“While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, ‘What made America great in the first place?'” the article went on to say. “The short answer to that is simple. America was great not because of what our forefathers did — but because of who our forefathers were. America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”
The Crusader, a 12-page quarterly newspaper, also calls itself “The Political Voice of White Christian America!” and proclaims on its web site that its “number one goal” is to “stop white genocide.”
According to the Washington Post, editor Thomas Robb averred that the Crusader‘s encomium to Trump didn’t constitute an official “endorsement” of the Republican nominee:
[Robb said] that while the Crusader wasn’t officially endorsing Trump, his article signaled the publication’s enthusiastic support for the Republican billionaire’s candidacy.
“Overall, we do like his nationalist views and his words about shutting down the border to illegal aliens,” Robb said. “It’s not an endorsement because, like anybody, there’s things you disagree with. 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.”
The Trump campaign disavowed the not-quite-an-endorsement, saying in a statement that “This publication is repulsive, and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign.” Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manger, also denounced the Crusader‘s putative support as “disgusting.”