Trump and the KKK

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Matthew Miller

On March 3, Trump denounced and condemned the recent support and comments from former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke. The relationship between Trump and Duke is fairly strange in itself. This is not the first time the duo has interacted with one another.

Trump, the baron of controversy, has a somewhat confusing relationship with the Klan and white supremacist groups in general. In addition to Duke’s support, other white supremacist groups include the National Policy Institute, League of the South and on February 28, Trump feebly and sheepishly denied knowledge or awareness of support to him by Duke on the CNN program, “State of the Union.”

“I don’t know anything about David Duke, okay,” Trump stated on CNN. “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.”

This is not the first case of Trump’s entanglement with the Klan. In fact, the Trump family has had a number of encounters or associations with the Klan. 15 years prior, Trump refused to run for president on behalf of the Reform party due to the group’s association with the Klan and Duke, who was once a member of the party.

Oddly enough, even his father has possible ties to the Klan. Recently unearthed evidence suggests that his father was arrested during a Klan rally and then an eventual riot in New York City in 1927. However, it is unknown at this point whether Fred Trump was involved directly with the Klan or was a bystander.

Trump denied his father being involved in the riot despite proof to state otherwise.

With that in mind, it is quite peculiar of Trump on this behavior. Is he attempting to cover something? Perhaps this is just another oddity on part of Trump. Or it could be an attempt to raise controversy and stir the pot, which is what Trump is seemingly known for.

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