Donald Trump has expressed his dislike for hate groups many times already and has condemned what took place in Charlottesville, Virginia numerous times. Despite this, the media has constantly been harping on the president for not being vocal enough in regards to the white supremacist cause.
What most people don’t seem to remember is that Donald Trump has been vocally against these groups for decades! A 17-year-old Trump video has resurfaced explaining why Trump didn’t plan to run for president in the Reform Party. “Well, you’ve got David Duke just joined, a bigot, a racist, a problem. I mean this is not exactly the people you want in your party.”
During a 2000 interview with NBC host Matt Lauer, Trump said that the Reform Party had been weakened by its association with former KKK leader David Duke, as well as the loss of then-governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura.
“I’m not going to be running. The party is, as you know, self-destructing,” Trump said in his interview. When asked by his host what he thought the biggest problem was with the party, Trump cited David Duke as the primary reason.
For some, the name might bring back memories. A former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Louisiana State Representative, and candidate for two separate presidential primaries in 1982 and 1992, Duke has been a forefront figure in white nationalist (read: supremacist) movements across America.
More recently, in 2016 Duke drew attention from the media when he endorsed Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. Of course, Trump vehemently refused his endorsement, but the media jumped on the story to try and spin it in a way that Trump and Duke were aligned with each other. It was one of the many false stories spun by mainstream news outlets in their crusade to stop Trump from winning the presidency.
Despite having spoken out against these figures 17 years ago, the media is still trying their best to peddle a narrative that Trump is somehow going “soft” on white supremacists.
Not surprising, however, is the fact that the media will not go after Hillary Clinton for her KKK connections.
During 2010, while serving as secretary of state under the Obama administration, Clinton posted a video on the official US Department of State’s YouTube channel where she commented on the passing of her long-time friend and mentor Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV).
But what the media won’t tell you is that Robert Byrd was a KKK recruiter himself. According to Breitbart, Byrd also had some rather startlingly racist views. In a letter complaining about the integration of the military, he wrote, “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side…Rather I should die a thousand times…than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”
President Trump has decried racism and his past actions and words support that belief, yet the media continues to paint him as a racist. Do you believe Trump is racist?
As shocking as this was, no controversy stirred from Clinton’s close friendship with this KKK figure. But Trump is somehow criticized for his “soft-stance” on white nationalism despite calling out one of its leaders over 17 years ago.
It makes absolutely no sense at all.