If Trump Disavows The KKK, Why did He Just Send His Son To Meet With A White Supremacist Associate of David Duke?
After days of being criticized for refusing to distance himself from Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, Donald Trump finally disavowed a connection to Duke last night.
That disavowal doesn’t match with with Donald Trump’s decision, however, to send his son, Donald Trump Jr., to meet with and tape a radio show with white supremacist James Edwards.
Edwards hosts the Political Cesspool, a radio show with “an unapologetically pro-White viewpoint”. He shares the anti-immigrant agenda of the Trump for President campaign, arguing that “illegal immigration is displacing the founding stock of America” – people with ancestry from Europe.
In 2005, James Edwards participated in the European American Conference, a meeting of 300 white supremacists organized by David Duke. David Duke – that’s the KKK leader that Donald Trump refused to denounce last week. Also attending that conference were explicit neo-Nazis, including Kevin Alfred Strom, who was convicted on charges of child pornography and arrested on charges related to an assault at a pro-apartheid rally he helped organize.
Edwards meets with David Duke frequently, and has hosted Duke on his radio show many times. Edwards calls David Duke a “good friend” and “a man who has been supporting and collaborating with our radio show since its very inception”. It’s not an exaggeration to describe James Edwards as a protege of David Duke.
On his web site, right next to an article that celebrates an interview with David Duke, Edwards advertises his book Racism Schmacism, with the rhetorical question: “Are You Sick and Tired of Liberals, Race Hustlers and the Media Calling You a RACIST Just Because You Oppose Obama’s Policies?” Just because you oppose President Obama’s policies… and collaborate with KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, and attend neo-Nazi conventions? Yes, why oh why would anyone call you a racist?
Material like this is all over the web site for Political Cesspool. It’s loud, blatant racism. It’s undeniable. Within two or three minutes of scanning the material James Edwards puts online, it’s quite clear exactly what he is: An extremist neo-Nazi, white supremacist racist.
So far, the Trump campaign is refusing to respond to journalists’ questions about his ties to James Edwards. Eventually, Donald Trump may respond to revelations of his campaign’s contacts with James Edwards and his white nationalist network by claiming that he had no idea that Edwards is an central organizer of white supremacism in the United States, but such excuses are absurd. Extremist racism is the central organizing principle of the Political Cesspool and the political activities of James Edwards. The Southern Poverty Law Center has a profile of his activities, as does the Anti-Defamation League.
What’s more, the Donald Trump for President campaign has given James Edwards press credentials to broadcast from within Trump rallies on at least three separate occasions. Trump and his aides have had a great deal of time to become acquainted with Edwards, and to become familiar with what he stands for. It’s almost impossible that they didn’t know that Edwards is a strident leader of white supremacists across America.
Consider the meaning of this in the context that the Trump for President campaign has repeatedly denied press credentials to journalists, including mainstream publications such as the Des Moines Register, and has famously ejected journalists like Jorge Ramos. Reporters have even been physically attacked at Trump rallies… yet Donald Trump welcomed white supremacist radio show host James Edwards to his rallies.
Edwards brags about the access he has been given to Donald Trump’s events. He writes, “I attended a Donald Trump rally in Memphis on Saturday night as a fully credentialed member of the media and enjoyed the unique experience of being able to air a live broadcast of The Political Cesspool Radio Program from inside the press pen while the event was in full swing. (Next Saturday’s show [March 5] will feature a previously taped 20-minute interview with Donald Trump, Jr.) It was a very memorable day and I’d now like to take my audience behind the scenes. After receiving my credentials from the campaign I was instructed to get there early for set-up and to go through security.”
James Edwards has been promoting Donald Trump for quite a while, and expressing his trust that Trump will be representing white nationalism in the White House. After Trump’s victory in the New Hampshire primary, Edwards wrote, “Trump is growing more populist on the campaign trail, amping his rhetoric up a notch and becoming a more strident nationalist… Other than Trump, the GOP has nothing to offer the White working class.” After the South Carolina primary, Edwards wrote, “Trump is winning because, on immigration, amnesty, securing our border and staying out of any new crusades for democracy, he has tapped into the most powerful currents in politics: economic populism and “America First” nationalism.”
Edwards writes, “A new day is dawning. Vote Trump.”
Fans of Donald Trump have been complaining for a while that it just isn’t fair, isn’t nice, isn’t civil, for people to make comparisons between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler. By giving a neo-Nazi special access to his rallies, Donald Trump has made those complaints seem profoundly clueless. The parallels between Donald Trump and Hitler have now become so many, and so obvious, that no honest, informed citizen can ignore them.
Are you ready for the dawning of Nazi ideology in the White House? If not, please, vote against Trump.