In a not-so-surprising 11th hour maneuver, the official newspaper of the Ku Klux Klan displayed its support for Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The entire front page of the current issue of The Crusader, the KKK’s quarterly newspaper, is devoted to Trump.
"While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, 'What made America great in the first place?'" writes Pastor Thomas Robb. "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’s show of support is nothing new for the Trump campaign, which has attracted several white supremacist organizations.
California white nationalist William Johnson, last week, launched a robocall effort on behalf of Trump against Independent candidate Evan McMullin. Johnson claimed McMullin was a ‘closet homosexual’ with ‘two mommies.’
And in Louisiana, former KKK Imperial Wizard David Duke has appeared on numerous radio and television programs voicing support for Trump.
“Vote for Trump for President and David Duke for Senate and let’s take America back,” says Duke, in a video for his U.S. Senate campaign.
As for the Crusader, Robb stopped just short of calling its latest issue an “endorsement” of Trump.
"Overall, we do like his nationalist views and his words about shutting down the border to illegal aliens," Robb told the Washington Post. "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 Crusader bills itself as the “Political Voice of White Christian America.” The newspaper lists a P.O. Box in Harrison, Arkansas for an address.
Late Tuesday evening the Trump campaign issued a statement calling the newspaper "repulsive." Trump himself has repeatedly disavowed Duke.