It has been two months since Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump ostentatiously refused to disavow the endorsement of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke on national television, even though he had already done so on other less visible occasions. Since he’s running for the nomination of a party whose congressional leadership includes a man who once sold himself as a version of Duke, the controversy eventually died down, but it may be about to ignite anew on the GOP’s lawn.
A man calling himself the Imperial Wizard for the Rebel Brigade of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (and, presumably, Mother of Dragons) has now publicly endorsed Donald Trump, and listed Ohio Governor John Kasich as his second choice. His reason for rejecting Ted Cruz might sound familiar:
“I think Donald Trump would be best for the job.”
“The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes in, we believe in. We want our country to be safe.”
“If Donald Trump dropped out tomorrow I would support Kasich before I would Ted Cruz because he is not an American citizen.”
Trump, you may recall, had similar “concerns” about Cruz.
As the Klan leader’s verbose title indicates, there are actually many mini-Klans all over the place, so this doesn’t have to be the end of the fun for Trump and the media, which can now endlessly ask Trump about this endorsement, and maybe even see what Ted Cruz is willing to do to get the Klan on board. At the very least, it sounds like the Grand Wizard likes Cruz better than John Boehner does.
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