Donald Trump is rejecting the support of the Ku Klux Klan’s official newspaper — one of the few publications to support the controversial nominee.
The Crusader, the most prominent newspaper of the white supremacist group, expressed its approval of Trump on the front page of its latest issue. Trump’s campaign swiftly rejected the support and called the publication “repulsive,” CNN reports.
“Mr. Trump and the campaign denounces hate in any form. This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign,” the campaign said in a statement to CNN.
In an article titled “Make America Great Again,” Thomas Robb defended the presidential hopeful’s slogan, writing, “Can America really be great again? This is what we will soon find out!” according to NBC News.
Robb continued: “While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, ‘What made America great in the first place?’ 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.”
The quarterly journal bills itself as “The Premier Voice of the White Resistance.”
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Although the Trump campaign was quick to condemn the support, Robb told the Washington Post that his article was not an official endorsement of the 70-year-old.
“Overall, we do like his nationalist views and his words about shutting down the border to illegal aliens,” Robb said. “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.”
This is not the first time Trump has received praise from a white supremacist, but the rejection was Trump’s most swift response to receiving support from the KKK.
The GOP nominee initially refused to denounce the KKK and former leader David Duke after Duke expressed his support for the business mogul.
However, after much criticism and backlash, Trump officially distanced himself from the prominent white supremacist months later, CNN reports.