President Donald Trump claims to have nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party or any other white nationalist or white supremacy groups, although a quick review of footage from his campaign rallies from 2016 may suggest otherwise.
President Trump also has a historical connection to the Ku Klux Klan.
As a point of fact, his father Fred C. Trump was arrested at a Klan rally in New York City on Memorial Day ninety years ago.
Trump made a point of pleading ignorance about the Klan and members past and present while a candidate for president, responding to former Klansman David Duke’s endorsement of him by saying, “I don’t know anything about David Duke, okay.
I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.
I don’t know, did he endorse me? Or what’s going on.
Because I know nothing about David Duke.
I know nothing about white supremacists.” Previously, in 2000, Donald decided not to run for office on the Reform Party ticking, claiming that “Reform Party now includes a Klansman, Mr. Duke, a neo-Nazi, Mr. Buchanan, and a communist, Ms. Fulani. This is not company I wish to keep.”
All this pushback looks suspicious in light of an article in The New York Times from 1927 that details a street fight between New York City police and the Ku Klux Klan, during which Trump’s father was arrested.
Notes the newspaper article with great specificity, “Fred Trump of 175-24 Devonshire Road, Jamaica, was discharged.”
Described a 2016 Washington Post article about the 1927 Memorial Day Klan rally that erupted into the fight, “The predication for the Klan to march, according to a flier passed around Jamaica beforehand, was that ‘Native-born Protestant Americans’ were being ‘assaulted by Roman Catholic police of New York City, when native-born Protestant Americans dare to organize to protect one flag, the American flag; one school, the public school; and one language, the English language.’”
Do you think President Trump bears his father’s influence?