Donald Trump endorsed by KKK newspaper as he surges into poll lead

US presidential election: Donald Trump's been unofficially endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan's newspaper

Donald Trump

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

With news that Donald Trump has surged into a shock lead in the US opinion polls, it seems the Republican challenger has received an endorsement he could probably do without.

The front page of The Crusader - a prominent newspaper for the Ku Klux Klan - is entitled 'Make America Great Again' and provides a lengthy defence of the Republican candidate's message. 

The article is quoted as follows: “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. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”

"The Crusader" is the official newspaper of the KKK. #MAGA #DonaldTrump

— Billy Gee (@billygee12) November 1, 2016

The KKK, founded in the aftermath of the American Civil War, is notorious for its white supremacist views. In the 1960s the group was a violent opponent of the civil rights movement, using violence and murder to intimidate activists.

Trump's campaign responded by criticising the article. It released a statement on Tuesday evening, saying: “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."