Donald J. Trump, presidential candidate, refused to condemn the Ku Klux Klan when one of its former leaders, David Duke, told America that if a white person didn’t vote for Trump it would be “treason” against our “White Heritage.” 

When he was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he rejected Duke’s “endorsement,” Trump refused to reject the former KKK leader’s endorsement and refused to reject the KKK altogether by stating that he did not know anything about Duke or the KKK.

Clear discrimination against blacks and Hispanics plus two Ku Klux Klan episodes and the hiring of illegal aliens from Poland and hiring thousands of foreigners instead of Americans is Donald J. Trump’s life experience before his candidacy of president.

- Raoul Lowery Contreras

Here is David Duke discussing Trump on his radio program on August 25, 2015: “He has really said some incredibly great things recently. So whatever his motivation, I don’t give a damn. I really like the fact that he’s speaking out on this greatest immediate threat to the American people.”

The next day, during an interview with Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, Trump responded: “I don’t need [Duke’s] endorsement; I certainly wouldn’t want his endorsement.”

“I don’t need anyone’s endorsement,” he added.

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Asked whether he would repudiate the endorsement, Trump said “Sure, I would if that would make you feel better.”

And then the following day, August 27, 2015, the issue was brought up again during a press conference:

National Review Online reporter: How do you feel about your recent endorsement from David Duke?

Trump: I didn’t even know he endorsed me. David Duke endorsed me? OK. Alright. I disavow it, OK? (turning to another reporter) Yes, go ahead.”

And lastly this past week, on CNN Sunday, February 28th:

Tapper: “Will you unequivocally condemn David Duke and say that you don’t want his vote or that of other white supremacists in this election?”

Trump: Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke. OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know.

"I don’t know, did he endorse me or what’s going on, because, you know, I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you’re asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about."

Trump lies.

We know Donald’s father, Fred, was arrested at least once for a KKK incident June 1927 (New York Times). We also know that Trump’s father and Donald were charged by the Richard Nixon Department of Justice (DOJ) with massive housing discrimination against blacks and Puerto Ricans.

The entire investigation and charges by the Nixon DOJ are outlined in a Washington Post article of January 23, 2016, by Michael Kranish and Robert O’Harrow Jr. In it they outlined how undercover federal government “testers” filled applications to rent apartments in some of the 14,000 Trump managed. Black testers were encouraged to go elsewhere and their applications were coded with a “C” or coded with “No. 9” to indicate they were “colored” or Puerto Ricans. White applicants were shown apartments while black applicants were not.

In October 1973, the Nixon DOJ landed on Donald Trump and his father with the entire weight of the federal government for violation of civil rights. Fred Trump called a news conference and charged the federal government with “outrageous lies.” Trump Jr., who clubbed in private New York disco clubs with infamous lawyer Roy Cohn of Senator Joe McCarthy days, hired Cohn to represent the Trumps. Cohn, a champion of sleaze, attacked potential witnesses and even the government lawyers themselves. 

Nonetheless, the case was so legally strong that after a two-year fight the Trumps surrendered and signed a consent decree that, while secret, cost the Trumps a lot of money. They had to pay for advertising of every apartment vacancy and in those ads had to state that they were an “Equal Opportunity” landlord. The National Urban League handled all apartment applications.

Clear discrimination against blacks and Hispanics plus two Ku Klux Klan episodes and the hiring of illegal immigrants from Poland and hiring thousands of foreigners instead of Americans is Donald J. Trump’s life experience before his candidacy of president.

Candidate Trump has raised many objections to current immigration and proposed a total cutoff of any Muslim entry into the country. He has accused all Mexicans (except “some”) of being criminals and “rapists.” He cannot decide whether or not to reject White Supremacists and a former KKK leader’s support. One must wonder if we Americans have entered a political “Twilight Zone.”     

Raoul Lowery Contreras is a political consultant. He was formerly with the New American News Service of the New York Times Syndicate. Contreras's books are available at Amazon.com

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