Trump and his allies?

Trump and his allies?

Trump and his allies?

Trump sadly is still the GOP front runner. The GOP clearly has a problem and that problem is not just Trump but what offal he and his campaign are dragging in. The latest red flag was this reported interview with a Trump son (Donald Jr.) by an internet radio host who got press credentials from the Trump campaign:

“Political Cesspool” host James Edwards thinks that slavery was the greatest thing that ever happened to black people. He also thinks that Donald Trump is the greatest thing that ever happened to the Republican Party.

Gee that is sure someone who will do well in the big tent. And Trump is soooooo smart that his YUUUUUGEEE campaign would never let this guy in, right?

Edwards attended a Trump rally in Memphis last Saturday, as a fully credentialed member of the press. From the media pen, Edwards hosted a live broadcast of his “unapologetically pro-white” radio show, and snagged a 20-minute interview with our future president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., according to a blog post published Tuesday. The post was first flagged by Little Green Footballs. Past guests on “Political Cesspool” have included Ku Klux Klan leaders, Holocaust deniers, and Holocaust affirmers (a.k.a. neo-Nazis).

The Trump campaign, however, denies that any such interview took place. The campaign told The Hill that Donald Jr. was not in attendance at Saturday’s rally, and did not “to his knowledge” grant Edwards an interview this past week. The campaign did not dispute the fact that Edwards was granted full press credentials, but did say that it “strongly condemns” the host’s personal views.

Wow. In the interests of full disclosure, Little Green Footballs has about as much credibility as Infowars but this story was confirmed here and as NY Mag further states,

In isolation, one could argue that the Trump campaign’s only crime here is an openness to non-Establishment media. In the middle of a frenzied campaign, they didn’t have time to screen everyone who requested press credentials and erred on the side of access. But there are a couple of flies in that ointment. For one thing, the Trump campaign hasn’t been shy about denying press credentials to outlets they don’t trust. More critically, the GOP front-runner has given plenty of other indications that he’s consciously courting the white supremacist vote.

There was the interview on CNN last weekend, when the Donald told Jake Tapper that he didn’t know enough about David Duke or “white supremacists” to say whether he disowned their endorsements. Since then, he has repeatedly said that he “disavows” such people. Or rather, whenever he’s asked about Duke, he now says, “I disavow” — subject, verb, but no object. Trump does not say, “I disavow the support of white supremacists,” or “I don’t want the support of anyone who still believes in the fiction that there are superior and inferior races.” He has delivered no sound-bite that would ruffle the feathers of the neo-Nazis he so frequently retweets.

The host’s personal views ARE his radio bits. If you are giving a blogger press credentials, would you not read the blog or listen to the show first? But really the issue is not this joker and his show. It is the rather depressing fact that white supremacists and Louie Farrakhan are feeling comfortable with Trump and are expressing their views about Hispanics, Jews (yes Ivanka Jews: Farrakhan hates you and the kiddos), Muslims and the disabled and women. These are all things I spent most of my adult life believing were not Republican values. We are not the party of hate, right? The Trumpaloompaloompas and Donald Trump himself makes me wonder.

This is #NotMyGOP and I am not alone in this. The damage done by Trump and his followers may be fatal and irreversible and will hurt the state and local candidates who wear the title GOP almost beyond repair in November.

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  • GWB says:

    This is not just trolling, but asking an honest question:
    Why do we treat endorsements as if the candidate is endorsing the endorser, rather than the other way around?

    If I was drinking free beer in a bar, and someone came up to me and said “do you know what a rotten piece of crap that guy is? why are you drinking with him?” I would answer “I am DRINKING. HIS. BEER.”

    If I were challenged on being endorsed by idiotic people, my answer would be “Well, I want the idiots to vote for me, too. I think I offer the correct principles and ideas in such a way that even the stopped clocks will vote for me twice.”

  • dflickiss says:

    Traditionally Republicans have condemned racist groups and disavowed any endorsements by such groups as soon as they were informed of the endorsement.

    If Trump had come out and said, I won’t even reject the idiots who want to vote for me – that would have been a strong enough rejection to appease most people I think. However, he denied knowing anything about Duke or the KKK. How the hell can anyone who passed basic American history in High school not know about the KKK?

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