Donald Trump has built his presidential campaign on bigotry and has done all he can to cozy up to the racist alt-right. Apparently, white supremacy is a Trump family affair. Donald Trump Jr. is a big fan of the white nationalist movement and records show that the GOP nominee’s father was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan riot.
According to Philip Bump of The Washington Post, “On Memorial Day 1927, brawls erupted in New York led by sympathizers of the Italian fascist movement and the Ku Klux Klan. In the fascist brawl, which took place in the Bronx, two Italian men were killed by anti-fascists. In Queens, 1,000 white-robed Klansmen marched through the Jamaica neighborhood, eventually spurring an all-out brawl in which seven men were arrested.”
Guess who was among those arrested? Go on, guess! Ahh, I know, the title gave it away. Fred Trump of 175-24 Devonshire Rd. in Jamaica, aka Donald Trump’s father. Trump did have a brother named Fred as well, but he wasn’t even born yet. According to the 1930 Census, Fred C. Trump lived at the Devonshire Road address with his mother.
Naturally, when the report surfaced last year, Trump vehemently denied that his father had ever been arrested in connection with the KKK riot.
He was never arrested. He has nothing to do with this. This never happened. This is nonsense and it never happened. This never happened. Never took place. He was never arrested, never convicted, never even charged. It’s a completely false, ridiculous story. He was never there! It never happened. Never took place.
Trump also denied having any knowledge of the KKK or the group’s former leader, David Duke, who has been so inspired by the bigoted billionaire that he has launched his own bid for the Senate. When CNN asked Trump do disavow Duke and the KKK, he claimed that he simply didn’t know enough about white supremacy to condemn it.
“I don’t know anything about David Duke, okay,” Trump said. “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.”
But from the looks of it, at least three generations of Trumps know all about white supremacy.
April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.