The campaign team of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has rejected praise from the Ku Klux Klan as “repulsive” and in a statement, said the views of the newspaper linked to the organization “do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign.”
The rejection came after the latest issue of the KKK-linked newspaper, “The Crusader,” used Trump’s slogan –“Make America Great Again” to praise the candidate. The newspaper calls itself “The Premier Voice of the White Resistance.”
It might seem ironic, but it took a Jewish guy to protect a member of the Ku Klux Klan from at least 30 angry counter protesters this past weekend when his fellow Klansmen abandoned him.
Six members of the white supremacist group had showed up for the planned anti-immigration rally on the “white lives matter” theme, according to Anaheim Police Dept. Spokesperson Sgt. Daron Wyatt. Several were wearing navy blue uniforms, with a patch of the Confederate flag sewn on the sleeve.
The Klan leader knocked to the ground was Will Quigg, national leader of the group, as the scuffle quickly became a beat-down. The Klansman was taking the worst of it when Prof. Brian Levin stepped in.
“The protesters were going to tear these guys limb for limb,” he told Guns.com . “I don’t know how long I could’ve held them back.” Levin was there to witness and record the KKK, which he has been doing for several years. But police had not yet arrived, and violence had started.
“I’ve seen this before,” Levin said. “You don’t want a hostile crowd with a stationary target on the ground. Once you get a crowd going, it doesn’t stop.”
Wyatt said Klansmen stabbed three protesters, including one who was stabbed with “the decorative end of a flagpole” and rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition. A total of five people were injured, including two from the hate group.
Police had not expected the counter protesters would become violent. “The KKK, as reprehensible as it may be, is protected by the First Amendment,” Wyatt said. “They have a right under the Constitution to say what they want to say.”
Levin made it clear he was not protecting the Klansman on philosophical grounds, but rather to ensure that no one was killed in the violence. He later asked the KKK member how it felt to have his life saved by a Jewish man. “I thank you,” the Klansman replied. “I thank you.”
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump set off more than a firestorm when he claimed to have “no knowledge about” the Ku Klux Klan and its former leader, David Duke.
He also spurred the New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to spring into action with its own campaign to provide informatio to every presidential candidate (including Trump) on hate groups and other extremists.
The trigger for this brouhaha began with last week’s expression of support for “The Donald” by former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Dr. David Duke.
Trump disavowed the support on Friday, but in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, seemed to forget the entire affair and also disavowed any knowledge at all about David Duke or the KKK – a stumble that raised a firestorm.
“David Duke is a notorious anti-Semite and racist and his name is synonymous with bigotry,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL’s CEO. “Duke is a perennial candidate for elected office and perhaps America’s best known racist and anti-Semite. He is a former Imperial Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. His message is racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-American to its very core, and he’s clearly exploiting Mr. Trump’s candidacy to get publicity for himself and his hateful ideas.”
ADL’s Center on Extremism monitors and exposes extremists and hate groups.
The group said it is providing for the public at large, including the Trump campaign, information about extremists “so that all candidates can be fully aware of these individuals and have a more complete picture when determining whose endorsements they should accept or reject.”
Greenblatt said the ADL hopes it can prevent white supremacists from using the campaign to “mainstream their bigotry.
“It is imperative for elected leaders and political candidates like Mr. Trump and others in the public eye to disavow haters such as Duke and the other white supremacists who have endorsed his candidacy. By not disavowing their racism and hatred, Trump gives them and their views a degree of legitimacy. Even if it is unintentional on his part, he allows them to feel that they are reaching mainstream America with their message of intolerance.”
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump walked straight into a mine field Sunday when he told CNN’s State of the Union interviewer that he didn’t “know anything about” former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.
“Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage,” Duke had said last week on the David Duke Radio Program.
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Trump whether he was prepared to condemn Duke and the KKK, as the ADL had asked him to do.
Duke meanwhile had also posted a long post supporting Trump on his Facebook page a few days earlier, together with denials of any current connection with the KKK and self-congratulatory, anti-Semitic harangues about being “the most well-known American who reveals the facts of the Jewish tribalist takeover of our media.”
Trump seemed to be caught unawares, and did a backstep.
“Honestly, I don’t know David Duke. I don’t believe I’ve ever met him. I’m pretty sure I didn’t meet him. And I just don’t know anything about him,” Trump replied. “Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” he said. “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.”
But after the interview, Trump recalled he had already disavowed Duke and his former racist colleagues at a news conference last Friday – a fact he tweeted after the program.
It’s not even the first time he has done so; Trump also had disavowed Duke in February 2000, according to Politico.
Trump was asked about Duke by reporters at that time and said then that he disavowed him. He responded to a withering storm of criticism following Sunday’s show by sharing a clip of his answer on Twitter.
The exchange precedes Super Tuesday, during which a dozen states, most of which are in the South, are set to go to the polls for primary elections.
Trump meanwhile has picked up two key endorsements, including one from a major player in the South.
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions endorsed Donald Trump on Sunday at a rally held in his home state of Alabama, saying, “This is not a campaign, this is a movement.” Sessions is the first Senator to endorse Trump.
But he has also already received endorsements over the weekend from Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Paul LePage of Maine, and former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.
The growing swell of support could be a sign that Republican Party leaders are starting to accept that Trump will likely be their nominee.
“I can guarantee you that the one person that Hillary and Bill Clinton do not want to see on that stage come next September is Donald Trump,” Christie said during his endorsement on Friday.
“They do not know the play book with Donald Trump because… he is rewriting the play book of American politics. He is providing strong leadership that is not dependent upon the status quo.”
Christie said he would lend his support to help Trump from now until the election and then after as well. The remark gives rise to speculation that perhaps he and Trump have discussed a position for Christie in a future Trump administration.
I am [at] peace, but when I speak, they [come] to war – Psalms 120:7).
A new video of an Arab event in the Old City that was in celebration of a new groom shows the overwhelming presence of political aspirations, with flags of both the Hamas terrorist organization and the Palestinian Authority.
If foreign media were to take off their blinders, they could understand better, if they wanted to, the essential differences between the intentions of Jews and Muslims at the Old City and on the Temple Mount.
We have no idea of what the Arabs were chanting in their flag-waving celebrations, but it is a safe assumption they were not reciting Psalms.
Up to several thousand Jews march in the same place every month, except when the police decide it might offend Arabs. They also wave flags, those depicting the Holy Temple. Two of them were destroyed centuries ago, but the Palestinian Authority likes to claim they never existed.
The monthly rallies are centered on the recital of several Psalms, which brings to mind the obvious one when comparing the Muslim and Jewish marches.
Psalms 120:67 states:
I am [at] peace, but when I speak, they [come] to [wage] war.
The literal translation is “I am peace, but when I speak, they are war,” and the words “at or “for” are necessarily inserted in the first part of the verse and “come” in the second part.
Every translation of any text is prone to interpretation, and when it comes to Israel, the interpretations come with a mindset.
The international community does not consider Israel for peace, and it likes to believe that the Arab world wants peace.
The most recent evidence comes from the newest batch of “pro-Israel” Hillary Clinton’s private e-mails.
She and her close confidantes pre-judge Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as a man against peace. The Palestinian Authority is assumed to be a friend of peace, despite Psalms 120:7, Palestinian Authority incitement and terror, and Mahmoud Abbas’ spitting in the face of the Obama administration by openly destroying the basis of the Oslo Accords and rejecting a diplomatic solution.
The e-mails to Clinton’s private e-mail server, even though some of the information was classified, are chock full of anti-Netanyahu observations from people such as Martin Indyk, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel. He wrote Clinton about Netanyahu:
At heart, he seems to lack a generosity of spirit. This combines with his legendary fear of being seen as a ‘freier’ [sucker] in front of his people to create a real problem in the negotiations, especially because he holds most of the cards.
Another source of the e-mails is Sid Blumenthal, whom Clinton seems to have made a de facto adviser when she was Secretary of State even though the White House rejected her attempt to bring him on board in an official capacity.
Clinton insists his e-mails were “unsolicited” but one of her e-mails to him states, “Keep ’em coming,” and another beseeches him to advise her before she was to speak to AIPAC.
She liked what she read because it was nasty towards Netanyahu, and keep in mind that if Clinton is the next president of the United States, Blumenthal will be on her team.
[Netanyahu’s] father, Benzion Netanyahu; 100 years old, secretary to Jabotinsky, and denounced as too radical by Begin, adored his son Yoni, heroically killed at Entebbe. Benyamin has never measured up. Benzion has constantly criticized him in public for his deviations from the doctrine of Greater Israel.
Bibi desperately seeks his father’s approbation and can never equal his dead brother. See Benzion’s most recent scathing undermining of his son Bibi and Bibi’s tearful tribute to his brother just last month.
A 74-year-old white supremacist convicted of killing three people at two Jewish Kansas City sites in April 2014, gave the Nazi salute to jurors at his trial on Monday.
Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., 74 did not know that none of his victims were Jewish at the time he pointed his gun, but reportedly regretted that when he later found out.
A Vietnam War veteran who founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in his native North Carolina, Miller later also founded the White Patriot Party. He ran on a White Power platform for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006 and the U.S. Senate in 2010 in Missouri.
Defending himself in the trial with a standby counsel, Miller claimed the nature of his crime would allow him to die as a “martyr.” He objected when District Attorney Steve Howe, who alleged he wanted to kill as many people as possible, correcting the prosecutor: “I wanted to kill Jews, not people.”
In his closing statement he wrote on a white board, “Diversity is a code word for white genocide!”
Howe told the court in his closing arguments against Miller, “He wants to be the one who decides who lives and dies.”
Miller had pleaded not guilty to the charges despite admitting to killing his three victims, because he said it was his “duty” to stop what he believed was a genocide against the white race.
The seven men and five women of the jury took just over two hours to find Miller guilty on one count of capital murder, three counts of attempted murder, and charges of assault and weapons possession.
“The fat lady just sang,” Miller proclaimed in response to the verdict, raising his right arm in a Nazi salute to the jury. As the 12 jurors filed out of the courtroom, he called after them, “You probably won’t sleep tonight.”
In response, the judge reminded him that same jury would decide the length of his sentence – and for that matter, whether he lives or dies.
The sentencing phase of proceedings is set to begin today (Tuesday, Sept. 1).
A University of Minnesota’s graduate student representative to the Board of Regents has compared Students Supporting Israel (SSI) to the Ku Klux Klan, the Campus Reform website reported.
Student representative Damien Carriere labeled SSI a “hate group” in emails sent to the university’s student government executive board in a campaign to remove the founder of the pro-Israel group from the Student Services Committee.
Campus Reform reported that the committee “is responsible for the distribution of millions of dollars in funds to various student groups.”
“He is a member of a hate group (SSI) and I think he comes in with a fishy agenda,” Carriere wrote in a series of e-mails Campus Reform obtained. “[Ilan Sinelnikov’] is a member of a hate group (SSI) and I think he comes in with a fishy agenda.”
After members of the executive board of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) began questioning his classification of SSI as a hate group, Campus Reform stated that Carriere wrote that the Student Services Committee “would fund a KKK group if they justify their request well. So let us consider that they do pass the student group test.”
The GAPSA later removed Sinelnikov because they were not convinced he had “demonstrated the ability to remain impartial.”
“I was the only candidate singled out for questioning and such bias scrutiny by the certain members of the Assembly,” Sinelnikov told Campus Reform.
“It is unfortunate that they were unable to put aside their bigotry towards my national origin when performing their duties as student representatives,” he added. “GAPSA proved its bias and ignorance against me because of my political beliefs and my ethnic background. Being singled out based for those reasons after a long campaign against Students Supporting Israel reminds me why Students Supporting Israel was founded–to fight anti-Semitism and bias on college campuses”
The university’s undergraduate student body president told Campus Reform, whose self-stated mission is to be “a watchdog to the nation’s higher education system” and expose “bias and abuse on the nation’s college campuses.” that she will take action in defense of Sinelnikov, who she believes has been discriminated against.
Carriere’s reasoning for comparing SSI with KKK is that members of the group who support Israel belong “to a certain ideology which is present among some citizens of that state that has been refusing rights to minorities outside of the recognized borders of that country.”
In another e-mail, Carrier said Christian Crusaders for Christ also is a hate group because it “is named after a bloody and inherently racist episode in European history.”
The term crusade is considered by many as offensive because it refers to the will of chasing the Muslims from their land by mean [sic] of war,” Carriere wrote.
Now that it is Thanksgiving, perhaps Carriere will demand that the United States return the Land of the Free to the Indians and move to a reserve.