Earlier this week, the official newspaper of the Ku Klux Klan published an article declaring its support for Republican nominee Donald Trump. In response, the presidential hopeful’s campaign denounced the publication’s message and maintained that Trump is against any form of hate.
The Crusader, which is a quarterly publication that refers to itself as the main voice of the country’s white resistance movement, recently ran an article written by Pastor Thomas Rob, a national director for the Ku Klux Clan.
In his article, Robb broke down what he perceives as the real message behind Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” For the KKK official, he believes the U.S. only became great in the first place primarily due to the racial background of its forefathers.
Robb then went on to discuss white supremacy in the country and his issues with the LGBT community, VOX reported.
However, almost immediately after the article was published, Trump’s campaign responded by rejecting The Crusader’s support for him. According to his camp, the views presented by Robb in his article do not reflect Trump’s platform nor the opinions of his other supporters.
“Mr. Trump and the campaign denounces hate in any form,” a representative from the candidate’s campaign said in a statement to CNN. “The publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign.”
Robb, on the other hand, has not yet issued a statement in response to the message released by Trump’s campaign. However, he noted that although The Crusader was not officially endorsing Trump through the article, it is still an avid supporter of his candidacy.
But, based on the statement issued by Trump’s camp, it is maintaining its stance against white nationalists who spread hate messages. Recently, his campaigned distanced itself from a white nationalist group in Utah that slandered independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin.