“I’ve said from the beginning I think his campaign is good in the sense that it’s bringing these issues to a discussion which we have to have in America. And he’s continuing to move the envelope further and I think he understands the real sentiment of America.”
Such an endorsement would appear to be great for the Trump campaign, right? All pundits know that an endorsement from a well-loved politician or political figure can make a major difference for a candidate’s campaign. Take Obama’s support for the Clinton campaign, for example. With an approval rating at 56%, Obama’s legacy clearly resonates well among Americans. As such, when he announced his unwavering support for the Clinton campaign, it provided a substantial component for Hillary and her team. The only issue with the Trump endorsement above, however, is that it did not come from a famed, well-liked politician. No, it came from David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
This is merely one of the numerous endorsements Trump has received from white supremacist, nationalistic figures. The Daily Stormer, a leading neo-Nazi news site; Richard Spencer, director of the National Policy Institute, which promotes the “heritage, identity, and future of European people;” Jared Taylor, editor of American Renaissance, a Virginia-based white nationalist magazine; Michael Hill, head of the League of the South, an Alabama-based white supremacist secessionist group; and Brad Griffin, a member of Hill’s League of the South and author of the popular white supremacist blog Hunter Wallace, make up just a portion of Trump’s radical fan base. It’s certainly no wonder that Trump’s campaign polls around 1% with African American voters and only slightly better among minority groups at large.
These offers of support and praise from notably racist, xenophobic individuals are certainly cause for concern. This worry was capitalized upon by Clinton’s campaign staff, as their latest advertisement seeks to depict Trump’s support base as alt-Right, racist nutjobs. The video features clips of endorsements from some of the individuals listed above, as well as others, in which they explain that Trump would be the ideal president based on his alignment with their 1860’s beliefs. “The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes, we believe in,” says a man in Ku Klux Klan garb. The Confederate flag waves in the background, as more endorsements from similar individuals play out.
Hillary’s campaign finally warns that, if Trump wins the White House, these individuals will be running the country. Needless to say, this will not bode well for Trump.
The Trump campaign has issued a statement in response to the new advertisement. "Hillary Clinton and her campaign went to a disgusting new low today as they released a video tying the Trump Campaign with horrific racial images. This type of rhetoric and repulsive advertising is revolting and completely beyond the pale. I call on Hillary Clinton to disavow this video and her campaign for this sickening act that has no place in our world."
What the Trump campaign seems to not understand, unfortunately, is that these endorsements are not fake, and nor are they out-of-bounds. These radical figures actually offered their support for Trump, and the Clinton campaign is merely showing the American people that this is the case.
Do you believe that the Clinton campaign went too far with this ad?