Media finding new ways to link Trump to the Klan and racism

The media don't coordinate, do they?  Because on the same day I see an article linking Donald Trump to the Klan in the WaPo, I see an article in the Times wondering how in the world black celebrities can possibly like him.

Rachel Pendergraft – the national organizer for the Knights Party, a standard-bearer for the Ku Klux Klan – told The Washington Post that the KKK, for one, has a new conversation starter at its disposal.

You might call it a "Trump card."

It involves, say, walking into a coffee shop or sitting on a train while carrying a newspaper with a Donald Trump headline. The Republican presidential candidate, Pendergraft told The Post, has become a great outreach tool, providing separatists with an easy way to start a conversation about issues that are important to the dying white supremacist movement.

In addition to opening "a door to conversation," she said, Trump's surging candidacy has done something else: It has electrified some members of the movement.

For large numbers of Americans, Trump's blunt rhetoric surrounding immigration, minority groups and crime may sound like finely tuned retrograde vitriol. But for Pendergraft and a growing number of white nationalists flocking to the campaign's circus-like tent, the billionaire sounds familiar, like a man fluent in the native tongue of disaffected whites.

What makes Trump "popular" with the Ku Klux Klan?  He talks about immigration, minority groups, and crime.  I didn't know that talking about crime made one a member of the Klan.  It is true that Trump has been widely reported as saying that Mexican immigrants are rapists, but the only problem is that he never said that.  He was talking about some illegal aliens from Mexico.  Newspapers tended to lose the distinction.  But if one Klansman can be quoted as saying that talking about Trump is "helpful," poof, instant article.

Meanwhile, the Times is trying to figure out how black celebrities can possibly like Donald Trump.

While [some] have denounced Mr. Trump, others are sticking by him, saying that they were drawn to him in part because of his unvarnished personality – and his loyalty – and that they would not abandon him now.

"Hey, that's my man. That's who he is," said Don King, the boxing promoter, discussing what he called Mr. Trump's "outlandish" remarks. "To me, Donald is Donald. That's not a presidential endorsement, but it is a humanistic endorsement."

Mr. Tyson, who is Muslim, recently defended Mr. Trump, telling the website TMZ, "Hey, listen, anybody that was ever president of the United States offended some group of people."

Herschel Walker, a football great who played for the New Jersey Generals when Mr. Trump bought the team in the 1980s and who considers him a friend, said some of the candidate's recent statements were being taken too literally.

"I don't think Donald is against Muslims, or blacks, or Hispanics," Mr. Walker said. "I do know he is going to try to make this country safe."

You know, I never see articles describing how Obama, with his charge that racism is in our nation's "DNA," is emboldening the racist #BlackLivesMatter group, or black student radicals who are oppressing universities, or black protesters who attack the police who are the only thing who protect them from killers, most of whom are black.

I never see articles asking how Jews can possibly be friendly toward Obama, given his overtly hostile attitude toward Israel and his friendship with anti-Semites like CAIR and Reverend Wright.

But Donald Trump is being given this treatment because he is the Republican frontrunner.  There are a number of reasons to be troubled by Donald Trump, but this isn't one of them.

This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of, the conservative news site.