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Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Bit of History of Trump's Father and the KKK

This is for the various self-labeled members of the Stupid Party. 

You know, the ones who've been pushing the story on the intertubz about Hillary's friendship with Senator Robert Byrd, former KKK member, who vociferously and regularly apologized and denounced his membership in that vile organization.

Senator Byrd, it is true, was a member of the KKK, and even voted against Thurgood Marshall for SCOTUS. But Senator Byrd did something that the Evangelical conservatives find ennobling, he redeemed himself by rejecting everything the KKK stands for and personally apologized many times over for his association with that terrorist organization. 

For the rabid radicals on the right to smear the late Senator Byrd (and indirectly Hillary Clinton for her association with him) for something he strongly and unequivocally renounced is to reveal their hypocrisy, because as Christians they supposedly believe in the power of redemption through forgiveness and God's grace, but apparently that applies only to Republican Christians. Hypocrites of the worst sort.

The radical rabid right wingers gloss over the truth of Robert Byrd's rejection of the KKK, hoping others, as intellectually lazy and uninformed as they, will swallow that slander the way they swallow every other slander against Clinton they find in their crazy uncles' emails.

I'll bet they delete this email below when someone who tries to enlighten The Stupids sends it to their email addresses:

by digby

Just a little reminder for all the Trump defenders out there who are trying to say Clinton is racist for being friendly to Robert Byrd years after he had repudiated his KKK affiliation.

This is from a piece by Rick Perlstein about Trump's "urban avenging angel" form of conservatism:

No history of modern conservatism I’m aware of finds much significance in the 22,000 Nazi sympathizers who rallied for Hitler at Madison Square Garden in February 1939, presided over by a giant banner of General George Washington that stretched almost all the way to the second deck, capped off by a menacing eagle insignia.

Nor the now-infamous Ku Klux Klan march through the streets of Queens in 1927, when The New York Times reported “1,000 Klansmen and 100 policemen staged a free-for-all,” in which according to one contemporary news report all the individuals arrested were wearing Klan attire, and that one of those arrestees was Donald Trump’s own father.

Has Trump disavowed his father's KKK affiliation or are his current associations just a continuation of his family's tradition? It seems fair enough to ask since it doesn't appear that his father, unlike Robert Byrd, ever apologized for his youthful membership in the Klan or unlike Byrd ever did one thing to make up for it.  And neither has his son.


Bluebull said...

Great post! They often try that lame, absurd argument to deflect from the FACT that today's GOP is made up of MANY MANY racists. Not all Republicans are racist but the VAST majority of racists are Republicans.

Infidel753 said...

It would be great to see Trump bluntly questioned about repudiating his father's KKK associations, just to watch him dodge and weave and eventually boil over. My impression is that his father Fred is the only person he has ever truly respected. It's hard to imagine that his racial attitudes escaped being influenced by his father.

I was intrigued a while ago to discover the story of one of Fred Trump's tenants in the 1950s, Woody Guthrie, to whom "Old Man Trump" became the embodiment of the racism of the time.