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KKK official newspaper supports Donald Trump for president; campaign calls it ‘repulsive’

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s campaign is firmly rejecting the embrace of a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated newspaper.

The latest issue of The Crusader used Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan as its headline for an editorial praising the catchphrase and the Republican presidential candidate.

The newspaper bills itself as “The Premier Voice of the White Resistance.”

“While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, What made America great in the first place? The short answer to that is simple,” the article says. “America was great not because of what our forefathers did — but because of who are forefathers were, America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”

The newspaper didn’t specifically call for readers to vote for Trump.

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In a statement, the Trump campaign calls the newspaper “repulsive.” It said its “views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign.”

“Mr. Trump and the campaign denounces hate in any form. This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign,” a spokesperson for the campaign said in a statement.

Trump had been criticized earlier in the campaign for failing to immediately denounce the endorsement of David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

*With files from Global News