Donald Trump says that he does not want the endorsement of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and that he would “certainly” repudiate his support.
“I don’t need his endorsement, I certainly wouldn’t want his endorsement, I don’t need anybody’s endorsement,” Trump said in an interview on Bloomberg News.
Asked if he would repudiate an endorsement from Duke, he replied: “Sure.”
“I would do that if it would make you feel better,” he said, adding “I don’t know anything about him.”
Duke used his radio program last week to praise Trump’s stringent immigration policy and call the real estate mogul “the best of the lot” of the 2016 candidates.
Trump demurred when asked to weigh in on reports that he is popular with white supremacist groups.
“A lot of people like me,” he said.
I love how he handles this. Any other candidate would’ve tried to roll out any non-racist credentials they could at the moment, be it MLK quotes, talking about the black kid that they knew in 6th grade or whatever. Trump just half-heartedly says something along the lines of what we would expect from a candidate and then makes a backhanded comment that completely dismisses the personal effect of the media on him.
I think there’s two things going on here with the media really going after Trump. First, although it is easy to cry conspiracy, more than anything I think they love taking these “fringe” candidates and turning them into a circus sideshow. There were things about Ron Paul almost every day during the 2012 election and I’m sure Buchanan and Perot got similar treatment during their days. Sanders hasn’t gotten the same kind of negative press, but I imagine he will as things get going.
Second, I think there really is something of a conspiracy to downplay trump just because he really is something of a loose cannon and about as much of a political “outsider” as one could reasonably expect to see at this level. I think the prospect of a Trump 3rd Party campaign really does have the Republicans shaking in their boots. Although he’s not *that* far off from the rank & file Republicans, I think there’s some indignation that someone from outside the GOP’s system is making this big of a splash.
Although this kind of sounds of Trump fanboy talk, I’m not really sold on him as the guy who will “make America great again”. I do think he’s slightly better than the other Republicans and most importantly, I think he’s hilarious. I also think his candidacy is interesting to watch for a few different reasons, like how it might mark the end of the GOP as far as how it relates to the typical person that the Republicans count on for support (i.e. middle class whites). I talked about that more in depth in
While his name is on the tip of my tongue, let’s talk David Duke and his recent “debate” last week with Alex Jones…
I’ve listened to AJ before, but honestly not that much to really get the feel of his show. Over the past dozen years or so I’ve checked in here and there to infowars.com, listened to the show for half an hour or so, watched the occasional youtube video, etc. I don’t know if it really is common for Jones to give guests about 2 hours, but that’s how long Duke was on the show. Jones would go on for a few minutes, then Duke would respond for a few minutes and so on.
The thing that stood out to me was that it really wasn’t THAT much of a debate. I really got the impression that Alex Jones agreed with Duke on pretty much everything (to sum it up as succinct as possible, the Jews run everything to the determent of the entire world) but only put up some token resistance to make it appear as if he was challenging Duke. It basically went like this:
Duke “Goldman Sachs, the Israel lobby, blah blah blah”
Jones “Yeah, well, not all Jews are bad. I know some that fight globalism”
Duke “Yeah, I’m sure. USS Liberty, pornography kingpins, etc, etc.”
Duke won it, hands down. Although I think Jones is more of a showman than an intellectual giant, I think he really laid down on Duke, who everyone has to admit, is pretty quick on his feet in debates. I’ll say that Duke got kind of bitchy and obnoxious with his constant complaining about Jones allegedly taking more than his share of the time.
Overall, I think that Jones just wanted Duke to come on and say the things he has to say to his audience while giving himself a bit of cover by feigning some sort of resistance to Duke’s ideas.
A debate between Duke and Jones is kind of a non-event in itself, but one thing I’ve noticed about Jones is how he really changes the characters of his storyline to fit the times. Years ago it was the “New World Order” and the UN, today it’s the “globalists” and the “bankers”. At this point it’s difficult to say whether he follows the times or maybe even dictates the times with as large and fanatical as his audience can be. Although he’s under the surface a little bit, I think Alex Jones really does have an effect on mainstream American society today.
I guess where I’m going with this is this: Is David Duke’s appearance on the show and the way it played out a sign that pretty soon the American public will start hearing about the “Zionists”, “Jewish Supremacists”, Protocols of the Elders of Zion, etc? Was this Alex Jones’ way of putting feelers out to his audience on discussing these things? I really think so, and the consequences of that could be very profound worldwide…..and let’s just hope it’s not “Krystalnacht” profound, you know?
I’ve also heard that Alex Jones took down most of the debate, with the exception of about 10 minutes from his site. I guess he didn’t like the temperature when he dipped his toes into the pool…