The corporate media lapdogs keep shilling for the corporate political managers...which is their job, BUT this time they aren't doing very well.
I've long been an outlier. I've never much much liked the professional political class. I voted for Diane McGrath against Ed Koch (and I LIKED Ed Koch) back in 1985!
Now that view seems to be en vogue...and I'm GLAD!
The latest is the feeble attempt by English Lit ("journalism") majors to try and link Donald Trump to David Duke.
David Duke has NOT resided in the USA since 2000!
He's a big deal in the Ukraine.
So was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
Of course Solzhenitsyn was also feted here in the U.S. despite his penchant for speaking about, "The world's greatest Holocaust," that of the Reds exterminating 60+ MILLION White Russians in what Solzhenitsyn called, "A Jewish led Holocaust."
Neither Solzhenitsyn, nor Duke are considered "liars," nor "revisionists" in that part of the world, because their worldview on that era is so different from that of the West's. Solzhenitsyn's claims have never effectively been opposed, let alone "debunked" and it's more likely than not that a person of Russian descent would know more about that era, from the Russian viewpoint.
There's nothing damning in Solzhenitsyn's analysis. It merely proves that there are no "good groups" or "bad groups," we all suffer the same pangs of human nature, which can rise to great heights and sink to the lowest depths, often within a very tight time frame.
For his part, David Duke has not been a player in America since before 2000. WHY would Trump recall a guy who was a cipher in American politics?
Earlier today on CNN's State of the Union with Jake Tapper, Trump said, "I don't know anything about David Duke, OK? I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don't know."
According to David M Jackson of USA Today, "This is somewhat in contrast to his stance in 2000, the year Trump declined a presidential bid for the Reform Party. As Buzzfeed noted, Trump sent out a statement that year that “the Reform Party now includes a Klansman, Mr. Duke, a neo-Nazi, Mr. (Pat) Buchanan, and a communist, Ms. (Lenora) Fulani. This is not company I wish to keep.”
So, apparently, Trump disavowed such people way back then. That should count as "carried forward today."
After all, he disavowed David Duke recently - after accepting Chris Christie's endorsement lat Friday!
It was reported that Duke, on a radio show, made these remarks, "Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage," the former KKK Grand Wizard said on his radio program Wednesday. "I'm not saying I endorse everything about Trump, in fact I haven't formally endorsed him. But I do support his candidacy, and I support voting for him as a strategic action. I hope he does everything we hope he will do."
"Duke also exhorted his followers to volunteer for Trump and suggested that his campaign was already staffed with racists.
"And I am telling you that it is your job now to get active. Get off your duff. Get off your rear end that's getting fatter and fatter for many of you every day on your chairs. When this show's over, go out, call the Republican party, but call Donald Trump's headquarters, volunteer," he said. "They're screaming for volunteers. Go in there, you're gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mind-set that you have."
Trump responded to being asked about the comments by telling the press, "I didn't even know he endorsed me. David Duke he endorsed me, OK? I disavow. OK?" " (http://www.weeklystandard.com/trump-disavows-endo…/…/2001301) Apparently Trump didn't know that Duke endorsed him....because Duke DIDN'T endorse him!
For the record, David Duke, has claimed he has "Never been a white supremacist, but instead a "white separatist," and a "race realist." Certainly, his views, like those of black separatists like Farrakhan and others, are primarily anti-semetic.
Back in 2000 David Duke was part of a Reform Party platform that included the likes of Lenora Fulani (a Farrakhan supporter). New York City's far-Left media was mostly silent on that group. Many, no doubt secretly hoped that they could unseat then sitting Mayor, Mike Bloomberg. IF you support, or even have no problem with Lenora Fulani or Louis Farrakhan, then you've really got no issues with David Duke either....they are one in the same.
At any rate, WHY do the media folks think THIS will get any traction when nothing else has?
Trump isn't seen as a savior...quite the reverse.
He really is a GIANT middle finger by Conservative voters to the GOP and the RNC.
And the GOP has brought this on themselves.