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EdwardsThe Guardian is reporting that the Trump campaign provided VIP access to James Edwards of Political Cesspool and Donald Trump, Jr. has granted a radio interview with Edwards, who was permitted to broadcast from within a VIP area at a recent Trump event. From the article:

Donald Trump Jr, the eldest son of the Republican presidential frontrunner and one of his political surrogates, has granted a 20-minute radio interview to a prominent white supremacist who broadcasts what has been dubbed as “the primary radio nexus of hate in America”.

The younger Trump will be featured as guest of honor in Saturday’s broadcast of the Political Cesspool, according to the producers of the three-hour program that lists among its objectives, “to grow the percentage of Whites in the world relative to other races.” The show is presented by James Edwards, an avowed white nationalist who is pro-slavery and whose previous guests include the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke as well as a raft of Holocaust deniers and neo-Nazis.

In the same article, the Trump campaign responded to the allegations:

In a statement released on Wednesday, a spokesperson for Trump Sr said that the campaign issued the credentials routinely to everyone who requested them for the Memphis event. The campaign had no knowledge of Edwards’ personal views “and strongly condemns them”, the statement said.

The campaign’s media team also attempted to sow seeds of doubt about Edwards’s claim that he interviewed the candidate’s son, saying that to Donald Trump Jr’s “knowledge and that of the campaign, [he] did not participate in an interview with this individual”. That conflicted, however, with an update given by Edwards himself on his website in which he said: “I apologize for nothing and I retract nothing.”

From James Edwards’ blog site:

“I attended a Donald Trump rally in Memphis on Saturday night as a fully credentialed member of the media and enjoyed the unique experience of being able to air a live broadcast of The Political Cesspool Radio Program from inside the press pen while the event was in full swing. (Next Saturday’s show [March 5] will feature a previously taped 20-minute interview with Donald Trump, Jr.) It was a very memorable day and I’d now like to take my audience behind the scenes.”

The following are two videos of Mr. Edwards. The first promoting a new book by David Duke about communism and Zionism;

and a video highlighting the memorial of Nathan Bedford Forrest, the founder first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

As of this writing there are many other videos posted on YouTube by Mr. Edwards, of which the Trump campaign was apparently unaware.

In light of candidate Trump’s inability to denounce and disavow David Duke, the KKK and other white supremacist groups in a televised interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, even after Trump had tweeted that he did disavow Duke and these groups two days prior, commentators including Rush Limbaugh have speculated that Trump’s lack of condemnation on CNN may have been calculated and not a malfunction of Mr. Trump’s earpiece during the interview as he claimed later on the Today Show.

The interview with CNN aired on Sunday before the Super Tuesday primaries.

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  1. Frozen Chosen Inactive

    Hey, if you want to win in the south you can’t alienate those racist crackers!

    I love how Trump is playing the ignorance card – I didn’t know who David Duke was, we give media credentials to everyone, I didn’t know this guy is a white supremacist, etc.

    Let’s see, who else has played the “I didn’t know” card for the past 7 years…that’s right, Obama. By all means, let’s elect the white Obama, that’s the ticket!

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    • March 2, 2016, at 4:13 PM PST
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  2. Knotwise the Poet Member

    I said it before on another thread, if Trump supporters think Trump would actually win in a General Election they are going to be in for a rude awakening should he actually get the nom.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 4:14 PM PST
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  3. Profile Photo Member

    The Clinton ads just write themselves. This is gonna be bloodbath.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 4:47 PM PST
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  4. Hoyacon Member

    Well, you have to give Edwards credit for truth in advertising on the title of his radio program.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 5:16 PM PST
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  5. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron MillerJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    In regard to what kind of President Trump would be, it’s abhorrent.

    But in regard to how the Clinton-Trump match-up would go, I’m not sure this is a big deal. Democrats don’t rely on facts. They rely on stories, which are usually founded on lies. So any candidate would have to face accusations similar to this.

    And Trump is the only candidate who will sink to Democrats’ level to return fire with lies of his own. He might be the most able to counter such attacks, even if by unethical means.

    I guessed that his initial hesitancy with CNN was due a wariness of being made to condemn a group CNN says it racist which is not actually racist. CNN reporters would assume anyone on Ricochet is a hatemonger. But maybe not. The most likely scenario still seems to me that Trump simply won’t reject anyone who declares support for him.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 5:25 PM PST
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  6. Dave Sussman Podcaster

    Thanks for sharing this.

    At this point I honestly think Trump COULD shoot someone on 5th Ave and then get more votes.

    #smh

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    • March 2, 2016, at 6:07 PM PST
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  7. Freesmith Inactive

    Hey, when do we start to see the stories implying that Donald Trump, while not an actual anti-Semite, has had dealings with anti-Semites in the past and that his campaign has spoken to anti-Semites?

    Or maybe that his father Fred Trump did.

    (Please see today’s column by Ann Coulter.)

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    • March 2, 2016, at 6:19 PM PST
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  8. Petty Boozswha Inactive

    Campaigning for Dummies:

    1. Klu Klux Klan = B. A. D.
    2. Outlets called “Political Cesspool” will not be to your benefit to deal with.
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    • March 2, 2016, at 6:20 PM PST
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  9. Brian Watt Member
    Brian WattJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Freesmith:Hey, when do we start to see the stories implying that Donald Trump, while not an actual anti-Semite, has had dealings with anti-Semites in the past and that his campaign has spoken to anti-Semites?

    Or maybe that his father Fred Trump did.

    (Please see today’s column by Ann Coulter.)

    I think the question remains why the Trump campaign didn’t take just a few minutes to peruse Edward’s site or his videos before granting him VIP access and a place at their event for Edwards to broadcast from. Would have saved them a lot of headache and embarrassment if they had. Now they have to battle the impression that they may have been complicit in reaching out to this community in an effort to broaden their support. They created this problem and Trump’s hesitation on CNN certainly didn’t help matters.

    I’m constantly amazed how all the campaigns are often the victims of their own self-inflicted wounds.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 6:26 PM PST
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  10. Freesmith Inactive

    Frozen Chosen

    “Hey, if you want to win in the south you can’t alienate those racist crackers!”

    Write the same sentence about Hillary Clinton and her southern supporters. And please be just as insulting.

    Here – I’ll start it for you:

    “Hey, if Hillary wants to win in the south she can’t alienate those —— ——-!”

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    • March 2, 2016, at 6:27 PM PST
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  11. Petty Boozswha Inactive

    Freesmith:Frozen Chosen

    “Hey, if you want to win in the south you can’t alienate those racist crackers!”

    Write the same sentence about Hillary Clinton and her southern supporters. And please be just as insulting.

    Here – I’ll start it for you:

    “Hey, if Hillary wants to win in the south she can’t alienate those —— ——-!”

    broad minded people?

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    • March 2, 2016, at 6:32 PM PST
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  12. Freesmith Inactive

    “I’m constantly amazed how all the campaigns are often the victims of their own self-inflicted wounds.”

    All the campaigns, Brian? All?

    See Ann Coulter’s column today.

    Yes, I guess they’re all victims: Trump’s of giving a press pass and an interview to a fringe character no one on this site ever had heard of before today, and Clinton’s by having a candidate who committed multiple felonies that are being investigated by the FBI.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 6:36 PM PST
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  13. Freesmith Inactive

    Instead of spending time bemoaning which denizen of the fever swamps gets press access to the Trump campaign, wouldn’t it be better to expend energy urging Trump – or whoever – to promise if elected to initiate an investigation of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the SPLC?

    Wouldn’t you like to see the first two in jail and the third bankrupt? I know I would.

    You folks do want to defeat your anti-conservative political enemies, right?

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    • March 2, 2016, at 6:53 PM PST
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  14. Hoyacon Member

    FreesmithYes, I guess they’re all victims: Trump’s of giving a press pass and an interview to a fringe character no one on this site ever had heard of before today, and Clinton’s by having a candidate who committed multiple felonies that are being investigated by the FBI.

    So Clinton’s corrupt and Trump’s politically stupid. That’s supposed to make me opt for stupid?

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    • March 2, 2016, at 6:58 PM PST
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  15. Robert McReynolds Inactive

    Forrest didn’t found the Klan. He was a ranking member in Tennessee in the late 1860s and left the Klan after it began to become a business liability for him. Just correcting the historical record here.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 6:59 PM PST
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  16. Hoyacon Member

    FreesmithYou folks do want to defeat your anti-conservative political enemies, right?

    At this point, some of us are unwilling to exclude Trump from that group. If you took a serious look at his positions, you might even agree.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 7:00 PM PST
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  17. Freesmith Inactive

    Petty Boozswha

    Two words, my friend, not three.

    For Frozen Chosen to provide an equally loaded paraphrase to his own about “racist crackers” the first word should probably start with “f” and the second word start with “n.”

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    • March 2, 2016, at 7:02 PM PST
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  18. Brian Watt Member
    Brian WattJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Freesmith:“I’m constantly amazed how all the campaigns are often the victims of their own self-inflicted wounds.”

    All the campaigns, Brian? All?

    See Ann Coulter’s column today.

    Yes, I guess they’re all victims: Trump’s of giving a press pass and an interview to a fringe character no one on this site ever had heard of before today, and Clinton’s by having a candidate who committed multiple felonies that are being investigated by the FBI.

    I read Coulter’s explanation of Trump’s hesitation to respond to Tapper’s direct and repeated question and found it utterly unconvincing and it differs, by the way, to the excuse that Trump himself gave to the Today Show that his earpiece was faulty and he couldn’t hear properly even though he repeats the name David Duke back to Tapper. Then Coulter employs the same tactic that Hillary defenders often employ when dealing her email scandal…which is to deflect and point fingers elsewhere about how Democrats like Hillary and Sharpton engage in race baiting and incitement.

    Here’s what her colleague Jonah Goldberg says about that tactic:

    From National Review:

    To listen to countless people on the right these days, the real outrage is that Obama didn’t disavow Reverend Wright or the Black Panthers (I most recently heard this talking point on The Five the other night). The upshot being Republicans shouldn’t be expected to disavow the Klan if Democrats don’t disavow the racist demagogues, goons, and thugs skulking in their closets.

    First of all, this is an insane argument. Refusing to condemn evil people because someone else won’t condemn other evil people is reprehensible as a matter of logic and morality.

    Second, it’s politically idiotic. Whether you think it’s fair or not, the GOP has a reputation for being bigoted, racist or not “inclusive” enough — and the Democratic party doesn’t. I think the GOP’s reputation is mostly unfair and is fueled by incredibly cynical attacks from Democrats and their water-carriers in the press. But you know what makes the Left’s job so much easier? Watching Republicans and their defenders in the media play coy about denouncing the G-d damn Ku Klux Klan!

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    • March 2, 2016, at 7:02 PM PST
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  19. Profile Photo Member

    I bought the book “The Big Rich”, by Bryan Burrough, because I liked his other books,”Barbarians at the Gate” and “Public Enemies”. “The Big Rich” is largely a rant about Texas oil millionaires/billionaires who, while not actually in the KKK themselves, had dealings with some people who were. Some of these oil guys were also involved in the founding of Fox News, so Burrough tries to draw a straight line between Fox and the KKK. I hung in reading the book until Burrough described Hugo Black simply as a “liberal Alabama Senator.”

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    • March 2, 2016, at 7:07 PM PST
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  20. Redneck Desi Inactive

    Ok – so the people are mad at GOPe for not standing up to Obama and immigration. So the obvious answer is to support a charlatan without any plans besides 4th grade phrases and insults…..and does not vet interviewers? Wowza what will it take for people to get off the bandwagon?

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    • March 2, 2016, at 7:10 PM PST
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  21. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    I don’t trust the source. The Guardian is a Loony-Left publication.

    The videos do convince me of the reprehensible nature of Edwards and his show. What I’d like to see is corroboration of the Trump campaign’s association with Edwards, from a trustworthy source.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 7:11 PM PST
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  22. Freesmith Inactive

    Hoyacon

    “At this point, some of us are unwilling to exclude Trump from that group [anti-conservative]. If you took a serious look at his positions, you might even agree.”

    “At this point” you can still consider Trump anti-conservative.

    But that point is passing quickly; and then you’ll have to measure him against the standard of Hillary Clinton.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 7:11 PM PST
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  23. Richard Fulmer Member

    The argument that “yes, Trump is flawed but Hillary is more flawed” ignores the fact that we’re not yet stuck with Trump. We’ve got two other candidates who don’t have Trump’s baggage. Let’s nominate one of them rather than Trump.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 7:14 PM PST
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  24. Lash LaRoche Inactive

    Just when I think this website can’t get any more ridiculous…

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    • March 2, 2016, at 7:18 PM PST
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  25. Brian Watt Member
    Brian WattJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Robert McReynolds:Forrest didn’t found the Klan. He was a ranking member in Tennessee in the late 1860s and left the Klan after it began to become a business liability for him. Just correcting the historical record here.

    Robert, you are correct. He was the organization’s first Grand Wizard and later testified to Congress during Reconstruction that though he was aware of the organization, he wasn’t a member which was apparently a lie. Had he admitted membership he would have gone to prison.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 7:18 PM PST
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  26. Freesmith Inactive

    Ann Coulter’s COLLEAGUE, Jonah Goldberg?!?

    Very funny! Colleague? Well, not since he fired her in 2001.

    Ann is not a member of Conservatism, Inc.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 7:21 PM PST
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  27. Brian Watt Member
    Brian WattJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Freesmith:Ann Coulter’s COLLEAGUE, Jonah Goldberg?!?

    Very funny! Colleague? Well, not since he fired her in 2001.

    Ann is not a member of Conservatism, Inc.

    The term is used in the most general sense, in that they are both political commentators. This is often a common usage of the term.

    By the tone of your remarks and the use of ALL CAPS, you seem quite upset. Not really sure why. Is your response here all you have to say about what I said about Coulter’s remarks? Or what Goldberg says about the tactic she employs? Do you have something more substantive to contribute?

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    • March 2, 2016, at 7:27 PM PST
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  28. Freesmith Inactive

    Redneck Desi

    “Ok – so the people are mad at GOPe for not standing up to Obama and immigration. So the obvious answer is to support a charlatan without any plans besides 4th grade phrases and insults…..and does not vet interviewers? Wowza what will it take for people to get off the bandwagon?”

    I’ll tell you exactly. It would have taken one of the other 15 candidates – supposedly the strongest Republican field since 1980 – to stand up and say the Five Magic Words:

    “Today, America needs fewer immigrants.”

    Say it and mean it.

    That’s all. No bomb ISIS. No repeal Obamacare. No strengthen NATO.

    No wall even. Just a commitment to put the brakes on the 50-year-old policy of massive immigration that is fundamentally transforming America.

    But none of those clowns did it. They still haven’t in spite of the lesson that the past 8 months should have hammered into their thick skulls. They refuse to give an inch on that one issue, no matter what the cost. It’s like immigration and multi-culturalism (and cheap labor) is a religious tenet to them. They’re willing to become martyrs for it.

    Hence, Trump.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 7:49 PM PST
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  29. Lash LaRoche Inactive

    Freesmith:Redneck Desi

    “Ok – so the people are mad at GOPe for not standing up to Obama and immigration. So the obvious answer is to support a charlatan without any plans besides 4th grade phrases and insults…..and does not vet interviewers? Wowza what will it take for people to get off the bandwagon?”

    I’ll tell you exactly. It would have taken one of the other 15 candidates – supposedly the strongest Republican field since 1980 – to stand up and say the Five Magic Words:

    “Today, America needs fewer immigrants.”

    Say it and mean it.

    That’s all. No bomb ISIS. No repeal Obamacare. No strengthen NATO.

    No wall even. Just a commitment to put the brakes on the 50-year-old policy of massive immigration that is fundamentally transforming America.

    But none of those clowns did it. They still haven’t in spite of the lesson that past 8 months should have hammered into their thick skulls. They refuse to give an inch on that one issue, no matter what the cost. It’s like immigration and multi-culturalism (and cheap labor) is a religious tenet to them. They’re willing to become martyrs for it.

    Hence, Trump.

    Well said. Very well said.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 7:51 PM PST
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  30. Freesmith Inactive

    Brian, I used caps for one word because I can’t use bold or underline text from my phone, that’s all. No anger. No upset.

    If you want substantive, keep reading.

    I provide.

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    • March 2, 2016, at 7:54 PM PST
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