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The 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.