NEW YORK — The Anti-Defamation League sent the presidential candidates a list of racists whose endorsements it said they should reject, a day after Donald Trump wavered in disavowing white supremacist David Duke.
The ADL issued the informational list on Monday, and said it had shared it with all the candidates along with information on the Ku Klux Klan and hate groups in general. Included on the list are Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, and Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan, who on Sunday praised Trump for supposedly turning down money from Jews.
“We are providing information to all of the campaigns to ensure that they steer clear of these extremists and others who promote anti-Semitism, racism and white supremacy,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement accompanying the list. “It is incumbent upon all candidates for office to reject and disavow any of these groups should they endorse or express support for their campaigns.”
Trump, the front-runner in the GOP race, on Sunday responded in contradictory ways to being endorsed by Duke and said on CNN, “Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” Later in the day, the ADL said it would provide Trump and the other Republican and Democratic candidates with information on extremists and hate groups.
“Each individual identified on this list has publicly voiced support for a presidential candidate seeking higher office,” the ADL statement said, adding that names would be added “if other extremists should come out in support for any of the candidates.” Everyone so far included in the list has expressed some degree of public support for Trump.
Here is the full list as provided by the ADL:
David Duke, former Klan leader and a virulent anti-Semite, has asked his supporters to back Donald Trump. Duke has been active in the white supremacist movement for more than 40 years.
Andrew Anglin, who runs the neo-Nazi website, the Daily Stormer. Anglin’s site is filled with virulently racist and anti-Semitic articles.
Lee Rogers, who runs the neo-Nazi website Infostormer. Rogers posts viciously racist and anti-Semitic articles on his site
William Johnson, the head of the white supremacist American Freedom Party, has created the American National Super PAC, which has paid for a series of robocalls supporting Donald Trump for president. The calls disparage minorities and promote white nationalism.
Jared Taylor, who runs the white supremacist site American Renaissance. The American Renaissance site features articles that purport to demonstrate the intellectual and cultural superiority of whites.
Richard Spencer, the head of National Policy Institute, a small white supremacist think tank.
Kevin MacDonald, a notorious anti-Semite, and retired professor, has said that electing Donald Trump “may be the last chance for Whites to elect a president who represents their interests.” MacDonald is also a leader in the American Freedom Party.
Matthew Heimbach, a racist and anti-Semite who founded the white supremacist Traditionalist Youth Network.
Rachel Pendergraft, a spokesperson for the Knights Party, a Klan group based in Arkansas says that her groups use Trump’s candidacy as a “talking point” in feeling out potential recruits.
Don Black, who runs Stormfront, the largest white supremacist Internet forum.
Louis Farrakhan, the racist and anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam.
Farrakhan praised Trump for not taking Jewish money in his quest for the White House.
Farrakhan, who has made frequent anti-Semitic comments, lauded Trump during a sermon Sunday in Chicago, according to the Anti-Defamation League website the following day.
According to the ADL, Farrakhan said the billionaire Trump is “the only member who has stood in front of Jewish community and said I don’t want your money. Anytime a man can say to those who control the politics of America, ‘I don’t want your money,’ that means you can’t control me. And they cannot afford to give up control of the presidents of the United States.”
Farrakhan, 82, stopped short of a full endorsement, however, stating: “Not that I’m for Mr. Trump, but I like what I’m looking at.”
The ADL said Farrakhan’s sermon also blamed Jews, whom he referred to as the “Synagogue of Satan,” for the Iraq War and 9/11 terror attacks.
Referring to former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Farrakhan said, “These are people sitting in the Pentagon, planning the destruction of Muslim nations.”
“Wolfowitz had 10 years now, to plan how they’re gonna clean out the Middle East and take over those Muslim nations. They needed another Pearl Harbor,” Farrakhan said, according to the ADL. “They needed some event that was cataclysmic, that would make the American people rise up, ready for war … they plotted a false flag operation, and when a government is so rotten that they will kill innocent people to accomplish a political objective, you are not dealing with a human …”
Farrakhan continued, “George Bush, and those devils, Satans around him. They plotted 9/11. Ain’t no Muslim took control of no plane.”
Blaming the Jews for 9/11 was nothing new for Farrakhan, who said in a 2015 sermon that “it is now becoming apparent that there were many Israelis and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks.”
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