Very few people know that Ronald Reagan was once endorsed by the Klu Klux Klan and harshly repudiated the hate group.
After the endorsement of former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, Donald Trump has received massive criticism from both sides of the aisle. He refused to immediately disavow Duke or the group.
Let’s take a look at President Ronald Reagan’s reaction to being backed by the KKK.
Those of us in public life can only resent the use of our names by those who seek political recognition for the repugnant doctrines of hate they espouse.
The politics of racial hatred and religious bigotry practiced by the Klan and others have no place in this country, and are destructive of the values for which America has always stood.
Reagan expressed these sentiments in a letter to the United States Commission of Civil Rights during the 1984 election.
It was reported that Reagan wrote the letter approximately a month after the endorsement was made as he was in China at the time.
It has also been reported that Trump knew about David Duke and his ties to the KKK before the surprise endorsement, despite saying “Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, okay? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So I don’t know, did he endorse me or what’s going on.”
Trump rebuked David Duke and the KKK in a 2000 interview with Matt Lauer: