On the day that the nation’s two most powerful Republican officeholders publicly lambasted GOP Presidential front-runner Donald Trump for declining to rebuke white supremacist groups,  a white-pride radio program announced that they had received press credentials for a Trump campaign rally and planned to broadcast a twenty-minute interview with the candidate in the near future.

James Edwards, host of the radio program Political Cesspool, wrote on his blog:

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.

Now, Trump has obviously had an uncommon and contentious relationship with the press. The fact that the campaign chose to accredit unconventional or independent media is hardly surprising — or even unique — to any candidate’s campaign.  And as strange as it may seem that the leading Republican candidate for president would have a rocky relationship with Fox News of all outlets, it helps feed his inaccurate-yet-excepted narrative that he “tells it like it is” and “isn’t politically correct” or “doesn’t play by their rules”. But there’s a difference between giving preferential treatment to an independent upstart and continuing the practice of coddling racists and white supremacists.

Edwards’ “Pro-White” Remarks Go Beyond Subtle Racism

The Political Cesspool doesn’t bother with code words or dog whistles. On their easily-accessible “Statement of Principles” the program wastes no time telling us what they stand for:

The Political Cesspool Radio Program stands for the The Dispossessed Majority. We represent a philosophy that is pro-White…

Under the heading, “What We Are” (And boy, I’m sure we could provide a bevy of sarcastic answers to that rhetorical question):

Pro-Christian (God), Pro-White (Family), Pro-South (Republic)

Aside from some typical right-wing whining about property rights, the United Nations and smaller government, the “principles” that they peddle can’t be interpreted as anything other than racist, misogynistic and xenophobic, making them the ideal Trump target:

  • We are cultural conservatives because we have certain morals to which we adhere. Since family is the foundation of any strong society, we reject abortion, feminism, and homosexuality.
  • We wish to revive the White birthrate above replacement level fertility and beyond to grow the percentage of Whites in the world relative to other races.
  • America would not be a prosperous land of opportunity if the founding stock were not Europeans. Therefore, we advocate for an America First immigration policy. You can’t have a First World nation with a Third World population.
  • Secession is a right of all people and individuals. It was successful in 1776 and this show honors those who tried to make it successful from 1861 – 1865.

The manifesto of ignorance concludes with the ultimate (and ironic) cherry on top, an image ofEdwards at a speaking engagement with former Grand Dragon David Duke.

Donald Trump Is A Racist

Look, we’re long beyond any reasonable justification for Trump’s alliances with white nationalist hate groups. He’s presently under fire for failing to rebuke Duke’s endorsement. He’s beencontinually caught retweeting white supremacists– often from the same accounts. Trump has been endorsed by Holocaust deniers. The time to write these off as amateur campaign errors from an inexperienced political team has passed.

Donald Trump is following the political playbook or polarization and The Demonization of Them, a political practice dating back to antiquity. The easiest comparable is pretty obvious, but I subscribe to the line of thinking that whoever makes the first Nazi comparison loses the argument, so if you want to call it Nixonian, that’s fine. By credentialling James Edwards as press and granting him an interview scheduled to air in the near future, he’s not-so-tepidly endorsing Edwards’ ideology. Somebody should ask Trump if he holds a similar opinion on slavery as Edwards does:

“For blacks in the Americas, slavery is the greatest thing that ever happened to them. Unfortunately, it’s the worst thing that ever happened to white Americans.”

This isn’t “Making America Great Again”. This is a tactical manipulation of the poorly educated that Trump needs to win. And it’s a dangerous dogma that can lead us to some very dark places as a nation if we don’t put an end to this madness soon.

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