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  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign event in Miami, Florida U.S. Nov. 2, 2016.

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign event in Miami, Florida U.S. Nov. 2, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 2 November 2016

“'What made America great in the first place?'" the paper wrote. "The short answer to that is simple ... America was founded as a White Christian Republic."

From the upper echelons of the organized white supremacist movement is where U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has found his latest bout of support: the Ku Klux Klan recently offered up praise for the candidate in a front-page newspaper article.

With “make America great again" emblazoned on the first page of The Crusader, the hate group's official paper, KKK national director Thomas Robb argued that Trump’s rise in popularity is people recognizing the United States’ doom as a result of it becoming more diverse.

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"While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, 'What made America great in the first place?'" Robb wrote. "The short answer to that is simple: America was great not because of what our forefathers did - but because of who our forefathers were. America was founded as a White Christian Republic."

When asked to respond to the piece, the Trump campaign condemned the paper.

"Mr. Trump and the campaign denounces hate in any form," the campaign said in a statement to The Hill. "This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign."

As news of this circulated, many saw this as an endorsement of the Republican nominee.

"Overall, we do like his nationalist views and his words about shutting down the border to illegal aliens," Robb said. "It's not an endorsement because, like anybody, there's things you disagree with. But he kind of reflects what's happening throughout the world. There seems to be a surge of nationalism worldwide as nationals reclaim their borders."

Trump has repeatedly been told to disavow support from white nationalists and other white supremacy groups during his candidacy.

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