Fact check: Did KKK endorse Donald Trump?
Posted February 21, 2020 4:33 p.m. EST
Updated February 21, 2020 8:16 p.m. EST
Washington — A reader suggested we check a Facebook post that showed a poorly constructed image of President Donald Trump next to two people in what appear to be Ku Klux Klan robes and hoods.
Below the image was this headline:
"The KKK officially endorses Trump 2020."
The post is from a March 2019 article on NPC Daily, which includes another photo of what appears to be Trump with hooded Klan members. The letters "NPC" stand for the author of the site, Neville Percival Croft. The klansmen photo is from artist Alison Jackson, who uses celebrity lookalikes for her work.
A bio box for Croft below the NPC article ends with a disclaimer:
"This entire site is satire."
Former Klan leader David Duke of Louisiana in 2016 publicly endorsed Trump’s candidacy for president. Trump at the time received criticism for not disavowing Duke’s support when asked about it on CNN by journalist Jake Tapper. Days later, Trump issued a tweet about the matter saying, "I disavow."
Trump has been criticized for not condemning white nationalists, such as when he said there was "blame on both sides" after a 2017 white nationalist rally and counterprotest in Charlottesville, Va., turned violent.
But there is no indication that Trump has received the official endorsement of the KKK, which, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, has become less visible and more fractured in recent years compared with other movements propelled by white supremacist thought.
An image shared on social media claimed: "The KKK officially endorses Trump 2020."
The image is from a March 2019 article on a website that publishes only satire. While Trump was infamously endorsed by a former Klan leader in 2016, we do not find evidence that the organization has issued a formal endorsement of the president in his run for reelection in 2020.
We rate the claim False.