KKK ‘Imperial Wizard’ Endorses Trump, Won’t Vote for Cruz Because He Was ‘Born In Canada’

SOURCEThink Progress

A man identified only as the “Imperial Wizard of the Rebel Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign during a video interview with a Richmond news station which was published on Friday.

WWBT 12 news anchor Chris Thomas asked the Klan leader which candidate is best suited for the presidency. The so-called Imperial Wizard responded “I think Donald Trump would be best for the job,” adding that “the reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes in, we believe in. We want our country to be safe.”

The Klan leader cited Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States as an example of a Trump proposal that he supports. He also said that, “if Donald Trump dropped out tomorrow I would support Kasich before I would Ted Cruz” because Cruz “was born in Canada” and is “not an American citizen.”

In reality, Senator Cruz was born to a U.S. citizen mother and thus became an American citizen at birth. Nevertheless, Trump has attempted to sew doubts about Cruz’s eligibility for the presidency, claiming at one point that this issue “could be tied up in court for two years.”


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Ian Millhiser is a Senior Constitutional Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Editor of ThinkProgress Justice. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Kenyon College and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke University. Ian clerked for Judge Eric L. Clay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and has worked as an attorney with the National Senior Citizens Law Center’s Federal Rights Project, as Assistant Director for Communications with the American Constitution Society, and as a Teach For America teacher in the Mississippi Delta. His writings have appeared in a diversity of legal and mainstream publications, including the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report, Slate, the Guardian, the American Prospect, the Yale Law and Policy Review and the Duke Law Journal; and he has been a guest on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera English, Fox News and many radio shows.