Ku Klux Klan Leader Endorses Donald Trump, In Case You Forget What Kind Of People Support This Guy

In today’s segment of bizarre yet ultimately unsurprising news, the Imperial Wizard of the Rebel Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) just endorsed Donald Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, business mogul, and famed racist. Though the Klan did not identify its leader by name, the mysterious Imperial Wizard did disclose why Trump is worthy of the KKK’s endorsement. “I think Donald Trump would be best for the job. 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 said in a video recorded by the Red State.

NBC reports that the Imperial Wizard also supports Trump’s controversial proposal to temporarily prohibit Muslims from immigrating to or visiting the U.S. The Imperial Wizard even expressed the birther-like sentiments advanced by Trump, himself, adding, “If Donald Trump dropped out tomorrow, I would support Kasich before I would Ted Cruz because he is not an American citizen. Even if I agree with some of the things that Ted Cruz says, I would not support him because he was born in Canada. He is not an American citizen.” Harsh, Mr. Imperial Wizard. Harsh.

If all of this sounds just way too familiar to you, you’re probably recalling the time David Duke, former KKK Grand Wizard, encouraged all of his radio listeners to vote and volunteer for Trump, back in February. However, mind you, Duke has yet to formally endorse the business mogul, and doesn’t “endorse everything about Trump.” Nonetheless, if you’re white and you vote against Trump, in Duke’s eyes, you’ve just committed “treason to your heritage.” For his part, Trump did eventually disavow the KKK, but not before playing dumb to avoid criticizing the nationalist hate group and, in so doing, alienating a crucial demographic supporting him: white supremacists.

In case you’re actually surprised by this or have forgotten the kinds of terrible people (read: white supremacists, blatant racists, Islamophobes, misogynists, etc.) who support Trump, let me take you on a stroll down memory lane, ft. some of his most bigoted tweets.

Note the date on the tweet below. He wasn’t even famous for being a racist yet, at the time — they grow up so fast, don’t they?

Trump rose to prominence this election season by calling Mexican immigrants “criminals” and “rapists” in his June 2015 announcement speech. Need I say more? Either way, I’m going to:

Now, for those delightful tweets I promised:

Ultimately, the point I’m trying to make is that at this point in the election season, after all that’s been said and done, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that the KKK’s leaders are endorsing Trump. Like, it really, really shouldn’t.