CNN’s Jake Tapper called out Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue, who said he supports the election of Republican candidate Donald Trump, in spite of the fact that Trump has been endorsed by racists and the official newspaper of the Ku Klux Klan.
“Does it bother you at all that the Republican nominee continues to attract this kind of support from vile racist bigots?” said Tapper.
“Jake,” said Perdue, “these are last-minute, drastic attempts to move the people of America away from the real issues.”
He then launched into an attack on the Obama administration and, by extension, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“First of all, it’s the Klan that put this out, not the Democrats,” Tapper said. “And the Klan is responsible for its endorsement. Does it trouble you that Donald Trump is attracting that kind of support?”
“Well, they’ve never supported a Democrat, let’s put it that way,” said Perdue.
In fact, in the wake of the Civil War, the Democrats and Republicans were very different than they are today. Pro-segregation Democrats fled the party in the civil rights era and joined the Republicans. Prior to that point, both political parties had dealings with the Klan.
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