The Trump Campaign Invited a Notorious White Supremacist Radio Host to the GOP Convention

And gave him press credentials
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A little while back, LGF revealed that the son of the GOP presidential candidate, Donald Trump Jr., was following overt white supremacists on Twitter. Within hours after publishing our article, Trump Jr. unfollowed both of the racist accounts we reported.

Almost immediately after our article went out, we started hearing excuses from Trump apologists, saying that following someone on Twitter doesn’t necessarily mean you agree with their views. But while that may be true in some cases, there are reasons to believe Trump Jr. does indeed see eye to eye with antisemites and white supremacists.

First, he didn’t just follow these people; he liked their tweets (clicked on Twitter’s little heart symbol). Second, Trump and many of his staff have rather long histories of retweeting white supremacists and promoting them, both on Twitter and elsewhere; for example, at one point the campaign selected a very well-known white nationalist leader to be a California delegate, and in March the campaign gave press credentials to another notorious white supremacist, James Edwards, host of the long-running racist and antisemitic radio show The Political Cesspool, after Donald Trump Jr. was interviewed on his show.

That’s right — the son of the GOP presidential candidate granted an interview to an openly white supremacist radio host in Tennessee.

If that isn’t enough evidence of Trump Jr.’s unsavory connections to antisemites and white supremacists, though, we’ve now learned that the campaign didn’t only invite James Edwards to attend a rally and give him a press pass, and they didn’t distance themselves from him after this was exposed.

In April, shortly after James Edwards interviewed Trump Jr. and got press credentials from the campaign, the Trump campaign actually invited this white supremacist to attend the Republican Convention in Cleveland.

And Edwards posted all about it on his blog, including a series of photos showing him posing proudly with all kinds of celebrities including Ann Coulter, Stephen Baldwin, Dennis Kucinich, the execrable Milo Yiannopoulos, Trump surrogate Roger Stone, Dinesh D’Souza, and even… Dan Rather.

We’ve saved Edwards’ boastful post at archive​.is: James Edwards Attends the Republican National Convention, so you don’t have to actually visit his awful hate site unless you want to see it for yourself.

I was on vacation at the end of April when I received the invitation to attend the conventions. My initial reaction was to simply not go. I loathe business travel and can hardly stand to be apart from my family for more than a few hours. I did, however, forward the e-mail to a few of my trusted advisers who unanimously petitioned for me to reconsider. I certainly realized this to be a unique opportunity but dreaded the process. In the end I was persuaded, but just barely. After submitting all of my personal information to the Secret Service for another background check I was cleared and later informed that my press credentials had been approved.

It’s been written many times that racists, antisemites and white supremacists are feeling emboldened and legitimized by the Trump campaign, and if you read Edwards’ post about it you’ll see this new sense of empowerment on full display. It’s no exaggeration to say he’s ecstatic.

But the fact that they’re inviting vile hateful people like this to the GOP convention as if they were mainstream media makes this accusation more than credible — it makes it undeniable.

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