Donald Trump's Campaign Gave Press Credentials To A White Nationalist Radio Program
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Donald Trump's presidential campaign gave press credentials to the white nationalist radio program The Political Cesspool, which says it will soon air an interview with Donald Trump Jr. National civil rights groups have criticized the program for supporting anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers, and white supremacists like David Duke. The show openly states on its website that it's a "pro-White" program that wishes "to revive the White birthrate above replacement level fertility." It is hosted by white nationalist James Edwards, who has claimed that Martin Luther King Jr.'s "dream is our nightmare," "interracial sex is white genocide," and "slavery is the greatest thing that ever happened to" African-Americans.
The Political Cesspool Received Press Credentials From Trump And Recorded An Interview With Donald Trump Jr.
The Political Cesspool Host Attended Trump Rally "As A Fully Credentialed Member Of The Media." Political Cesspool radio host James Edwards wrote on his blog that he "attended a Donald Trump rally in Memphis on Saturday night as a fully credentialed member of the media and enjoyed the unique experience of being able to air a live broadcast of The Political Cesspool Radio Program from inside the press pen while the event was in full swing." Edwards' post was flagged by Little Green Footballs' Charles Johnson. [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 3/1/16, via LittleGreenFootballs.com, 3/1/16]
Political Cesspool Says It Taped A "20-Minute Interview With Donald Trump, Jr." Edwards wrote on his blog that his upcoming Saturday show "will feature a previously taped 20-minute interview with Donald Trump, Jr." [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 3/1/16]
Edwards: "Trump Will Be The First Republican Nominee That I Have Ever Voted For." Edwards repeatedly praised Trump in his blog post, writing that he's voting for Trump because he's "the only candidate who gives us a chance at having a fighter who will put America first":
I must admit that this rally lived up to my expectations. I've been saying for years on the radio that the majority of Americans fundamentally agree with us on the issues and that the neocons were generals of a phantom army. I am being proven right. Our people just needed a viable candidate and they've identified Trump as that man. There is no doubt that Trump's populism and nationalism is galvanizing our nation and may change the course of American history for the better right before our very eyes.
After getting my start in politics with Pat Buchanan in 2000, Donald Trump will be the first Republican nominee that I have ever voted for. Buchanan was a man ahead of the times and Trump is his vindicator. With family men like myself, it can be argued that Trump is now growing the party because there isn't a chance that I would have ever considered voting for any of the other cuckservatives that made bids for the White House under the GOP banner this year. I also predict he'll do better with minorities than either Mitt Romney and John McCain, as results in states live Nevada have already suggested.
A fellow traveler remarked to me in private that the ingredient in Trump's historic rise that makes it so delicious is that it's nuclear powered. It is unstoppable. It is impervious to foot-shuffling, complaints, whining, hysterical cries of "racism" and so-called "white supremacism." Trump supporters don't care and there is something undeniably infectious about Trump's masculine attitude. He is a prototypical alpha male.
We don't have to agree with everything Trump says and he doesn't need to agree with everything we say. I firmly believe that everything for which I stand is both natural and healthy, but it wouldn't bother me if Donald Trump himself denounced me and all of my friends. He can denounce me until the cows come home so long as he follows through on his pledge to build a wall and ensures that the aliens self deport. I am supporting him because immigration is the single biggest problem that our nation needs to solve. Demographics is destiny. He doesn't need to support me.
The bottom line is that Trump is the only candidate who gives us a chance at having a fighter who will put America first. He's the only candidate who isn't owned and operated by special interests. With Trump, America has a chance to regain her identity.
A new day is dawning and it's a beautiful sight to behold.
Vote Trump. [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 3/1/16]
White Nationalists Like Edwards Have Heavily Supported Trump's Campaign. As Media Matters and other outlets have noted, Trump's campaign has received support from numerous white nationalist groups and leaders, who have used Trump's campaign to recruit followers, fundraise, and spread their message. [Media Matters, 3/1/16]
The Trump Campaign Gave Press Credentials To The White Nationalist Political Cesspool But Denied Passes To Legitimate Outlets. Trump's campaign has denied press credentials to several media outlets, including the Huffington Post, Des Moines Register, and Fusion. [CNN.com, 9/21/15; Fusion.net, 10/23/15]
The Political Cesspool Is A White Nationalist Radio Show That Wishes To "Revive The White Birthrate"
The Political Cesspool States It Represents "A Philosophy That Is Pro-White." The Political Cesspool is a Tennessee-based radio program. The program's statement of principles says it represents "a philosophy that is pro-White." One of its principles reads, "We wish to revive the White birthrate above replacement level fertility and beyond to grow the percentage of Whites in the world relative to other races." [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, accessed 3/1/16]
The Political Cesspool's Orientation And Mission Statement Is Easy To Find. Edwards and the mission of his radio program is easily accessible on the program's website and via a quick Google search. Reporter Rachel Stockman, then with KPNX in Phoenix, noted in 2010: "The Tennessee-based radio show's mission is not a disguise, blatantly pro-white and pro-confederate." She added: "It took me one Google search and I pulled up volumes of stuff from the [Southern Poverty Law Center], the Anti-Defamation League." [AZCentral.com, 2010]
Civil Rights Organizations: Political Cesspool A Leading Promoter Of Anti-Semites, White Supremacists, And Holocaust Deniers
ADL: The Political Cesspool Regularly Showcases "Anti-Semites, White Supremacists, Holocaust Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists And Anti-Immigrant Leaders." The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) wrote of Edwards and his radio program:
On June 1, 2008, after a four-month hiatus, white supremacist James Edwards and his staff, claiming to be the "voice of the movement," resumed hosting the Political Cesspool, a Memphis, Tennessee-based AM and Internet radio show on which anti-Semites, white supremacists, and other right-wing extremists regularly appear to voice their views. Guests on the June 1 show included anti-Semitic professor Kevin MacDonald and white supremacist Virginia Abernethy. Show sponsors include the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens and the Institute for Historical Review, a Holocaust denial organization.
Initially billed as "The South's Foremost Conservative Populist Radio Program," the Political Cesspool's Mission Statement now says that the show "represent[s] a philosophy that is pro-White...[and seeks] to grow the percentage of Whites in the world relative to other races." James Edwards, the Political Cesspool's main host, co-founded the show in October 2004 and has interviewed a variety of anti-Semites, white supremacists, Holocaust deniers, conspiracy theorists and anti-immigrant leaders. A list of former guests includes veteran anti-Semite and Holocaust denier Willis Carto; Prussian Blue, a neo-Nazi singing duo; anti-Semite Ted Pike; Mark Weber, the director of the Institute for Historical Review; and Frank Roman, a founding member of the neo-Nazi European Americans United group.
Edwards does not merely interview extremists. A white supremacist himself, Edwards hosts, attends and speaks at extremist gatherings. [The Anti-Defamation League, 6/6/08]
SPLC: Edwards "Has Probably Done More Than Any Of His Contemporaries" To Promote "Neo-Nazis, Holocaust Deniers, Raging Anti-Semites And Other Extremists." The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) wrote of Edwards: "James Edwards has probably done more than any of his contemporaries on the American radical right to publicly promote neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, raging anti-Semites and other extremists." [The Southern Poverty Law Center, accessed 3/1/16]
Edwards: "MLK's Dream Is Our Nightmare," "Interracial Sex Is White Genocide"
Edwards: "For Blacks In The Americas, Slavery Is The Greatest Thing That Ever Happened To Them." He wrote on his blog of slavery: "For blacks in the Americas, slavery is the greatest thing that ever happened to them. Unfortunately, it's the worst thing that ever happened to white Americans." [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 8/11/08]
Edwards: "MLK's Dream Is Our Nightmare." Edwards wrote in a post about crime committed by African-Americans: "MLK's dream is our nightmare." [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 2/9/11]
Edwards: "Perfectly Legitimate" To Believe "Interracial Marriage Should Be Illegal." Edwards wrote of polling about whether interracial marriage should be illegal: "Despite constant brainwashing and relentless media propaganda, there still remains a great number of people in Mississippi who adhere to the values of their parents. ... The media will predictably dismiss the voters of Mississippi as 'hicks' and 'rednecks,' but their opinion on this matter is perfectly legitimate." [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 4/8/11]
Edwards: "Interracial Sex Is White Genocide." Edwards wrote on his blog: "But real conservatives are horrified by interracial sex, and are outraged that Hollywood and the rest of the culture promote it, especially in movies aimed at teenage girls. Interracial sex is white genocide." [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 8/14/08]
Edwards On "Friend" And Former KKK Leader David Duke: "There Is Not A Single Negative Thing That I Can Say About The Man." Edwards has heavily praised former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who recently announced his support for Trump:
I've known David for many years, which is something that his detractors can't say for themselves.
He's been a guest on my radio program and in my home.
Contrary to the false image of a drooling "racist" that the MSM would like to paint, David is a very thoughtful, intelligent, and gracious individual.
Based solely on my numerous personal dealings with him, I can honestly tell you that there is not a single negative thing that I can say about the man.
I count him as a friend and hope he decides to run.
At the very least, David's ability to generate publicity would force a frank discussion of racial issues that for far too long has been one-sided. [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 7/7/11; Media Matters, 2/26/16]
Edwards On LGBT People: "Fags," "Perverts," "Sodomites"
Edwards: "Two Fags Getting Married." Edwards wrote in a post headlined, "Black man has 21 kids with 11 women":
And he makes minimum wage. So guess who's paying for all these future rapists and carjackers? You and me, that's who. But he's got a cell phone.
These idiot "pro-family" groups don't say a word about this garbage, but they're apopletic [sic] about two fags getting married? [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 5/26/09]
Edwards Complained That People Get Upset Over Use Of "Faggot." Edwards wrote on his blog:
Furthermore, I can't remember the last time I watched an NBA game without seeing the players screaming "f*uck," or "G*ddamn," to each other. Take God's name in vain and offend countless Christians on a nightly basis? No big deal! Say "faggot" once and offend a tiny number of sexual degenerates? Well, that creates a manufactured media firestorm and all the hell that comes with it.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not endorsing the use of crude language because I certainly don't use language like that. In fact, we always encourage our fans to conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen. We know that our ideas are natural and healthy and they can be professionally presented in the court of public opinion without us having to get in the gutter with those who oppose us.
Those who do oppose us, for the record, do nothing but refer to us in an offensive manner. But, that's another story. However, when's the last time you heard of anyone being fined or suspended for offending a White heterosexual? [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 4/14/11]
Edwards: "Homosexuality [Is] A Mental Illness." Edwards wrote on his blog: "Until 1973, the American Psychiatric Association rightly listed homosexuality as a mental illness. It still is, of course, just no longer an officially listed one. Political correctness took care of that." [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 7/6/11]
Edwards On LGBT People: "Sodomites." Edwards wrote of a California bill requiring schools to teach the historical accomplishments of the LGBT community: "Does anyone have an idea what 'historical accomplishments' have been handed down by the Sodomites? I'm assuming they'll just start making up that many historical figures were homosexual and count their achievements as their own." [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 7/11/11]
Edwards On Chaz Bono: "Dancing With The Perverts." [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 8/31/11]
Edwards: "The Jews Who Own the Media"
Edwards: "The Jews Who Own the Media." Edwards headlined a post about the media, "The Jews Who Own the Media." He wrote: "The bottom line is that if you feel as though the media promotes ideals that are healthy and wholesome, then there is no reason to change anything. However, if you feel as though the media is poisoning our country with degeneracy and anti-Christian propaganda, then maybe it's time to take a closer look at who is in control." [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 3/3/15]
Edwards: "I Have No Idea Why So Many People Dislike Jews." Edwards wrote a post -- sarcastically headlined, "I have no idea why so many people dislike Jews" -- attacking anti-racism activist and writer Tim Wise. [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 11/4/10]
UPDATE: Edwards Lashes Out At Media Coverage, Says Trump Campaign Contact Shouldn't Be Construed "As Any Kind Of Endorsement By The Trump Campaign." Following media coverage of the Trump campaign and The Political Cesspool, Edwards issued the following press statement on his blog:
My show, The Political Cesspool, promotes a proud, paleoconservative Christian worldview, and we reject media descriptions of our work as "white supremacist," "pro-slavery" and other such scare words.
As I clearly wrote in yesterday's article, in no way should anyone interpret our press credentialing and subsequent interview with Donald Trump, Jr. as any kind of endorsement by the Trump campaign.
The grotesque way in which the media is purposefully misrepresenting my work by taking certain cherry-picked statements wildly out of context is both shameful and reprehensible. That said, I apologize for nothing and I retract nothing. [ThePoliticalCesspool.org, 3/2/16]