The Disavow, Betray, Disavow Timeline
1986: Trump, Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali Receive ‘Ellis Island’ Award
AS THE New York Times reported on October 16, 1986:
Eighty Americans from 42 ethnic groups were named yesterday as recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.
The medals will be presented to the recipients, all either naturalized or native Americans, at a ceremony Oct. 27 on Ellis Island. That is the day before the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, the final event of the 1986 Liberty Centennial observances.
The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations presents the awards based on “integrity, passion, gravitas, humanitarian and ethnic heritage.”
1991: Trump “Hates Seeing” What David Duke Surging in Politics Represents
Appearing on the Larry King show on November 19, 1991, Trump said he “hated seeing” what the strong political support of White nationalist David Duke meant in Louisiana, which was suffering a deep depression at the time.
King: Did the David Duke thing bother you? Fifty-five percent of the Whites in Louisiana voted for him.
Mr. Trump: I hate —
King: Four hundred New Yorkers contributed.
Mr. Trump: I hate seeing what it represents, but I guess it just shows there’s a lot of hostility in this country. There’s a tremendous amount of hostility in the United States.
1997: Anti-Defamation League Praises Trump
On April 30, 1997, the Wall Street Journal reported on Trump’s purchase of the famous Mar-a-Largo club in Palm Beach, Florida, and how he opened up the club to Jews and African-Americans, putting him at odds against rival clubs in Palm Beach:
The culture clash began to approach a climax last fall, when Mr. Trump’s lawyer sent members of the town council a copy of the film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” a film that deals with upper-class racism.
Mr. Trump then approached the town council about lifting the restrictions that had been placed on the club. He also asked some council members not to vote on the request because their membership in other clubs created a conflict of interest.
Last December, after the council refused to lift the restrictions, Mr. Trump filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Palm Beach, alleging that the town was discriminating against Mar-a-Lago, in part because it is open to Jews and African-Americans. The suit seeks $100 million in damages.
2000: Trump Calls David Duke “a Bigot, a Racist and a Problem”
Matt Lauer: When you say the party is self-destructing, what do you see as the biggest problem with the reform party right now?
Mr. Trump: Well, you’ve got David Duke just joined — a bigot, a racist, a problem. I mean, this is not exactly the people you want in your party. Buchanan’s a disaster as we’ve, you know, covered. Jesse’s a terrific guy who just left the party. And he, you know, it’s unfortunate, but he just left the party. He’s going to be doing his independence party from Minnesota. And he’s a terrific guy and a terrific governor, and he’s got a great future. And I’ve always said, Matt, that I would run if I thought I could win, and in order to win…
2015: Trump Doesn’t Want Duke’s Support
Two months into his campaign, Trump publicly said that he did not want Duke’s support.
According to CBS:
Trump was asked Wednesday about Duke’s praise, and he distanced himself from the White supremacist.
“I don’t need his endorsement; I certainly wouldn’t want his endorsement,” Trump said during an interview with Bloomberg News on Wednesday. “I don’t need anyone’s endorsement.”
When he was asked whether he would flat-out reject Duke’s support, Trump replied, “Sure, I would if that would make you feel better.”
2016: Trump Disavows Racist Elements of So-Called “Alt-Right”
Not long after winning the presidency, Trump disavowed the racist elements of what the mainstream media termed the “alt-right.”
From CNN on Nov. 23, 2016:
“I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group,” Trump told a group of New York Times reporters and columnists during a meeting at the newspaper’s headquarters in New York.
“It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why,” he added, according to one of the Times reporters in the room, Michael Grynbaum.
2017 President Trump Calls the KKK Repugnant
“Racism is evil — and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” Trump said in response to the attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.
“Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America,” Trump said.
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Source: Truth Uncensored