Even as Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner of the presidential race, is strangely refusing to outright condemn the recent endorsement from Klansman David Duke, the story of his father’s arrest at a KKK riot is resurfacing.
The incident began in 1927 when the Ku Klux Klan passed out fliers prior to the riot saying that “Native-born Protestant Americans” were being “assaulted by Roman Catholic police of New York City.” “Liberty and Democracy have been trampled upon,” they continued, “when native-born Protestant Americans dare to organize to protect one flag, the American flag; one school, the public school; and one language, the English language.”
During the riot, Fred Trump, father of Donald Trump, was arrested, though it is not clear from the context what exactly his role was in the rioting. Seven men were arrested that day, and all were represented by the same lawyer.
When confronted with the news story, Donald Trump insisted that it was not true.
“He was never arrested. He has nothing to do with this. This never happened. This is nonsense and it never happened,” he said to the Daily Mail. “This never happened. Never took place. He was never arrested, never convicted, never even charged. It’s a completely false, ridiculous story. He was never there! It never happened. Never took place.”