Sign the petition: Trump & the KKK

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Republicans set the stage for Trump. Now it's time to disavow his racism and xenophobia.

Tell Republican leaders and presidential candidates:
"Take a meaningful stand against Donald Trump's racism and xenophobia by withdrawing your pledges to support his candidacy if he wins the Republican nomination."

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Dear 5849376,

Reject Donald Trump

It's happening. Despite his dangerous platform based on racism, fear-mongering and hate, Donald Trump continues to dominate as the front-runner in the Republican presidential primary.

Recently, notorious white supremacist and former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke enthusiastically aligned himself with the Trump candidacy by telling white voters that a vote against Trump would be "treason to [their] heritage."1 When CNN questioned Trump about the endorsement, he failed to denounce white supremacy and racism, sending shockwaves through the national political and media establishment.2

The other Republican presidential candidates were quick to denounce Trump, but denouncing Trump when his racism is most public or most extreme is not enough.

If Republican leaders are actually interested in distancing themselves and their party from Trump's racism, they must refuse to support him if he becomes the Republican nominee.

Tell Republican party leaders: Show that there's no place for racism in the Republican party. Take back your pledges to support Donald Trump's candidacy if he wins the Republican party's nomination.

When Trump proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the United States in December, his rivals and other Republican leaders were quick to denounce this plan. But none renounced his candidacy. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan specifically said, "I'm going to support whoever the Republican nominee is and I'm going to stand up for what I believe in as I do that."3

Ryan was not alone. Every Republican presidential contender pledged this summer, under pressure from Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, to support whoever ends up being the nominee. None have publicly renounced that pledge. There are reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is encouraging vulnerable Republican senators to campaign against Trump is he wins the nomination, but McConnell has said nothing publicly to denounce Trump's candidacy.4

It's cowardly political gamesmanship for Republicans to disavow Trump's rhetoric but be willing to endorse him as the Republican nominee. It's time to make clear where the party really stands.

Tell Republican party leaders: Take a meaningful stand against Donald Trump's racist and xenophobic campaign by withdrawing your pledge to support his candidacy if he wins the Republican party's nomination. Click here to sign the petition.

It's important to remember that Trump is not an isolated phenomenon and that his rhetoric, while extreme, is neither new or unprecedented. As Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid pointed out, "Donald Trump is standing on a platform of hate that the Republican Party built for him."5

Senator Reid is right. The Republican party has a long history of using race-based rhetoric and dog whistle politics to get votes and pander to the nativist and racist elements of its base.6

In the last few years, Republicans in Congress have refused to fix the Supreme Court's gutting of the Voting Rights Act and have blocked all attempts to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Last fall, after the terrorist attacks in Paris, Trump's rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Republicans in Congress, and Republican governors all took xenophobic stands against Muslim refugees fleeing horrific violence in the Middle East.

These positions and policies are in line with the beliefs of many in the Republican party's base. Exit polls from South Carolina showed that 75 percent of Republican voters supported Trump's plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States.7 Historic national polling data shows that people who identify as Republicans consistently hold more racist views about African-Americans than people who identify as Democrats.8

The leaders of the Republican party have a choice. They can pander to their party's racist base and legitimize the politics of hate by failing to denounce Trump's candidacy, or they can show their party is actually better than that and make clear that they will not endorse Trump if he's the nominee.

Tell Republican party leaders today: Show that your party is not a party of hate by withdrawing your pledge to support Donald Trump if he wins the Republican party's nomination. Click the link below to sign the petition today:

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/Renounce_Trump?t=7&akid=17115.3291973.GoFfzV

Thanks for taking a stand against hate today,

Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References:

  1. Alan Rappaport, "Donald Trump Wavers on Disavowing David Duke," New York Times, 2/28/2016.
  2. ibid.
  3. Russell Berman, "A Frontrunner Republicans Will Denounce but Not Reject," The Atlantic, 12/8/2015.
  4. Sylvan Lane, "McConnell prepping GOP senators to split from Trump: report," The Hill, 2/27/2016.
  5. Reid: Trump Stands On Republican Platform Of Hate," Senator Harry Reid press release, 12/8/2015.
  6. Jonathan Weiler, "Lee Atwater and the GOP's race problem," Huffington Post, 1/13/2014.
  7. Jonathan Easley, "SC exit poll: 75 percent agree with Trump's Muslim ban," The Hill, 2/20/2016
  8. Nate Silver and Allison McCann, "Are White Republicans More Racist Than White Democrats?," FiveThirtyEight Politics, 4/30/2014.

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