Trump Jr. is playing dumb.
The 38-year-old businessman and eldest child of Donald Trump says he had no idea a radio host he recently interviewed with was a white supremacist and blames the media.
“Had I known? I would have obviously never done an interview with him,” Trump Junior said, according to Bloomberg. “This is clearly the mainstream media trying to turn a story into something, much like they did with my father.”
James Edwards, who has reportedly said, “Slavery is the greatest thing that ever happened to” Black Americans and that “interracial sex is white genocide,” founded “The Political Cesspool” in 2005.
His show has featured a wide roster of white supremacists, anti-Semites and other extremists, such as longtime Klan leader David Duke and Holocaust denier Willis Carto, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The show’s mission statement says it “stands for the Dispossessed Majority” and is “pro-white.”
Still, Trump Jr. insists he didn’t know what Edwards was about and that the radio interview “was not vetted.”
Here’s the thing, his spokesperson, Hope Hicks, denied Trump Jr. ever interviewed with Edwards, the author of Racism Schmacism: How Liberals Use the “R” Word to Push the Obama Agenda, who somehow received media credentials from the Trump campaign.
“Donald Trump Jr. was not in attendance and although he served as a surrogate for his father on several radio programs over the past week, to his knowledge and that of the campaign, did not participate in an interview with this individual,” Hicks said in a statement Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday, Edwards wrote on his blog how he “attended a Donald Trump rally in Memphis on Saturday night as a fully credentialed member of the media.”
His blog also states: “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.”
Like Trump Jr., Edwards also blames the media for blowing this whole thing way out of proportion.
“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,” Edwards wrote. “That said, I apologize for nothing and I retract nothing.”
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