With weeks to spare till the 2020 presidential election, creator and screenwriter Bess Kalb posted a tongue-in-cheek tweet on Sunday, Oct. 11, about President Donald Trump getting endorsements from the Taliban and the KKK in his reelection marketing campaign. The tweet went viral, with greater than 350,000 likes, and fact-checkers needed to weigh in: Did the Taliban endorse Trump? And did the KKK?
“This election is a tricky name as a result of one candidate was endorsed by each the Taliban and the KKK,” Kalb tweeted, “and the opposite was endorsed by a broad bipartisan coalition and the New England Journal of Medication.”
Right here’s what we all know…
Did the Taliban endorse Trump?
The Taliban, a navy group in Afghanistan, did endorse Trump, in accordance with a fact-checking publish by Newsweek. “We hope he’ll win the election and wind up U.S. navy presence in Afghanistan,” a senior Taliban official instructed CBS Information in an article printed on Saturday, Oct. 10.
In the identical story, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid elaborated on the Taliban’s views. “We imagine that Trump goes to win the upcoming election as a result of he has proved himself a politician who completed all the key guarantees he had made to American individuals, though he may need missed some small issues, however did accomplish the larger guarantees, so it’s doable that the U.S. individuals who skilled deceptions previously will as soon as once more belief Trump for his decisive actions,” Mujahid instructed CBS Information.
“We expect the vast majority of the American inhabitants is uninterested in instability, financial failures and politicians’ lies and can belief once more on Trump as a result of Trump is decisive, may management the scenario contained in the nation,” Mujahid added.
The Taliban endorses Trump and fears for his well being:
“We hope he’ll win the election.”
~ Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid https://t.co/L2LdhqBe8w
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) October 11, 2020
“Different politicians, together with Biden, chant unrealistic slogans. Another teams, that are smaller in dimension however are concerned within the navy enterprise together with weapons manufacturing corporations’ homeowners and others who someway get the advantage of warfare extension, they is likely to be towards Trump and help Biden, however their numbers amongst voters is low.”
Trump marketing campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh, nevertheless, instructed CBS Information that the marketing campaign rejects help from the Taliban, including, “The Taliban ought to know that the president will all the time shield American pursuits by any means obligatory.”
The Taliban and Trump share the objective of getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, in accordance with CBS Information. In February, the Trump administration signed a pact with the Taliban setting a timetable for the whole withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the spring of 2021.
Did the KKK endorse Trump?
The KKK, a white supremacist hate group, has not formally endorsed Trump’s reelection bid, in accordance with Newsweek, however former KKK grand wizard David Duke endorsed Trump in 2016 and tweeted his help of Trump’s reelection this July, advocating for Tucker Carlson to interchange Mike Pence as vice chairman. “Trump & Tucker is the one technique to cease the commie Bolsheviks! It’s the solely path to beat them! #TrumpTucker2020,” Duke wrote earlier than he was banned from Twitter, the journal studies.
PolitiFact additionally debunked a latest Fb publish that depicted Trump standing beside two individuals apparently wearing Ku Klux Klan robes and hoods.
After coming beneath hearth for saying there have been “very tremendous individuals on either side” of a 2017 white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Va., Trump issued an announcement referring to “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and different hate teams” as “repugnant to every little thing we maintain pricey as People,” per FactCheck.org.