Trump dealings with Memphis ‘white supremacist’ create media stir

Memphis radio talk show host James Edwards, described as a white supremacist in several media reports, was given a press pass and an exclusive interview with Donald Trump Jr. at last weekend’s Memphis campaign rally for the billionaire presidential candidate. This is getting a lot of attention in media reporting, ranging from the Memphis Flyer to the Huffington Post.

The latter report begins thusly:
James Edwards, a notorious white supremacist and radio talk show host, is promoting a recent interview with the son of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump that’ll air on Saturday.

Edwards talked to the real estate mogul’s eldest son and campaign surrogate, Donald Trump, Jr., last Saturday for his “pro-white” radio show, “The Political Cesspool.” Previous guests on the show have included Neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, and Ku Klux Klan leaders.

Edwards heralded the 20-minute interview in a blog post flagged by Little Green Footballs, that boasted about his access inside a Trump rally in Memphis, Tennessee, last Saturday, where Edwards was broadcasting his show live. He said Trump’s campaign gave Edwards and his co-hosts full press credentials and “VIP” parking near the event.

Edwards’ initial blog post is HERE. After getting all the attention, he has a follow-up today declaring that, “My show, The Political Cesspool, promotes a proud, paleoconservative Christian worldview, and we reject media descriptions of our work as ‘white supremacist,’ ‘pro-slavery’ and other such scare words…. in no way should anyone interpret our press credentialing and subsequent interview with Donald Trump, Jr. as any kind of endorsement by the Trump campaign.

“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. That said, I apologize for nothing and I retract nothing.”

Bloomberg News, meanwhile, quotes Donald Trump Jr. as saying, basically, that Edwards sneaked into the interview he was doing with someone else. An excerpt:

Trump Jr. said Wednesday that he was speaking to another radio host for a previously scheduled interview via telephone when, unbeknownst to him, Edwards chimed in with questions. “He was brought into the interview without my knowledge,” the 38-year-old executive vice president for the Trump Organization said in an interview with Bloomberg Politics. “Had I known, I would have obviously never done an interview with him,”

The timing of the release of the interview could not have been worse for the Trump campaign, which has faced intense scrutiny over the candidate’s failure to clearly disavow the endorsement of former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.