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The Klansmen and Mobsters in Donald Trump’s Closet

Ghosts of the Ku Klux Klan and the Mafia swirled up from Donald Trump’s past as he blustered on toward a future few could have foreseen.

The Klan ghosts were roused by Trump himself when ... read more.

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