KKK, White Nationalists ready to roll for Donald Trump on Election Day

The Ku Klux Klan and white nationalist groups are going all-in for Donald Trump, planning efforts to monitor polls, mobilize Trump voters and discourage African-Americans from casting ballots on Election Day.

Groups including the Nationalist Socialist Movement and the American Freedom Party have taken up Trump's call for supporters to watch polls, ostensibly to protect against voter fraud and a "rigged election," according to a Politico report.

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1866: A wood engraving depicting two members of the Ku Klux Klan. The white sheet and hood were supposed to represent the ghosts of Confederate soldiers risen from the dead to seek revenge. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Kayne Township. Ku Klux Klan Wedding In New Jersey. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Long Island, NY-Ku Klux Klan with hands raised in oath during night meeting.
20th March 1922: Members of the white supremacist movement, the Ku Klux Klan standing by an aeroplane, out of which they dropped publicity leaflets over Washington DC. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 1/4/1923-Homestead, FL: Photo shows gathering of the Ku Klux Klan, members of the invisible empire, at Homestead, FL., thirty miles South of Miami, and within three miles of the Southern most point of the mainland of the United States. The Imperial Wizard of he Klan is somewhere in the group. But, he just won't make himself known.
Ku Klux Klan members hold a march in Washington, DC, on August 9, 1925.
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Ku Klux Klan Ritual At Atlanta In Usa During Thirties (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Over 100,000 people are expected in Washington for the Klan parade and gathering. Government buildings are all guarded in case of disorder. Photo shows members of the Women's K.K.K. of Virginia marching down Pennsylvania Ave.
5/07/98 PHOTOGRAPHER: Susan Biddle - TWP Wheaton, Md. BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Darryl Davis and his KKK collection Davis, a blues pianist, meets as many KKK guys as he can to find out why they are as they are. He has a collection of robes and other KKK items such as this medallion. (KU KLUX KLAN) (Photo by Susan Biddle/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
A young protester argues with Thom Robb during a Ku Klux Klan rally in Stephenville, Texas. Robb is the national director of the Arkansas-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by ?? Greg Smith/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
The Imperial Wizard of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Don Black, wearing a suit and tie, with white-gowned Klan members in the background.
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1754: Ku Klux Klan members supporting Barry Goldwater's campaign for the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention, San Francisco, California, as an African American man pushes signs back: 12 July 1964. Photographer: Warren K Leffler. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1754: Parade of the Ku Klux Klan, in regalia and carrying the stars and stripes, through counties of Virginia bordering on the District of Columbia, America, 1926. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
Ku Klux Klan members march through downtown Houston under heavy police protection. (Photo by Greg Smith/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) The Ku Klux Klan failed to make good its threat to parade through the streets of this town today and instead had a small parade in Neptune City and Neptune Township. Less than 3,000 men, women, and children marched in the parade, headed by Arthur H. Bell, Grand Dragon of the Realm of New Jersey. Some of the Klansmen were robed and masked, others wore their robes with hoods lifted. (Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images)
Members of the Ku Klux Klan attend a demonstration in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. They are protesting against the Martin Luther King holiday. (Photo by mark peterson/Corbis via Getty Images)
Demonstration of the Ku Klux Klan (Photo by F. Carter Smith/Sygma via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 23: Jeffery Berry, national imperial wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (l.), Grand Dragon James Sheehy (nursing his would after being attacked), and other Klan members hold a rally at Foley Square near the New York State Supreme Court House. (Photo by Budd Williams/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
VALLEY FORGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 25: A Ku Klux Klan member shows off his tattoo during an American Nazi party member during American Nazi Party rally at Valley Forge National Park September 25, 2004 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of American Nazis from around the country were expected to attend. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
SHARPSBURG, MD - SEPTEMBER 07: Members of the Confederate White Knights hold a flag during a rally at the Antietam National Battlefield September 7, 2013 near Sharpsburg, Maryland. The Rosedale, Maryland Ku Klux Klan group held the rally to protest against the administration of President Barack Obama and the U.S. immigration policies. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - JULY 18: Ku Klux Klan members take part in a Klan demonstration at the state house building on July 18, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. The KKK protested the removal of the Confederate flag from the state house grounds, as law enforcement tried to prevent violence between the opposing groups. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Demostrators take part in a protest against asylum seekers brought to stay at a former army barracks in the Hennala district in Lahti late September 24, 2015. Demonstrators threw stones and launched fireworks at a bus full of asylum seekers arriving at a reception centre in Lahti in southern Finland, late on Thursday, Finnish media reported on Friday. Between 30 and 40 demonstrators, one in a white robe like those worn by the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan in the United States, waved the Finnish flag and shouted abuse at the bus. Picture taken September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Heikki Ahonen/Lehtikuva ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. FINLAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN FINLAND.

The alt-right website The Right Stuff also reportedly has plans to set up cameras and hand out liquor and marijuana in Philadelphia, while the militia movement group the Oath Keepers is telling members to conduct undercover "intelligence-gathering" at precincts around the country.

In a lengthy email to Politico, an unidentified representative of The Right Stuff discussed plans to "monitor anyone that comes in to vote and make sure that the same people are not voting at multiple locations."

"If we see people voting in multiple locations the footage will be submitted to the [Federal Election Commission] as well as put out on social media to undermine the legitimacy of [Democratic nominee Hillary] Clinton should she steal the election," the representative wrote.

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The representative claimed supporters already had set up some hidden cameras in "black schools" to catch potential vote fraud, and other teams would be "going into the ghettos in Philly with 40s and weed to give out to local residents, which we think will lead to more of them staying home."

White nationalist groups have embraced Trump and his message. A KKK leader said members will be working to get Trump supporters to the polls, while a quarterly newspaper affiliated with the group, The Crusader, dedicated the entire front page of its current issue to what amounted to an endorsement of Trump.

"While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, 'What made America great in the first place?'" the article says. "The short answer to that is simple. America was great not because of what our forefathers did – but because of who our forefathers were.

"America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great."

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IRWIN, PA - OCTOBER 13; A giant Trump campaign sign greets commuters driving along Route 30 in the conservative Pittsburg, Pennsylvania suburb of Irwin on October 13, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
IRWIN, PA - OCTOBER 13; A giant Trump campaign sign greets commuters driving along Route 30 in the conservative Pittsburg, Pennsylvania suburb of Irwin on October 13, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: A digital billboard supporting Donald Trump depicts him as 'Super Trump' in Times Square, September 15, 2016 in New York City. The billboard was paid for by a pro-Trump political action committee (Super PAC) called 'Committee to Restore America's Greatness.' The billboard will run in Times Square through the end of the week before moving on to I-4 highway corridor in Florida. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IA - JANUARY 28: Kraig Moss, a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, talks over a CB radio to advertise a 'Truckers for Trump' convoy on January 28, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. The Democratic and Republican Iowa Caucuses, the first step in nominating a presidential candidate from each party, will take place on February 1. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
PORTSMOUTH, NH - DECEMBER 10: A pro-Donald Trump billboard is parked outside the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel where Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is due to speak at the New England Police Benevolent Association Meeting December 10, 2015 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Trump recently called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States until the vetting process could be improved. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
A yellow flag with the words 'Don't Tread on Trump' and two leather belts given by Trump supporters, sit on the wall inside Donald Trump's 2016 Republican presidential campaign headquarters, located in Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The billionaire front-runner for the Republican nomination continues his momentum this fall by preparing media ads and holding public appearance throughout the country. Photographer: Ali Elkin/Bloomberg via Getty Images EDITORS NOTE: BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE.

While Thomas Robb, a pastor who penned The Crusader's column, told The Washington Post the paper was not officially endorsing the GOP nominee, he said it enthusiastically supports his "nationalist views" and stance on closing the borders to those would enter the U.S. illegally.

Trump's campaign immediately rejected the KKK's support, a sharp contrast from earlier in the campaign when the candidate came under heavy criticism for failing to immediately renounce the backing of former KKK leader David Duke.

"Mr. Trump and the campaign denounces hate in any form," Trump's campaign said in a statement Tuesday. "This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign."

But Trump has stressed to his supporters that a widespread effort is underway to deny him the White House through coordinated voter fraud, and has encouraged them to travel to "certain areas" – thought to mean minority communities – in order to watch for voting that's not "on the up and up."

His campaign also began registering volunteers to monitor the polls on Election Day, stoking fears of voter intimidation, and discussed a three-pronged "voter suppression" effort to discourage groups who tend to favor Democrats from turning out. Separately, longtime Republican operative Roger Stone has a volunteer exit polling operation in the works in Ohio and Philadelphia aimed at uncovering any vote rigging.

Democrats have struck back, accusing the Republican National Committee in a court filing of violating a 1982 consent decree in which the RNC is barred from engaging in "ballot security" activities without court approval.

This week, a federal judge ordered the RNC to turn over any evidence it was coordinating with the Trump campaign on poll-watching plans. The judge is expected to rule on whether the RNC will be held in contempt before Election Day, and a hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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