White supremacist Ku Klux Klan has officially supported Donald Trump as the President of the United States. KKK’s official mouthpiece, The Crusader, splashed Trump’s key election slogan “Make America Great Again,” in a front page editorial in its current issue.

Championing Trump’s slogan, Pastor Thomas Robb, the author of the article, who is also the national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, wrote “You can see it (the slogan) on the shirts, buttons, posters and ball caps such as the one being worn here by Trump speaking at a recent rally. … But can it happen? Can America really be great again? This is what we will soon find out!”

“While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, what made America great in the first place? The short answer to that is simple. America was great not because of what our forefathers did — but because of who our forefathers were,” the article said and went on to add. “America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”

Robb later told The Washington Post that his piece signaled the publication’s enthusiastic support for Trump. “Overall, we do like his nationalist views and his words about shutting down the border to illegal aliens. He kind of reflects what’s happening throughout the world. There seems to be a surge of nationalism worldwide as nationals reclaim their borders, Robb said.

Republican Trump’s campaign promptly distanced itself from the article. “Mr. Trump and the campaign denounce hate in any form,” the campaign said in a statement. “This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign,” it said.

Outgoing democrat president Barack Obama launched a sharp attack. “If you disrespect women before you were president, you will disrespect women when you are in office. If you accept the support of a Klan sympathiser, the Klan, and hesitate when asked about that support, then you will tolerate that support when you’re in office,” Obama said while speaking at a rally in North Carolina.

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who is contesting for the Louisiana senate, had earlier openly supported Trump and in a radio message had asked listeners to “get active” for Trump. The Republican candidate, however, had later said that he did not need Duke’s endorsement and that he did not know duke.