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Trump Plugs Pat Buchanan – Who He Once Called ‘Hitler Lover’

President Trump tweeted an excerpt from a news column written by Pat Buchanan — whom Trump accused 20 years ago of being a “Hitler Lover” and “anti-Semite.”

Trump shared the column, which makes a case for funding the border wall, on Sunday night. In the tweeted piece, Buchanan, a former senior adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, evokes the unfounded claim that more crimes are committed by undocumented immigrants. The column argues that “the Democratic Party is hostile to white men.”

Yet Trump denounced Buchanan’s views in a 1999 “Meet the Press” interview.

“It’s just incredible that anybody could embrace this guy,” Trump said at the time. “Look, he’s a Hitler lover. I guess he’s an anti-Semite. He doesn’t like the blacks. He doesn’t like the gays. It’s just incredible that anybody could embrace this guy.”

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at fisher@forward.com, or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

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