David Duke is pro Donald Trump. Duke, a self-described “racial realist” and the anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist, blazoned his support for Trump, telling Americans who opt to toss their votes elsewhere that they are committing “treason.” This from a far-right politician, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and a convicted felon.
“Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage,” Duke said about Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, in a segment first reported by BuzzFeed news on Feb. 25. “I’m not saying I endorse everything about Trump, in fact, I haven’t formally endorsed him. But I do support his candidacy, and I support voting for him as a strategic action.”
So the 65-year-old Duke hasn’t endorsed Trump, but wants you to vote for him. Gotcha.
“I am telling you that it is your job now to get active,” Duke said. “Get off your duff. Get off your rear end that’s getting fatter and fatter for many of you every day on your chairs. When this show’s over, go out, call the Republican Party, but call Donald Trump’s headquarters, volunteer. They’re screaming for volunteers.”
Adds MSN News: “Trump has enjoyed strong support from white supremacist groups, but has maintained distance from the organizations. One super PAC recently blanketed states with robocalls urging voters not to ‘vote for a Cuban.’”
Duke has had a number of (thankfully unsuccessful) forays into political office.
In 1988, Duke, declaring himself a Democrat, actually ran in the presidential primaries. When no one paid attention, he swapped to Populist Party and appeared on the ballot in a dozen states, gaining 0.04 percent of the combined, national popular vote. Later that year, he swapped out and became a Republican.
David Duke served as a one-term Republican Louisiana State Representative, but failed in his runs for the Louisiana State Senate, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and in his yearning to be the Governor of Louisiana. Part of his funding techniques: Claiming destitution and fabricating stories about losing his home in order to lobby donations, then taking the cash and gambling at casinos. Thus the felony conviction.
The founder of the Louisiana-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan implored volunteers to show up at Trump campaign locations because they will evidently find like-minded haters. “Go in there, you’re going to meet people who are going to have the same kind of mindset that you have,” Duke said.
Civil rights groups immediately rebuked Duke, calling for Trump to disavow any connection to Duke or other hate groups.
“It is time for him to come out firmly against these bigoted views and the people that espouse them,” commented Anti-Defamation League National Chair Marvin Nathan and Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt in a co-authored statement.
Groups emboldened by the real estate mogul’s strict posture on immigration, Mexicans and Muslims have viewed Trump as a sounding board for their views. After a Black Lives Matter protester was beaten at a Trump rally in November, the GOP frontrunner pulled support from racist corners of the Internet.
Jared Taylor, the founder of the white supremacist publication “American Renaissance,” recorded himself for a pro-Trump robocall. “I urge you to vote for Donald Trump because he is the one candidate who points out that we should accept immigrants who are good for America,” Taylor says. “We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture. Vote Trump.”
What do you think about David Duke and his call to support Trump?