Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon and Republican Louisiana State Senator David Duke must think that it’s a splendid time to be a white supremacist running for public office in America.
Recently the former klansman spoke with NPR to talk about his new U.S. Senate bid in Louisiana and his favorite politician in the whole wide world, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Duke told NPR’s Steve Inskeep that he believes that he’ll be getting a lot of votes from Trump supporters. He also reiterated his personal support for Trump stating that he’s “100 percent behind” the GOP candidate’s agenda.
“As a United States senator, nobody will be more supportive of his legislative agenda, his Supreme Court agenda, than I will,” Duke said.
Duke said that Trump’s attacks on Muslims and immigrants have made his platform more palatable to Louisiana voters.
The former klansman, who describes himself as a champion for European-Americans, was highly critical of Republicans who are unwilling to pledge their full support behind Trump.
“I think that those Republicans, or those so-called conservatives, they are betraying the principles of the Republican Party and certainly conservatism,” Duke said. “Donald Trump is not a racist. And the truth is in this country if you simply defend the heritage of European American people then you’re automatically a racist.”
During the interview, Duke claimed that there is currently “massive racist, racial discrimination against European-Americans” and a “very vicious anti-white narrative” in the mainstream media. He also opined that Hollywood is controlled by non-European Americans (Jews).
When asked if he was referring to Jews, Trump replied:
“Well they’re from the Middle East, that’s not European. That’s not European, is it? That’s Middle Eastern. And they have a particular orientation for their positions and their programs.”
Inskeep said Duke: “went on for a while, unspooling old racist theories that he said were not racist. He said Europeans built America, though his own state was built in large part by the descendants of Africans. He wrote Jews out of Europe’s history.”
“Some critics see echoes of discredited tales like these in some gestures by Donald Trump,” Inskeep said. “On Twitter, Trump posted an image of Hillary Clinton, piles of cash, and an apparent Star of David. He later said it was just a star.”
When asked if he believed Trump would openly support him, Duke professed that he wasn’t sure what billionaire thought about him.
“Donald Trump has to run his own campaign; I have to run my own campaign,” he said.
“I don’t know if he’s with me or not but I would hope that he and others would realize that the same lies they make about him is what they say about me,” he said. “I’ve always said that I’m for equal rights for all people, but I also believe that European-Americans shouldn’t be facing discrimination either.”
However, Duke once again reiterated his confidence that Trump supporters in Louisiana will support him.
“We’ve already polled inside the Trump voters, and we know that we’re going to carry 75 to 80 percent of those who are going to vote for Trump,” he said.
Steve asked, “You think Trump voters are your voters?”
“Well, of course they are!” Duke said. “Because I represent the ideas of preserving this country and the heritage of this country, and I think Trump represents that as well.”
Last August, Duke gave what many felt was an endorsement of Trump’s candidacy in which he said that Trump represented “the best of the lot.”
When first asked to respond to Duke’s endorsement, Trump played dumb.
Tapper, Feb. 28: I want to ask you about the Anti-Defamation League, which this week called on you to publicly condemn unequivocally the racism of former KKK grand wizard David Duke, who recently said that voting against you at this point would be treason to your heritage. Will you unequivocally condemn David Duke and say that you don’t want his vote or that of other white supremacists in this election?
Trump: Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke. OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know.
Tapper: OK. I mean, I’m just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here, but…
Trump: I don’t know any — honestly, I don’t know David Duke. I don’t believe I have ever met him. I’m pretty sure I didn’t meet him. And I just don’t know anything about him.
After facing a huge backlash, Trump begrudgingly “disavowed” Duke.
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