David Duke On His Much Talked About Trump Endorsement

By AARON MORRISON, Staff Writer (IBTimes)

Published: March 2, 2016

Donald Trump never got an official endorsement from white supremacist groups or from David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard said Wednesday. But the front-running Republican presidential candidate has his support, in part because of his hardline stance on immigration, Duke said in a phone interview with International Business Times.

Trump was condemned over the weekend by Democrats and many Republicans for seeming to stumble over disavowing Duke and other so-called white activists who have been supporting him. Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., has given an interview with white nationalist radio host James Edwards, who once wrote that slavery was the best thing to happen to African-Americans, Politico reported Wednesday. Amid the fears of association with racists, Trump captured victories in seven of the 11 primaries and caucuses held on Super Tuesday and is poised for more victories in coming contests.

Duke, who says he left the KKK nearly 40 years ago, has held elected office as a Republican in his home state of Louisiana and hosts a radio show in which he regularly expresses “pro-white European” and anti-Semitic viewpoints. The 65-year-old said he doesn’t believe his support for Trump hurts or helps the billionaire real estate mogul. In the IBT interview, Duke expressed frustration over how his history with the KKK was being used in the media to discredit Trump.

Duke said he would not oppose a Cuban presidential candidate, such as Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, just because of their Hispanic heritage. They’d only need a “pro-European” stance on immigration, he said.

To read the rest of my exclusive Q&A with Duke, click here.

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