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Donald Trumps numbers among black voters are so low, hes doing worse than a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard.

David Duke, the notorious former KKK leader, had a 14% approval rating among black voters for his U.S. Senate run, the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center reported in its findings.

While Dukes 14% is still low, it makes Trumps microscopic support from black voters look even smaller.

The Republican presidential candidate has only been able to muster a measly 1% of black voters support, according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal polling.

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In key battleground states, like Ohio and Pennsylvania, Trump actually polled at 0% heading into the Republican National Convention.

While Duke has been a known racist for decades now, Trump has been catching up himself, earning the ire of Paul Ryan in June for comments the house speaker called the textbook definition of racist.

Trump had also calledhimself the “least racist person on Earth” in November, after he retweeted a controversial image with bogus statistics that lied about the number of “whites killed by blacks.”

Despite Dukes long history of racism and bigotry, it doesnt seem to have affected his black voters support as much as it has for Trump.

Duke, a convicted felon who described the Black Lives Matter movement as a terrorist organization when announcing his candidacy, is a notorious white supremacist, throwing his full support behind Trumps campaign.

The racist candidate has crossed paths with Trump before, after the billionaire failed to denounce the former KKK leaders endorsement.

Louisianas Republicans have spoken out against Dukes Senate campaign, calling him a hate-filled fraud who does not embody the values of the Republican party, Roger Villere, chairman of the states GOP said in a statement.

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Ex-KKK leader David Duke hopes Donald Trump can help him

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Saturday, July 30, 2016, 11:08 AM

NEW ORLEANS It would be hard to overstate how much former KKK leader David Duke has attempted to link his 2016 surprise Senate bid to that of the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

He mentioned Trump during a YouTube announcement of his bid and spoke repeatedly during an hour-long news conference about how Trump and the Republicans had embraced his vision of America.

References to Trump now compete for attention on Duke’s website with anti-Zionist posts that include the theory that Jewish conspirators somehow worked passages from a Michelle Obama speech into Melania Trump’s convention address last week.

Duke, 66, has never matched the political stardom he achieved when he made a credible run for governor of Louisiana in 1991. And many analysts and observers say his time is past. With many candidates espousing “law and order” politics, Duke, a convicted felon known more for running for office than winning races, may simply have too much baggage.

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But in an election where the rise of showboat businessman and reality TV personality Trump has taken the establishment by surprise, Duke obviously feels conditions are ripe for him to make another run.

Analysts and observers say Duke can play on similar themes as Trump, such as fears of unchecked immigration, attacks against police, the loss of jobs to free trade and an outsider status. With the rise of social media, Duke feels he has other avenues to reach voters other than mainstream advertising or traditional media.

“What’s interesting to me is that he feels emboldened enough to step into the arena one more time,” said Michael Flamm, history professor at Ohio Wesleyan University and author of “In the Heat of the Summer: The New York Riots of 1964 and the War on Crime.”

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“I do think the Trump campaign has brought a racial backlash element back into the mainstream,” said Flamm.

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Duke, who donned Nazi regalia in college, led a Ku Klux Klan faction until 1980 before moving on to found white-rights organizations. He’s only held one elective government office, narrowly winning a suburban New Orleans state House seat in 1989.

He shocked political observers in 1991 by getting into a runoff for the governor’s race with Democratic former Gov. Edwin Edwards, whose three previous terms had been marked by scandal. The prospect of a white supremacist as governor so startled many in the state that many Republicans joined Democrats to vote against him. His opponents printed bumper stickers imploring: “Vote for the crook. It’s important.”

Duke got 39% of the vote and would never do as well again.

At work at the time, says longtime pollster Michael McKeon, were factors that went beyond any anti-black vote that was at the core of Duke’s appeal: economic doldrums following a crash in the oil economy in the 1980s, broad disaffection with the federal government and a fear of “a loss of control.”

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Louisiana is again suffering with a weak oil economy. And, McKeon, who predicted Duke’s 1991 success, says anti-government fervor is even higher now.

Trump’s anti-immigrant, anti-free trade stance appears to dovetail with Duke’s long-held insistence that white descendants of Europeans in America are the victims of discrimination. Many white supremacists they prefer the terms “Europeanists,” ”alt-right,” or even “white nationalists” rallied behind Trump at the Republican National Convention last week.

Pearson Cross, a political scientist at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, says Trump has adopted or co-opted many of the issues Duke has preached for a long time such as the dangers of unfettered immigration or unfair trade deals.

Speaking of Duke, Cross said: “He sees that his issues have come back to be center at least in the Republican party.”

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Trump faced criticism from some GOP leaders for failing during the primary season to immediately denounce the tacit endorsement from Duke, who once said on his radio show that a vote for any other candidate “is really treason to your heritage.” Trump eventually did disavow Duke and after Duke declared his candidacy Friday, Trump swiftly said Sunday on “Meet the Press” that he “rebuked” Duke’s support.

Cross said he anticipates that the Democratic party would attempt to link Trump and Duke, pointing out that a former KKK member admires Trump and the way he’s operating.

Whether any of this will give Duke an election boost remains to be seen.

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“I assume if there are two candidates espousing law and order, the one who will win will be the one carrying less baggage,” Flamm said.

McKeon believes Duke’s time is likely past. In the age of social media, McKeon said, Duke’s ability to command attention has been greatly diminished.

“He was radical enough that he would say stuff that people would pay attention to him,” McKeon said. “Now, it’s virtually impossible to shock anybody.”

Others note that he has other baggage, including a guilty plea to bilking supporters and cheating on taxes in a 2002 federal case led to a stretch in prison and further political obscurity.

Twenty-four people have signed up for the race a non-partisan election to choose retiring Republican David Vitter’s successor. Among them are well-financed Republicans and two well-known Democrats.

Cross said he doesn’t give Duke much of a chance. In 1991 there were a lot of voters who were dissatisfied with the Democratic party’s championing of civil rights. But at that time Republicans had not really made overtures to them the way they have in recent years, playing up concerns over immigration for example.

He anticipated the most likely runoff would be between one Republican and one Democrat and the Republican probably wouldn’t be Duke. Instead, he sees Duke’s Senate run as more of a way for him to show that he was talking about some of these issues like immigration or trade decades ago and to sell more books.

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Dr. David Ernest Duke (born 1 July 1950) is an European American best known as an advocate for the rights of Europeans in the United States and around the world as well as criticisms of Jewish supremacism. Duke has been a prolific academic, author, politician and media personality whose works have reached very large audiences. Consequently he has often been attacked and misrepresented in various ways.

Dr. David Duke is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a BA in History. He pursued a PhD in History at the largest university in Ukraine and in 2005 completed his Doctoral Defense in Kiev. More than a dozen of the top academics of Ukraine participated. Duke has spoken in over 25 nations and at over 250 universities across the world.[1]

That David Duke was once the leader of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (1974) is constantly mentioned in the media but not David Duke’s and the organization’s nonviolence.[1]

David Duke was elected and served from 1989-1993 as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.[1]

“In two elections in a state having the population of a typical European nation, as a candidate for United States Senator and Governor, David Duke received over 60 percent of the European American vote despite being outspent in media 40 to 1 in media and having practically the totality of the political establishment against him. The Zionists admit in their own books and articles that they defeated him in the election by economically blackmailing the people of Louisiana if they dared to elect him. In 1992 Dr. Duke received double digit percentages of votes in some Republican Presidential Primaries.”[1]

His two books My Awakening: A Path to Racial Understanding and Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening on the Jewish Question have been translated to more than a dozen and one-half languages with millions of copies in circulation. His videos in 2012 had over 5 million views on his video channel. In total, videos of Dr. Dukes appearances, interviews, speeches and lectures had had 300 million views.[1]

See the article on Jewish supremacism for a description of the book on that subject.

His latest book is The Secret Behind Communism on the relationship between Jews and Communism.

In 2002 David Duke pleaded guilty to charges of filing a false tax return and mail fraud. Don Black has stated that “As someone who has known the Hon. Representative David Duke for over 30 years, I want to offer you my honest opinion on his accepting a plea agreement in the federal governments legal case against him. David Duke is now under federal jurisdiction and cannot speak freely on the specifics of his case. But I can, and so I will… …the effort at character assassination should be transparent… …His trial would be held in New Orleans, a city that is 70 percent Black. He would have been tried before a mostly black jury. If he lost the trial, he would certainly face a sentence of 25 years or more. His only alternative was to accept a plea agreement… …In addition to a hostile jury, half of the federal Judges in his district are Jews. Does a man constantly labelled by the media as former Ku Klux Klan leader and neo-Nazi David Duke have a realistic chance to be found innocent before a mostly black jury and possibly a Jewish Judge? By contesting the charges in court, he faced the real risk of not only the stain of conviction, but also incarceration for many years. A conviction could have also brought a huge government fine that would confiscate his home and office… …By accepting the plea agreement, he knew that he could protect his loyal accountant and other officers of his organization from possible government prosecution.”[2]

In 2009 David Duke was invited by professors at Charles University in the Czech Republic to lecture on the “Zionist Influence over American Foreign Policy.” In Prague he was arrested by 30 SWAT police officers even before giving any public speech and imprisoned before being expelled from the country. He was accused of violating vague “hate speech” laws that could cause 3 years in prison. The charges was eventually completely dismissed.[3]

In November 2011 David Duke was invited by German patriots to give a speech in the city of Cologne. He was arrested by police wielding submachine guns before he could say anything and was held in isolation before being released.[4] This seems to be related to the dismissed charges against him in the Czech Republic. The Cologne police stated that Duke “was not entitled to stay in Germany” because of a travel ban against him in another, unspecified European country.[5]

Several attempts have been made to remove David Duke’s YouTube videos.[6]

“Dr. Duke works for a new ethic for mankind against imperialism. No nation and no people, he argues, has the right to invade or control other nations for imperialistic purposes. Every people must have the right to self-determination and their own living space, whether through nationhood or autonomy within nation states, such as the Swiss model. He argues that every people can simply have the right to have communities that maintain their own expression of culture, heritage and values particular to their own soul and spirit. No people, Dr. Duke says, should have the right to exploit other peoples… …As a person of European heritage he believes that it is his obligation to oppose any European exploitation or harmful acts against any other peoples, as he himself opposes any other policies that are harmful to his own heritage.”[1]

David Duke in 2016 announced his candidacy for a U.S. Senate seat representing Louisiana.

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If David Duke Won, Wouldn’t Republicans Have To Vote For Him?

Lets stop pretending voting is always a simple choice.

When David Duke announced in the Louisiana last week that he would be running for Senate, GOP Chairman Reince Priebus swiftly sent out a tweet assuring America that the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizards hateful bigotry [has] no place in the Republican Party; the RNC will never support his candidacy under any circumstance.

No major party should ever consider supporting a candidate with a long history of vile bigotry even if the candidate had a shot at winning his or her race. But the argument itself, doesnt really mesh with whatPriebus and others have been telling me this cycle.

What if there were a large field of GOP presidential candidates and, due to a confluence of events, someone like Duke fairly captured the Republican nomination; would conservatives cast their votes for him in the general over someone as disagreeable as Hillary Clinton? I mean, you all know how terrible she is!

What if Duke promised to nominate conservative Supreme Court justices? Lets say he drew up an extensive list of Federalist Society-approved justices that conservatives simply loved? Would they then vote for him then? Sean Spicer says no. Please dont tell me youre willing to surrender the court to a progressive agenda for a generation. If you dont vote for Duke, it would be tantamount to abandoning law and order. As pro-Trump Republicans often stress, national elections are a binary choice.

Its not just about justices, either. Duke would almost certainly build an impenetrable wall along the Mexican border to stop the flow of illegal immigration. Duke would promise to dismantle sanctuary cities. This would, Ive been assured, save American lives and livelihoods. Polls show that most Republicans desire a more secure border. So what if he says some shocking things about Jews and African-Americans from time to time?

Duke would also limit Islamic immigration to keep America safe again. Duke would shut down unfair trade agreements with Mexico, China, and others; deals that purportedly cost millions of American jobs and destroy our manufacturing base. Duke might even pull out of the unfair World Trade Organization and punish unpatriotic companies that move their headquarters abroad.

On foreign policy, he would demand Baltic states pay up. If not, he would leave their fate to the whims of an autocratic Russia. Duke would rein in American involvement in the Middle East and Asia. Duke opposed the Iraq War, which, according to Trump, makes him one of the leading foreign policy experts in the nation.

These issues are the main thrust of Trumpism; the positions that rouse the base and distinguish the billionaire from a lily-livered GOPe thats failed its constituency for the past 30 years.

You know elitists would simply hate Duke. Probably because the Klansman refuses to be constrained by political correctness. And if shunning political correctness is, in and of itself, a position worth celebrating in a candidate, Trump is a mere piker in comparison. Why not put the resources of the RNC behind someone who can discuss white working-class struggles in even starker terms? Americans are mad. They are scared. Duke will fight for them.

Lets also not forget that Duke is not indebted to Wall Street or big donors like Mitt Romney. He does not answer to lobbyists like Jeb Bush. He is not an ordinary politician like Marco Rubio. He does not play by the rules. Shouldnt this be enough?

Duke also won the primary process fair and square. Wouldnt Republicans be obligated to support him? Doesnt the will of the people transcend the piddling concerns of the sore losers? Isnt opposing the will of the majority tantamount to being a traitor to your cause? According to some of Trumps greatest allies in the Republican Party, imploring people to vote their conscience is now a chilling display of nonconformity. What could possibly be more important than unification of a political party?

No, Im not arguing that Trumps aims and positions are indistinguishable from Dukes. The Republican nominee has already rebuked Duke as quick as you can say it. If Trumps positions and disposition please you, feel free to support him. What I am contending is that arguments made by Trumps Republican allies meant to convince recalcitrant conservatives to vote for him are vacuous logical fallacies.

As a Duke candidacy proves, its possible to find peoplemorally reprehensible, even if their views happen to intersect with yours on various issues. It is possible to sporadically agree with someone and also believe that this person undermines your cause in the long run. It is possible to believe that a candidate who confuses vulgarity and fury with political incorrectness will corrode the idealism of your movement and push away voters who might one day see it your way. It is possible to find candidates from both parties unpalatable at the same time.

Is David Duke preferable to Hillary Clinton? At this point although Id be somewhat nervous to hear the polling results I suspect a large majority of Republicans would contend that hes not. If this is true, its because, to one extent or another, even partisans are forced to make moral calculations about the worthiness of candidates. In scale, Trump is not David Duke. But lets stop pretending that an election is always a simple choice.

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White supremacist David Duke to run for Senate Seat

White supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke announced a run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana in a web video today, linking his campaign to the message of Donald Trumps presidential bid.

I was the first major candidate in modern times to promote the term and policy of America First, Duke said. We cannot have free trade without fair trade.

Im overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues Ive championed for years, he said. Ive always opposed these wars that lead our nation to disaster.

Duke endorsed Trump’s presidential run in February, and called on supporters to help the New York developer’s White House campaign.

Trump was criticized by Democrats and Republicans for not doing enough to distance himself from the former KKK leader’s support, as well as re-tweeting white supremacist imagery.

Duke, a former Louisiana state legislator, is entering a crowded field that includes Rep. John Fleming, R-Louisiana, a businessman-turned-member of Congress with tea party credentials, Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Louisiana, and state treasurer John Kennedy. They are running for the seat currently held by David Vitter, a Republican, who has announced that he will not be seeking re-election.

Duke has unsuccessfully sought a Senate seat before. He also ran for president unsuccessfully in 1992.

Under Louisianas “jungle” primary system, if no candidate wins a majority of votes in November, the top two candidates will face off in a December runoff election.

The National Republican Senate Committee Executive Director Ward Baker was quick to say the committee would not be supporting Duke.

Duke’s leading opponents have also denounced his rhetoric and Senate campaign.

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“Thousands of special interest groups stand up for African-Americans, Mexican Americans, Jewish Americans, etc.,” he said in a YouTube video. “The fact is that European Americans need at least one man in the United States, one man in Congress, who will defend their rights and heritage.”

Duke, a former Republican state representative and convicted felon, said his emphasis on the rights of European Americans is what distinguishes him.

“I believe in equal rights for all and respect for all Americans. However what makes me different is I also demand respect for the rights and the heritage of European Americans,” he said.

“We must stop the massive immigration and ethnic cleansing of the people whose forefathers created America,” Duke said in the message.

The former hate group leader said he popularized the “America First” slogan that Republican nominee Donald Trump has now embraced.

“I was the first major candidate in modern times to promote the term and policy of “America First.” We can not have free trade without fair trade we must protect American jobs and businesses,” said Duke, who also said he is “overjoyed” by Trump’s campaign.

Duke, who previously praised Trump’s candidacy, said he’s “overjoyed” by Trump’s campaign.

“The New York Times admitted that my platform became the GOP mainstream and propelled Republican control of Congress,” he said. “I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years. My slogan remains ‘America First.'”

Trump disavowed Duke in March after failing to do so when asked about the hate group leader’s support on CNN. The uproar started when Trump was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” if he would disavow Duke and other white supremacist groups supporting his campaign.

“Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” Trump responded. The next day, Trump blamed a “bad earpiece” during an appearance on NBC’s “Today.”

On Friday, Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said Trump “has disavowed David Duke and will continue to do so.”

The National Republican Senatorial Committee leadership said Friday that they will not back Duke’s run “under any circumstance.”

“Louisiana voters will be able to choose from several Republican Senate candidates who will have a great impact on the Bayou State and the future of our country. David Duke is not one of them,” the group’s executive director Ward Baker said in a statement. “He will not have the support of the NRSC under any circumstance.”

And on Saturday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus condemned Duke, tweeting, “David Duke & his hateful bigotry have no place in the Republican Party & the RNC will never support his candidacy under any circumstance.”

Other Republicans running for the seat include Rep. John Fleming, Rep. Charles Boustany, Jr., Retired Colonel Rob Maness, former Rep. Joseph Cao, State Treasurer John Kennedy and Abhay Patel.

The Republican Party of Louisiana said Duke history of “hate” causes them to oppose his candidacy.

“David Duke’s history of hate marks a dark stain on Louisiana’s past and has no place in our current conversation,” the group said in a statement. “The Republican Party of Louisiana will play an active role in opposing David Duke’s candidacy.”

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described David Duke’s political career. He was a state representative.

CNN’s Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

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David Duke (pictured in 2004) would be seeking an open seat vacated by Republican David Vitter. | AP Photo

By The Associated Press

07/22/16 11:35 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke announced Friday on his website that he plans to run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana.

A registered Republican, he would be seeking an open seat vacated by Republican David Vitter.

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Duke’s announcement came as the state is grappling with deep racial tensions after the shooting death of a black man by white police officers and the killing of three law enforcement officers by a black man. It also came one day after Donald Trump accepted the GOP nomination for president.

The white supremacist Duke is a former state representative who represented suburban New Orleans for one term more than two decades ago and was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress. His failed bid for governor in the 1991 race against former Gov. Edwin Edwards was one of Louisiana’s most high-profile elections, with Duke opponents proudly showing bumper stickers supporting Edwards that read “Vote for the crook. It’s important.”

In a posting on his website, Duke said he’d been “urged by enormous numbers of people his district to run for United States Congress.”

“With the country coming apart at the seams and no one willing to really speak the truth about what is happening, the majority population in this country needs someone who will actually give voice to their interests in the face of an increasingly violent hatefest launched by the media and political establishment against them,” Duke’s website says.

Duke is a convicted felon, pleading guilty in 2002 to bilking his supporters and cheating on his taxes. He spent a year in federal prison, but later denied any wrongdoing.

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David Duke, Former KKK Leader, Announces Senate Run – NBC News

It’s official: David Duke is running for Congress.

The former Ku Klux Klan leader and one-term Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives said in a video announcing his candidacy Friday that he believes in “equal rights for all, and respect for all Americans.”

“However,” he added, “what makes me different is I also demand respect for the rights and the heritage of European Americans.”

Duke will seek an open seat vacated by Republican Sen. David Vitter, who announced last year that he would not be seeking re-election. More than a dozen other candidates have also signed up to replace the retiring senator.

Related: Who Is David Duke, the White Supremacist Who Endorsed Donald Trump?

Initially, Duke had said he was leaning toward mounting a challenge against Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, who once described himself as “David Duke without the baggage.” But apparently, Duke now feels there’s room for the both of them in Washington.

In his announcement video, Duke pledged to “stop the massive immigration and ethnic cleansing of the people whose forefathers created America.” He declared, “We cannot have free trade without fair trade.” And he said he was “overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that [he’s] championed for years.”

Duke founded a KKK chapter in 1974, and won a seat in the Louisiana legislature 15 years later. He ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 1990 and for Louisiana governor in 1991. Ex-convict Edwin Edwards, a Democrat, beat Duke in that gubernatorial election with the famous slogan, “Vote for the crook, it’s important.”

Duke is now also a convicted felon, having pleaded guilty in 2002 to bilking his supporters and cheating on his taxes. After spending a year in federal prison, he later denied any wrongdoing.

Duke’s announcement comes as Louisiana grapples with racial tensions in the wake of a police killing of an unarmed black man, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, and the shooting of several law enforcement officers in the same city weeks later.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) said it would not support Duke’s candidacy.

“Louisiana voters will be able to choose from several Republican Senate candidates who will have a great impact on the Bayou State and the future of our country. David Duke is not one of them,” said the NRSC in a statement. “He will not have the support of the NRSC under any circumstance.”

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Trump: I don’t want David Duke’s endorsement – POLITICO

By Brianna Ehley

08/26/15 06:55 PM EDT

Updated 08/27/15 01:02 AM EDT

Donald Trump says he isnt interested in the endorsement of David Duke, the anti-Semitic former Ku Klux Klan leader who praised the GOP presidential hopeful earlier this week on his radio show.

I dont need his endorsement; I certainly wouldnt want his endorsement, Trump said during an interview with Bloombergs Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. He added: I dont need anyones endorsement.

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Asked whether he would repudiate the endorsement, Trump said Sure, I would if that would make you feel better.

Duke sang Trumps praises on his radio show last week calling him the best of the lot of GOP contenders. Duke isnt the only white supremacist expressing support for Trump. The New Yorker reported earlier this week that the white-nationalist website VDARE touted Trump as the first figure with the financial, cultural and economic resources to openly defy elite consensus.

Trump, however, doesnt appear to be concerned that hes attracting these kinds of fans.

A lot of people like me, he said. Republicans like me, liberals like me. Everybody likes me.

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, August 7, 2016, 4:53 PM Donald Trumps numbers among black voters are so low, hes doing worse than a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard. David Duke, the notorious former KKK leader, had a 14% approval rating among black voters for his U.S. Senate run, the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center reported in its findings. While Dukes 14% is still low, it makes Trumps microscopic support from black voters look even smaller. The Republican presidential candidate has only been able to muster a measly 1% of black voters support, according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal polling. American Nazi Party chairman: Trump is a ‘real opportunity’ In key battleground states, like Ohio and Pennsylvania, Trump actually polled at 0% heading into the Republican National Convention. While Duke has been a known racist for decades now, Trump has been catching up himself, earning the ire of Paul Ryan in June for comments the house speaker called the textbook definition of racist. Trump had also calledhimself the “least racist person on Earth” in November, after he retweeted a controversial image with bogus statistics that lied about the number of “whites killed by blacks.” Despite Dukes long history of racism and bigotry, it doesnt seem to have affected his black voters support as much as it has for Trump. Duke, a convicted felon who described the Black Lives Matter movement as a terrorist organization when announcing his candidacy, is a notorious white supremacist, throwing his full support behind Trumps campaign. The racist candidate has crossed paths with Trump before, after the billionaire failed to denounce the former KKK leaders endorsement. Louisianas Republicans have spoken out against Dukes Senate campaign, calling him a hate-filled fraud who does not embody the values of the Republican party, Roger Villere, chairman of the states GOP said in a statement.

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Ex-KKK leader David Duke hopes Donald Trump can help him

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Saturday, July 30, 2016, 11:08 AM NEW ORLEANS It would be hard to overstate how much former KKK leader David Duke has attempted to link his 2016 surprise Senate bid to that of the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. He mentioned Trump during a YouTube announcement of his bid and spoke repeatedly during an hour-long news conference about how Trump and the Republicans had embraced his vision of America. References to Trump now compete for attention on Duke’s website with anti-Zionist posts that include the theory that Jewish conspirators somehow worked passages from a Michelle Obama speech into Melania Trump’s convention address last week. Duke, 66, has never matched the political stardom he achieved when he made a credible run for governor of Louisiana in 1991. And many analysts and observers say his time is past. With many candidates espousing “law and order” politics, Duke, a convicted felon known more for running for office than winning races, may simply have too much baggage. Former KKK leader David Duke announces plans to run for Senate But in an election where the rise of showboat businessman and reality TV personality Trump has taken the establishment by surprise, Duke obviously feels conditions are ripe for him to make another run. Analysts and observers say Duke can play on similar themes as Trump, such as fears of unchecked immigration, attacks against police, the loss of jobs to free trade and an outsider status. With the rise of social media, Duke feels he has other avenues to reach voters other than mainstream advertising or traditional media. “What’s interesting to me is that he feels emboldened enough to step into the arena one more time,” said Michael Flamm, history professor at Ohio Wesleyan University and author of “In the Heat of the Summer: The New York Riots of 1964 and the War on Crime.” 1 photos view gallery “I do think the Trump campaign has brought a racial backlash element back into the mainstream,” said Flamm. Trump’s blames ‘lousy earpiece’ for remarks on David Duke Duke, who donned Nazi regalia in college, led a Ku Klux Klan faction until 1980 before moving on to found white-rights organizations. He’s only held one elective government office, narrowly winning a suburban New Orleans state House seat in 1989. He shocked political observers in 1991 by getting into a runoff for the governor’s race with Democratic former Gov. Edwin Edwards, whose three previous terms had been marked by scandal. The prospect of a white supremacist as governor so startled many in the state that many Republicans joined Democrats to vote against him. His opponents printed bumper stickers imploring: “Vote for the crook. It’s important.” Duke got 39% of the vote and would never do as well again. At work at the time, says longtime pollster Michael McKeon, were factors that went beyond any anti-black vote that was at the core of Duke’s appeal: economic doldrums following a crash in the oil economy in the 1980s, broad disaffection with the federal government and a fear of “a loss of control.” KKK boss beats Trump as least liked presidential candidate Louisiana is again suffering with a weak oil economy. And, McKeon, who predicted Duke’s 1991 success, says anti-government fervor is even higher now. Trump’s anti-immigrant, anti-free trade stance appears to dovetail with Duke’s long-held insistence that white descendants of Europeans in America are the victims of discrimination. Many white supremacists they prefer the terms “Europeanists,” ”alt-right,” or even “white nationalists” rallied behind Trump at the Republican National Convention last week. Pearson Cross, a political scientist at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, says Trump has adopted or co-opted many of the issues Duke has preached for a long time such as the dangers of unfettered immigration or unfair trade deals. Speaking of Duke, Cross said: “He sees that his issues have come back to be center at least in the Republican party.” A message from Trump lover David Duke Trump faced criticism from some GOP leaders for failing during the primary season to immediately denounce the tacit endorsement from Duke, who once said on his radio show that a vote for any other candidate “is really treason to your heritage.” Trump eventually did disavow Duke and after Duke declared his candidacy Friday, Trump swiftly said Sunday on “Meet the Press” that he “rebuked” Duke’s support. Cross said he anticipates that the Democratic party would attempt to link Trump and Duke, pointing out that a former KKK member admires Trump and the way he’s operating. Whether any of this will give Duke an election boost remains to be seen. 1 photos view gallery “I assume if there are two candidates espousing law and order, the one who will win will be the one carrying less baggage,” Flamm said. McKeon believes Duke’s time is likely past. In the age of social media, McKeon said, Duke’s ability to command attention has been greatly diminished. “He was radical enough that he would say stuff that people would pay attention to him,” McKeon said. “Now, it’s virtually impossible to shock anybody.” Others note that he has other baggage, including a guilty plea to bilking supporters and cheating on taxes in a 2002 federal case led to a stretch in prison and further political obscurity. Twenty-four people have signed up for the race a non-partisan election to choose retiring Republican David Vitter’s successor. Among them are well-financed Republicans and two well-known Democrats. Cross said he doesn’t give Duke much of a chance. In 1991 there were a lot of voters who were dissatisfied with the Democratic party’s championing of civil rights. But at that time Republicans had not really made overtures to them the way they have in recent years, playing up concerns over immigration for example. He anticipated the most likely runoff would be between one Republican and one Democrat and the Republican probably wouldn’t be Duke. Instead, he sees Duke’s Senate run as more of a way for him to show that he was talking about some of these issues like immigration or trade decades ago and to sell more books.

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David Duke – Metapedia

From Metapedia Dr. David Ernest Duke (born 1 July 1950) is an European American best known as an advocate for the rights of Europeans in the United States and around the world as well as criticisms of Jewish supremacism. Duke has been a prolific academic, author, politician and media personality whose works have reached very large audiences. Consequently he has often been attacked and misrepresented in various ways. Dr. David Duke is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a BA in History. He pursued a PhD in History at the largest university in Ukraine and in 2005 completed his Doctoral Defense in Kiev. More than a dozen of the top academics of Ukraine participated. Duke has spoken in over 25 nations and at over 250 universities across the world.[1] That David Duke was once the leader of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (1974) is constantly mentioned in the media but not David Duke’s and the organization’s nonviolence.[1] David Duke was elected and served from 1989-1993 as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.[1] “In two elections in a state having the population of a typical European nation, as a candidate for United States Senator and Governor, David Duke received over 60 percent of the European American vote despite being outspent in media 40 to 1 in media and having practically the totality of the political establishment against him. The Zionists admit in their own books and articles that they defeated him in the election by economically blackmailing the people of Louisiana if they dared to elect him. In 1992 Dr. Duke received double digit percentages of votes in some Republican Presidential Primaries.”[1] His two books My Awakening: A Path to Racial Understanding and Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening on the Jewish Question have been translated to more than a dozen and one-half languages with millions of copies in circulation. His videos in 2012 had over 5 million views on his video channel. In total, videos of Dr. Dukes appearances, interviews, speeches and lectures had had 300 million views.[1] See the article on Jewish supremacism for a description of the book on that subject. His latest book is The Secret Behind Communism on the relationship between Jews and Communism. In 2002 David Duke pleaded guilty to charges of filing a false tax return and mail fraud. Don Black has stated that “As someone who has known the Hon. Representative David Duke for over 30 years, I want to offer you my honest opinion on his accepting a plea agreement in the federal governments legal case against him. David Duke is now under federal jurisdiction and cannot speak freely on the specifics of his case. But I can, and so I will… …the effort at character assassination should be transparent… …His trial would be held in New Orleans, a city that is 70 percent Black. He would have been tried before a mostly black jury. If he lost the trial, he would certainly face a sentence of 25 years or more. His only alternative was to accept a plea agreement… …In addition to a hostile jury, half of the federal Judges in his district are Jews. Does a man constantly labelled by the media as former Ku Klux Klan leader and neo-Nazi David Duke have a realistic chance to be found innocent before a mostly black jury and possibly a Jewish Judge? By contesting the charges in court, he faced the real risk of not only the stain of conviction, but also incarceration for many years. A conviction could have also brought a huge government fine that would confiscate his home and office… …By accepting the plea agreement, he knew that he could protect his loyal accountant and other officers of his organization from possible government prosecution.”[2] In 2009 David Duke was invited by professors at Charles University in the Czech Republic to lecture on the “Zionist Influence over American Foreign Policy.” In Prague he was arrested by 30 SWAT police officers even before giving any public speech and imprisoned before being expelled from the country. He was accused of violating vague “hate speech” laws that could cause 3 years in prison. The charges was eventually completely dismissed.[3] In November 2011 David Duke was invited by German patriots to give a speech in the city of Cologne. He was arrested by police wielding submachine guns before he could say anything and was held in isolation before being released.[4] This seems to be related to the dismissed charges against him in the Czech Republic. The Cologne police stated that Duke “was not entitled to stay in Germany” because of a travel ban against him in another, unspecified European country.[5] Several attempts have been made to remove David Duke’s YouTube videos.[6] “Dr. Duke works for a new ethic for mankind against imperialism. No nation and no people, he argues, has the right to invade or control other nations for imperialistic purposes. Every people must have the right to self-determination and their own living space, whether through nationhood or autonomy within nation states, such as the Swiss model. He argues that every people can simply have the right to have communities that maintain their own expression of culture, heritage and values particular to their own soul and spirit. No people, Dr. Duke says, should have the right to exploit other peoples… …As a person of European heritage he believes that it is his obligation to oppose any European exploitation or harmful acts against any other peoples, as he himself opposes any other policies that are harmful to his own heritage.”[1] David Duke in 2016 announced his candidacy for a U.S. Senate seat representing Louisiana.

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If David Duke Won, Wouldn’t Republicans Have To Vote For Him?

Lets stop pretending voting is always a simple choice. When David Duke announced in the Louisiana last week that he would be running for Senate, GOP Chairman Reince Priebus swiftly sent out a tweet assuring America that the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizards hateful bigotry [has] no place in the Republican Party; the RNC will never support his candidacy under any circumstance. No major party should ever consider supporting a candidate with a long history of vile bigotry even if the candidate had a shot at winning his or her race. But the argument itself, doesnt really mesh with whatPriebus and others have been telling me this cycle. What if there were a large field of GOP presidential candidates and, due to a confluence of events, someone like Duke fairly captured the Republican nomination; would conservatives cast their votes for him in the general over someone as disagreeable as Hillary Clinton? I mean, you all know how terrible she is! What if Duke promised to nominate conservative Supreme Court justices? Lets say he drew up an extensive list of Federalist Society-approved justices that conservatives simply loved? Would they then vote for him then? Sean Spicer says no. Please dont tell me youre willing to surrender the court to a progressive agenda for a generation. If you dont vote for Duke, it would be tantamount to abandoning law and order. As pro-Trump Republicans often stress, national elections are a binary choice. Its not just about justices, either. Duke would almost certainly build an impenetrable wall along the Mexican border to stop the flow of illegal immigration. Duke would promise to dismantle sanctuary cities. This would, Ive been assured, save American lives and livelihoods. Polls show that most Republicans desire a more secure border. So what if he says some shocking things about Jews and African-Americans from time to time? Duke would also limit Islamic immigration to keep America safe again. Duke would shut down unfair trade agreements with Mexico, China, and others; deals that purportedly cost millions of American jobs and destroy our manufacturing base. Duke might even pull out of the unfair World Trade Organization and punish unpatriotic companies that move their headquarters abroad. On foreign policy, he would demand Baltic states pay up. If not, he would leave their fate to the whims of an autocratic Russia. Duke would rein in American involvement in the Middle East and Asia. Duke opposed the Iraq War, which, according to Trump, makes him one of the leading foreign policy experts in the nation. These issues are the main thrust of Trumpism; the positions that rouse the base and distinguish the billionaire from a lily-livered GOPe thats failed its constituency for the past 30 years. You know elitists would simply hate Duke. Probably because the Klansman refuses to be constrained by political correctness. And if shunning political correctness is, in and of itself, a position worth celebrating in a candidate, Trump is a mere piker in comparison. Why not put the resources of the RNC behind someone who can discuss white working-class struggles in even starker terms? Americans are mad. They are scared. Duke will fight for them. Lets also not forget that Duke is not indebted to Wall Street or big donors like Mitt Romney. He does not answer to lobbyists like Jeb Bush. He is not an ordinary politician like Marco Rubio. He does not play by the rules. Shouldnt this be enough? Duke also won the primary process fair and square. Wouldnt Republicans be obligated to support him? Doesnt the will of the people transcend the piddling concerns of the sore losers? Isnt opposing the will of the majority tantamount to being a traitor to your cause? According to some of Trumps greatest allies in the Republican Party, imploring people to vote their conscience is now a chilling display of nonconformity. What could possibly be more important than unification of a political party? No, Im not arguing that Trumps aims and positions are indistinguishable from Dukes. The Republican nominee has already rebuked Duke as quick as you can say it. If Trumps positions and disposition please you, feel free to support him. What I am contending is that arguments made by Trumps Republican allies meant to convince recalcitrant conservatives to vote for him are vacuous logical fallacies. As a Duke candidacy proves, its possible to find peoplemorally reprehensible, even if their views happen to intersect with yours on various issues. It is possible to sporadically agree with someone and also believe that this person undermines your cause in the long run. It is possible to believe that a candidate who confuses vulgarity and fury with political incorrectness will corrode the idealism of your movement and push away voters who might one day see it your way. It is possible to find candidates from both parties unpalatable at the same time. Is David Duke preferable to Hillary Clinton? At this point although Id be somewhat nervous to hear the polling results I suspect a large majority of Republicans would contend that hes not. If this is true, its because, to one extent or another, even partisans are forced to make moral calculations about the worthiness of candidates. In scale, Trump is not David Duke. But lets stop pretending that an election is always a simple choice.

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White supremacist David Duke to run for Senate Seat

White supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke announced a run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana in a web video today, linking his campaign to the message of Donald Trumps presidential bid. I was the first major candidate in modern times to promote the term and policy of America First, Duke said. We cannot have free trade without fair trade. Im overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues Ive championed for years, he said. Ive always opposed these wars that lead our nation to disaster. Duke endorsed Trump’s presidential run in February, and called on supporters to help the New York developer’s White House campaign. Trump was criticized by Democrats and Republicans for not doing enough to distance himself from the former KKK leader’s support, as well as re-tweeting white supremacist imagery. Duke, a former Louisiana state legislator, is entering a crowded field that includes Rep. John Fleming, R-Louisiana, a businessman-turned-member of Congress with tea party credentials, Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Louisiana, and state treasurer John Kennedy. They are running for the seat currently held by David Vitter, a Republican, who has announced that he will not be seeking re-election. Duke has unsuccessfully sought a Senate seat before. He also ran for president unsuccessfully in 1992. Under Louisianas “jungle” primary system, if no candidate wins a majority of votes in November, the top two candidates will face off in a December runoff election. The National Republican Senate Committee Executive Director Ward Baker was quick to say the committee would not be supporting Duke. Duke’s leading opponents have also denounced his rhetoric and Senate campaign.

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David Duke running for US Senate to defend European Americans …

“Thousands of special interest groups stand up for African-Americans, Mexican Americans, Jewish Americans, etc.,” he said in a YouTube video. “The fact is that European Americans need at least one man in the United States, one man in Congress, who will defend their rights and heritage.” Duke, a former Republican state representative and convicted felon, said his emphasis on the rights of European Americans is what distinguishes him. “I believe in equal rights for all and respect for all Americans. However what makes me different is I also demand respect for the rights and the heritage of European Americans,” he said. “We must stop the massive immigration and ethnic cleansing of the people whose forefathers created America,” Duke said in the message. The former hate group leader said he popularized the “America First” slogan that Republican nominee Donald Trump has now embraced. “I was the first major candidate in modern times to promote the term and policy of “America First.” We can not have free trade without fair trade we must protect American jobs and businesses,” said Duke, who also said he is “overjoyed” by Trump’s campaign. Duke, who previously praised Trump’s candidacy, said he’s “overjoyed” by Trump’s campaign. “The New York Times admitted that my platform became the GOP mainstream and propelled Republican control of Congress,” he said. “I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years. My slogan remains ‘America First.'” Trump disavowed Duke in March after failing to do so when asked about the hate group leader’s support on CNN. The uproar started when Trump was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” if he would disavow Duke and other white supremacist groups supporting his campaign. “Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” Trump responded. The next day, Trump blamed a “bad earpiece” during an appearance on NBC’s “Today.” On Friday, Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said Trump “has disavowed David Duke and will continue to do so.” The National Republican Senatorial Committee leadership said Friday that they will not back Duke’s run “under any circumstance.” “Louisiana voters will be able to choose from several Republican Senate candidates who will have a great impact on the Bayou State and the future of our country. David Duke is not one of them,” the group’s executive director Ward Baker said in a statement. “He will not have the support of the NRSC under any circumstance.” And on Saturday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus condemned Duke, tweeting, “David Duke & his hateful bigotry have no place in the Republican Party & the RNC will never support his candidacy under any circumstance.” Other Republicans running for the seat include Rep. John Fleming, Rep. Charles Boustany, Jr., Retired Colonel Rob Maness, former Rep. Joseph Cao, State Treasurer John Kennedy and Abhay Patel. The Republican Party of Louisiana said Duke history of “hate” causes them to oppose his candidacy. “David Duke’s history of hate marks a dark stain on Louisiana’s past and has no place in our current conversation,” the group said in a statement. “The Republican Party of Louisiana will play an active role in opposing David Duke’s candidacy.” CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described David Duke’s political career. He was a state representative. CNN’s Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

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Ex-KKK leader David Duke says he plans to run for U.S. Senate …

David Duke (pictured in 2004) would be seeking an open seat vacated by Republican David Vitter. | AP Photo By The Associated Press 07/22/16 11:35 AM EDT BATON ROUGE, La. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke announced Friday on his website that he plans to run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana. A registered Republican, he would be seeking an open seat vacated by Republican David Vitter. Story Continued Below Duke’s announcement came as the state is grappling with deep racial tensions after the shooting death of a black man by white police officers and the killing of three law enforcement officers by a black man. It also came one day after Donald Trump accepted the GOP nomination for president. The white supremacist Duke is a former state representative who represented suburban New Orleans for one term more than two decades ago and was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress. His failed bid for governor in the 1991 race against former Gov. Edwin Edwards was one of Louisiana’s most high-profile elections, with Duke opponents proudly showing bumper stickers supporting Edwards that read “Vote for the crook. It’s important.” In a posting on his website, Duke said he’d been “urged by enormous numbers of people his district to run for United States Congress.” “With the country coming apart at the seams and no one willing to really speak the truth about what is happening, the majority population in this country needs someone who will actually give voice to their interests in the face of an increasingly violent hatefest launched by the media and political establishment against them,” Duke’s website says. Duke is a convicted felon, pleading guilty in 2002 to bilking his supporters and cheating on his taxes. He spent a year in federal prison, but later denied any wrongdoing.

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David Duke, Former KKK Leader, Announces Senate Run – NBC News

It’s official: David Duke is running for Congress. The former Ku Klux Klan leader and one-term Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives said in a video announcing his candidacy Friday that he believes in “equal rights for all, and respect for all Americans.” “However,” he added, “what makes me different is I also demand respect for the rights and the heritage of European Americans.” Duke will seek an open seat vacated by Republican Sen. David Vitter, who announced last year that he would not be seeking re-election. More than a dozen other candidates have also signed up to replace the retiring senator. Related: Who Is David Duke, the White Supremacist Who Endorsed Donald Trump? Initially, Duke had said he was leaning toward mounting a challenge against Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, who once described himself as “David Duke without the baggage.” But apparently, Duke now feels there’s room for the both of them in Washington. In his announcement video, Duke pledged to “stop the massive immigration and ethnic cleansing of the people whose forefathers created America.” He declared, “We cannot have free trade without fair trade.” And he said he was “overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that [he’s] championed for years.” Duke founded a KKK chapter in 1974, and won a seat in the Louisiana legislature 15 years later. He ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 1990 and for Louisiana governor in 1991. Ex-convict Edwin Edwards, a Democrat, beat Duke in that gubernatorial election with the famous slogan, “Vote for the crook, it’s important.” Duke is now also a convicted felon, having pleaded guilty in 2002 to bilking his supporters and cheating on his taxes. After spending a year in federal prison, he later denied any wrongdoing. Duke’s announcement comes as Louisiana grapples with racial tensions in the wake of a police killing of an unarmed black man, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, and the shooting of several law enforcement officers in the same city weeks later. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) said it would not support Duke’s candidacy. “Louisiana voters will be able to choose from several Republican Senate candidates who will have a great impact on the Bayou State and the future of our country. David Duke is not one of them,” said the NRSC in a statement. “He will not have the support of the NRSC under any circumstance.”

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Trump: I don’t want David Duke’s endorsement – POLITICO

By Brianna Ehley 08/26/15 06:55 PM EDT Updated 08/27/15 01:02 AM EDT Donald Trump says he isnt interested in the endorsement of David Duke, the anti-Semitic former Ku Klux Klan leader who praised the GOP presidential hopeful earlier this week on his radio show. I dont need his endorsement; I certainly wouldnt want his endorsement, Trump said during an interview with Bloombergs Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. He added: I dont need anyones endorsement. Story Continued Below Asked whether he would repudiate the endorsement, Trump said Sure, I would if that would make you feel better. Duke sang Trumps praises on his radio show last week calling him the best of the lot of GOP contenders. Duke isnt the only white supremacist expressing support for Trump. The New Yorker reported earlier this week that the white-nationalist website VDARE touted Trump as the first figure with the financial, cultural and economic resources to openly defy elite consensus. Trump, however, doesnt appear to be concerned that hes attracting these kinds of fans. A lot of people like me, he said. Republicans like me, liberals like me. Everybody likes me.

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