Donald Trump’s candidacy has attracted many people who feel alienated from Capitol Hill, including, apparently, white supremacists.
Not only did someone repeatedly yell “white power” at Trump’s rally in Mobile, Alabama, last week, as CNN reported, but Trump has also received a dubious endorsement from David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader and known anti-Semite.
Duke, who served in the Louisiana House of Representatives and ran for president in 1988, said on his radio show last week that Trump is “certainly the best of the lot,” BuzzFeed reported.
“I praise the fact that he’s come out on the immigration issue,” Duke said. "I’m beginning to get the idea that he’s a good salesman, that he’s an entrepreneur and he has a good sense of what people want to hear, what they want to buy.
“And I think he realizes that his path to popularity toward power in the Republican Party is talking about the immigration issue. And he has really said some incredibly great things recently. So whatever his motivation, I don’t give a damn. I really like the fact that he’s speaking out on this greatest immediate threat to the American people.”
Though Duke had previously been critical of Trump, he said he supports the idea of mass deportation.
Duke also criticized the media for its supposed “Jewish domination,” but said Trump’s message is still getting through.
“So this is a great opportunity,” Duke said. “So although we can’t trust him to do what he says, the other Republican candidates won’t even say what he says. So he’s certainly the best of the lot. And he’s certainly somebody that we should get behind in terms [of] raising the image of this thing.”