Ever since presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump began his bid for the presidency with a promise to be tough on immigration, some critics have compared his campaign rhetoric to that of white supremacists. And one Ku Klux Klan leader said he likes Trump's platform on immigration.
"You know, we began 40 years ago saying we need to build a wall," Arkansas-based Klan leader Thomas Robb told the Associated Press.
Trump has been adamant about building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration, which is something that will likely resonate with KKK members, who have recently been using anti-immigrant rhetoric to increase membership and supporters, even among black people.
"We’re starting to see the whites and African Americans waking up to this illegal immigration problem," Robert Jones, Imperial Wizard of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, told Vice in 2014. "We’re starting to reach out more to the African-American community and talk to them about the same issues, and they’re agreeing with the Klan that illegal immigration needs to stop."
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And during this election season, the goal of stopping illegal immigration is a top priority for the KKK, according to the AP.
Although the KKK is opposed to immigration because they wish to enforce a white supremacist culture and a border wall would help keep non-white people out of the country, it's not just KKK members who favor a wall.
According to a Pew Research Center survey from May, 38 percent of Americans want a border wall. Most Americans (59 percent) are opposed to a wall, but when party affiliation is taken into account, it's clear where Republican voters stand.
The survey found that 67 percent of Republicans favor a wall, and 31 percent oppose it. And among Trump supporters, 84 percent want a wall and 14 percent oppose it.
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Among Democrats, the vast majority – 86 percent – oppose a wall and 13 percent are in favor of it.
Thus Trump and his fellow Republicans have some common ground with the KKK. But Trump has tried to distance himself from the apparent support of the racist group.
After former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke endorsed Trump during the Republican primary in February, the real estate mogul denounced the white supremacist leader.
"David Duke is a bad person, who I disavowed on numerous occasions over the years," Trump said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe” in March, according to CNN.
"I disavowed him," Trump added. "I disavowed the KKK. Do you want me to do it again for the 12th time? I disavowed him in the past, I disavow him now."