The former Grand Wizard of the KKK says Donald Trump’s rhetoric may be too radical.
In a December 17 interview, former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke said Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump speaks “a lot more radically” than he does.
“As far as what I see, according to the candidates that are out there now, Republicans and Democrats, I think he’s head and shoulders right now above the rest. I don’t agree with everything he says, he speaks a little more, actually he speaks a little more, a lot more radically than I talk. And I think that’s a positive and negative,” Duke commented.
Trump’s hate rhetoric on the campaign trail has included a call for an unconstitutional ban on Muslims coming to the the U.S., and he’s said the country should “absolutely” register all Muslims in a database. After a Black Lives Matter protester was beaten by several of Trump’s supporters at one of his rallies, he justified the violence by saying, “Maybe he should have been roughed up. It was disgusting what he was doing.”
In July 2015, Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
David Duke is the founder of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), a white nationalist group that fights for “white civil rights” and was once a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He’s been classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the “most recognizable figure of the American radical right, a neo-Nazi, longtime Klan leader, and now international spokesman for Holocaust denial.”
Duke has supported Trump in the past, and this August he said Trump “understands the real sentiment of America.” Duke added, “Trump, he’s really going all out. He’s saying what no other Republicans have said, few conservatives say.”