The 2016 Presidential race has shaped up to be one of the more polarizing political races in recent memory, thanks in large part to Donald Trump. Although many conservative Republicans have voiced their support for Trump and his bid for the White House, former Klu Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke recently shared how he thinks many of Trump’s views are more radical than his own.
According to MTV, Duke expressed his views on a video recently posted on YouTube. In the clip, Duke explained how he believes Trump is the clear frontrunner in the bid for presidency, and how Trump holds some fairly radical views that are not too dissimilar from his own.
“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.”
For his part, Duke has been a supporter of Trump for many years now, though he has yet to officially announce his support for Trump’s presidential campaign. At the same time, Duke is classified as a neo-Nazi, was a leader for the KKK for a number of years, and currently heads a campaign for Holocaust denial.
Given Duke’s radical stance on many issues, it is interesting that he thinks Trump holds even more radical views than himself. Although Duke did not go into details concerning these viewpoints, Trump has been known to speak his mind on a number of issues, including immigration and terrorism. In both of these subjects, Trump has put forth some fairly radical sounding rhetoric.
That being said, just because Duke believes that Trump’s views are radical doesn’t mean that Trump will turn off voters. In fact, according to the former KKK leader, Trump “understands the real sentiment of America.” Although this might appeal to white supremacists like Duke, comments like these are not likely to sit well with the majority of voters.
Meanwhile, in addition to gaining the support of people like Duke, Time is reporting that Trump has also managed to garner the attention of many white supremacists throughout the county. More specifically, Trump’s own words are currently being used as a recruitment tool for the KKK, and members of the controversial organization are apparently thrilled by what Trump is saying.
“They like the overall momentum of his rallies and his campaign,” Rachel Pendergraft, the head membership coordinator for the Klan recently shared. “They like that he’s not willing to back down. He says what he believes and he stands on that.”
Furthermore, Pendergraft also revealed that the KKK pulls Trump’s headline phrases and uses them as a tool to teach members how to effectively argue their radical views. Although this might seem like an ineffective way to attract more members, Pendergraft stated that she has hopes that Trump’s words will help to educate members.
“One of the things that our organization really stresses with our membership is we want them to educate themselves on issues, but we also want them to be able to learn how to open up a conversation with other people,” she stated in the interview.
At this point in time, Trump has not addressed these reports that tie him to white supremacist groups in the United States. Given the fact that Trump recently took home the Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” award for his frequent false stories, the 2016 presidential candidate probably won’t be phased by the reports that the KKK has his back.
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