On Wednesday, Feb.24, white nationalist David Duke endorsed Donald Trump by telling his audience voting for any presidential candidate other than The Donald would be similar to committing “treason to your heritage.” According to Politico, the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard decided to discuss the presidential election on his radio show, David Duke Radio Program. Although he doesn’t agree with all of Donald Trump’s proposed policies, he has made it clear that he does support his presidential candidacy.
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) February 25, 2016
“Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage,” Duke said. “I’m not saying I endorse everything about Trump. In fact, I haven’t formally endorsed him. But I do support his candidacy, and I support voting for him as a strategic action. I hope he does everything we hope he will do.”
David Duke also advised Trump supporters to lend a helping hand to make sure they get his message out by volunteering. “And I am telling you that it is your job now to get active. Get off your duff. Get off your rear end that’s getting fatter and fatter for many of you everyday on your chairs. When this show’s over, go out, call the Republican Party, but call Donald Trump’s headquarters, volunteer,” he said. “They’re screaming for volunteers. Go in there, you’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mind-set that you have.”
The controversial comments, first reported by Buzzfeed, have caught the attention of political media outlets across the country, sparking more heated debates about the underlying truth about white civility in the United States.
A number of poll votes have revealed alarming characteristics about Donald Trump’s supporters and David Duke’s words only echo the beliefs of those supporters, which could fuel the fire for more racial tension across America. Although Donald Trump has dominated the presidential primaries with a strong campaign over the past few months, many Democratic and Republican politicians still aren’t convinced he’s the man that can tackle a massive responsibility such as the White House.
Despite David Duke’s support of Trump, his political inexperience raises concerns for many Americans since he rarely minces words. Over the past couple months, Donald Trump has made headlines for offensive comments toward Mexicans and Muslims as a result of his assertive plans to reinforce boundaries where illegal immigrants are concerned. David Duke and Donald Trump are both known for their radical beliefs, which is why many social media users aren’t very surprised about Duke’s announcement to endorse Trump. But many are concerned about how their driving force could affect the nation.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) February 26, 2016
After winning the Nevada primary, Donald Trump bragged about all of his supporters and even categorized most in response to the claims about his supporters being “poorly educated,” but David Duke’s endorsement may actually cause Trump to lose the minority voters he actually did have due to what he signifies. Many social media users are now questioning whether Donald Trump really is racist because of David Duke and if they both have hidden agendas in order to advance the KKK, according to the Washington Times.
Here are some of the Twitter responses to David Duke’s support of Donald Trump:
The Grand Wizard of the KKK, David Duke, just said voting against Trump is treason to your heritage. Tell me again how Trump isn't racist?
— jordan rose (@maliagif) February 26, 2016
Does @realDonaldTrump welcome the support of David Duke & the KKK? Does he want their support? It’s an important question he should answer.
— Touré (@Toure) February 25, 2016
Congrats to @realDonaldTrump on his endorsement from David Duke! You're truly the candidate of the poorly educated and evil!
— Mike Ensley (@nightmarethtr) February 25, 2016
— Laura C. Britton (@lauracbritton) February 25, 2016
However, at this point in the game, it is still unclear how Donald Trump’s presidential run will end.
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