Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, David Duke, recently called on his supporters to vote for Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump. However, the business mogul firmly disavowed the white supremacist leader, calling him a “bad person.”
.@realDonaldTrump: David Duke is a ‘bad person’
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) March 3, 2016
On Sunday, Trump had initially refused to disavow Duke when asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he would renounce him and other white supremacist groups that are showing support for his campaign.
— CNN (@CNN) February 28, 2016
On Thursday, however, Trump was saying the opposite during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “David Duke is a bad person, who I disavowed on numerous occasions over the years.”
“I disavowed him. I disavowed the KKK,” Trump continued. “Do you want me to do it again for the 12th time? I disavowed him in the past, I disavow him now.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 4, 2016
Duke has commended the businessman-turned-politician for his stand on immigration, and told his faithful radio listeners earlier this week that voting for Donald Trump is “the best thing we can do.”
“Right after (my radio show) came out it was massive news for three days, (Trump) jumped 10 points in the polls,” David Duke boasted in an interview with conservative TV host Steve Malzberg this Wednesday.
Duke said he has not yet met Trump but explained why people should vote for the Republican candidate.
“I think people should vote for him,” he said. “I think he’s a challenge to the establishment, he’s the only guy who’s really stood apart on the immigration issue.”
— Esquire Magazine (@esquire) February 25, 2016
Also during the interview, David Duke clarified his controversial past, saying he was in a non-violent Klan organization for three years but left the group afterwards. He added that he has always “condemned supremacism” and “violence.” Duke clarified that he is not against blacks or any other race but believes European Americans are being discriminated against in the U.S.