David Duke the American radical right, neo-Nazi, longtime Klan leader and close personal friend of the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins called for his supporters to rally around Donald Trump’s presidential campaign after his wins in Nevada and South Carolina, and said casting a vote for another candidate is “treason.”
Duke, a former Louisiana state representative and one of the most infamous grand wizards of the Ku Klux Klan, said on his Wednesday radio show that Trump is running the “most insurgent campaign in recent American history” and railed against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
“Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your (white) heritage,” Duke said about Cruz and Rubio, in a segment first “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.” (Actually, that is an endorsement)
Duke also issued a call to action for listeners to volunteer on Trump’s campaign.
“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 every day 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.”
Duke continued: “You’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mindset that you have. Educate them.”
David Duke has built an international reputation as the American face of white nationalism and pseudo-academic anti-Semitism. In his various incarnations, Duke has been a neo-Nazi, a major Klan leader, a slick far-right politician and — most recently — a professional lecturer and author traveling the world to warn of a global Jewish conspiracy and seek the separation of the races.
What a sweetheart. No wonder he and Tony Perkins are in love.