David Duke wants you to vote for Donald Trump to save America for the white people.
Former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke told his followers Wednesday that voting against Donald Trump in the Republican primary would be an act of “treason,” and said none of the establishment candidates should be supported.
“Voting for these people [Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio], voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage,” Duke said on his radio program, comments that were spotted by BuzzFeed. “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.”
Duke then pressured his followers to “get off your rear end that’s getting fatter and fatter” and go volunteer for Trump’s presidential campaign. The Trump campaign is filled with people who have “the same kind of mindset that you have,” Duke assured his audience.
Another group called the American Freedom Party is sending out robocalls in Minnesota and Vermont using the unusual tactic of denying that they’re racists — or live in fear of being called racist — but urging voters not to vote for the Cubans.
A white supremacist super PAC is rolling out a fresh robocall campaign this week in Vermont and Minnesota telling voters, “Don’t vote for a Cuban. Vote for Donald Trump.”
In a recording of the robocall sent to TPM, American National Super PAC founder William Daniel Johnson calls on white Americans to brush aside their fears of being branded as racist and stop the “gradual genocide against the white race” by electing Trump.
“The white race is dying out in America and Europe because we are afraid to be called ‘racist,’” Johnson says in the recording, which will be pushed out Wednesday in Vermont and Thursday in Minnesota. Voters in both states will head to the polls on Super Tuesday to vote in the Republican presidential primary.
Johnson, who serves as the head of the white nationalist American Freedom Party, has pushed out similar robocall campaigns through his PAC in Iowa and New Hampshire. Both the party and PAC explicitly praise Trump for championing what they see as a pro-white, anti-immigrant message.
The response from the Trump campaign to endorsements by the likes of Mr. Duke has been to shrug and say that they didn’t seek them out and move on. But even if they were to denounce them, what is it about Mr. Trump’s campaign that garners the approval of the white supremacists in the first place?