Trump Camp Disavows David Duke After Robocall
The Trump campaign published a statement Monday after white supremacist David Duke aligned himself with Trump in his own bid for the Louisiana Senate. Duke was a former KKK leader.
The Hill reports:
Donald Trump’s campaign late Monday disavowed the support of David Duke after the former Ku Klux Klan leader recorded an automated call urging voters to back him in his Senate race and Trump, the Republican nominee, for president.
“Mr. Trump has continued to denounce David Duke and any group or individual associated with a message of hate,” Trump’s campaign said in a statement, according to CNN.
“There is no place for this in the Republican Party or our country. We have no knowledge of these calls or any related activities, but strongly condemn and disavow.”
Duke, who is running for Senate in Louisiana, sent out a robocall warning voters of the effects of massive immigration and asking for their votes.
“Unless massive immigration is stopped now, we’ll be outnumbered and outvoted in our own nation. It’s happening,” Duke says in the robocall, first reported by BuzzFeed News.
“We’re losing our gun rights, our free speech. We’re taxed to death. We’re losing our jobs and businesses to unfair trade. We’re losing our country. Look at the Super Bowl salute to the Black Panther cop killers.
“It’s time to stand up and vote for Donald Trump for president and vote for me, David Duke, for the U.S. Senate.”
In an interview with CNN, Duke said a candidate doesn’t have “control over other people’s opinions and support,” before again reiterating his support for the GOP nominee.
Trump has previously disavowed David Duke, but Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign seized on the white nationalist’s support for Trump.
In a video last week, Clinton linked trump to the KKK ahead of speech she gave in which she tied Trump to the “alt-right” movement — a hardcore sect of conservatism often associated with white nationalism. The video used clips of KKK leaders and white supremacists voicing their support for Trump.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Clinton’s running mate, has also linked Trump to “Ku Klux Klan values.”
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