Is Donald Trump a card-carrying neo-Nazi? Yes.

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Former KKK Leader David Duke Says ‘Of Course’ Trump Voters Are His Voters : The Two-Way : NPR – Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is running for U.S. Senate and tells NPR that he believes he’ll be getting the votes of Donald Trump supporters. And he reiterated his own support for Trump, saying he’s “100 percent behind” the Republican presidential candidate’s agenda. “As a United States senator, nobody will be more supportive of his legislative agenda, his Supreme Court agenda, than I will,” Duke said. Trump, while he once said he didn’t know enough about Duke to comment on him, has several times disavowed endorsements by Duke. But that hasn’t stopped some white supremacists from publicly supporting Trump’s campaign.

David Duke Says Comparing Donald Trump To Hitler Makes Hitler Look Good – “They might be rehabilitating that fellow with the mustache back there in Germany,” Duke said on his radio show, Right Wing Watch reported Wednesday. Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, said he saw a “really vicious commercial” against Trump but that he did not think it was having the intended effect. The commercial, he said, compared “what Donald Trump said about preserving America and making America great again to Hitler in Germany preserving Germany and making Germany great again and free again and not beholden to these Communists on one side, politically who were trying to destroy their land and their freedom, and the Jewish capitalists on the other, who were ripping off the nation through the banking system.”

Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Says Donald Trump Speaks ‘A Lot More Radically’ Than He Does – MTV – “I don’t agree with everything he says,” Duke, who is also a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, continued. “He speaks a little more, actually he speaks a little more, a lot more radically than I talk. And I think that’s a positive and negative.” ThinkProgress reports that “Duke, who’s classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the ‘most recognizable figure of the American radical right, a neo-Nazi, longtime Klan leader and now international spokesman for Holocaust denial,’ has been supportive of Trump in the past, though he hasn’t officially endorsed the candidate. In August, Duke said that Trump ‘understands the real sentiment of America.'” Trump’s campaign was recently named Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” for its many inaccurate statements, many of which are rooted in anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Donald Trump’s Language Is Similar to the 1920s Ku Klux Klan: Nationalism and Anti-immigration – The Atlantic – This has happened before. As The Atlantic’s Yoni Appelbaum pointed out, the Republican front-runner’s refusal to repudiate white supremacists’ support as well as the bombast in his campaign are both echoes of the Ku Klux Klan. As a historian of the 1920s Klan, I noticed the resonances, too. Trump’s “Make America great again” language is just like the rhetoric of the Klan, with their emphasis on virulent patriotism and restrictive immigration. But maybe Trump doesn’t know much about the second incarnation of the order and what Klansmen and Klanswomen stood for. Maybe the echoes are coincidence, not strategy to win the support of white supremacists. Maybe Trump just needs a quick historical primer on the 1920s Klan—and their vision for making America great again.

Virginia KKK Leader Calls Donald Trump ‘Best For The Job’ | Huffington Post – “I think Donald Trump would be best for the job,” he told anchor Chris Thomas. “The reason a lot of a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes, we believe in.” The KKK leader added that he doesn’t support Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), despite seeing eye-to-eye with him on a few issues, because he doesn’t consider the Canadian-born lawmaker to be an American citizen. The imperial wizard, who is actively recruiting in areas like Richmond, said having President Barack Obama in the White House has helped the organization build momentum and grow its membership. “He has been a very good recruiting tool for this organization,” he said. “And it’s not because he’s black. We are more political than racial.”

Donald Trump used an anti-Hillary sign tweeted by former Ku Klux Klan member David Duke | Daily Mail Online – Just a month after Donald Trump came under fire for using an anti-Hillary Clinton ad that featured the Star of David, the GOP presidential candidate has done it again. Trump was at a rally in Sunrise, Florida on Thursday when he held up a graphic purporting to show the figures certain Middle Eastern countries had donated to the Clinton Foundation. It claimed countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE received weapons deals from the State Department after donating millions of dollars.

David Duke Urges His Supporters To Volunteer And Vote For Trump – BuzzFeed News – “Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage,” Duke said on the David Duke Radio Program Wednesday, referring to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. “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 urged his followers to call Trump’s campaign headquarters to volunteer. “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. They’re screaming for volunteers. Go in there, you’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mindset that you have.”

KKK Leader David Duke Tells Twitter: I Love Donald Trump! Great Speech! – Duke is a long-time supporter of Trump’s 2016 campaign. He has said Trump is “rehabilitating” Hitler’s image. He founded the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana in 1974 and later created the National Association for the Advancement of White People. Earlier this year, Mr Trump came under fire for failing to reject an endorsement from Mr Duke, in which he implored listeners to vote for the tycoon and one-time reality show host. In February, he told listeners of the David Duke Radio Program: “Voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage. During his convention speech, Trump promised to be a “law and order” leader who will put “America First.”

Donald Trump’s Father Was Arrested at a Ku Klux Klan Riot. Really. | Colorlines – The Washington Post reports that Trump’s father, Fred, was arrested after a 1927 brawl lead by the Ku Klux Klan in Queens, New York. On Memorial Day, 1,000 Klansmen donned their robes and marched through the streets of the Jamaica neighborhood. The march turned into a riot, and Fred Trump and six others were arrested. The records don’t indicate if Trump was one of the hooded Klansman, but he shared an attorney with the other men who were taken into custody. Tech media outlet Boing Boing originally uncovered this report last September. Trump denied his father’s involvement, but the possible historical connection takes on new meaning in light of Trump’s new, strange relationship with the Klan. Former KKK leader David Duke professed his support of Trump’s campaign last Thursday (February 26). Trump tweeted a disavowal of Duke that he had previously issued at a press conference, yet he stumbled on CNN’s “State of the Union” and said he knew “nothing about David Duke” and failed to outright condemn him or the Klan. He blamed the incident on a faulty earpiece that he said made it difficult to understand the interviewer’s questions.

Trump’s running mate declines to call ex Klansman David Duke deplorable | Toronto Star – WASHINGTON—Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence refused on Tuesday to say whether he thinks white supremacist David Duke is deplorable, repeating that he’s “not in the name-calling business,” as he tried to brush off the issue as a distraction. Pence was asked at a news conference with House Republican leaders in Washington whether he wanted to amend comments he made on CNN the previous day. In the interview, he denounced support from Duke, but declined to say whether the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan can be considered part of the “basket of deplorables,” the phrase Hillary Clinton used to describe half of Trump’s supporters last week. “The simple fact is I’m not in the name calling business,” Pence said Tuesday. “But I’m also not going to validate the language Hillary Clinton used to describe the American people.” Clinton weighed in on Twitter on Monday, saying, “If you won’t say the KKK is deplorable, you have no business running the country.”

Report: Trump Campaign Fuels Rise In KKK – [Patheos] – In a series of interviews with The Associated Press, Klan leaders said they feel that U.S. politics are going their way, claiming that membership has gone up as President Barack Obama’s second term in office comes to a close and Donald Trump rises to claim the Republican nomination for 2016. Commenting on the KKK’s love for Trump, and in particular their love for Trump’s inflammatory and racist remarks concerning Mexican immigrants, Arkansas-based Klan leader Thomas Robb said:

Trump Thinks the KKK Are Conservative | National Review – First of all, this is an insane argument. Refusing to condemn evil people because someone else won’t condemn other evil people is reprehensible as a matter of logic and morality. Second, it’s politically idiotic. Whether you think it’s fair or not, the GOP has a reputation for being bigoted, racist or not “inclusive” enough — and the Democratic party doesn’t. I think the GOP’s reputation is mostly unfair and is fueled by incredibly cynical attacks from Democrats and their water-carriers in the press. But you know what makes the Left’s job so much easier? Watching Republicans and their defenders in the media play coy about denouncing the G-d damn Ku Klux Klan!

Inspired by Trump, Former KKK Leader Runs for Senate | Advocate.com – David Duke announced Friday that he is running for the U.S. Senate. He joins a field of 24 candidates seeking to replace Republican Senator David Vitter in Louisiana. The announcement came a day after Trump claimed the Republican presidential nomination with a speech that focused on fear and nationalism. Duke said he was “overjoyed” by Trump’s message and the public’s response. “I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years,” the white supremicist stated in a YouTube video announcing his run. “My slogan remains, ‘America First.'”

Riding Trump’s Wave, Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke Runs for Senate – “Thousands of special interest groups stand up for African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Jewish-Americans, etc. etc.,” he said in a video announcement. “The fact is that European-Americans need at least one man in the United States Senate, one man in the Congress, who will represent their rights and heritage.” As the New Republic’s Brian Beutler recently pointed out, “Donald Trump has made people like David Duke feel as if they’re no longer on the fringes.” Conversely, Duke has spent his career trying to mainstream bigotry and xenophobia. “David Duke, the neo-Nazi… is the consummate white nationalist opportunist,” Devin Burghart, vice president of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, told me in an email exchange. “With racist ideas Duke helped incubate now getting a primetime slot on a national ticket, Duke has an opportunity to again seize headlines.”

Donald Trump stumbles on David Duke, KKK – CNNPolitics.com – Trump also said he has no plans to release his tax returns, despite pressure from Cruz and Rubio, because IRS audits are ongoing. He said he has been audited “almost every year for 10 or 12 years.” “Maybe it’s because I’m very conservative, maybe it’s because I’m tea party. … I don’t know what it is, but I have been singled out,” Trump said. “Until the audit is completed, obviously I’m not giving my papers.” He did say, though, that his campaign is likely to release a list of his charitable contributions “sometime in the next week.”

Donald Trump used an anti-Hillary sign tweeted by former Ku Klux Klan member David Duke | Daily Mail Online – Just a month after Donald Trump came under fire for using an anti-Hillary Clinton ad that featured the Star of David, the GOP presidential candidate has done it again. Trump was at a rally in Sunrise, Florida on Thursday when he held up a graphic purporting to show the figures certain Middle Eastern countries had donated to the Clinton Foundation. It claimed countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE received weapons deals from the State Department after donating millions of dollars.

David Duke Wants To Be Donald Trump’s Vice President: Former KKK Leader Says He’d Be ‘Life Insurance’ For The Donald – These came hours after Duke first tweeted a “campaign poster” featuring him and Trump that he said was “sent to us by a friend.” This is far from the first time Duke has shared his admiration for Trump, as he frequently comes to Trump’s defense and said earlier this year when people compare the real estate mogul to Adolf Hitler, they are “rehabilitating that fellow with the mustache back there in Germany.” Duke’s support from Trump prompted a major campaign controversy when the Republican initially refused to disavow support from Duke and other white supremacist groups. He quickly reversed course and blamed his hesitancy on a “bad earpiece” but when he was first asked about Duke by CNN’s Jake Tapper, Trump said: “Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” When pressed further Trump continued to claim he did not know what Tapper was talking about. “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists,” Trump said. “So I don’t know. I don’t know — did he endorse me, or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists.”

A New ISIS Recruitment Video Stars Donald Trump | Mother Jones – The nine-minute video, allegedly released by the Al-Battar Media Foundation, a pro-ISIS media group, flashes phrases such as “Brothers, rise up!” and “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go for jihad” as Trump and pundits are heard describing the Brussels attacks. The video also includes shots of fighters brandishing AK-47s and other weapons and extols the virtues of those who are willing to attack the terrorist group’s enemies. A narrator intones, “The Crusade jets—including the Belgian—are still bombing the Muslims in Iraq and Levant day and night, killing children, women, old, and destroying mosques and schools.”

The user who uploaded the video to YouTube was banned within minutes of posting, according to Politico, because of the site’s policy of taking down pro-ISIS recruitment videos.

Al Qaeda-Linked Group Cites Donald Trump in Terrorist Recruiting Video – Washington Wire – WSJ – Al Shabaab, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia that is most known for carrying out deadly attacks there and in Kenya, released a 51-minute video calling on American Muslims to leave the country and join the violent terror group in east Africa, according to a copy of the video obtained and disseminated by SITE Intelligence Group.

The propaganda video shows a clip of Anwar al-Awlaki, a now-deceased al Qaeda figure killed by a drone strike in 2011, warning “Muslims of the west” that they are not welcome in places like the U.S.

“There are ominous clouds gathering in your horizon,” he says. “Yesterday, America was a land of slavery, segregation, lynching, and Ku Klux Klan, and tomorrow, it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps.”

The video then cuts to a clip of Mr. Trump, speaking shortly after the Dec. 2, 2015 terror attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., when he proposed a temporary but “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S.”

Al Qaeda-Linked Group Cites Donald Trump in Terrorist Recruiting Video – Washington Wire – WSJ – “There are ominous clouds gathering in your horizon,” he says. “Yesterday, America was a land of slavery, segregation, lynching, and Ku Klux Klan, and tomorrow, it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps.”

The video then cuts to a clip of Mr. Trump, speaking shortly after the Dec. 2, 2015 terror attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., when he proposed a temporary but “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S.”

Democrats, and some Republicans, have said Mr. Trump’s proposals aimed at Muslims could end up inciting more terrorism, and Democratic White House front-runner Hillary Clinton said in a recent debate that Mr. Trump’s comments were being used in recruitment videos by the Islamic State terror group. Until the new video, there had been no public evidence that this had occurred.

To be sure, Mr. Trump’s appearance in the al Shabaab video was only brief, and he wasn’t the only American singled out.

U.N. human rights chief says Trump’s populist rhetoric is similar to ISIS propaganda – The Washington Post – The official, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, is the son of a Jordanian prince and his Swedish wife. He is now the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, though his service at the United Nations dates to when he was a peacekeeper during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

His blistering comments were delivered in the Netherlands and were provoked by Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician whose Party for Freedom heavily employs anti-Islam messages during its campaigns. The party has led in recent opinion polls. Wilders has promised to close mosques and ban the Koran. He also attended the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July and endorsed Donald Trump’s candidacy for U.S. president.

KKK David Duke: If Trump Loses, Blacks Will “Kidnap White Women from Walmart & Rape Them” – “When a person goes to the store, they go to the mall, or they drive somewhere in their car and they break down, or they stop at a traffic light and they might get hijacked, nine times out of ten it’s not gonna be some white guy hijacking their car.

It’s not gonna be a white guy kidnapping them at the Walmart, right? And, you know, taking their family and slaughtering them, or robbing them or raping the women. That’s just the reality of life in this country.”

Such fearmongering rhetoric is common among white supremacists but obviously has no relation to reality. First of all, race is a social construct and ethnic groups do not act in a singular fashion like some kind of hive-mind creature. Secondly, whites, being the majority ethnic group in the United States, commit the majority of its crimes. A family is most likely to be “slaughtered” by one of its own family members with one of the guns that Duke loves so much.

While Trump loudly complains about Hillary Clinton’s accurate description of his followers, his own vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence refused to call David Duke – a former leader of a genocidal terrorist group – deplorable. Incidentally, David Duke got mad at CNN’s Wolf Blitzer not for making a cursory effort at journalism but for a…very different reason:

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