David Duke, the white suprematist candidate for the U.S. Senate, over the weekend asked voters to back him and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The Trump campaign quickly disavowed Duke’s support in the robocalls made to Louisiana voters. CNN reported Monday that the Trump campaign had no “knowledge of these calls.” The campaign went on to condemn Duke’s stances, tweeting: “There is no place for this in the Republican Party or our country.”
Earlier this year, Duke caused trouble by praising the Republican presidential standard bearer, causing Trump to reject the endorsement several times over several days.
Running as a Republican from Mandeville, Duke is one of two dozen candidates seeking this fall to replace U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Metairie, who is stepping down at the end of his term in January.
“I’ll tell the truth that no other candidate will dare say,” Duke said in the recorded message. “Unless massive immigration is stopped now, we’ll be out numbered and outvoted in our own nation.”
In addition to immigration, Duke also touched on issues raised by Trump – high taxes and threatened gun rights – on the presidential campaign trail.
Duke said when qualifying for the Senate race in July that he is running as an advocate for European Americans.
“We’re losing our country,” Duke continued. “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.”
Duke told the website BuzzFeed News Monday that “Everyone is saying they’re voting for Duke and Trump.”
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Duke was a leader of a Ku Klux Klan faction in the 1970s. He ran strong, but losing campaigns for the U.S. Senate and Louisiana governor in the early 1990s. He pleaded guilty in 2002 on to the felony charge of filing a false tax return, though he contends he didn’t do it, and was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison.