Meghan Smith

DePaul University '18 - Chicago Journalist

Joined July 6, 2016

David Duke Runs for Senate, Continues to Link Himself to Trump

Published: Aug 10, 2016



With the 2016 Presidential Election rapidly approaching, studies compare voters who support David Duke and voters who support Donald Trump. 
 

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With the 2016 presidential bloodbath gaining more momentum every day, it is no surprise that the faces of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton can be found on the cover of every media outlet across America. Back in February however, the Republican  Presidential  nominee became even more controversial after an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. Trump was asked if he would disavow campaign support from David Duke and other white supremacist groups. Trump’s reply seemed inadequate to some listeners when he said, "I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. 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 day later Trump took to twitter posting a video from a press conference with the caption, “As I stated in the press conference on Friday regarding David Duke – I disavow.” 

But in the six months following, Trump’s interview has resurfaced after former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke announced he would be running for one of Louisiana’s US Senate seats. Duke’s announcement came as a surprise to many, especially following the stories of police relations in Baton Rouge just last month.

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In an interview with NPR, David Duke connected himself to Donald Trump once again saying ‘of course’ Trump’s voters are his voters. “I represent the ideas of preserving this country and the heritage of this country, and I think Trump represents that as well,” Duke said. “We’ve already polled inside the Trump voters, and we know that we’re going to carry 75 to 80 percent of those who are going to vote for Trump.” In addition, Duke threw his full support behind Trump while also criticizing Republican voters who have chosen to not back Trump.

The parallels between Trump’s voters and Duke’s voters may not come as a surprise, but in comparing the potential voters for the two candidates the New York Times released a graphic on Twitter showing that Duke has received a larger percentage of the black vote than Trump. Duke has thus far received fourteen percent of the black vote in comparison to Trump’s three percent. Neither numbers are good for either election, but Duke’s range shows the lack of support Trump has received from the black community, despite Duke being a former leader in the KKK. With three months left until Election Day, the black vote will continue to play a large role in the presidential showdown.

 

 


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