Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke Lauds Steve Bannon Appointment

The white supremacist heralds Trump's new campaign chief but says racists and anti-Semites still have lots of work to do.

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Thea Glassman
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Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke talks to the media at the Louisiana Secretary of State's office in Baton Rouge, July 22, 2016.
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke talks to the media at the Louisiana Secretary of State's office in Baton Rouge, July 22, 2016.Credit: Max Becherer, AP
The Forward
Thea Glassman

David Duke says that Donald’s Trump new campaign chief Stephen Bannon will help give white supremacists a significant foothold in the Republican Party.

Bannon, who was named Trump’s campaign boss last Wednesday, is the chairman of Breitbart Media, a news website that energetically supports the current Republican candidate.

Duke, the former Ku Klux Klansman who is running for senate from Louisiana, spoke with Don Advo, a radio host and contributor to the neo-Nazi blog Daily Stormer.

“We appear to have taken over the Republican Party,” Advo said during the radio interview, using an anti-Semitic slur.

Duke trumpeted the importance of Bannon’s appointment — but said racists and anti-Semites still have plenty of work to consolidate power in the GOP.

“Well, rank and file, but a lot of those boll weevils are still in those cotton balls, and the Republican Party may be a European-American populated party, but like a ball of cotton, you can have boll weevils in there that are going to rot it out from the inside,” Duke replied.

According to Breitbart News’ former editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro, the website took a significant alt-right shift after Bannon took charge.

“Andrew Breitbart despised racism. Truly despised it.” Shapiro wrote. “With Bannon embracing Trump, all that changed. Now Breitbart has become the alt-right go-to website, with [Breitbart’s technology editor] Yiannopoulos pushing white ethno-nationalism as a legitimate response to political correctness, and the comment section turning into a cesspool for white supremacist mememakers.”

While Trump has gotten cozy with alt-righters, he has continued to struggle with African-American voters. According to the Washington Post, he clocks in with a paltry 2% in polls.

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