It is as though Donald Trump cannot catch a single break lately. Mitt Romney, a highly respected Republican figurehead, called out Trump earlier this week for hiding a “bombshell” in his tax returns and accusing the business mogul of being afraid to release his returns to the American people. He was lambasted at last night’s GOP presidential debate for not being able to cite policy specifics on key issues like healthcare and was called out by Marco Rubio for repeating the same litany of phrases over and over again. And now, Trump has received an endorsement from a former KKK leader, which is sure to be a huge detriment to his campaign viability.
David Duke, an infamous white supremacist and white political activist, has formally endorsed Donald Trump for the White House. On his radio show yesterday, Duke told listeners that voting for any candidate other than Trump would be “treason to [their white] heritage.” Duke furthered that his endorsement for Trump is not official, however he favors him far and above the other candidates in the race.
Duke’s message to voters was as follows: “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 every day 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.”
The mindset to which he refers is unquestionably one of xenophobia and American cultural hegemony, a sentiment that Trump has perpetuated in various campaign materials and speeches.
Do you think this endorsement from a known KKK member will hurt Trump’s chances at winning the nomination and the general election?