Donald Trump might have received widespread criticism for his refusal to disavow Klu Klux Klan and David Duke, but the former grand wizard, whose endorsement landed the Republican front-runner in the midst of this controversy, thinks he did the billionaire business mogul a favor.
Duke, who recently told his followers that voting against the former reality TV star is “treason to your heritage,” appeared on a conservative television program on Wednesday and took credit for Trump’s poll surge.
“Let me tell you, right after this came out, it was massive news for three days, he jumped 10 points in the polls,” the ex-KKK leader told Newsmax TV host Steve Malzberg. “I got 65 percent of the European-American vote in my state. … It didn’t hurt Donald Trump.”
The former senator also took an offense to being introduced as a former Klansman and got into a heated debate with the host right off the bat.
“The media does this as a way to defame me,” Duke exclaimed angrily. “I was in the Klan 40 years ago. I was also a member of the [Louisiana] House of Representatives.”
Malzberg had to bring up his various issues with Jews and blacks before reminding Duke repeatedly that he actually was an ex-KKK grand wizard.
Duke also ranted about the “controlled media,” crying, “We don’t have to do the interview and I’ll just play this tape of what’s happening today to my people!”
Watch the complete interview in the video above.