Donald Trump’s campaign has disavowed the message.
White nationalist David Duke has created a robocall urging voters to elect him for U.S. Senate and Donald Trump for president. The former Ku Klux Klan leader’s message implores citizens to vote for the candidates who will stop massive immigration.
“We’re losing our gun rights, our free speech. We’re taxed to death,” Duke said in the message. “We’re losing our jobs and businesses to unfair trade. We’re losing our country.”
Duke’s message also references Beyonce’s controversial halftime performance. He called it a “salute to the Black Panther cop killers.”
Here is the full message from Duke:
“Hi, this is David Duke. I’m sorry I missed you. I’m running for U.S. Senate. I’ll tell the truth that no other candidate will dare say. Unless massive immigration is stopped now, we’ll be outnumbered and outvoted in our own nation. It’s happening. We’re losing our gun rights, our free speech. We’re taxed to death. We’re losing our jobs and businesses to unfair trade. We’re losing our country. 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. I’d love to hear from you. To find out more contribute or volunteer for the DavidDuke.com. Go to Davidduke.com. Together, we’ll save America and save Louisiana. Paid for by the Duke campaign.”
Duke’s campaign confirmed to Buzzfeed that the message is his. Meanwhile, Trump’s campaign told Politico he doesn’t support the robocall.
“Mr. Trump has continued to denounce David Duke and any group or individual associated with a message of hate,” the Trump campaign said in a statement. “There is no place for this in the Republican Party or our country. We have no knowledge of these calls or any related activities, but strongly condemn and disavow.”
Users on Twitter don’t seem to buy Trump’s disavowment.
Duke makes an appearance in the ad and says, “Voting against Donald Trump is really treason to your heritage.”
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