Former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke says he’s actually not endorsed Donald Trump, but likes many of his views.
In a Facebook posting, Duke -- whose support for Trump unleashed an uproar over the weekend when Trump refused to disavow him -- blames what he says is a biased media for inaccurately reporting that he is endorsing Trump. But he goes on to say that he does “think that we should vote for him and I will vote for him.”
Duke says in the video, “specifically, I have said clearly ... that I am not endorsing Donald Trump.” He does, however, say he likes Trump’s position on immigration and trade and believes he’ll be “looking out for the interests of the United States of America.”
Duke also says he’s not in the KKK anymore and hasn’t been in the group for 40 years, noting he won election to the Louisiana House and has a “perfect Republican record.”
In the 15-minute post, he goes on to criticize the Republican presidential front-runner’s rivals, Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, assailing their immigration stances.
Congressional Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have criticized Trump for not more forcefully rejecting Duke, saying any Republican nominee “must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry.”