Anti-Semites Urged Followers To "Get Out And Vote" For Trump On Super Tuesday
David Duke: "Get Out And Vote, Take America Back, Make America Great Again And Save Our Heritage"
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White nationalist anti-Semites David Duke and Kevin MacDonald used Duke's Super Tuesday radio show to urge listeners to "get out and vote" for Trump and praised Trump's handling of media questions about his white nationalist support.
Numerous white nationalist figures have been supporting Trump's campaign. His candidacy has been a fundraising engine for white nationalist media groups, which have praised Trump for spurring "unprecedented interest in" their ideology and putting their ideas "firmly in the mainstream." The Trump campaign has come under fire after white nationalist radio host James Edwards said he was given press credentials to attend a Trump rally and announced plans to air a "previously taped 20-minute interview with Donald Trump, Jr."
Duke is one of the most infamous white nationalist figures, having been a Ku Klux Klan leader and far-right politician. He now devotes his time to a radio program and website, which regularly post anti-Semitic screeds. He became a campaign issue after Trump repeatedly refused to disavow Duke's support during a February 28 CNN appearance. (Trump later implausibly claimed that a faulty earpiece was responsible for the incident.)
MacDonald, a retired professor of psychology at California State University, Long Beach, is the editor of the white nationalist publication Occidental Observer. Its mission statement says it is dedicated to "white identity, white interests, and the culture of the West."
The Anti-Defamation League heavily criticizes MacDonald for anti-Semitism, writing in a profile:
Couching his views as legitimate intellectual inquiry, MacDonald has asserted that anti-Semitism, including the anti-Jewish hatred exhibited by the Nazis and those who carried out the Spanish Inquisition, is a "rational" response to Judaism. MacDonald also regularly argues that Jews are a "hostile elite" in American society who undermine the country's European heritage and traditions in an effort to "destroy Europeans." According to MacDonald, Jews maintain their elite position by fostering non-white immigration into America to alter the country's "racial hierarchy" and by creating intellectual movements that weaken ethnic European identity. His arguments mimic those of anti-Semites from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that "MacDonald is the neo-Nazi movement's favorite academic" and he "published a trilogy that supposedly 'proves' that Jews are genetically driven to destroy Western societies."
MacDonald's articles for Occidental Observer include such headlines as "Yes, Virginia, the Jews Stole Christmas," "Jews and Jewish organizations lead the gun control campaign," "St. John Chrysostom on the Jews: Creating an Anti-Jewish Group Strategy," and "Why so much Jewish fear and loathing of Donald Trump?"
During the March 1 edition of the David Duke Show -- promoted on Duke's website under the headline, "Dr. Duke and Dr. Kevin MacDonald Stump for the Trump on Super Tuesday -- Make History Today!" -- MacDonald praised Trump's handling of Duke's support on CNN, saying, "I think he just does not want to play the game" and "he just doesn't want to knuckle under" to the media.
Duke replied that while Trump disavowed him, "he didn't go in and issue the big fulmination." MacDonald agreed: "They wanted some kind of really angry, 'he's the worst person in the world' kind of thing." MacDonald added that "this really is a breath of fresh air, and I think the media is being exposed and the conservative movement is being exposed."
MacDonald praised Trump for helping spread their message, stating: "I think our message is getting out way, way more than it has in the past and it's very hard for them, I think, to keep vilifying it the way they have been. ... That's the thing with Donald Trump. He's bringing this up and people are so sick of political correctness." He added that he doesn't think people care if you link the KKK to Trump.
Later in the segment, Duke said "the latest polls show he jumped in the polls after my endorsement and the endorsement of people like" MacDonald. Duke added that new people are saying they now support Duke and Trump and "understand now." Duke also praised Trump for "helping us [in] breaking this political correctness."
MacDonald closed the show by urging Duke and his followers to "get out and vote. ... It's extremely important to support Donald Trump. There really is no other candidate that could remotely serve our interests." Duke seconded MacDonald's call, stating: "Get out and vote, take America back, make America great again and save our heritage."