ADL calls on Trump to repudiate white supremacist support

David Duke, former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, tells radio audience that failure to vote Trump is ‘treason to your heritage’

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, speaks at the ADL Annual Meeting in Los Angeles on November 6, 2014.(courtesy ADL)
Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, speaks at the ADL Annual Meeting in Los Angeles on November 6, 2014.(courtesy ADL)

WASHINGTON — The Anti-Defamation League is calling on Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to repudiate support from former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.

In a statement Thursday, the group calls on Trump to distance himself from Duke and other white supremacists and “publicly condemn their racism.”

Duke on Wednesday urged listeners of his radio program to volunteer and vote for Trump, according to audio posted by the website Buzzfeed.

He told them that voting against Trump at this point “is really treason to your heritage.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump meets with attendees during a campaign stop Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in North Charleston, South Carolina. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign stop in North Charleston, South Carolina, on February 19, 2016 (AP/Matt Rourke)

Duke said he hadn’t formally endorsed Trump, but supports his candidacy and voting for him as “a strategic action.”

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke speaks to supporters after his release from prison in 2004. (photo credit: Burt Steel/AP)
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke speaks to supporters after his release from prison in 2004. (AP/Burt Steel)

Trump has previously said he wouldn’t want Duke’s endorsement and would repudiate it “if it made you feel better.”

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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