David Duke, a founder and former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, has given a 2020 presidential endorsement to Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). According to The Hill, Tulsi has rejected the endorsement and criticized Duke and his views.
“I have strongly denounced David Duke’s hateful views and his so-called ‘support’ multiple times in the past, and reject his support,” Gabbard said.
“Publicizing Duke's so-called ‘endorsement’ is meant to distract from my message: that I will end regime-change wars, work to end the new cold war and take us away from the precipice of a nuclear war, which is a greater danger now than ever before.”
In 1974, Duke founded a Louisiana branch of the KKK and then acted as the group’s grand wizard until 1979. On Monday he endorsed Gabbard.
“Tulsi Gabbard in 2020. Finally a candidate for President who will really put America First?” he tweeted, linking to an article about Trump’s proposal to keep troops stationed in Iraq. Gabbard is an Iraq war veteran and opposes military interventionism.
Additionally, Duke changed his twitter page banner picture to a photograph of Gabbard. Text on the photo reads “Tulsi Gabbard for President. Finally a candidate who will actually put America First rather than Israel First!”
Duke also endorsed Trump in 2016, but Trump denounced his endorsement.
In November 2016 Duke also implored Trump to pick Gabbard as Secretary of State. Gabbard rejected the endorsement.
She tweeted in response to the first endorsement, “U didn't know I'm Polynesian/Cauc? Dad couldn't use 'whites only' water fountain. No thanks. Ur white nationalism is pure evil.”
In December 2016 she added, “Our movement is one of love/aloha, inclusivity. Duke represents hatred, racism, anti-Semitism, fear. We don’t want his ‘support.’ Period.”
Gabbard has announced her presidential aspirations for 2020. She will be joining Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in the race.