David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard now at the center of GOP controversy over his support for Donald Trump, responded to the presidential candidate’s denouncement of his backing: ““I’ll laugh it off. It’s fine.”

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In an interview Monday night on Fox Radio’s The Alan Colmes Show, Duke said he never officially endorsed Trump but that he merely encouraged listeners on his “David Duke Radio Program” Wednesday to volunteer and vote for Trump. Duke clarified Monday that he agrees with Trump’s stances on immigration and desire to work with Russia, but also jabbed at the candidate for what he called “lip service for Israel.”

“When you say you endorse someone, you’re basically endorsing the person and basically people get the impression you’re endorsing everything about them,” Duke told Colmes. “I think that voting sometimes is not a question of endorsing someone, but sometimes you vote strategically.”


Trump had stated in a press conference Friday that he didn’t know Duke had supported him recently and said, “I disavow.” However, after the press conference, CNN’s State of the Union host Jake Tapper asked Trump in an interview Sunday if he would, again, condemn Duke but also all other white supremacists during the election. Trump responded that he couldn’t condemn a group he knew nothing about, saying “Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke. OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.”