Eric Trump said during a radio interview Thursday that former Ku Klux Klan leader and current Louisiana Senate candidate David Duke “does deserve a bullet.”
As CNN’s KFILE flagged, Ross Kaminsky of Denver radio station KHOW asked Trump about what he characterized as a concentrated effort by some media outlets to paint his father Donald Trump as overly friendly to white supremacists. He referred to a Politico article featuring a photo of Duke, who Kaminsky said “desperately needs a bullet in the head, as far as I can tell.”
“What the left has tried to do to your dad’s campaign the whole time is say it’s basically arm of a white nationalist movement or something,” Kaminsky asked. “Can you respond to that?”
“Ross, it’s disgusting. And by the way, if I said exactly what you said, I’d get killed for it but I think I’ll say it anyway,” Trump responded. “The guy does deserve a bullet. I mean, these aren’t good people. These are horrible people. In fact, I commend my father. My father’s the first Republican who’s gone out and said, ‘Listen, what’s happened to the African-American community is horrible and I’m going to take care of it.'”
“A guy like David Duke is disgusting,” he said later in the interview. “But this is the MO of the DNC and in fact, we go back to the Podesta emails from May/June, there’s an email where he’s saying listen, ‘We think Trump has an amazing movement going and we want to make him, the only way we think we can best stop is to make him look like a bigot, racist, xenophobic, this and that.'”
Reached for comment, Duke told CNN, “That’s a good one, I’m in the middle of project right now.” and requested the network call back in hour.
Duke, a vocal supporter of Donald Trump’s campaign who’s distributed mailers and rolled out robocalls urging Louisiana voters to vote for a Duke-Trump ticket, was asked during a debate Wednesday night about a blog post he had written about “CNN Jews.”
Duke responded that “there is a problem in America with a very strong, powerful tribal group that dominates our media, dominates our international banking. I’m not opposed to all Jews.”
He also said a similar “cabal in this government” controls American foreign policy.
On Tuesday, news broke that the Trump campaign earned one more name on its small list of newspaper endorsements: The Crusader, one of the most prominent newspapers of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Trump campaign responded by saying it “denounces hate in any form” and that the publication was “repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of americans who are uniting behind our campaign.”