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Donald Trump Won't Condemn KKK, Says He 'Knows Nothing About White Supremacists' Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs for supporters at the conclusion of a rally at Millington Regional Jetport on Saturday in Millington, Tenn.

Donald Trump Won't Condemn KKK, Says He 'Knows Nothing About White Supremacists'

Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images. KKK Leader Finds Donald Trump a Great Recruiting Tool. Donald Trump is inspiring white supremacists, according to a national organizer of a leading Ku Klux Klan group — and his candid rhetoric is being used to recruit more of them.

KKK Leader Finds Donald Trump a Great Recruiting Tool

The KKK is using the Republican presidential frontrunner as an outreach tool, Rachel Pendergraft, the national membership coordinator for the Knights Party, told The Washington Post. Trump’s candidacy, which has been characterized by often divisive nativist rhetoric, has “electrified” some members, the newspaper reported Monday. “They like the overall momentum of his rallies and his campaign,” Pendergraft said. David Duke: Voting against Donald Trump is 'treason to your heritage' David Duke, a white nationalist and former Klu Klux Klan grand wizard, told his audience Wednesday that voting for anyone besides Donald Trump “is really treason to your heritage.”

David Duke: Voting against Donald Trump is 'treason to your heritage'

“Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage,” Duke said on the David Duke Radio Program. BuzzFeed News first reported the comments. Story Continued Below "I’m not saying I endorse everything about Trump. Donald Trump’s long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2016, explained. It’s been said again and again throughout the 2016 campaign: Donald Trump is a racist.

Donald Trump’s long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2016, explained

But it's not just the Trump campaign. Trump has been criticized for being racist for much of his career: The first time Trump appeared in the pages of the New York Times, as my colleague Dara Lind reported, was when the US Department of Justice sued him for racial discrimination. Is Donald Trump A Modern-Day George Wallace? Presidential candidate George Wallace reaches out for the hands of his supporters at the Texas State Convention of his American Independent Party, Dallas, Sept. 17, 1968.

Is Donald Trump A Modern-Day George Wallace?

PhotoQuest/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption PhotoQuest/Getty Images Presidential candidate George Wallace reaches out for the hands of his supporters at the Texas State Convention of his American Independent Party, Dallas, Sept. 17, 1968.