You really need nothing more than the first paragraph of this BuzzFeed piece:
David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and self-described “racial realist,” says Donald Trump is the best Republican candidate for president because he “understands the real sentiment of America.”
First of all, congratulations to David Duke for making it back into the news. Lamar White must be ecstatic to see Duke’s name out there again.
I’m not saying that all Trump supporters are racist. In fact, I understand the logic behind the support Trump is getting. The GOP sucks right now in terms of leadership, and someone completely outside the beltway, but with some name recognition and star power, can easily step in and change the game. But it is nigh-impossible to deny there is a racial tinge to the most radical of Trump supporters, who use terms like “cuckservative” to describe anyone who doesn’t support Trump.
That said, this more or less verifies a theory I discussed with Rob Maness at the beginning of August: The hardcore Trump supporters, the ones who say they will take their ball and go home if the Republicans don’t nominate Trump are the same people who were hardcore supporters of Duke in Louisiana: They only go out to vote when someone who appeals to their very race-specific agenda is on the ballot, and you don’t see those kinds of candidates very often (anymore?).
What gets me is that it took so long for someone to see what Trump was saying and think “…I wonder what David Duke has to say about this?”