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Donald Trump's ascension to the Republican presidential nomination has wrested power from "anti-American, Jewish supremacists who control" the Republican party, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke said Wednesday.
Hailing Trump's "amazing victory" in the Indiana primary Tuesday evening, Duke told listeners to his weekly radio show that Jewish Americans were "the reason why America is not great," adding Trump was proof of the diminishing influence of wealthy "Jewish extremists" inside the GOP.
Duke's comments were first noted by the NGO Right Wing Watch, which monitors the activities of religious and radical right political organizations, according to the organization's Facebook.
“I think these Jewish extremists have made a terribly crazy miscalculation, because all they’re going to be doing by doing a Never Trump movement is exposing their alien, their anti-American, anti-American majority position… They’re going to push people more into an awareness that the neo-cons are the problem, that these Jewish supremacists who control our country are the real problem, and the reason why America is not great.”
“Jewish chutzpah knows no bounds,” he added.
The Never Trump movement, also known as the Anti-Trump movement, is the informal name for the concerted effort on the part of Republican party members and prominent conservatives dedicated to stopping the former reality television star from winning the US Republican party nomination.
"Obviously Trump's victory in Indiana makes the road ahead more challenging," the group said in a statement Tuesday evening. "We will continue to to seek opportunities to oppose his nomination and to draw a clear line between him and the values of the conservative cause."
Arguably one of the most prominent white supremacists in America, Duke is a former one-term Republican Louisiana state representative and has ran numerous failed campaigns for US Senate, US House of Representatives and Louisiana governor. Duke is also a convicted felon, who served 15 months in federal prison for tax and mail fraud and was fined $10,000. Duke first praised
Trump’s campaign on his radio show in August 2015, calling his candidacy a great thing after ranting about “Jewish supremacy.” In February, Duke told listeners that voting against Trump would be “treason to your heritage.”
A number of Republican Jews, ironically, have already begun to line up and state their support for the presumptive Republican nominee.
Former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted that he would "vote for Trump over Hillary [Clinton] any day."
While Jewish Coalition chairmen and prominent Republican commentator David Frum said in a statement that Clinton is “the worst possible choice for a commander in chief,” before congratulating Trump on his victory, according to the Forward.
JTA contributed to this report.