Eric Trump, the son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, said Thursday former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke deserves "a bullet." Duke announced in February he would endorse Donald Trump, even as the Republican presidential nominee said he did not know anything about the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard.
"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," Eric said to Ross Kaminsky after the host of 630 KHOW Denver radio suggested Duke deserved a bullet to the head. "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.'"
During a Louisiana Senate debate Wednesday night, Duke said Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton deserved the electric chair.
"We have a cabal in this government that literally controls our foreign policy... Syria is a country with 3 million Christians," he said. "It was just admitted by Clinton that our government's been supporting Saudi Arabia which she admits was supporting ISIS. The lady should be getting the electric chair, being charged with treason."
Here are some facts about Duke, who is running for U.S. Senate from Louisiana.
- In January 1972, Duke was arrested in New Orleans for "inciting a riot."
- Duke founded the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a Louisiana-based organization claiming to inherit the legacy of the original Klan, in 1974.
- David Duke left the Klan in 1980 over an inability to stop Klan violence.
- In December 1988, Duke changed his political affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
- He served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1989 to 1993.
- Duke joined the Reform Party in 1999 while working for Pat Buchanan's 2000 presidential campaign.
- In 2002, Duke pled guilty to mail and tax fraud charges stemming from illicit fundraising activities.
- Duke received a Ph.D. from the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management, described as both a “university of hate” by the Anti-Defamation League and a “diploma mill” by the Department of State.
- Duke was arrested and deported by the Czech Republic under its Holocaust denial laws in 2009.
- Switzerland issued a ban on Duke’s entry throughout the 26-nation Schengen Area in 2009.
- In 2013, he was expelled from Italy.