David Duke has said that white nationalists will ‘fulfill the promises of Donald Trump’
Far-right author David Duke has said that white nationalists will ‘fulfill the promises of Donald Trump’, calling a massive rally in Charlottesville ‘a turning point’.
Duke’s remarks came Saturday morning, before the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent. Later in the day, however, he blasted President Donald Trump for ‘attacking’ white nationalists.
A former leader of a Ku Klux Klan group in the 1970s, Duke made headlines in the 2016 election when he said he supported voting for Trump, and Trump stumbled in an interview when asked to disavow him, later claiming he had a bad audio connection.
On Saturday morning, Duke attended the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville flanked by scheduled speaker Mike Peinovich, the alt-right podcaster better known by the pen name Mike Enoch.
David Duke is seen at Saturday’s rally in Charlottesville, where he said that white nationalists will ‘fulfill the promises of Donald Trump’
‘This represents a turning point for the people of this country,’ said Duke in video captured by an Indianapolis Star photojournalist.
‘We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump,’ Duke said.
‘Because he said he’s going to take our country back. That’s what we gotta do,’ he continued.
President Trump admonished the day’s tragic events, saying in a press conference: ‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, violence, on many sides… The hate and division must stop, and must stop right now.’
As the day’s event’s turned violent, with clashes between antifa and white nationalists and a car attack on a crowd leaving one dead and a score injured, Duke and other rally participants turned sharply critical of Trump.
Responding to a tweet in which Trump called on citizens to ‘condemn all that hate stands for,’ Duke blasted back: ‘So, after decades of White Americans being targeted for discriminated & anti-White hatred, we come together as a people, and you attack us?’
Duke and other rally participants turned sharply critical of Trump after the day’s events turned violent, accusing the president of attacking them unfairly
Ironically, Trump’s statements regarding the rally were blasted by many on the left for not denouncing white nationalists in strong enough terms
Brad Griffin, who publishes the ‘Southern nationalist’ outlet Occidental Dissent under the pen name Hunter Wallace, was also sharply critical of Trump after the rally
‘I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists,’ Duke continued.
Ironically, Trump’s statements regarding the rally were blasted by many on the left for not denouncing white nationalists in strong enough terms.
Like Duke, many far-right rally participants expressed anger at Trump and local authorities after the day’s events.
James Alex Fields Jr, 20 (pictured), of Maumee, Ohio, was named as the man who drove a car into a crowd of of anti-fascist counter protesters on Saturday
They claimed that rally organizers had planned a peaceful protest of the removal of Confederate monuments, saying they were attacked by police and funneled into a direct confrontation with antifa counter-protesters.
‘Trump should not have praised the state and local police. They did the opposite of their job. Total disaster,’ alt-right figure Richard Spencer said on Twitter.
‘Charlottesville was the definitive proof that he [Trump] IS NOT on our side,’ tweeted Brad Griffin, who publishes the ‘Southern nationalist’ outlet Occidental Dissent under the pen name Hunter Wallace.
The day of violence ended in tragedy, with a car plowing through a crowd, killing one and injuring 19.
Suspect James Alex Fields Jr, 20, of Maumee, Ohio was being held on suspicion of murder in connection with the crash.
A state police helicopter also crashed, killing two on board.