Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke praises Donald Trump's RNC speech

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This Former Ku Klux Klan Leader Is All About Donald Trump's RNC Speech
This Former Ku Klux Klan Leader Is All About Donald Trump's RNC Speech

"They are being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources," Donald Trump said during his speech at the Republican National Convention.

Donald Trump formally accepted the GOP nomination Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, but not everyone loved his speech.

But one person who did was white nationalist and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.

Duke gave Trump a rave review in a tweet shortly after the speech ended: "Great Trump Speech, America First! Stop Wars! Defeat the Corrupt elites! Protect our Borders!, Fair Trade! Couldn't have said it better!"

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Duke has been a big Trump fan for a while. He started encouraging his radio show listeners to vote for the Republican presidential nominee back in February.

"Voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage. I'm not saying I endorse everything about Trump. In fact, I haven't formally endorsed him. But I do support his candidacy, and I support voting for him as a strategic action," Duke said on the "David Duke Radio Program."

But Trump also caught a lot of backlash for that support and, after some initial hesitation and confusion, he disavowed the former Klan leader.

"Well, just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke, OK? I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists," Trump said during an interview on CNN.

"David Duke is a bad person, who I disavowed on numerous occasions over the years," Trump said on MSNBC.

Trump didn't immediately respond to Duke's most recent comments, which came the same day the former KKK leader announced he's running for U.S. Senate.

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