Which candidate does the KKK really support? Experts say Trump wins more

Which presidential candidate do KKK leaders really support?
Which presidential candidate do KKK leaders really support?

Both major party front-runners in American have recently made headlines for their ties to the Ku Klux Klan.

Last month a report emerged that one KKK leader was backing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Will Quigg, who claimed to be a Grand Dragon in a California branch of the KKK, said that he was a prominent backer of Clinton's. But upon close examination, those claims appeared to be doubtful at best.

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Days later an "Imperial Wizard" with the KKK gave an interview in which he explained why his group backed Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

He told NBC affiliate WWBT 12 that, "the reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes in, we believe in. We want our country to be safe."

So which candidate really earns the support of the notorious American white supremacist group? The experts at the Southern Poverty Law Center say this honor goes to Trump.

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"What they believe is that Donald Trump may not be precisely a white supremacist, but that he is in effect one of them, at least to the extent that he is pushing the same idea that are most important to them -- namely the idea that the United States is fundamentally a white country," Mark Potok, Senior Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, explained.

But Trump has openly disavowed the support of the KKK, and former "Grand Wizard" David Duke, but Duke has continued to support him.

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"The Trump campaign at a whole series of levels is a great opportunity for us to expose the people who really run the Republican Party, who run the Democratic Party, who run the political establishment and who are leading us all to disaster," Duke said on his radio show Thursday, according to Right Wing Watch. "Even though Trump is not explicitly talking about European-Americans, he is implicitly talking about the interests of European-Americans."

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