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David Duke Says ‘People Like Donald Trump and Ourselves’ Should ‘Take Over the Republican Party’

The straw that stirred the political drink this week was Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton‘s all-out assault on Donald Trump‘s courtship of the racist “alt-right” and its aftermath. One major player in that kerfuffle, albeit a nearly-invisible one, was David Duke, whose remarks on his own radio show (reported here first) made it into Hillary’s speech.

In addition to wanting his own moment in the national media spotlight, however, Duke complained on his radio show this week that the quote about taking over the Republican Party had been misattributed to him, when it was actually co-host Don Advo who said that “We appear to have taken over the Republican Party”:

I liked the way you said it, and I’m proud of the fact that yes, we have a chance, we haven’t done it yet, but we should, and people like Donald Trump and ourselves, we need to take over the Republican Party.

Duke is correct that he did not personally say “We appear to have taken over the Republican Party,” but he’s not quite right about what he did say. When Advo made that statement, Duke agreed where the “rank and file” were concerned, but noted that there were still a few “boll weevils” in leadership impurifying the fluffy white cotton ball that is the GOP:

Well, rank and file, but a lot of those boll weevils are still in those cotton balls, and, uh, the Republican Party may be a European-American populated party, but like a ball of cotton, you can have boll weevils in there that are going to rot it out from the inside.

It should be noted that not only did we correctly report the remarks, but so did Hillary Clinton:

On David Duke’s radio show the other day, the mood was jubilant. ‘We appear to have taken over the Republican Party,’ one white supremacist said. Duke laughed. ‘No, there’s still more work to do,’ he replied.

In any case, if David Duke’s definition of “we” includes Donald Trump, then it’s hard to see what his complaint is about, since Trump is the nominee of the Republican Party.

This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

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