Former KKK leader David Duke thanks President Trump for condemning ‘leftist terrorists’

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke speaks to supporters at a reception Saturday, May 29, 2004, in Kenner, La. Fresh out of prison for bilking supporters, Duke hosted a weekend gathering of enthusiastic backers eager to hear him as he lashed out at Jews, blacks, immigrants and the ``Zionist-controlled media.'' (AP Photo/Burt Steel)

David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, thanked President Trump after his news conference Tuesday for condemning the "leftist terrorists" in Charlottesville.

Duke attended the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville on Saturday and was quoted in a video that went viral reminding the president that he and his fellow white supremacists helped elect him.

"We are determined to take our country back," Duke said Saturday. "We are going to fulfill the promise of Donald Trump. That's what we believe in. That's why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he's going to take our country back."

After the president's news conference Tuesday, Duke tweeted: "Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa." Duke was apparently referring to the Black Lives Matter movement and those called Antifa, which stands for anti-fascists, an unofficial group that condemns racism and hatred.

"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 tweeted on Saturday.

Duke was not so happy with the president after Trump's statement on Monday when the president read from a script condemning the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists.

"By criticising the Alt-Right & not naming BLM/Antifa you have given them the permission to destroy. The Red Terror begins," he tweeted on Monday.

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