February 25, 2016 3:47 pm
Updated: February 25, 2016 3:50 pm

Former KKK leader says voting against Donald Trump is ‘treason to your heritage’

In this May 29, 2004 file photo, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke speaks to supporters in Kenner, La.

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David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard has thrown his support behind Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump by saying a vote cast for anyone but the real estate mogul is “treason to your heritage.”

As BuzzFeed first reported, Duke took to his radio show Wednesday to urge his listeners to vote for Trump, saying he hopes Trump “does everything we hope he will do.”

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“Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage,” Duke said. “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. I hope he does everything we hope he will do.”

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The white nationalist also encouraged his listeners to volunteer and campaign for Trump.

“Get off your rear end that’s getting fatter and fatter for many of you every day on your chairs,” Duke said. “When this show’s over, go out, call the Republican Party, but call Donald Trump’s headquarters. Volunteer.”

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Earlier on Wednesday, Trump won his first endorsements from sitting members of Congress, with Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York announcing they are backing him for the Republican presidential nomination.

with a file from The Associated Press

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