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Former KKK Head: Trump’s Speech is ‘War’ on Jews

Former head of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke has long seen in Donald Trump a champion of his own anti-Semitic white nationalist agenda.

And during the 45th president’s inauguration today, Duke celebrated what he perceived as Trump declaring “war” on a perceived Jewish agenda.

Duke, who commented on the speech on Twitter, used the anti-Semitic shorthand known as “echoes,” ((())), to signal perceived Jewish influence.

The former Imperial Wizard also noted that Trump used the “W-word,” seemingly a reference to a line in Trump’s speech in which he said that whether “black or brown or white” Americans all salute the same flag.

Duke has long been a Trump supporter, despite Trump disavowing him in strong terms in March.

Email Sam Kestenbaum at kestenbaum@forward.com and follow him on Twitter at @skestenbaum

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