But in the wake of negativity that Duke’s comment (and Trump’s generic response to it) left upon The Donald’s campaign, the former Grand Wizard of the KKK is now denying it. He never “endorsed” Trump, Duke claims in this video released late February 29:
And wouldn’t you know it? Duke is telling the truth! He did not “endorse” Trump. On that radio broadcast in question, he says: “I’m not saying I endorse everything about Trump, in fact I haven’t formally endorsed him.”
But Duke goes on, this time using the magical word of “support”:
“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.”
He then suggests that his white supremacist audience go out and volunteer for Trump:
“And I am telling you that it is your job now to get active. Get off your duff. Get off your rear end that’s getting fatter and fatter for many of you every day on your chairs. When this show’s over, go out, call the Republican Party, but call Donald Trump’s headquarters, volunteer. They’re screaming for volunteers.”
In fact, Duke tells his audience they’ll meet other white supremacists by volunteering for Trump.
“Go in there, you’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mindset that you have.”
And if his white supremacist audience doesn't vote for Trump:
"It's treason to your heritage."
Here’s the broadcast in question from Duke’s radio show, first captured by Buzzfeed: