David Duke doesn’t try to mask his intentions or motives in his message.
It’s no secret that white supremacists, often operating under the less-overt “alt-right” banner, had been lobbying hard for a Trump presidency. Now that it’s clear they’re getting one, they are speaking up in celebration of his election.
The most prominent such supporter of Trump was and continues to be former Ku Klux Klan leader and member of the Louisiana state senate David Duke.
He fires off the first of two tweets promising (threatening?) to “TAKE AMERICA BACK.” Feel free to let your imagination run wild with whatever the intent of that statement is. Here’s message number one coming after Trump’s road to election became clear:
GOD BLESS DONALD TRUMP! It's time to do the right thing, it's time to TAKE AMERICA BACK!!! #MAGA #AmericaFirst… https://t.co/IaHpgYxRju— David Duke (@David Duke) 1478668016.0
Then, he offers a similarly cryptic (even though we all suspect what it really means) reference to “our people.” This one came a few hours later on what he calls “one of the most exciting nights of my life.”
This is one of the most exciting nights of my life -> make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role… https://t.co/gs0kfCmJaN— David Duke (@David Duke) 1478675640.0
Duke made his affiliation clear back in February when he offered a formal endorsement of Trump. Per Buzzfeed News, he stated around the time of the endorsement, "Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage."
In case there was any question about whether or not Duke’s pedigree as a white supremacist and a Trump presidency are symbiotic, that last quote should remove all doubt.