David Duke praises Trump for tweet about ‘large scale killing’ of white farmers

David Duke praises Trump for tweet about ‘large scale killing’ of white farmers

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke on Thursday praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE for tweeting about the “large scale killing of farmers” in South Africa.

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Trump took to Twitter to announce that he ordered Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Pompeo: 'We've not been successful' in changing US-Russia relations Positive Moon-Kim summit creates a diplomatic opening in North Korea MORE to study South Africa land and farm seizures after Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired a segment on the topic.

Duke responded to Trump's move by saying that Russia would be willing to take in "15,000 White South Africans."

“Russia has already agreed to take in 15,000 White South Africans—your move, Mr. President,” Duke tweeted .”Thank you!”

Trump's tweet was referring to a South African policy implemented at the end of apartheid in 1994 that allows the government to buy white-owned farms for redistribution to black citizens when the seller is willing to cooperate, Reuters reported.

The president noted the killing of farmers in the nation.

According to Reuters, while violence has been a serious issue in the nation and 47 farmers were killed in 2017 and 2018, it actually marks a 20-year record low for farm murders.

The South African government on Thursday fired back at Trump, saying the country is handling land reforms in a "careful and inclusive manner." 

"South Africa totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past," the government tweeted.

"South Africa will speed up the pace of land reform in a careful and inclusive manner that does not divide our nation," the government added

The former KKK leader, Duke, has often offered praise for Trump, most recently after the president's widely criticized press conference with Russia President Vladimir Putin.

“I [sic] my lifetime I have never seen such a courageous attack on the whole of the ZOG, the Zionist Occupied Government of the United States and the Zionist Occupied Media!” Duke tweeted in July. “Today Trump is a Hero! Trump is no Jesus but they hate him as much!!!!!!”

“Bravo Trump! Bravo Russia! Bravo to all the true American Patriots who put America first and Peace and Justice first before the Zionist Deep Evil State ruling American Media and Politics,” Duke continued.

Duke also endorsed Trump in the 2016 election.

Trump disavowed Duke after initially avoiding questions about the former KKK leader's support.

Duke, a former Louisiana state representative, has run a number of political campaigns, including presidential campaigns in 1988 and 1992.