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Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke talks to the media at the Louisiana Secretary of State's office in Baton Rouge, La., on Friday, July 22, 2016, after registering to run for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

Former KKK leader David Duke is robocalling for himself and Donald Trump



White nationalist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is urging Louisiana voters to support his candidacy for U.S. Senate -- and asking them to support Donald Trump, too.

According to Buzzfeed News, Duke has launched a robocall campaign telling voters that unless they cast ballots for him and Trump, they'll be "outnumbered and outvoted" by immigrants.

"It's time to stand up and vote for Donald Trump for president and vote for me, David Duke for the U.S. Senate," Duke says on the call, according to Buzzfeed.

Call comes amid claims Trump is 'alt-right'

Duke's robocall campaign comes amid claims from the Hillary Clinton campaign that Trump is aligned with an "emerging racist ideology known as the alt-right."

Clinton's claim is that Trump should be held responsible for heartening racist groups like the KKK that have backed the Republican nominee.

It's the last refuge of the discredited Democratic politician.
Donald Trump

Trump denies claims of racism

Trump has said that Clinton "should be ashamed" of the accusation.

"It's the oldest play in the Democratic playbook: say 'You're racist, you're racist, you're racist,'" he said at a rally last week. "It's a tired, disgusting argument."

Trump's various claims on David Duke

Trump has been forced to reckon with Duke's support before.

After Duke said he was voting for Trump in February, Trump initially claimed he didn't know who Duke was. 

"I don't know anything about David Duke. Okay?" Trump told CNN's Jake Tapper. "I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists."

Later, Trump explicitly disavowed Duke and white supremacists. 

Duke's Louisiana campaign is not the first time voters have received robocalls from white supremacists urging them to vote for Trump.

Hate groups have robocalled for Trump before

In February, a white nationalist group called American National Super PAC urged voters in New Hampshire and Iowa to support Trump in the primary, using arguments of racial superiority.

"We don't need Muslims," said a voice on the call. "We need smart, educated white people." Another voice explicitly said that the call was "not authorized by Donald Trump."

No response from Trump campaign yet

A spokesperson from Trump's campaign did not immediately respond to Circa's request for comment on Duke's robocall campaign.

We'll update this story if we hear back.

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