Former KKK Leader David Duke Says Tucker Carlson Should be Trump's VP

David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), is calling for President Donald Trump to nominate the talk-show host Tucker Carlson as his vice president.

The former KKK Grand Wizard urged Trump to pick the Fox News host as his next in command instead of Mike Pence in order to "save America."

Duke also suggested Pence replace "Zio NeoCon warmonger" Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. The white supremacist added that having Trump and Carlson in the White House is the only way to "stop the commie Bolsheviks."

"President Trump! You have one last chance to turn the tables, win this election and save America—and yourself ! Nominate Tucker Carlson for Vice President. This would energize your campaign beyond belief," Duke tweeted.

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"Tucker Carlson now! We DON'T HAVE 4 YEARS. In 4 years there will be no dissident websites, platforms or email addresses, no dissidents allowed credit cards or bank accounts. No Freedom and Tucker will be off air before Biden is even sworn in. Tucker NOW! 4 Years is TOO LATE!

"One more thing about Tucker Mr. President. It would make you IMPEACHMENT PROOF! And Tucker would whip those Republican cucks in line and make them defend our freedom of speech and the heritage of the American people!"

Carlson's program has broken viewership records, recently becoming the highest rated program in cable news history. A Politico piece published earlier in July explored the possibility of him running for president in 2024, citing chatter within the GOP. Carlson's show has repeatedly seemed to influence Trump's own policy, and appeared to play in a role in the president's decision not to retaliate against Iran earlier this year. Trump reportedly came to the decision after watching a segment in which Carlson said "I continue to believe the president doesn't want full-blown war. Some around him might, but I think most sober people don't want that."

In recent days, the Fox News host has falsely suggested that wearing masks in order to protect against COVID-19 has "no basis in science."

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Earlier this month he also compared the George Floyd protesters and those demanding the removal of statutes across the country to a "disease" of "hysteria."

"We now know that the craziness spreads very much the same way," Carlson said during his Fox News show. "And we're now living through a pandemic of it."

Newsweek has contacted Fox News for comment.

Duke has shown support for Trump several times over the past four years. In July 2016, Duke said he "overjoyed" that then Republican presidential candidate Trump was embracing "most of the issues I've championed for years" while announcing his intention to run for the U.S. senate in the state of Louisiana.

Duke was also one of a number of far-right and white supremacist figures who praised Trump's shock election victory in November 2016.

In a series of complimentary tweets, Duke described Trump's win as "one of the most exciting nights of my life."

"Donald J. Trump now has the chance to become one of the greatest Americans to have ever lived—we have the moral high ground, 100%

"Make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump," he added.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses 'Populism and the Right' during the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Getty
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