HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is saying no thanks to the founder and former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, who announced his support of the 2020 presidential hopeful.
On Tuesday, David Duke posted a tweet that said, “Tulsi Gabbard in 2020. Finally a candidate for President who will really put America First?” with a link to an article about President Trump’s recent proposal to keep troops in Iraq.
He also tweeted that Gabbard “is the only Presidential candidate who doesn’t want to send White children off to die for Israel.”
Duke then changed his Twitter page banner with a photo of Gabbard and a statement that said, “Finally a candidate who will actually put America First rather than Israel first.”
On Wednesday, Gabbard told The Hill, a Washington, D.C.-based political news organization, that she “strongly denounced his hateful views and his so-called ‘support’ multiple times in the past, and reject his support.”
In 2016, Duke had called on Trump to pick Gabbard as his secretary of state in which she also denounced.
She also said, “Publicizing Duke's so-called ‘endorsement’ is meant to distract from my message: that I will end regime-change wars, work to end the new cold war and take us away from the precipice of a nuclear war, which is a greater danger now than ever before.”
Duke later clarified his stance on his Twitter and website, saying he did not endorse Gabbard for president, but endorsed her foreign policy efforts.
Hawaii News Now has reached out to Gabbard’s campaign for further comment, but has not received a response.