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Former KKK leader David Duke strikes out at Trump for condemning a white nationalist rally: 'It was White Americans who put you in the presidency'

Abby Jackson
David Duke

Former KKK leader David Duke struck out at President Donald Trump for condemning the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In a series of tweets Duke questioned why the president, whom he usually supports, is attacking white Americans who put him "in the presidency."

After violence erupted at the "Unite the Right" rally, Trump tweeted, "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!"

In response, Duke tweeted:

The rally formed in response to a plan to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville.

Earlier on Saturday, Duke called the rally a "turning point" saying that protesters would fulfil the promises of Trump's candidacy.

"This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back," Duke said. "We are going to fulfil the promises of Donald Trump. That's what believed in. That's why we voted for Donald Trump."

Trump came under fire during the election for his reluctance to disavow Duke, which he eventually did. Still, Duke supported Trump and publicly celebrated his win in November.