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09/11/2016 4:42 PM AEDT | Updated 10/11/2016 6:38 AM AEDT

Ex-KKK Leader David Duke Celebrates Donald Trump's Election Night

"GOD BLESS DONALD TRUMP!"

Former leader of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke leaves the Louisiana Secretary of State's office after filing to run as a Republican for United States Senate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 22, 2016.   REUTERS/Bryn Stole
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Former leader of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke leaves the Louisiana Secretary of State's office after filing to run as a Republican for United States Senate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 22, 2016. REUTERS/Bryn Stole

Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke celebrated Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s election night strength in a tweet early Wednesday.

“It’s time to do the right thing, it’s time to TAKE AMERICA BACK!!!” Duke tweeted as Trump held a narrow lead over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Duke has made his support for Trump known in the months leading up to the election, calling a vote against the Republican “treason to your heritage.”

In February, Trump hesitated to disavow Duke’s endorsement, causing backlash. Trump’s son, Eric, had less of a struggle addressing Duke, saying earlier this month that Duke “deserves a bullet.”

Duke had his own election on Tuesday, losing the race for a Louisiana seat in the Senate to Republican John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell, who will now enter a runoff election.

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