Though Trump has said that his campaign is self-funded, he has in fact received millions of dollars in small donations. His daughter, Ivanka, with whom he is close, converted to Judaism to marry her husband Jared Kushner.
Both Duke and Farrakhan are outspoken in their view that the Jewish community wields disproportionate — and nefarious — control over world affairs. Both advocate against interracial relations. And both have issued at least some limited kudos for Trump.
"Not that I'm for Mr. Trump, but I like what I'm looking at," Farrakhan said in Chicago on Saturday, according to Nation of Islam video of his speech first highlighted by the Anti-Defamation League.
Farrakhan appeared to suggest that he enjoyed the chaos Trump brought to the fight for the Republican presidential nomination. He also offered an explanation for why "they" — the Republican establishment and field — are opposed to Trump (emphasis added):
Why? What has he done? Well, one of the things that he's done: he's told them 'I'm a billionaire.' And he's the only man, probably in the last 100 years, that stood in front of some of the members of the Jewish community and told them to their face 'I don't want your money.'[Applause]Now, wait a minute. No, no, I want you to think.Because any time a man can say to those who control the politics of America 'I don't want your money,' that means if I don't take your money you can't control me. And they cannot afford to give up control of the presidents of the United States.
Farrakhan's comments mirror those of Duke, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan who was also once associated with neo-Nazi ideology. Duke has alternately accused Jewish men and women of controlling the media, Hollywood, the banking industry, America and the world.
Farrakhan's comments came during a ceremony for Saviour's Day, an annual celebration of the birth of the man the Nation of Islam considers the "Messiah of the Christians." The group — disavowed by mainstream Islam — believes that the white race was created 6,000 years ago by a black scientist named Yakub.