Former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke this morning claimed credit for Donald Trump's success claiming his people played "a huge role" in the shock victory.

Duke, who failed to win a Senate seat in Louisiana, tweeted support for the billionaire businessman as it emerged he was set to defeat Hillary Clinton.

Trump's campaign also received the strong endorsement of the KKK's newspaper The Crusader, although his staff described the publication as "repulsive".

Speaking to his fans following this morning's shock announcement, Duke told his followers on Twitter: "This is one of the most exciting nights of my life. Make no mistake about it, our people have played a huge role in electing Trump.


"Donald J Trump now has the chance to become one of the greatest Americans to have ever lived. We have the moral high ground.

"Make no mistake about it. Donald J Trump owes his victory to The South."

As well as his followers in the KKK, Duke also praised Julian Assange, founder of WIkiLeaks for the key role he played in Trump's success.

He continued: "God bless WikiLeaks. Julian Assange is a hero. America owes this man one thing. Freedom. Thank you, sir. Thank you."

Some of Duke's followers expressed concern this morning after witnessing Trump's acceptance speech, which failed to mention building a wall with Mexico or locking up Hillary Clinton.

Trump's speech even praised Clinton for her lifetime's service to the American people.

Duke tried to assure his followers: "I'm getting a lot of emails and messages freaking out over Trump's acceptance speech. He did the right thing, he has no power. Yet."

However, Duke himself said Clinton should be locked up and said she had been exposed as "a coward who couldn't even face the nation and acknowledge her loss".

The former KKK leader also played down any talk of seeking compromise with Democrats.

He added: "Anyone telling you this was a vote for 'unity' and blah, blah, blah, is a liar and they know it. This was a vote for America First."

Trump received the support of The Crusader in its last edition before polling day.

The newspaper bills itself as "The Premier Voice of the White Resistance".

Trump's campaign attempted to distance himself from the extreme right wing "views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign".

Trump has also received the tacit support of the American Nazi Party, whose chairman Rocky J. Suhayda said he likes the fact "Trump says and talks a lot about issues that the average politician in this sick, twisted, and demented society wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole".

However Suhayda questions whether does he "really believe in what many of his fervent followers think he believes in".