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Nicki Minaj visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at Rockefeller Center on Dec. 16, 2014, in New York City.

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David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader and Republican legislator, has his ear to the streets when it comes to hip-hop. During a recent broadcast of his online radio show, Duke had a few unpleasant words about Nicki Minaj and her comments about police brutality.

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Minaj said that hip-hop stars didn’t speak out about certain social issues because they would be “torn apart” for doing so. She cited the time when Kanye West spoke out against President George W. Bush.

“I feel like when Public Enemy were doing ‘Fight the Power,’ we as a culture had more power—now it feels hopeless,” Minaj said. “People say, ‘Why aren’t black celebrities speaking out more?’ But look what happened to Kanye when he spoke out. People told him to apologize to Bush!

“He was the unofficial spokesman for hip-hop, and he got torn apart,” she said. “And now you haven’t heard him speaking about these last couple things, and it’s sad. Because how many times can you be made to feel horrible for caring about your people before you say, ‘F--k it, it’s not worth it, let me live my life because I’m rich, and why should I give a f--k?’”

During Duke’s radio show, he made reference to that interview and the downfall of hip-hop. Duke stated that Minaj promoted “absolute filth, drugs and violence.”

“Why do people blame blacks like Minaj?” he asked rhetorically. “Because Minaj wouldn’t be a pimple on somebody’s rear end except for the fact that she is promoted by the Jewish record producers and the media, the mass media, the powerful media, that promotes absolute degenerates like her.”

Duke also said black people were not responsible for the popularity of hip-hop music.

“One of the Jewish producers who’s boasting about the fact that every one of the top 10 Billboard songs were those he controlled—even rap music is not something that blacks really are responsible for,” Duke said. “It was the Jewish record producers who promoted this degenerate and sick and horrific music.”

Apparently Duke fails to remember that there’s nothing as sick and degenerate as the Ku Klux Klan. But kudos to him for keeping his ear to the streets and staying in touch with pop culture and being a tiger that hasn’t changed its racist stripes.

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