Emboldened by the racist rhetoric of Donald Trump, former Ku Klux Klan Leader David Duke has announced that he is going to run for congress.
The ex-Grand Wizard of the KKK and former candidate for Louisiana governor told The Daily Beast that he intends to run against Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House. Scalise once referred to himself as “David Duke without the baggage” and spoke to another white nationalist group that Duke had founded. (It should be noted that two people who attended the event deny that Scalise made an appearance.)
“I’ve very seriously set up an exploratory committee to run for the United States Congress against Steve Scalise,” Duke said. “I expect to make a decision in a few days.” The deadline for him to formally get in the running is July 22.
Duke said that the horrific shooting in Dallas that took the lives of five police officers is what pushed him to run.
I don’t take any satisfaction in the fact that I was right, but I have been right,” he said. “Unless European Americans stand up, they are going to lose everything they care about in this country.
According to Duke, he can finally win against “sellout Steve Scalise” in 2016 thanks to the racial tensions that have reached a boiling point throughout the country.
There are millions of people across the country who would like to have me in the Congress. I’d be the only person in Congress openly defending the rights and the heritage of European Americans,” he said. “We are on the offensive today. There’s no more defenses.
In 1974, Duke founded a chapter of the KKK. In 1989, he won a seat on the state legislature by campaigning on drug testing for welfare recipients. After a failed bid for the Senate in 1990, Duke became the Republican nominee for Governor in 1991 despite opposition from his own party that went all the way up to President George H.W. Bush. He lost the election to Democrat Edwin Edwards.
In 2000, Duke, who describes himself as a “racial realist,” founded the European-American Unity and Rights Organization. This would be the group Duke claims Scalise addressed in 2002.
Scalise claimed ignorance of the group’s message of white supremacy when his alleged cameo appearance came to light in 2014.
I didn’t know who all of these groups were and I detest any kind of hate group,” he said. “For anyone to suggest that I was involved with a group like that is insulting and ludicrous.
Scalise’s condemnation and his vote to ban Confederate flags in Veterans Administration cemeteries have put him on Duke’s sh*t list.
He crawled on his hands and his knees to the black caucus,” Duke said. “This should not stand.
Duke said that if elected, his first order of business would be to would be to repeal the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act. Duke also took the opportunity to compare himself to Trump.
I’ve said everything that Donald Trump is saying and more,” he said. “I think Trump is riding a wave of anti-establishment feeling that I’ve been nurturing for 25 years.
Duke added that he not only expects to face a backlash if he decides to run, he welcomes it.
We have social media and the Internet today puts me at an even footing with you. The truth is going to get out one way or the other. I demand some fair treatment. The media can demonize me all they want. They can lie about me. They can say whatever they want about me. Things are changing in this country.
We’re in a revolutionary spirit.
Folks, this is Trump’s America.
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