Klan leader, ‘overjoyed’ by presidential ticket, plans to run for Senate

It turns out we didn’t see the end of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke‘s political career after his conviction and prison term on felony charges.

He announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate today.

“The New York Times admitted that my platform became the GOP mainstream and propelled Republicans to control of Congress,” he said in his online announcement. “They sold us out. I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump. And most Americans embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years.”

“Thousands of special interest groups stand up for African Americans, Mexican Americans, Jewish Americans, etc. etc. The fact is that European Americans need at least one man in the United States Senate — one man in the Congress — who will defend their rights and heritage,” Duke said.

Duke didn’t say under what party he’d run for the vacant Senate seat. The Associated Press reports he’s a registered Republican. Louisiana has open primaries.

Prison is not a bar to the U.S. Senate, which still could vote to expel Duke if he were to be elected.

It’s unlikely he will be; Eleven others have already filed to run and seven — mostly Republicans — report considerable fundraising .

Related: Former KKK leader David Duke is running for Senate. How well could he do? (Washington Post)

  • rallysocks

    i keep waiting for the Onion logo to pop up.

  • PaulJ

    Who sold him out? And did the Times really say that?

  • Carl Crabkiller

    He could do well, the name “Duke” is not only easy to spell but is synonymous with John Wayne. Ball caps with the “Make America White Again” will be a big hit with some voters. One downside is the Klan costume – the white robe thing makes it hard to distinguish a Klansman from an Arab which should make his political rally’s very newsworthy

  • Jeff

    We should stop paying attention to ignorant people like this, I feel like every time we see stories about people like this it sort of furthers their cause and more people become aware of their agendas. There’s no way he would ever win an election.

    • Keep in mind, it’s Louisiana. He already won elections down there.

      • Jeff

        I would hope the world has changed enough in the past 25 years that he wouldn’t ever be elected again.

        • Paul

          The world might have. The south, however….

        • Jerry

          Did you watch that speech last night? There are clearly a lot of people who wish that it had not.

          • Jeff

            I saw the Republican candidate talk about LGBTQ issues and even had a gay person speak on the RNC stage for the first time in 16 years…I think it was a step in the right direction.

          • Rob

            I’m assuming you’re talking about Peter Thiel. How were his remarks received?

          • lindblomeagles

            I also saw the comments North Carolina’s Republican Governor spoke right after the NBA said it was not playing their All Star Game in Charlotte February 2017 because of anti-gay laws enacted in North Carolina. You probably should read those.

          • lindblomeagles

            And they’ve actually been fighting against change since the 1964 Civil, and 1965 Voting Rights’ Act was passed.

        • lindblomeagles

          The world hasn’t Jeff. That’s why Dylan Roofs shot 9 Black folks during a prayer service in a church last year, and why the KKK endorsed Donald Trump this year.

    • Carl Crabkiller

      Duke ran for president in the early 80’s – in the late 80’s he was elected to the Louisiana house as a representative. In a country that can nominate Trump and re-elect Charlie Rangle in every election since 1970 a Duke win should not be a surprise.

      • lindblomeagles

        And if you look real closely, you’ll find several states (Arizona, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas . . . ) have done something similar as well. No shock here at all, except to the nonbelievers.

    • Anna

      I beg to differ.

      Having grown up around Louisiana politics there is a distinct possibility the man will get elected, especially considering the mood of the country and the oil bust that is currently going on.

      John Bel Edwards is slashing state budgets as we speak. Hundreds of oil field workers have been idled. The seafood industry is still trying to recover from the BP spill.

      The only thing holding the state together right now is the New Orleans tourism industry and the chemical plants in Cancer Alley from Baton Rouge to Geismar.

      Donald Trump is David Duke in sheep’s clothing. If Trump carries the state, and there is every reason to believe he will, and Duke makes it into a run off, it’s a done deal.

      • Khatti

        Were you in Louisiana when Duke ran for governor against Edwin Edwards? I ask because the race had the best campaign slogan I ever heard: “Vote for the lizard, not the wizard.”

        • Anna

          Fortunately not. But I heard all about it, blow by blow from my family. I had just moved to the Midwest the year before.

          Edwards’ nickname was “The Silver Zipper.” Shades of another more recent politician, known for his extramarital dalliances.

          • lindblomeagles

            That’s Louisiana for you. Extramarital affairs – SIN. Terrorizing Black folks for decades – PURITY.

      • lindblomeagles

        Quite right. Louisiana has been a mess since they elected Bobby Jindal.

    • Rob

      He’s won election before, and the sense of white hostility and identity politics is probably stronger than it was when the teleprompter-challenged Klan clown was elected to office back in the day. Or have you not noticed that Herr Trump – who feigned ignorance regarding Duke’s avowed support, spoke positively about Mussolini, used anti-Semitic imagery in campaign materials, and said Mexicans are rapists – is the Republican nominee for Prez?

      • lindblomeagles

        They noticed Bob. The problem was Her Trump was not wearing a white sheet, and in his world, people who wear white sheets are racists, not people who say racist things in a suit and tie.

  • lindblomeagles

    As I’ve said many times before, the Republican Party has spent hours and hours and hours of their time trying to convince America that they are not the party of racism. That myth has been exposed, to say the least, for the umpteenth time.

  • Jay T. Berken

    “Thousands of special interest groups stand up for African Americans, Mexican Americans, Jewish Americans, etc. etc. The fact is that European Americans need at least one man in the United States Senate — one man in the Congress — who will defend their rights and heritage,” Duke said.

    It looks that he is standing against special interest groups, so he is starting his own special interest group….I’m so confused.