David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader and Louisiana congressman whom you may or may not remember from his unsuccessful 1991 run for Louisiana governor, is now running for U.S. Senate. Or, as he calls it in his announcement tweet, “Untied States Senate!”
In a YouTube video announcing his candidacy, Duke praised Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, even while saying Trump borrowed a lot of his ideas.
“I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years,” Duke said.
Those issues include an “America first” approach and calls for fair trade. But Duke also explains what makes him, well, unique.
“I believe in equal rights for all and respect for all Americans. However, what makes me different is I also demand respect for the rights and the heritage of European Americans,” Duke said. “We must stop the massive immigration and ethnic cleansing of the people whose forefathers created America.”
Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the KKK, lost the 1991 Louisiana gubernatorial election to Democrat Edwin Edwards, who was so dogged by corruption allegations that some Louisiana voters displayed bumper stickers reading “Vote for the Crook — It’s Important.”
Edwards went to prison in 2002 on racketeering charges after leaving the governor’s office.