David Duke
White nationalist,anti-Semitic activist
David Duke
David Ernest Duke is a former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, an American activist and writer, and former Republican Louisiana State Representative. He was a candidate in the Democratic presidential primaries in 1988 and the Republican presidential primaries in 1992. Duke has unsuccessfully run for the Louisiana State Senate, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and Governor of Louisiana.
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KKK Valentine's Day Recruitment Drive Puts Residents In A Number Of States On Edge
Huffington Post - 7 days
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Chris Evans channeled Captain America as he gave a unifying response to a hateful tweet
Yahoo News - 9 days
Cap has no time for rude people. Chris Evans, the super handsome man who plays Captain America on the big screen, is known for his insane muscles and sweet personality. He's also no stranger to bringing the values of his character into his real life. SEE ALSO: Captain America would be proud of this San Jose councilman So, when David Duke, former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, asked Chris Evans over Twitter on Sunday why the movie star "hates the women of his own people," Evans responded with a message of love and unity. Why does Chris Evans, who plays the Jewish inspired super hero, Captain America, hate the women of his people so much? #WhiteGenocide pic.twitter.com/nGjlf42wkG — David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) February 12, 2017 I don't hate them. That's YOUR method. I love. Try it. It's stronger than hate. It unites us. I promise it's in you under the anger and fear https://t.co/RGnH4rrblq — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) February 13, 2017 Way to handle a troll with class, Captain Evans! B ...
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Chris Evans Proves He's Really Captain America, Takes On Former KKK Leader
Huffington Post - 12 days
Chris Evans takes his Captain America duties very seriously.  In fact, as noted by HuffPost and other outlets, his responsibilities are apparently extending beyond the Marvel Cinematic Universe and into real life via his Twitter account. Now the Cap is at it again, taking on former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Evans couldn’t remain silent after Duke gave his support for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ confirmation. The actor tweeted, “If David Duke....DAVID!...DUKE!... thinks you’re right, then you are unequivocally wrong.” If David Duke....DAVID!...DUKE!... thinks you're right, then you are unequivocally wrong. The confirmation of @jeffsessions is beyond words. https://t.co/CuLUznwO6S — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) February 9, 2017 Like villains would do in Marvel movies, Duke fired back, calling Evans a “typical dumb actor.” Typical dumb actor - if everything I say is wrong, then when I say I oppose these Zionists wars, you must be for them, C ...
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Trump's Immigration Executive Order and the "Christian Nation" Myth
Huffington Post - 19 days
Most of the immediate and impassioned responses to President Trump's un-American, immoral, and likely illegal Executive Orders on immigration and refugees have understandably focused on those elements that have produced such drastic effects: the Muslim Ban by another name and the 90-day ban on all refugee arrivals, to name the two most prominent. These policies have indeed been the source of most of the current and unfolding chaos--the detentions, the deportations, the denials of entry, even the deaths--and deserve our full attention, resistance, and condemnation. Yet when the 90-day refugee ban ends, Trump's Executive Order will set in motion another shocking and troubling proposal: that Christian refugees will be given priority over those of other religions (most notably, of course, Muslims). The Trump administration has tried to defend this proposal by arguing that Christians have been particularly mistreated in Syria, but whatever the specific factors, I believe such a proposal ...
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Why I Declined An Invitation To Appear On Fox News
Huffington Post - 29 days
I don’t know Tucker Carlson personally. I have nothing against him, beyond my low opinion of his professional work-product. In fact, I suspect he and his team work diligently and tirelessly to produce his new program on the Fox News Channel, Tucker Carlson Tonight. So I do appreciate the program’s January 24th invitation to appear live on-air with Tucker and discuss whether or not U.S. journalists should continue to interview one of President Trump’s top advisors, Kellyanne Conway. Even so, I politely declined Tucker’s invitation. While I don’t subscribe to a blanket prohibition against appearing on Fox News, I do think that journalists should avoid, en masse, certain of the channel’s programs as a means of conditioning their hosts to do better than they have thus far at serving the general public. I realize that writing about declining an invitation to appear on television seems ungracious, perhaps even gauche. But I think Tucker will understand—in fact, given the format of ...
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Lest We Forget: The Big Lie Behind the Rise of Trump
Huffington Post - about 1 month
In this web exclusive, Bill Moyers and four historians dissect the big lie Trump rode to power: the Birther lie. Nell Painter, historian and Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University; Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School; Christopher Lebron, assistant professor of African-American studies and philosophy at Yale University; and Philip Klinkner, James S. Sherman Professor of Government, Hamilton College discuss the fertile ground on which the birther lie was sown: our nation's history of white supremacy. Credits: Gail Ablow, Producer; Sikay Tang, Editor   TRANSCRIPT BILL MOYERS: I'm Bill Moyers. The most important thing to remember about Donald Trump is that he was the same man at 12:01 p.m. Friday after he took the oath of office as he was at 11:59 a.m. before his swearing in. His character: the same. His temperament and his values: the same. What's different is that in those ...
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Charles Manson Rushed From Hospital To Trump Tower
Huffington Post - about 2 months
More fake news found every day on The Political Garbage Chute. NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Just a matter of hours after he was rushed from a maximum security prison to a hospital, convicted serial killer Charles Manson was rushed from the hospital across the country to Trump Tower. "At approximately 3:36am local time," Dr. June Smithson told reporters, "we transferred Mr. Manson from a hospital bed to a helicopter, where he was taken to the airport and put in a private jet. From there, he was flown to Trump Tower." Dr. Smithson said that the decision to move Manson from the hospital to New York was made "way, way, way above [her] pay grade." "We were just told to prep Mr. Manson for a cross-country flight," Smithson said, "and so that's what we did." The Donald Trump administration, which has been conducting much of its business related to Mr. Trump's transition into power as the president, released a statement acknowledging that Manson had been flown in to meet with them. Wh ...
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On The Promise Of Post-Racial America
Huffington Post - 2 months
I am a Millennial. By virtue of being born in the fall of 1990, I’m a member of the generation for which the illusion of “post-racial America” was boxed up, wrapped, and presented, with the promise that social ills like racism and its stains were a burden endured by people like my parents and grandparents, but no longer existed. In school, I learned about the horrors of the Civil Rights Movement in a way that created a disconnect between the past and present, as if my grandfather – who I would see later that day – hadn’t lived it. Like a fine makeup, the glossed pages of black and white photos concealed the bruises and scars left by the violence committed against black bodies; the extraordinary courage of the sit-ins appeared casual; the viciousness of codified segregation was dulled by the seemingly innocuous signs reading “Whites Only.” But history tends to repeat itself; rather, the antagonists change. In fact, if the past five years have taught us anything it’s that t ...
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Muslim Civil Rights Group Honors Jewish Counterpart With Award
Huffington Post - 2 months
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a leading civil rights organization for American Muslims, is preparing to honor the advocacy group Jewish Voice for Peace in the latest sign that Jewish and Muslim leaders are boosting their collaboration as hate crimes against their communities increase. CAIR will present one of its inaugural “Defender of Liberty” awards to the Jewish group, a strong opponent of Israel’s policies toward Palestinians, at its annual banquet next week.  The award is CAIR’s direct response to the political rise of President-elect Donald Trump, whose rhetoric has targeted Muslims and inspired hate crimes against Americans who are visibly practicing the Islamic faith ― along with Sikhs and others who are mistakenly identified as Muslims. The self-described alt-right movement, which promotes racist and xenophobic views, often suggests that Islam is inherently violent by citing the mistreatment of minorities such as Jews and Christians in the Muslim-majority ...
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Here Are 15 Examples Of Donald Trump Being Racist
Huffington Post - 2 months
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The Spike In Hate Crimes Against Jews Should Worry All Minorities
Huffington Post - 3 months
The New York Police Department reported on Monday a 115 percent increase in bias crimes following the election – just another marker of the swell in hate incidents coinciding with Donald Trump’s ascendance to the presidency. The upsurge in harassment and intimidation has been amply documented and ranges from tearful to bizarre. But one finding in the NYPD report may give even the well-informed reader cause for pause: Most hate crime incidents were directed towards Jews. “We had a huge spike, right after Election Day,” said Robert Boyce, the NYPD’s chief of detectives. His city suffered a 35 percent rise in hate crimes compared to 2015, with the most intense burst coming after November 8th. Over half of the 43 attacks were directed towards Jews—three times the amount that occurred last November. Meanwhile, the number of bias incidents against Muslims doubled from two to four. Others experiencing an increase in hate crimes include whites and members of the LGBTQ community, accord ...
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Adult Swim Cuts Ties With Controversial 'Alt-Right'-Affiliated Show, 'Million Dollar Extreme'
Huffington Post - 3 months
Facing mounting pressure inside and out, Adult Swim has decided to cut ties with the controversial new show “Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace,” the late-night network confirmed to The Huffington Post on Tuesday morning.  “Million Dollar Extreme” quickly became a headache for the network after its premiere in August, due to its close ties to the white nationalist movement known as the “Alt-Right.” At the show’s core was Sam Hyde, a 31-year-old man with a penchant for anti-humor, racism and homophobia. As BuzzFeed reported, Hyde was the kind of man who would refer to Lena Dunham as a “fat pig,” complain about “seeing burkas in video games” on Twitter, and call someone in front of him a “hipster faggot,” as he did in a 2013 video he uploaded titled “Privileged White Male Triggers Oppressed Victims, Ban This Video Now and Block Him.” Fat pig https://t.co/2c6J8BfcMs — Sam Hyde (@Night_0f_Fire) July 8, 2016 i'm getting tired of seei ...
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23 comedians and writers to follow who will help you survive the Trump era
Yahoo News - 3 months
We're sorry America, but for many of you, your deepest, darkest nightmare has finally come true: the questionably coherent reality television star of white nationalist dreams has officially become leader of the free world. Donald Trump is president. It's been less than a month since Trump won the election, and Americans everywhere are looking for signs of hope and reassurance. Sure, there's no data to support a theory of hope (just spend a nanosecond on Trump's Twitter, before closing your eyes very tight). But there are writers and comedians on Twitter who can provide something close to it, and remind you that there are other caring, reasonable people out there — sort of like you. SEE ALSO: Everyday household objects more qualified for public office than Trump's cabinet Below is a list of people to follow on various social platforms who can help you survive the next four years.  If just want someone to tell you it's going to be OK (without lying) 1. Van Jones Van Jones might be best k ...
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Ana Navarro To Trump: Stop Fighting Broadway, Start Fighting White Supremacists
Huffington Post - 3 months
A recent viral video of white nationalists yelling “Hail Trump!” in Washington D.C. has sparked debate on whether President-elect Donald Trump has done enough to denounce dangerous neo-Nazi elements of the so-called “alt-right.”  CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 addressed the topic in a segment Tuesday night. But when commentator Jeffrey Lord tried to make a case for how marginalized groups “provoked” white supremacists, Republican panelist Ana Navarro was not having it. Lord told host John Berman he believed white supremacists are acting out because everyone gave marginalized groups and activists “a pass” to talk about racial identity and identity politics.  “This is exactly what happens. The left sort of provoked this,” Lord said. When Berman asked him to clarify, he added: “The left, whether it’s Black Lives Matter or La Raza, I mean you can go back and back and back. Groups that identify themselves by race provoked this group to identify by race. This is America.” ...
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The 'Hell No' Caucus: Some Democrats May Not Work With Donald Trump At All
Huffington Post - 3 months
WASHINGTON ― Democratic leaders in Congress said this week that if they can find common ground with President-elect Donald Trump, they’re willing to work with him. But at least a few House Democrats say they won’t work with Trump on anything, or that they’re close to taking that hard-line approach. “There’s nothing there,” Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) told The Huffington Post on Thursday. “He doesn’t use power properly.” Gallego said Trump has caused too much damage with his hateful rhetoric for him to be able to work with or trust him. Even collaborating on Democratic priorities would only empower the president-elect to do other things that Democrats firmly oppose, he argued. “While we may be able to pass an infrastructure bill, he’s going to use that power to push his racist, bigoted agenda on the other end,” Gallego said. He said there are others in his caucus who plan to refuse any cooperation with the president-elect, but he wouldn’t name names or say how many. “More ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Duke
  • 2016
    Age 65
    On August 5, 2016 National Public Radio aired a controversial interview between Duke and Steve Innskeep in which Duke claimed that there was widespread racism against European Americans and that they have been subject to vicious attacks in the media and that Trump's voters were also his voters.
    More Details Hide Details A poll conducted in September by Remington Research Group for The Hayride, a conservative website, showed Duke receiving support from 6% of voters in the state. In 1974, Duke founded the Louisiana-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKKK), shortly after graduating from LSU. He became Grand Wizard of the KKKK. A follower of Duke, Thomas Robb, changed the title of Grand Wizard to National Director, and replaced the Klan's white robes with business suits. Duke first received broad public attention during this time, as he endeavored to market himself in the mid-1970s as a new brand of Klansman: well-groomed, engaged, and professional. Duke also reformed the organization, promoting nonviolence and legality, and, for the first time in the Klan's history, women were accepted as equal members and Catholics were encouraged to apply for membership. Duke would repeatedly insist that the Klan was "not anti-black", but rather "pro-white" and "pro-Christian." Duke told The Daily Telegraph he left the Klan in 1980 because he disliked its associations with violence and could not stop the members of other Klan chapters from doing "stupid or violent things."
    On July 22, 2016 Duke announced that he was planning to run for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate seat in Louisiana being vacated by Republican David Vitter.
    More Details Hide Details He stated that he was running "to defend the rights of European Americans." He claimed that his platform has become the Republican mainstream and added, "I'm overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that I've championed for years." However, Trump's campaign reaffirmed that Trump disavows Duke's support, and Republican organizations said they will not support him "under any circumstances".
    On July 22, 2016 Duke announced that he was planning to run for the United States Senate seat in Louisiana as a Republican.
    More Details Hide Details David Duke was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to David Duke Sr. and Alice Maxine Crick. As the son of an engineer for Shell Oil Company, Duke frequently moved with his family around the world. They lived a short time in the Netherlands before settling in Louisiana. In the late 1960s, Duke met William Luther Pierce, the leader of the white nationalist and antisemitic National Alliance, who would remain a lifelong influence on him.
    In February 2016, Duke urged his listeners to vote Trump saying that voting for anyone besides Donald Trump “is really treason to your heritage.” In 2016, someone claiming to be David Duke filed a lawsuit in a federal court attempting to bar Trump from the Florida presidential primary.
    More Details Hide Details The real Duke referred to the hoax as "the biggest, dirtiest trick I've seen recently".
  • 2015
    Age 64
    Duke claimed that "Trump has made it very clear that he's 1,000 percent dedicated to Israel, so how much is left over for America?" In December 2015, Duke said Donald Trump speaks more radically than he does, advising that Trump's radical speech is both a positive and a negative.
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    In 2015, it was reported in the media that Duke endorsed 2016 presidential nominee Donald Trump for president.
    More Details Hide Details Duke responded on his personal website, saying he had not actually endorsed Trump. He later clarified that while he viewed Trump as "the best of the lot", due to his stance on immigration, Trump's support for Israel was a dealbreaker for him.
  • 2013
    Age 62
    In 2013, an Italian court ruled in favor of expelling Duke from Italy.
    More Details Hide Details Duke, then 63, was living in a mountain village Valle di Cadore in northern Italy. Although Duke had been issued a visa to live there by the Italian embassy in Malta, Italian police later found that Switzerland had issued a residence ban against Duke that applied throughout Europe's Schengen Area.
  • 2012
    Age 61
    Duke claimed that thousands of Tea Party movement activists had urged him to run for president in 2012, and that he was seriously considering entering the Republican Party primaries.
    More Details Hide Details However, Duke ultimately did not contest the primaries won by Mitt Romney, who lost in the presidential election to incumbent Barack Obama.
  • 2009
    Age 58
    In September 2009, the office of the District Prosecutor for Prague dropped all charges, explaining that there was no evidence that Duke had committed any crime.
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    In April 2009, Duke traveled to the Czech Republic on invitation by a Czech neo-Nazi group known as Národní Odpor ("National Resistance") to deliver three lectures in Prague and Brno to promote the Czech translation of his book My Awakening.
    More Details Hide Details He was arrested on April 23 on suspicion of "denying or approving of the Nazi genocide and other Nazi crimes" and "promotion of movements seeking suppression of human rights," which are crimes in the Czech Republic punishable by up to three years' imprisonment. At the time of his arrest, Duke was reportedly guarded by members of the Národní Odpor. The police released him early on April 25, on condition that he leave the country by midnight that same day. Duke's first lecture had been scheduled at Charles University in Prague, but it was canceled after university officials learned that neo-Nazis were planning to attend. Some Czech politicians, including Interior Minister Ivan Langer and Human Rights and Minorities Minister Michael Kocáb, had previously expressed opposition to Duke's being allowed entrance into the Czech Republic.
  • 2007
    Age 56
    In 2007, an updated edition was published which Duke purports to be a "fine quality hardback edition with full color dust jacket and it has a new index and a number of timely additions".
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, Duke said his views had been "vindicated" with the publication of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, and said he was "surprised how excellent paper is". Duke dedicated several radio webcasts to the book and the authors comparing it to his work Jewish Supremacism, although Walt stated: "I have always found Mr. Duke's views reprehensible, and I am sorry he sees this article as consistent with his view of the world". His website has hosted articles by various authors claiming that Jewish loan-sharks own the Federal Reserve Bank, and that Jews own Hollywood and the U.S. media. Duke also opposes what he considers to be "promotion of homosexuality" by Jews. In a statement on his official website published in 2005, Duke describes himself as a "racial realist," asserting that "all people have a basic human right to preserve their own heritage."
    To raise the money to re-publish a new, updated edition of My Awakening, Duke instigated a 21-day fundraising drive on November 26, 2007, stating he had to raise "$25,344 by a December 17 deadline for the printers."
    More Details Hide Details Duke states the drive was necessary because the work "has become the most important book in the entire world in the effort to awaken our people for our heritage and freedom."
  • 2006
    Age 55
    On the weekend of June 8–10, 2006, Duke attended as a speaker at the international "White World's Future" conference in Moscow, which was coordinated and hosted by Pavel Tulayev. From December 11–13, Duke attended the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust in Tehran, Iran, opened by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, stating "The Holocaust is the device used as the pillar of Zionist imperialism, Zionist aggression, Zionist terror and Zionist murder."
    More Details Hide Details In Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust and David Duke's Louisiana Lawrence N. Powell, a founding member of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, depicts the "story of Anne Skorecki Levy, a Holocaust survivor who transformed the horrors of her childhood into a passionate mission to defeat the political menace of reputed neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke." On December 12, 2002, David Duke pleaded guilty to the felony charge of filing a false tax return under and mail fraud under According to The New York Times: "Mr. Duke was accused of telling supporters that he was in financial straits, then misusing the money they sent him from 1993 to 1999. He was also accused of filing a false 1998 tax return. Mr. Duke used the money for personal investments and gambling trips. The supporter contributions were as small as $5 and to the United States attorney, Jim Letten there were so many that returning the money would be 'unwieldy.'"
  • 2005
    Age 54
    On November 24, 2005, Duke visited Damascus, Syria, addressing a rally broadcast on Syrian television and giving an interview.
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    Duke claims that Swedish police thwarted an attempted assassination against him, in August 2005, while Duke was speaking in Sweden.
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    On June 3, 2005, Duke co-chaired a conference named "Zionism As the Biggest Threat to Modern Civilization" in Ukraine, sponsored by the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management.
    More Details Hide Details The conference was attended by several notable Ukrainian public figures and politicians, and writer Israel Shamir.
    On a show in October 2005, Duke claimed that Jewish extremists are responsible for undermining the morality of America and are attempting to "wash the world in blood."
    More Details Hide Details After Mearsheimer and Walt's paper on the Israel lobby appeared in March 2006, Duke praised the paper in a number of articles on his website, on his March 18 web broadcast, and on MSNBC's March 21 Scarborough Country program. According to The New York Sun, Duke said in an email, "It is quite satisfying to see a body in the premier American university essentially come out and validate every major point I have been making since even before the war even started." Duke added that "the task before us is to wrest control of America's foreign policy and critical junctures of media from the Jewish extremist Neocons that seek to lead us into what they expectantly call World War IV." Duke organized a gathering of European Nationalists who signed the New Orleans Protocol on May 29, 2004. The signatories agreed to avoid infighting among far-right racialists.
  • 2002
    Age 51
    On February 5, 2002, Duke said on his Internet broadcast that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was "the world's worst terrorist" and that Mossad was involved in the September 11 attacks.
    More Details Hide Details The broadcast said that Zionists were behind the attacks in order to reduce sympathy for Muslim nations in the West, and that the number of Israelis killed in the attack was lower than it would be under normal circumstances, citing early assessments by The Jerusalem Post and "the legendary involvement of Israeli nationals in businesses at the World Trade Center". According to Duke, this indicated that Israeli security services had prior knowledge of the attack. On his show on February 4, 2009, Duke repeatedly called MSNBC pundit Keith Olbermann "untermensch" in response to being labeled "Worst Person in the World" on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
  • 2001
    Age 50
    Around December 2001, the prosecutor's office closed the investigation of Boris Mironov and Jewish Supremacism.
    More Details Hide Details In a public letter, Yury Biryukov, First Deputy of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, stated that a psychological examination, which was conducted as a part of the investigation, concluded that the book and the actions of Boris Mironov did not break Russian hate-crime laws. The ADL refer to the book as antisemitic, though Duke had denied the book is motivated by antisemitism. At one time, the book was sold in the main lobby of the building of Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament). The first printing of 5,000 copies sold out in several weeks. In 2004, the book was published in the United States. Originally published in English and Russian, the book has subsequently been translated internationally into Swedish, Ukrainian, Persian, Hungarian, Spanish and most recently (2010) into Finnish.
    In 2001, Duke traveled to Russia to promote his next book, Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening to the Jewish Question.
    More Details Hide Details The book purports to "examine and document elements of ethnic supremacism that have existed in the Jewish community from historical to modern times." The book is dedicated to Israel Shahak, a critical author of what Shahak saw as supremacist religious teachings in Jewish culture. Former Boris Yeltsin press minister Boris Mironov wrote an introduction for the Russian edition, printed under the title The Jewish Question Through the Eyes of an American. The ADL office in Moscow urged the Moscow prosecutor to open an investigation into Mironov. The ADL office initiated a letter from Alexander Fedulov, a prominent member of the Duma, to Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov, urging a criminal case be opened against the author and the Russian publisher of Duke's book. In his letter, Fedulov described the book as antisemitic and a violation of Russian anti-hate crime laws.
  • 2000
    Age 49
    In 2000, Nick Griffin (then leader of the British National Party in the United Kingdom) met with Duke at a seminar with the American Friends of the British National Party.
    More Details Hide Details This meeting, as well as a quote from Griffin where he said: This was widely reported in the media of the United Kingdom, as well as the meeting between Duke and Griffin, following electoral successes made by the party in 2009. Duke organized a weekend gathering of "European Nationalists", in the vein of white nationalism, in Kenner, Louisiana. In an attempt to overcome the splintering and division in the white nationalist movement that had followed the death of leader William Pierce in 2002, Duke presented a unity proposal for peace within the movement and a better image amongst outsiders. His proposal was accepted and is now known as the New Orleans Protocol (NOP). It pledges adherents to a pan-European outlook, recognizing national and ethnic allegiance, but stressing the value of all European peoples. Signed by and sponsored by a number of white supremacist leaders and organizations, it has three provisions:
  • 1999
    Age 48
    Duke joined the Reform Party in 1999 while working for Pat Buchanan's 2000 presidential campaign.
    More Details Hide Details The direction of Duke and Buchanan's political views drove Donald Trump to refuse to run for president as a member of the Reform Party. Duke and Buchanan would both leave the party after the election. In 2004, Duke's bodyguard, roommate, and longtime associate Roy Armstrong made a bid for the United States House of Representatives, running as a Democrat, to serve Louisiana's First Congressional District. In the open primary, Armstrong finished second in the six candidate field with 6.69% of the vote, but Republican Bobby Jindal received 78.40%, thus winning the seat. Duke was the head advisor of Armstrong's campaign.
    A special election was held in Louisiana's First Congressional District following the sudden resignation of powerful Republican incumbent Bob Livingston in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Duke sought the seat as a Republican and received 19% of the vote. He finished a close third, thus failing to make the runoff. His candidacy was repudiated by the Republicans. Republican Party chairman Jim Nicholson remarked: "There is no room in the party of Lincoln for a Klansman like David Duke." Republican state representative David Vitter (now a U.S. Senator) went on to defeat former governor Treen. Also in the race was the New Orleans Republican leader Rob Couhig.
  • 1996
    Age 45
    When Johnston announced his retirement in 1996, Duke ran again for the U.S. Senate.
    More Details Hide Details He polled 141,489 votes (11.5%). Former Republican state representative Woody Jenkins of Baton Rouge and Democrat Mary Landrieu of New Orleans, the former state treasurer, went into the general election contest. Duke was fourth in the nine-person, jungle primary race.
  • 1992
    Age 41
    A 1992 film, Backlash: Race and the American Dream, investigated Duke's appeal among some white voters.
    More Details Hide Details Backlash explored the demagogic issues of Duke's platform, examining his use of black crime, welfare, affirmative action and white supremacy and tied Duke to a legacy of other white backlash politicians, such as Lester G. Maddox and George C. Wallace, Jr., and the use in the successful 1988 presidential campaign of George H. W. Bush of these same racially themed hot buttons.
    Duke ran as a Republican in the 1992 presidential primaries, although Republican Party officials tried to block his participation.
    More Details Hide Details He received 119,115 (.94%) votes in the primaries, but no delegates to the national convention. His presidential campaign inspired a song, "David Duke Is Running For President," by ska punk band Skankin' Pickle.
  • 1991
    Age 40
    The runoff debate, held on November 6, 1991, received significant attention when journalist Norman Robinson questioned Duke.
    More Details Hide Details Robinson, who is African-American, told Duke that he was "scared" at the prospect of Duke winning the election because of his history of "diabolical, evil, vile" racist and antisemitic comments, some of which he read to Duke. He then pressed Duke for an apology and when Duke protested that Robinson was not being fair to him, Robinson replied that he didn't think Duke was being honest. Jason Berry of the Los Angeles Times called it "startling TV" and the "catalyst" for the "overwhelming" turnout of black voters who helped Edwards defeat Duke. Edwards received 1,057,031 votes (61.2%), while Duke's 671,009 votes represented 38.8% of the total. Duke nevertheless claimed victory, saying, "I won my constituency. I won 55% of the white vote," a statistic confirmed by exit polls.
    By the time of the 1991 gubernatorial election, however, its leadership had withdrawn support from Duke.
    More Details Hide Details Despite Duke's status as the only Republican in the runoff, sitting Republican President George H.W. Bush opposed his candidacy and denounced him as charlatan and a racist. White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu stated that "The President is absolutely opposed to the kind of racist statements that have come out of David Duke now and in the past." The Louisiana Coalition against Racism and Nazism rallied against the election of Duke as governor. Beth Rickey, a moderate member of the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee and a PhD student at Tulane University, began to follow Duke to record his speeches and expose what she saw as instances of racist and neo-Nazi remarks. For a time, Duke took Rickey to lunch, introduced her to his daughters, telephoned her late at night, and tried to convince her of his worldview: the Holocaust was a myth, notorious Auschwitz physician Josef Mengele was a medical genius, and that blacks and Jews were responsible for various social ills. Rickey released transcripts of their conversations to the press and also provided evidence establishing that Duke sold Nazi literature (including Mein Kampf) from his legislative office and attended neo-Nazi political gatherings while he held elective office.
    Despite repudiation by the Republican Party, Duke ran for governor of Louisiana in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details In the primary, Duke finished second to former governor Edwin W. Edwards in votes; thus, he faced Edwards in a runoff. In the initial round, Duke received 32 percent of the vote. Incumbent Governor Buddy Roemer, who had switched from the Democratic to Republican parties during his term, came in third with 27 percent of the vote. Duke effectively killed Roemer's bid for re-election. While Duke had a sizable core constituency of devoted supporters, many voted for him as a "protest vote" to register dissatisfaction with Louisiana's establishment politicians. During the campaign, Duke said he was the spokesman for the "white majority" and, according to The New York Times, "equated the extermination of Jews in Nazi Germany with affirmative action programs in the United States." The Christian Coalition of America, which exerted considerable impact on the Republican State Central Committee, was led in Louisiana by its national director and vice president, Billy McCormack, then the pastor of University Worship Center in Shreveport. The coalition was accused of having failed to investigate Duke in the early part of his political resurgence.
  • 1990
    Age 39
    Though Duke had first hesitated about entering the Senate race, he made his announcement of candidacy for the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 6, 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Duke was the only Republican in competition against three Democrats, including incumbent U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., of Shreveport, whom Duke derided as "J. Benedict Johnston". Former Governor David Treen, whose brother, John Treen, Duke had defeated for state representative in 1989, called Duke's senatorial platform "garbage.... I think he is bad for our party because of his espousal of Nazism and racial superiority." The Republican Party officially endorsed state Senator Ben Bagert of New Orleans in a state convention on January 13, 1990, but national GOP officials in October, just days before the primary election, concluded that Bagert could not win. To avoid a runoff between Duke and Bagert, the GOP decided to surrender the primary to Johnston. Funding for Bagert's campaign was halted, and after initial protest, Bagert dropped out two days before the election. With such a late withdrawal, Bagert's name remained on the ballot, but his votes, most of which were presumably cast as absentee ballots, were not counted. Duke received 43.51 percent (607,391 votes) of the primary vote to Johnston's 53.93 percent (752,902 votes).
    Duke launched unsuccessful campaigns for the U.S. Senate in 1990 and governor in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Villere did not again seek office but instead concentrated his political activity within the Republican organization. Duke has often criticized federal policies that he believes discriminate against white people in favor of racial minorities. To that end he formed the controversial group, the "National Association for the Advancement of White People", a play on the African American civil rights group, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
  • 1989
    Age 38
    Freshman legislator Odon Bacqué of Lafayette, a No Party member of the House, stood alone in 1989 when he attempted to deny seating to Duke on the grounds that the incoming representative had resided outside his district at the time of his election.
    More Details Hide Details When John Treen failed in a court challenge in regard to Duke's residency, Duke was seated. Lawmakers who opposed Duke said that they had to defer to his constituents who narrowly chose Duke as representative. Duke took his seat on the same day as Jerry Luke LeBlanc of Lafayette Parish, who won another special election held on the same day as the Duke-Treen runoff to choose a successor to Kathleen Blanco, the future governor who was elected to the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Duke and LeBlanc were sworn in separately. Colleague Ron Gomez of Lafayette stated that Duke, as a short-term legislator, was "so single minded, he never really became involved in the nuts and bolts of House rules and parliamentary procedure. It was just that shortcoming that led to the demise of most of his attempts at lawmaking." One legislative issue pushed by Duke was the requirement that welfare recipients be tested for the use of narcotics. The recipients had to show themselves to be drug-free to receive state and federal benefits under his proposal.
    He served in the House from 1989 until 1992.
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  • 1988
    Age 37
    In 1988, Republican State Representative Charles Cusimano of Metairie resigned his District 81 seat to become a 24th Judicial District Court judge, and a special election was called early in 1989 to select a successor.
    More Details Hide Details Duke entered the race to succeed Cusimano and faced several opponents, including fellow Republicans John Spier Treen, a brother of former Governor David C. Treen; Delton Charles, a school board member; and Roger F. Villere, Jr., who operates Villere's Florist in Metairie. Duke finished first in the primary with 3,995 votes (33.1%). As no one received a majority of the vote in the first round, a runoff election was required between Duke and Treen, who polled 2,277 votes (18.9%) in the first round of balloting. John Treen's candidacy was endorsed by U.S. President George H. W. Bush, former President Ronald Reagan, and other notable Republicans, as well as Democrats Victor Bussie (president of the Louisiana AFL-CIO) and Edward J. Steimel (president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and former director of the "good government" think tank, the Public Affairs Research Council). Duke, however, hammered Treen on a statement the latter had made indicating a willingness to entertain higher property taxes, anathema in that suburban district. Duke, with 8,459 votes (50.7%) defeated Treen, who polled 8,232 votes (49.3%).
    In December 1988, Duke changed his political affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
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    In 1988, Duke ran initially in the Democratic presidential primaries.
    More Details Hide Details His campaign failed to make much of an impact, with the one notable exception of winning the little-known New Hampshire Vice-Presidential primary. Duke, having failed to gain much traction as a Democrat, then successfully sought the Presidential nomination of the Populist Party. He appeared on the ballot for president in 11 states and was a write-in candidate in some other states, some with Trenton Stokes of Arkansas for vice president, and on other state ballots with Floyd Parker for vice president. He received just 47,047 votes, for .04 percent of the combined, national popular vote.
    A former one-term Republican Louisiana State Representative, he was a candidate in the Democratic presidential primaries in 1988 and the Republican presidential primaries in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Duke unsuccessfully ran for the Louisiana State Senate, United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, and Governor of Louisiana. In 2002, Duke pleaded guilty to defrauding supporters by falsely claiming to be impoverished and in danger of losing his home in order to solicit emergency donations; at the time, Duke was financially secure, and used the donations for recreational gambling. Duke speaks against what he describes as Jewish control of the Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. federal government and the media. Duke supports the preservation of what he considers to be Western culture and traditionalist Christian family values, and promotes the abolition of the Internal Revenue Service, voluntary racial segregation, anti-communism and white separatism.
  • 1987
    Age 36
    Duke allegedly conducted a direct-mail appeal in 1987, using the identity and mailing-list of the Georgia Forsyth County Defense League without permission.
    More Details Hide Details League officials described it as a fundraising scam.
  • 1984
    Age 33
    The Dukes divorced in 1984, and Chloe moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, in order to be near her parents.
    More Details Hide Details There, she became involved with Duke's Klan friend, Don Black, whom she later married. Duke also developed a lifelong compulsion for gambling.
  • 1979
    Age 28
    In 1979, after his first, abortive run for president (as a Democrat) and a series of highly publicized violent Klan incidents, Duke quietly incorporated the nonprofit National Association for the Advancement of White People (NAAWP) in an attempt to leave the baggage of the Klan behind.
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    In the late 1970s, Duke was accused by several Klan officials of stealing the organization's money. "Duke is nothing but a con artist," Jack Gregory, Duke's Florida state leader, told the Clearwater Sun after Duke allegedly refused to turn over proceeds from a series of 1979 Klan rallies to the Knights.
    More Details Hide Details Another Klan official under Duke, Jerry Dutton, told reporters that Duke had used Klan funds to purchase and refurbish his home in Metairie. Duke later justified the repairs by saying most of his home was used by the Klan.
    In October 1979, he ran as a Democrat for the 10th District Senate seat and finished second in a three-candidate race with 9,897 votes (26 percent).
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  • 1975
    Age 24
    Duke first ran for the Louisiana Senate as a Democrat from a Baton Rouge district in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details During his campaign, he was allowed to speak on the college campuses of Vanderbilt University, Indiana University, the University of Southern California, Stanford University, and Tulane University. He received 11,079 votes, one-third of those cast.
  • 1974
    Age 23
    While working in the White Youth Alliance, Duke met Chloê Eleanor Hardin, who was also active in the group. They remained companions throughout college and married in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Hardin is the mother of Duke's two daughters, Erika and Kristin.
  • 1972
    Age 21
    In January 1972, Duke was arrested in New Orleans for "inciting a riot".
    More Details Hide Details Several racial confrontations broke out that month in the Crescent City, including one at the Robert E. Lee Monument involving Duke, Addison Roswell Thompson—a perennial segregationist candidate for governor of Louisiana and mayor of New Orleans—and his 89-year-old friend and mentor, Rene LaCoste (not to be confused with the French tennis player René Lacoste). Thompson and LaCoste dressed in Klan robes for the occasion and placed a Confederate flag at the monument. The Black Panthers began throwing bricks at the pair, but police arrived in time to prevent serious injury.
  • 1971
    Age 20
    Duke says that he spent nine months in Laos, calling it a "normal tour of duty." He actually went to Laos in order to join his father, who was working there and had asked him to visit during the summer of 1971.
    More Details Hide Details His father helped him gain a job teaching English to Laotian military officers, from which he was dismissed after six weeks when he drew a Molotov cocktail on the blackboard. He also claimed to have gone behind enemy lines 20 times at night to drop rice to anti-communist insurgents in planes flying off the ground, narrowly avoiding receiving a shrapnel wound. Two Air America pilots who were in Laos at that time said that the planes only flew during the day and that they also flew no less than feet from the ground. One pilot suggested that it might have been possible for Duke to have gone on a safe "milk run" once or twice but no more than that. Duke was also unable to recall the name of the airfield that he had used. Duke graduated from LSU in 1974. Shortly after graduation, Duke founded the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKKK).
  • 1968
    Age 17
    In 1968, Duke enrolled at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, and in 1970, he formed a white student group called the White Youth Alliance that was affiliated with the National Socialist White People's Party.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, to protest William Kunstler's appearance at Tulane University in New Orleans, Duke appeared at a demonstration in Nazi uniform. Picketing and holding parties on the anniversary of Hitler's birth, he became notorious on the LSU campus for wearing a Nazi uniform.
  • 1967
    Age 16
    Duke joined the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in 1967.
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  • 1950
    Born on July 1, 1950.
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