Election 2016 Racism

David Duke Says He Might Run for Congress, Because Why Not?

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the modern Republican party as we know it have mainstreamed most of David Duke's rhetorical positions, so why shouldn't he run for office?

The former grand wizard of the Klan has undoubtedly asked himself the same question and did not come up with a sufficient answer as he now says he's planning to run for Congress.

Duke said the killing of five white police officers in Dallas by a black militant pushed him to the brink of running.

“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.”

What is equally amusing or depressing, depending on your perspective, is that Duke may challenge Republican Representative Steve Scalise. Scalise himself has well-known ties to white supremacists, but he's not as open about it as David Duke is. Duke says Scalise is a "sellout."

Duke has approximately 10 days to make his candidacy official before missing the deadline for registration. It's possible he will not actually run, but it's plausible.

White supremacists across the country have been emboldened by Donald Trump's candidacy and, the way they see it, they're winning. They believe they're gaining ground. I'm not sure they're wrong and as they gain ground more of them will run for office.

The Republican party and their leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan are responsible for this. They would support and vote for someone who is openly racist just so they can repeal Obamacare. These are craven, cynical people of unparalleled depravity.

  • Groundloop

    “These are craven, cynical people of unparalleled depravity.”

    Have they ever considered a career in the church?


    • Victor the Crab

      Upvoted for a few reasons. Not the least of which was quoting Blackadder the Third.

  • muselet

    David Duke won’t run. That’s my fearless prediction. He’ll make enough noise in the next week to push Steve Scalise even farther into the fringe, declare that “the oligarchs” have undercut his run, then spend the next year or so fundraising among the rednecks and assorted other racists.

    This election cycle can’t end soon enough.


  • Draxiar

    I fail to see how it is that people see Drumpf being supported by Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK and will still vote for him but then look at Hitler and think “How could Germany let that happen?” or worse yet think, “Maybe Hitler was on to something there…”. I mean, pardon for me for going full Godwin here but even historians have drawn clear correlations between the two (Drumpf and Hitler).

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      You think the German people at the time recognized the connection between Hitler and [insert other dictator]?

      Of course not. They saw a strong leader who promised to lead them back to greatness, who was proudly nationalistic, charismatic, and who directed their rage at their “real” enemies.

      The German people were in the midst of a crippling economic depression. They were desperate. And Hitler promised solutions (sometimes, ahem, *final* ones). So what if he was a little rough with the democratic process? At least he’ll save us, bring back jobs, get rid of our oppressors.

      They didn’t realize until too late.

      And if you’d tried to warn them, they wouldn’t have believed you then either.

      • Draxiar

        No they likely didn’t…at least the ones that fell for his shtick…many Germans did see where things were going and were opposed. I do understand your point though. The difference in our present time is that we have an exhaustive amount of documentation on the rise of Hitler and Third Reich, how it came about, the Holocaust, and the aftermath. Also, there are very outspoken fascist-racist groups that proudly utilize well known images associated with those ideals that support Drumpf (ex. Swastika) relating back to that well documented history. I suppose my frustration is that many are too blind (be it willful or otherwise) to make the correlation…that or they have and have in some ways embraced that ideal out of fear.

  • Badgerite

    You know, Henry Louis Gates DNA testing showed him to have 50% European heritage. In fact, quite a lot of black people do. And Ty Burrell has a black grandmother in his family tree. So, exactly what “Europeans” was he talking about. The GOP really is the party of madness these days. Running back to a past that was disgraceful and abhorrent.