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David Duke

David Duke in Flanders, Belgium, 2008

Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
from the 81st district
In office
1989–1992
Preceded by Chuck Cusimano
Succeeded by David Vitter

Born 1 July 1950 (1950-07-01) (age 59)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political party Democratic
(until 1988)
Republican (while holding office)[1]
Spouse(s) Chloê Eleanor Hardin (m. 1974, div. 1984)
Children Erika Duke
Kristin Duke
Residence Mandeville, Louisiana, U.S.
Occupation Academic, author, political activist
Religion Christianity[2]
Website http://www.davidduke.com

David Ernest Duke (born July 1, 1950) is an American white nationalist, former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan,[3][4] former Republican Louisiana State Representative, and a candidate in the Republican presidential primaries in 1992 and in the general election for President in 1988.

Duke describes himself as a racial realist asserting that "all people have a basic human right to preserve their own heritage".[5] He speaks in favor of voluntary racial segregation and white separatism.[6][7][8]

Duke has also unsuccessfully run for the Louisiana State Senate, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Governor of Louisiana, and twice for President of the United States.[citation needed]

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Youth and early adulthood

David Duke was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to David H. Duke and Alice Maxine Crick. As the son of an engineer for Shell Oil, 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 the leader of the white separatist National Alliance, William Pierce, who would remain a life-long influence. Duke joined the Ku Klux Klan in 1967.[9]

Duke studied at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in 1970, he formed a white student group called the White Youth Alliance; it was affiliated with the National Socialist White People's Party. 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 Adolf Hitler's birth, he became notorious on campus for wearing a Nazi uniform.[10]

Reforming the KKK

Duke went to Laos for ten weeks in 1971 to teach English to Laotian military officers and to serve on cargo flights for Air America.[10]

Duke graduated from Louisiana State University in 1974 and joined the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He gained attention for trying to modernize the Klan.[11] 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.[12]

Family life

While working in the White Youth Alliance, Duke met Chloê Hardin, who became active in the group. They remained companions throughout college and married in 1974. Hardin is the mother of Duke's two daughters, Erika and Kristin. They divorced in 1984, and Hardin moved to West Palm Beach to be near her parents. There she became involved with Duke's Klan friend, Don Black, whom she later married.[13]

Political campaigns

1979 Louisiana State Senate District 10

Duke first ran for the Louisiana State Senate as a Democrat from a Baton Rouge district in 1975.

In 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).[14]

Duke allegedly conducted a direct-mail appeal in 1987, using the identity and mailing-list of the Georgia Forsyth County Defense League without permission. League officials described it as a fund-raising scam.

1988 Democratic Presidential Campaigns

In 1988, Duke ran initially in the Democratic presidential primaries. His campaign failed to make much of an impact, with the one notable exemption of winning the little known New Hampshire Vice-Presidential primary.[15] Duke having failed to gain much traction as a Democrat then successfully sought the Presidential nomination of the Populist Party.[16] He appeared on the ballot for President in eleven states (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 0.04 percent of the combined, national popular vote.[17]

1989: Successful run in special election for Louisiana House seat

In December 1988, Duke changed his political affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.[18]

In 1988, Republican State Representative Charles Cusimano of Metairie resigned his District 89 seat to become a 24th Judicial District Court judge, and a special election was called early in 1989 to select a successor. 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 percent).[19] 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 percent) in the first round of balloting. John Treen's candidacy was endorsed by U.S. President George H. W. Bush, former President Ronald W. Reagan, and other notable Republicans,[20] as well as the Democrat 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.[21] Duke with 8,459 votes (50.7 percent) defeated Treen, who polled 8,232 votes (49.3 percent).[22] He served in the House from 1990 until 1992.[23]

As a short-term legislator, Duke was, in the words of a colleague, Ron Gomez of Lafayette, "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."[24]

Gomez recalls having met and interviewed Duke in the middle 1970s when Duke was a state senate candidate: "He was still in his mid-20s and very non-descript. Tall and slimly built, he had a very prominent nose, flat cheek bones, a slightly receding chin and straight dark brown hair. The interview turned out to be quite innocuous, and I hadn't thought about it again until Duke came to my legislative desk, and we shook hands. Who was this guy? Tall and well-built with a perfect nose, a model's cheek bones, prominent chin, blue eyes and freshly coifed blond hair, he looked like a movie star. He obvously didn't remember from the radio encounter, and I was content to leave it at that."[25]

Consistent with Gomez's observation, Duke in the latter 1980s reportedly had his nose thinned and chin augmented. Following his election to the Louisiana House of Representatives, he shaved his mustache.[26][27][28]

Gomez continued: "He once presented a bill on the floor, one of the few which he had managed to get out of committee. He finished his opening presentation and strolled with great self-satisfaction back up the aisle to his seat. In his mind, he had spoken, made his presentation and that was that. Before he had even reached his desk and re-focused on the proceedings, another first-term member had been recognized for the floor and immediately moved to table the bill. The House voted for the motions effectively killing the bill. That and similar procedures were used against him many times."[29] Gomez said that he recalls Duke obtaining the passage of only a single bill, legislation which prohibited movie producers or book publishers from compensating jurors for accounts of their court experiences.[30]

Gomez added that Duke's "tenure in the House was short and uninspired. Never has anyone parlayed an election by such a narrow margin to such a minor position to such international prominence. He has run for numerous other positions without success but has always had some effect, usually negative, on the outcome."[31]

Gomez continued: Duke's "new message was that he had left the Klan, shed the Nazi uniform he had proudly worn in many previous appearances and only wanted to serve the people. He eliminated his high-octane anti-Semitic rhetoric. He was particularly concerned with the plight of 'European-Americans.' He never blatantly spoke of race as a factor but referred to the 'growing underclass.' He used the tried and true demagoguery of class envy to sell his message: excessive taxpayers' money spent on welfare, school busing practices, affirmative action . . . and set-aside programs. He also embraced a subject near and dear to every Jefferson Parish voter, protection of the homestead exemption."[32]

Duke launched unsuccessful campaigns for the U.S. Senate in 1990 and governor in 1991. Villere did not again seek office but instead concentrated his political activity within the GOP organization.[33]

Political analyst Stephen Mark Sabludowsky of Metairie notes certain ironies in that 1989 special legislative race: "Duke won that legislative seat, became a political nightmare for Governor Buddy Roemer and Republican chairman William "Billy" Nungesser. . . . Duke's fortunes soured as he attempted to run for President, later spent time in jail, then peddled his racism and Nazism and 'loony tunes' philosophies in the likes of Russia, Iran, and elsewhere. . . Meanwhile, the young [thirty-nine] Roger Villere worked his way up the ladder of the Louisiana Republican Party, ultimately earning the position of chairman."[33]

1990 campaign for U.S. Senate

In 1990, in the October 6 primary, Duke ran as a Republican against three Democrats including incumbent Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr.[34]

The Republican Party endorsed state Senator Ben Bagert of New Orleans, but national GOP officials anticipated that Bagert could not win and was fragmenting Johnston's support; so funding for Bagert's campaign was halted, and he dropped out two days before the election, though his name remained on the ballot.[35] In the last week of the campaign, Republican Senator John Danforth of Missouri openly endorsed Johnston.[citation needed]

Duke's views prompted some of his critics (including Republicans) to form the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, which directed media attention to Duke's statements of hostility to blacks and Jews.[36]

Duke received 43.51 percent (607,391 votes) of the vote to Johnston's 53.93 percent (752,902 votes),[34] and, according to exit polls,[citation needed] Duke received more than 60 percent of the white vote.[citation needed]

In a 2006 editorial, Gideon Rachman (The Economist, the Financial Times) recalled interviewing Duke's campaign manager (from his 1990 campaign) who said, "The Jews just aren't a big issue in Louisiana. We keep telling David, stick to attacking the blacks. There's no point in going after the Jews, you just piss them off and nobody here cares about them anyway."[37]

1991 campaign for Governor of Louisiana

Despite repudiation by the Republican Party[38], Duke ran for Louisiana Governor in 1991. In the open primary, Duke was second to former governor Edwin Edwards in votes; thus, he faced Edwards in a runoff. In the initial round, Duke received 32% of the vote. Incumbent Governor Buddy Roemer, who had switched from the Democratic to Republican parties during his term, came in third with 27% 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. Duke said he was the spokesman for the "White majority."[39] He took a strong anti-establishment stance reminiscent of George Wallace, in the 1968 presidential campaign.[citation needed]

Between the primary and the runoff, called the "general election" under Louisiana election rules (in which all candidates run on one ballot, regardless of party), white supremacist organizations from around the country contributed to his campaign fund.[40][41] He was also endorsed by James Meredith, black civil rights figure.[42]

Duke's success garnered national media attention. While Duke gained the backing of the quixotic former Alexandria Mayor John K. Snyder, he won few serious endorsements in Louisiana. Celebrities and organizations donated thousands to Edwards' campaign. Referencing Edwards' long-standing problem with accusations of corruption, popular bumper stickers read: "Vote for the Crook. It's Important," and "Vote for the Lizard, not the Wizard." When a reporter asked Edwards what he needed to do to triumph over Duke, Edwards replied with a smile: "Stay alive."

Edwards received 1,057,031 votes (61.2%). Duke's 671,009 votes represented 38.8% of the total. Duke claimed victory, saying: "I won my constituency. I won 55% of the white vote." Exit polls confirmed that he had.[10] In reality, Duke had done little better in percent terms than the first major Republican gubernatorial candidate in modern Louisiana history, Charlton Lyons, had done in 1964.[citation needed]

1992 Republican Party presidential candidate

In 1992 Duke ran for the nomination. Republican Party officials tried to block his participation.[43] He received 119,115 (0.94%) votes[44] in the primaries, but no delegates to the national convention.

In 1992 a film was released that investigated Duke's appeal among some white voters. Backlash: Race and the American Dream 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 1988 Presidential campaign of Pres. George H.W. Bush of these same racially themed hot buttons.[45]

1996 campaign for US Senate

When Johnston announced his retirement in 1996, Duke ran again for the U.S. Senate. 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.[46]

Campaign to succeed Bob Livingston

Because of the sudden resignation of powerful Republican incumbent Bob Livingston in 1999, a special election was held in Louisiana's First Congressional District. 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[47]. Republican Party Chairman Jim Nicholson remarked: "There is no room in the party of Lincoln for a Klansman like David Duke."[47] Republican state representative David Vitter (now a U.S. Senator) went on to defeat Republican ex-Governor David C. Treen. Also in the race was the New Orleans Republican leader Rob Couhig.

1999 Campaign for US House of Representatives

In 1999 Duke ran for Louisiana's First Congressional District. Duke finished third in the May 1, 1999 election with 28,059 votes (19.15%).[48]

2004 campaign manager to Roy Armstrong's Campaign for US House

In 2004, Duke's bodyguard, roommate, and longtime associate Roy Armstrong made a bid for the United States House of Representatives 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% winning the seat.[49] Duke was the head advisor of the campaign.[50][51]

Controversies and affiliations

Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

In 1974, David Duke founded the Louisiana-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a Ku Klux Klan group, shortly after graduating from LSU. He 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.[52] Duke would repeatedly insist that the Klan was "not anti-black", but rather "pro-white" and "pro-Christian."

NAAWP

In 1980, Duke left the Klan and formed the National Association for the Advancement of White People (NAAWP).

On May 20, 2004, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) became outraged when it discovered that David Duke had chosen New Orleans to host his International NAAWP Conference during the NAACP's Big Easy Rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision.[53]

Ernst Zündel and the Zundelsite

Duke has expressed his support for prominent German-Canadian Holocaust denier Ernst Zündel. Duke makes a number of statements in support of Zündel and his Holocaust denial campaign.[54][55][56][57] After the aging Zündel was deported from Canada to Germany[58] and imprisoned in Germany on charges of inciting the masses to ethnic hatred,[59] Duke called him a "political prisoner."

Interregional Academy of Personnel Management

In September 2005, Duke received a Kandidat Nauk degree in History from the Ukrainian Interregional Academy of Personnel Management (MAUP). The degree of Kandidat Nauk is routinely translated and officially recognized in the United States of America as the equivalent of PhD (in thousands of cases, today, both as academic credentials in CV, and in job appointments or scientific publications). The former Soviet system and its descendent scientific classification in the ex-USSR countries has an even more advanced degree of Doctor of Science, of which the American tradition possesses no equivalent.

His doctoral thesis was titled "Zionism as a Form of Ethnic Supremacism".[60] Prior to earning his Ph.D., Duke had received an honorary doctorate. The Interregional Academy of Personnel Management is regarded as the main source of antisemitic activity and publishing in Ukraine,[61] and its "anti-Semitic actions" were "strongly condemned" by Foreign Minister of Ukraine Borys Tarasyuk and various Jewish interest and anti-racist organizations.[62][63][64][65] Duke has been allowed to teach an international relations and a history course at MAUP.[66]

Abraham Ribicoff, who read Duke's dissertation defended at the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management, which the Anti-Defamation League describes as a "University of Hate [67], where Duke received his doctorate for his paper [68], stated that:

"No matter how many examinations David Duke has passed, the volume of his research, number of academic citations of his dissertation, or the cleverness of his literary style, his work libels the Jewish people. It concludes that Zionism is an ideology of ethnic supremacy and that Israel is a Jewish-supremacist state. It’s all a lie. In truth, Israel is the only true democracy in the Mideast." and went on to say that "Jews had to be concerned that in spite of the fact that David Duke fulfilled the technical academic requirements for the Doctorate, awarding such a degree and title was dangerous because a legitimate doctoral degree adds authority to his statements and writings. The fact that David Duke now has the formal title of Dr. David Duke is maddening. It seriously hampers the intellectual struggle against anti-Semitism. Someone has to do something about MAUP, it is a national disgrace for Ukraine." [69]

New Orleans Protocol

Shortly after his release from prison for tax fraud in 2004, 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 that had followed the death of William Pierce in 2002, he 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". It pledges adherents to a pan-European outlook, recognizing national and ethnic allegiance, but stressing the value of all European peoples. It has three provisions:[70][71]

  1. "Zero tolerance for violence."
  2. "Honorable and ethical behavior in relations with other signatory groups. This includes not denouncing others who have signed this protocol. In other words, no enemies on the right."
  3. "Maintaining a high tone in our arguments and public presentations."

Those who signed the pact on May 29, 2004 include Duke, Paul Fromm, Don Black, Willis Carto, Kevin Alfred Strom, and John Tyndall (signing as an individual, not on behalf of his British National Party).[70]

Publications

Finders-Keepers

Duke wrote a self-help book for women to raise money under the pseudonym Dorothy Vanderbilt and James Konrad, titled Finders-Keepers - Finding and Keeping the Man You Want which contains sexual, diet, fashion, cosmetic and relationship advice, published by Arlington Place Books in 1976. Professor Lawrence N. Powell, who read a rare copy of the book given to him by Patsy Sims, wrote that it includes advice on vaginal exercises, fellatio, and anal sex.[72][73][74] The book is out of print and difficult to find; however, according to Tyler Bridges, The Times-Picayune obtained a copy and traced its proceeds to Duke[75] who compiled the information from women's self-help magazines.[10]

My Awakening

Duke published his autobiography My Awakening: A Path to Racial Understanding in 1998. The book details Duke's social philosophies, especially his reasoning behind racial separation. In the book, Duke says:

We (Whites) desire to live in our own neighborhoods, go to our own schools, work in our own cities and towns, and ultimately live as one extended family in our own nation. We shall end the racial genocide of integration. We shall work for the eventual establishment of a separate homeland for African Americans, so each race will be free to pursue its own destiny without racial conflicts and ill will.[6]

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) book review refers to it as containing racist, antisemitic, sexist and homophobic views.[76]

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 where he had to raise "$25,344 by a December 17 deadline for the printers." [77] Duke states this drive is 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."

Jewish Supremacism

In 2002, Duke traveled to Eastern Europe to promote his book, Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening on the Jewish Question in Russia in 2003. The book purports to "examine and document elements of ethnic supremacism that have existed in the Jewish community from historical to modern times."[78] The book is dedicated to Israel Shahak, a critical author of what Shahak saw as supremacist religious teachings in Jewish culture. Former Boris Yeltsin administration official and prominent far-right politician Boris Mironov wrote an introduction for the Russian edition, called "The Jewish Question Through the Eyes of an American."

The ADL office in Moscow urged the Moscow prosecutor to open an investigation of Mironov. The ADL office initiated a letter from a prominent Duma member to Russia’s Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov, urging a criminal case be opened against the author and the Russian publisher of Duke’s book. The letter by Alexander Fedulov described the book as antisemitic and as violating Russian anti-hate crime laws.[79] In December 2001[?], Prosecutor's office closed the investigation of Boris Mironov and Jewish Supremacism. In a public letter, Yury Biryukov, First Deputy of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, stated that a socially-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.[80]

Duke says 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 [the paper] is." Duke dedicated several radio webcasts to the book and the authors comparing it to his work 'Jewish Supremacism' [81][82][83][84], although Walt has stated that, "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".[85]

While Duke says that his books "have become two of the two most influential and important books in the world."[86] the ADL refer to the book as antisemitic [87], Duke denies the book is motivated by antisemitism.[88]

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 and most recently, Spanish.[86]

In 2007, an updated edition was published [89] 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" [86]

Internet commentary

Stormfront

In 1995, Don Black and Chloê Hardin, Duke's ex-wife, began a small bulletin board system (BBS) called Stormfront. Today, Stormfront has become a premier online forum for white nationalism, Neo-Nazism, hate speech, racism, and antisemitism.[90][91][92] Duke has an account on Stormfront which he uses to post articles from his own website, www.davidduke.com, as well as polling forum members for opinions and questions, in particular during his internet broadcasts. Duke has worked with Don Black on numerous projects including Operation Red Dog in 1980.[93][94]

On February 5, 2002, Duke said, on his Internet radio show, that Ariel Sharon was "the world's worst terrorist" and that Mossad was involved in the September 11 attacks. 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.[95]

On August 5, 2005, Duke published an article stating support for Cindy Sheehan, saying that:

"The Iraq war and her son’s death did not defend America from hatred or terrorism" and that "In fact, the war is massively increasing hatred and terrorism. For every one terrorist killed in Iraq, we are creating thousands more who hate and want to hurt America and Americans. This is the surest way to lose the war on terror, not win it."[96]

On February 4, 2009, Duke repeatedly called MSNBC pundit Keith Olbermann "untermensch" on his radio show in response to being labeled "Worst Person in the World" on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.[97]

Public appearances

Public address in Syria

On November 24, 2005, Duke visited Damascus, Syria, addressing a rally which was broadcast on Syrian television, and later giving an interview.[98] During the rally, he referred to Israel as a "war-mongering country" and stated that Zionists "occupy most of the American media and now control much of the American government…It is not just the West Bank of Palestine, it is not just the Golan Heights that are occupied by the Zionists, but Washington D.C. and New York and London and many other capitals of the world.” He concluded by stating: "Your fight for freedom is the same as our fight for freedom.” After speaking at the rally, Duke gave an interview where he said that Israel "makes the Nazi state look very, very moderate." Syrian parliament member Muhammad Habash later stated that Duke's visit gave Syrians a "new and very positive view of the average American."[98][99][100]

Comments in the media

Since 2005, Duke has appeared three times on Current Issues, a Lafayette, Louisiana–based television show hosted and produced by Palestinian-American Hesham Tillawi, which has recently been picked up by Bridges TV. Show host Tillawi gave Duke the opportunity to discourse at length about his beliefs about Jewish supremacism. 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."[101]

After John Mearsheimer and Stephen 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 Live Web Radio Broadcast, and on MSNBC's March 21 Scarborough Country program.[102] 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."

Conferences

International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust. Left to right: David Duke; Gazi Hussein (Syria); Dr Rahmandost (conference chair, Society for Supporting People of Palestine); Jan Bernhoff, a Swedish computer science teacher; Fredrick Töben, director of the Adelaide Institute, Australia.

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.

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. The conference was attended by several notable Ukrainian public figures and politicians, and writer Israel Shamir.[103]

Duke claims that Swedish police thwarted an attempted assassination against him, in August 2005, while Duke was speaking in Sweden.[104]

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 Tulaev.[105]

On December 11–13, 2006, 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."[106]

David Duke attended the conference, along with Gazi Hussein (Syria); Dr Rahmandost (conference chair, Society for Supporting People of Palestine); Jan Bernhoff, a Swedish computer science teacher who maintains that 300,000 Jews died during the Holocaust[107]; Fredrick Töben, director of the Adelaide Institute, Australia.

Criticism and legal difficulties

Money matters

In the early 1980s, Duke was allegedly heavily involved in gambling and stock market investments, according to reports by the Times-Picayune.[72]

Plastic surgery claims

In 1990 syndicated columnist Jack Anderson argued Duke has done "everything to make himself look better to the voters, including plastic surgery".[108][109]

Duke explained in My Awakening that he had had reconstructive surgery on his nose, which had been broken many times.[110]

Critical publications

In Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust and David Duke's Louisiana[111][112] by Professor Lawrence N. Powell, who teaches at Tulane University history department and was a founding member of Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, "connects the prewar and wartime experiences of Jewish survivors to the lives they built in the United States" and depicts"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." The book won three awards.[113]

Tax fraud conviction

David Duke pleaded guilty to the felony charge of filing a false tax return under 26 U.S.C. § 7206 and mail fraud under 18 U.S.C. § 1341 in December 2002.[114]

Four months later, Duke was sentenced to 15 months in prison, and he served the time in Big Spring, Texas. He was also fined US$10,000, ordered to cooperate with the Internal Revenue Service, and to pay money still owed for his 1998 taxes. Following his release in May 2004, he stated that his decision to take the plea bargain was motivated by the bias that he perceived in the United States federal court system and not his guilt. He said he felt the charges were contrived to derail his political career and discredit him to his followers, and that he took the safe route by pleading guilty and receiving a mitigated sentence, rather than pleading not guilty and potentially receiving the full sentence.

Duke pled guilty to what prosecutors described as a six-year scheme to dupe thousands of his followers by asking for donations. Through postal mail, Duke later appealed to his supporters that he was about to lose his house and his life savings. Prosecutors claimed that Duke raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in this campaign. Prosecutors also claimed he sold his home at a hefty profit, had multiple investment accounts, and spent much of his money gambling at casinos.[115][116][117][118]

The entire file of court documents related to this case can be found at The Smoking Gun[119] website, including details on the December 12, 2002 guilty plea to federal charges that he filed a false tax return and committed mail fraud.[120]

Don Black claims that Duke was targeted in this way by the government to discredit him.[121]

Arrest in the Czech Republic

On April 24, 2009, it was reported that Duke, who had arrived in the Czech Republic at the invitation of Czech Neo-Nazis to deliver three lectures in Prague and Brno to promote his book My Awakening, was arrested 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 punishable by up to three years in prison in the Czech Republic. At the time of his arrest, Duke was reportedly guarded by members of a far-right group known as "Národní Odpor" which means national resistance.[122][123] The Czech police reportedly released Duke in the early hours of April 25, 2009, and ordered him to leave the country by midnight. Police accused him of promotion of movements suppressing human rights.[124][125][126] He has been released on the condition that he leaves the country by midnight on April 25, 2009.[127][128]

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.[129] Some Czech politicians including Interior Minister Ivan Langer and Human Rights and Minorities Minister Michael Kocáb, had previously expressed opposition to Duke being allowed into the country.[122]

In September 2009 the District Prosecutor's Office for Prague dropped all charges, explaining that there was no evidence that David Duke had committed any crime.[130]

Recent life

As of 2009, David Duke was registered as living in Salzburg, Austria. From there, he runs an Internet business taking and selling photographs of rare birds and other wildlife.[131][132] Duke has stated:

"I'm not in Austria for any political activities. I just come to Austria to relax – the mountains are beautiful. The Austrian Alps are just beautiful. There's beauty all over the world."

Local authorities have stated that as long as he does not break any laws, Duke is allowed to stay in Austria if he wishes.[133]

In May 2009, Duke issued a statement denying that he resides in Austria and saying that he is a resident of Mandeville, Louisiana, and is registered as a taxpayer in his city, state, and on the national level.[134]

Election history

Electoral history of David Duke

Further reading

  • Swain, Carol M.; Russ Nieli (2003-03-24). Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism in America. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521816734. 

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  31. ^ Gomez, Recovering Legislator, p. 231
  32. ^ Gomez, Recovering Legislator, p. 222
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  38. ^ Suro, Roberto. "The 1991 Election: Louisiana; Bush Denounces Duke As Racist and Charlatan". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1991/11/07/us/the-1991-election-louisiana-bush-denounces-duke-as-racist-and-charlatan.html. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
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  43. ^ McHugh, Edward T. (December 13, 1991). "Officials reject putting Duke on ballot for state primary". Telegram & Gazette. (Worcester, Mass.): p. A.4. 
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  46. ^ David Duke Heads North to Raise Money for House Race" By Michael Janofsky, The New York Times, January 3, 1999
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  59. ^ "Ernst Zundel". Anti-Defamation League. http://www.adl.org/learn/ext_us/zundel.asp. Retrieved 2006-09-02. 
  60. ^ Duke, David (2005-09-09). "David Duke Achieves Doctorate in Ukraine". http://www.davidduke.com/index.php?p=394. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  61. ^ "Ukraine University of Hate". Anti-Defamation League. 2006-11-03. http://www.adl.org/main_Anti_Semitism_International/maup_ukraine.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  62. ^ "Foreign Minister Tarasyuk: MAUP Activities Unlawful". Ukrainian Embassy. 2005-01-24. http://www.ukraineinfo.us/embassy/press-releases/press-releases-06/060125.html. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  63. ^ Gawdiak, Ihor (2006-01-27). "Ukrainian American Organization [UACC Gratified by Official Condemnation of Anti-Semitic Institution in Ukraine"]. BRAMA News and Community Press. http://www.brama.com/news/press/2006/01/060127uacc_MAUP-condemnation.html. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  64. ^ Levin, Mark (2006-01-25). "Ukraine Government Calls for Action Against Anti-Semitism". NCSJ. http://www.ncsj.org/AuxPages/012506MAUP.shtml. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  65. ^ "ADL Welcomes Ukraine's Strong Condemnation of University Fomenting Anti-Semitism". Anti-Defamation League. 2006-01-25. http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASInt_13/4851_13.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  66. ^ Blumenthal, Max (2006-03-23). "Republicanizing the Race Card". The Nation. http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060410/blumenthal. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  67. ^ ADL: Ukraine University of Hate
  68. ^ David Duke Achieves Doctorate in Ukraine
  69. ^ The Official Website of Representative David Duke, PhD » David Duke Achieves Doctorate in Ukraine
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  71. ^ "The New Orleans Protocol". Canadian Heritage Alliance website. http://google.com/search?q=cache:T64eYPcPncgJ:www.canadianheritagealliance.com/about-us/new-orleans-protocol.html. 
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  74. ^ Powell, Lawrence N. (2002). Troubled Memory. UNC Press. p. 448. ISBN 0807853747, 9780807853740. 
  75. ^ Bridges, Tyler (August 26, 1990). "Duke Paints a Dark Picture of Jews". The Times-Picayune: pp. A7. 
  76. ^ Foxman, Abraham (January 1999). "David Duke's My Awakening: A Minor League Mein Kampf". Anti-Defamation League. http://www.adl.org/opinion/david_duke_review.asp. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  77. ^ The Official Website of Representative David Duke, PhD » Day 1 of the 21 Day Fundraising Drive for the New, Updated Edition of My Awakening
  78. ^ Duke, David (2005-12-05). "Jewish Supremacism: Author's Preface". Jewish Supremacism. http://www.davidduke.com/index.php?p=129. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  79. ^ David Duke in Russia. Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved on November 16, 2006.]
  80. ^ "Закрыто дело Миронова", Русский вестник, 2001-12-19. Retrieved on November 16, 2006. (Russian)]
  81. ^ Mearsheimer and Free Speech Issues MP3 (10/11/06) by David Duke
  82. ^ Duke Responds to Walt and Mearsheimer! MP3 (10/10/06) by David Duke
  83. ^ More Fallout from Walt and Mearsheimer MP3 (5/19/06) by David Duke
  84. ^ The Official Website of Representative David Duke, PhD » Philip Weiss Reviews Walt and Mearsheimer’s New Book!
  85. ^ Lake, Eli. David Duke Claims to Be Vindicated By a Harvard Dean, The New York Sun, March 20, 2006. Accessed March 28, 2006.
  86. ^ a b c The Official Website of Representative David Duke, PhD » We Sincerely Need the Support of Every Reader and Supporter of Davidduke.com
  87. ^ ADL: David Duke's European American Conference: Racists Gather in New Orleans
  88. ^ [Duke, David. Jewish Supremacism: Author's Preface. Jewish Supremacism.]
  89. ^ update published 2007
  90. ^ "RedState, White Supremacy, and Responsibility", Daily Kos, December 5, 2005
  91. ^ Bill O'Reilly, "Circling the Wagons in Georgia", Fox News Channel, May 8, 2003
  92. ^ http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/decisions/html/2001/dtv2001-0023.html "WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center: Case No. DTV2001-0023"], World Intellectual Property Organization, January 13, 2002
  93. ^ Captmike works undercover with the US Government to stop the invasion of the Island Nation of Dominica. manana.com
  94. ^ Operation Red Dog: Canadian neo-nazis were central to the planned invasion of Dominica in 1981 canadiancontent.ca
  95. ^ Ariel Sharon: The terrorist behind the 9-11 Attack! by David Duke
  96. ^ Why Cindy Sheehan is Right! by David Duke
  97. ^ http://www.stormfront.org/audio/stormfront_radio-dr_david_duke_and_don_black-02-04-09.mp3
  98. ^ a b "American White Supremacist David Duke: Israel Makes the Nazi State Look Very Moderate", interview with David Duke on Syrian television, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), November 25, 2005. Clip of the interview and of Duke's speech to a Syrian rally can be viewed here.
  99. ^ David Duke in Syria: Zionists Occupy Washington, NY and London by Ezra HaLevi, IsraelNationalNews.com, November 29, 2005.
  100. ^ Screenshot whoknew.us
  101. ^ Interview with David Duke broadcast on “Bridges TV” network
  102. ^ 'Scarborough Country' for March 21, show transcript, MSNBC, March 21, 2006.
  103. ^ David Duke participates in anti-Semitic conference in the Ukraine
  104. ^ Assassination Attempt Against David Duke Fails by David Duke
  105. ^ Historic Moscow Conference davidduke.com
  106. ^ "Iranian leader says Israel will be ‘wiped out’: Ahmadinejad renews heated rhetoric at meeting of Holocaust deniers", Associated Press, December 12, 2006.
  107. ^ "Swedish teacher at Holocaust denial conference", The Local, December 14, 2006.
  108. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1298&dat=19900917&id=RwsQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=NosDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5909,2699316 Jack Anderson of The Free Lance–Star - Sep 17, 1990
  109. ^ Lakeland Ledger - Google News Archive Search
  110. ^ My Awakening, a Pathway to Racial Understanding by David Duke, 1998.
  111. ^ Professor Lawrence N. Powell - Meet the Tulane History Faculty and Staff - Tulane University, New Orleans Louisiana
  112. ^ UNC Press - Troubled Memory
  113. ^ Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust and David Duke's Louisiana Info from Book Cover by Publisher
  114. ^ Sam Ser. "Hi-tech helping to spread Web of hatred". The Jerusalem Post. http://web.archive.org/web/20050514082703/http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1110684074278. Retrieved 2007-09-17. . David Duke comments on article
  115. ^ David Duke pleads to mail fraud, tax charges USA Today
  116. ^ David Duke Gets 15-Month Sentence for Fraud FoxNews.com
  117. ^ Ex-Klan Leader David Duke Indicted CBSNews.com
  118. ^ Duke pleads guilty to fraud, false tax claims CNN.com
  119. ^ The Smoking Gun: Archive
  120. ^ Tax Fraud Court Papers thesmokinggun.com
  121. ^ Black, Don. "My Opinion on the David Duke Case". http://www.davidduke.com/general/duke-releases-irs-audit-letter_13840.html. 
  122. ^ a b Czech police arrest former Ku Klux Klan leader Duke, ČTK, April 24, 2009.
  123. ^ Ex-Louisiana KKK chief arrested in Prague: Police, Agence France-Presse (reprinted by Canada.com), April 24, 2009.
  124. ^ Former Ku Klux Klan leader released, must leave Czech Republic, ČTK, April 25, 2009.
  125. ^ Policie v Praze zatkla bývalého vůdce Ku-klux-klanu Dukea, idnes.cz, April 24, 2009. (Czech)
  126. ^ Rising extremism and the Roma problem, By Lenka Scheuflerová, Prague Daily Monitor, April 23, 2009.
  127. ^ Bývalý šéf Ku-Klux-Klanu Duke je na svobodě, musí ale opustit Česko idnes.cz, April 25, 2009.(Czech)
  128. ^ Former KKK leader ordered to leave Czech Republic, Associated Press (reprinted by the Kansas City Star), April 24, 2009.
  129. ^ Prague university bans lecture by David Duke, Associated Press (reprinted by USA Today), April 21, 2009.
  130. ^ Státní zástupkyně zastavila stíhání Duka kvůli knize
  131. ^ Epstein, Nadine (November/December 2009). "The Mysterious Tale of a Ukrainian University’s Anti-Semitic Crusade". Moment Magazine. http://www.momentmag.com/Exclusive/2009/2009-12/200912-MAUP.html. 
  132. ^ Wenger, Sonja (September 19, 2009). "US-Rechtsextremist nutzt Salzburg seit Jahren als Zuflucht". Salzburger Fenster. http://www.salzburger-fenster.at/rubrik/lokales/1909/us-rechtsextremist-nutzt-salzburg-seit_12707.html. 
  133. ^ "Former KKK grand wizard living in Austria". http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/austria/5319566/Former-KKK-grand-wizard-living-in-Austria.html. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  134. ^ "A Letter to the Telegraph". davidduke.com. May 20, 2009. http://www.davidduke.com/general/i-live-in-america-setting-straight-the-silly-telegraph-article_13847.html. Retrieved November 20, 2009. 

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Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Chuck Cusimano
State Representative, 81st Representative District
1989–1992
Succeeded by
David Vitter

Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

David Duke

David Duke (born July 1, 1950) is a former Louisiana State Representative, a candidate in presidential primaries for the Democratic and Republican parties, and former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He speaks in favor of racial segregation. Duke unsuccessfully ran for the Louisiana Senate, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Governor of Louisiana and twice for President of the United States.

Sourced

  • White people don't need a law against rape, but if you fill this room up with your normal black bucks, you would, because niggers are basically primitive animals.
    • The Sun newspaper of Wichita, Kansas (23 April 1975)
  • Our clear goal must be the advancement of the white race and separation of the white and black races. This goal must include freeing of the American media and government from subservient Jewish interests.
    • "Duke Speaks Out," in The Crusader, a KKKK newsletter (November 1978)
  • What we really want to do is to be left alone. We don't want Negroes around. We don't need Negroes around. We're not asking— you know, we don't want to have them, you know, for our culture. We simply want our own country and our own society. That's in no way exploitive at all. We want our own society, our own nation….
    • Interview with Evelyn Rich (March 1985)
  • Did you ever notice how many survivors they have? Did you ever notice that? Everybody — every time you turn around, 15,000 survivors meet here; 400 survivors convention there. I mean, did you ever notice? Nazis sure were inefficient, weren't they? Boy, boy, boy!...You almost have no survivors that ever say they saw a gas chamber or saw the workings of a gas chamber.... they'll say these preposterous stories that anybody can check out to be a lie, an absolute lie.
    • Interview with Evelyn Rich (March 1985), on the Holocaust
  • I won my constituency. I won 55% of the white vote.
    • On losing the Louisiana gubernatorial election (November 1991)
  • I am opposed to globalism, I am opposed to colonialism, I am opposed to any sort of complusion of one nation over another. (...) I also deeply believe in human rights.
    • Radio show (August 25, 2006)
  • I don't consider myself a racist, I don't hate other peoples, but I certainly want to preserve my own. And I think that's true of all people.
    • Radio show (August 25, 2006)
  • I am not opposed to all Jews. That's how they do with me, they distort everything I say, but I'm certainly opposed to Jewish extremism. Just as I am opposed to certain Islamic fundamentalism. I'm opposed to terrorism, I'm opposed to oppression of individuals. But the media, because of the incredible Jewish extremist domination in the media, especially American media and the Hollywood media, we seldom hear about Jewish fundamentalism, we seldom hear about Jewish extremism. (...) We don't hear this in the media, because they in fact dominate the media.
    • Radio show (August 25, 2006)
  • Terrorism does not happen in a vacuum. And we would not be subject to and endangered by so-called terrorism within our own countries if we in fact kept our countries as our own heritage, our own value system. The recent terror plot in Britain, for instance was launched mostly, almost entirely by Muslims of non-Europan descent, who were born in Britain. Born in Britain, because of the immigration policies of our countries.
    • Radio show (August 25, 2006)
  • I have spoken all over the world and I have great respect for Muslims, I have great respect for the African people, I have respect for the other races. Even back home in Lousiana, I'm called a racist, but I have respect for the Black people of my country and I want them to have their own life, too, and I want them to be able to pursue their own destiny and not be controlled, and not be damaged.
    • Radio show (August 25, 2006)

[[1]]

  • I don’t want to see this country resemble or look like or become like Mexico. Mexico is great to visit, I’ve been there a few times. I respect all peoples of the world.
    • Radio show (4 July 2006)
  • I’m often called, so often called in the media, it’s like a part of my name “white supremacist” or whatever. I’m not one. I don’t want white people to be supreme. I don’t believe, in fact, that we should even have bases in 65 countries of the world I don’t think we should be in Iraq. I don’t believe we should try to control politics of the South American countries or the Southeast Asia or in Africa, or anywhere else in the world. But I do think we have a right to preserve our own culture, own heritage in our own country.
    • Radio show (4 July 2006)

[[2]]

  • I don’t see any moral difference between a suicide bomber and somebody in a F-16 fighter jet who fires a missile into an apartment complex and then kills 10 or 15 little girls and boys. I don’t see much difference there. In fact, I think the pilot is a greater offender, you know, he’s getting medals, while the suicide bomber is sacrificing his life for what he believes in. But I don’t agree with either approach. I’m absolutely opposed to any sort of terrorism. (…) But if you call Hezbollah a terrorist organization, then you must call Israel a terrorist organization.
    • (David Duke’s radio show broadcast, 10 August 2006: The Israeli Invasion and Bombing of Lebanon)

[[3]]

  • It's not hatred of these other people why we oppose this immigration. It's simply that we know that massive immigration into our own countries will absolutely destroy what we find beautiful and valuable.

Attributed

  • As for America and the rest of European world, I want to live in a nation that reflects my traditions and values, and I do not want my people to become a minority in the nations my own forefathers built. Interestingly, that is same goal that most Israelis and most Jews who support Israel endorse for the Jewish state.
  • It's really the Jew Marxists who see the nigger as their instrument, as their bullets, by which to destroy our society.
  • The greatest American who ever lived has been shot down and killed. [4]

(On the death of American Nazi Party leader George Lincoln Rockwell)








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