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Register to contact people from your country living in Germany just like you! 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 In January , Duke was arrested in New Orleans for " inciting a riot ".
Several racial confrontations broke out that month in the Crescent City, including one at the Robert E. 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.
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. In the late s, Duke was accused by several Klan officials of stealing the organization's money. 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 , 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.
Duke allegedly conducted a direct-mail appeal in , using the identity and mailing-list of the Georgia Forsyth County Defense League without permission. League officials described it as a fundraising scam. In , Duke ran initially in the Democratic presidential primaries.
His campaign had limited impact, with the only exception—winning the little-known New Hampshire Vice-Presidential primary. He received just 47, votes, for 0. In , 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 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. Duke finished first in the primary with 3, votes Treen's candidacy was endorsed by U. 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. When 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. Gomez, a longtime journalist, recalls having met and interviewed Duke in the mids when Duke was a state senate candidate:. He was still in his mids 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 coiffed blond hair, he looked like a movie star.
He obviously didn't remember from the radio encounter, and I was content to leave it at that. Consistent with Gomez's observation, Duke in the latter s reportedly had his nose thinned and chin augmented. Following his election to the Louisiana House of Representatives, he shaved his mustache. 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. 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. 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.
He eliminated his high-octane anti-Semitic rhetoric. He was particularly concerned with the plight of "European-Americans. He also embraced a subject near and dear to every Jefferson Parish voter, protection of the homestead exemption.
Duke launched unsuccessful campaigns for the U. Senate in and governor in 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. 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, Duke was the only Republican in competition against three Democrats, including incumbent U.
Former Governor David Treen , whose brother, John Treen, Duke had defeated for state representative in , 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, , but national GOP officials in October, just days before the primary election, concluded that Bagert could not win.
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's views prompted some of his critics, including Republicans such as journalist Quin Hillyer , to form the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, which directed media attention to Duke's statements of hostility to blacks and Jews.
In a Financial Times editorial, Gideon Rachman recalled interviewing Duke's campaign manager, 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. Despite repudiation by the Republican Party,  Duke ran for governor of Louisiana in In the primary, Duke finished second to former governor Edwin W.
Edwards in votes; thus, he faced Edwards in a runoff. 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. In response to criticism for his past white supremacist activities, Duke's stock response was to apologize for his past and declare that he was a born-again Christian.
The coalition was accused of having failed to investigate Duke in the early part of his political resurgence. By the time of the gubernatorial election, however, its leadership had withdrawn support from Duke. Bush a Republican opposed his candidacy and denounced him as a charlatan and a racist.
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. 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: 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.
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 Duke's campaign fund. Duke's rise garnered national media attention.
While he gained the backing of the quixotic former Alexandria Mayor John K. Snyder , Duke won few serious endorsements in Louisiana. Celebrities and organizations donated thousands of dollars to former Governor Edwin Edwards ' campaign. Referencing Edwards' long-standing problem with accusations of corruption, popular bumper stickers read: It's Important",   and "Vote for the Lizard, not the Wizard.
The runoff debate, held on November 6, , received significant attention when journalist Norman Robinson questioned Duke. 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,, votes Duke nevertheless claimed victory, saying, "I won my constituency. Duke ran as a Republican in the presidential primaries , although Republican Party officials tried to block his participation. A film, Backlash: Race and the American Dream , investigated Duke's appeal among some white voters.
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 Wallace , and the use in the successful presidential campaign of George H.
Bush of these same racially themed hot buttons. When Johnston announced his retirement in , Duke ran again for the U. He polled , votes Duke was fourth in the nine-person, jungle primary race. A special election was held in Louisiana's First Congressional District following the sudden resignation of powerful Republican incumbent Bob Livingston in He finished a close third, thus failing to make the runoff. His candidacy was repudiated by the Republicans. Senator went on to defeat former governor Treen.
Duke organized a weekend gathering of "European Nationalists" 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 , Duke presented a unity proposal for peace within the movement and a better image for outsiders. 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: The SPLC noted that the "high tone" of the NOP contrasted with statements at the event where the pact was signed, such as Paul Fromm's calling a Muslim woman "a hag in a bag" and Sam Dickson from the Council of Conservative Citizens , another sponsor speaking about the "very, very destructive" effect of opposing the Nazis in World War II—opposition that caused people to view Hitler's "normal, healthy racial values" as evil.
Duke joined the Reform Party in while working for Pat Buchanan 's presidential campaign. Duke and Buchanan would both leave the party after the election.
In the open primary, Armstrong finished second in the six candidate field with 6. Duke claimed that thousands of Tea Party movement activists had urged him to run for president in ,   and that he was seriously considering entering the Republican Party primaries.
In , it was reported in the media that Duke endorsed presidential nominee Donald Trump for president. Duke claimed that "Trump has made it very clear that he's 1, percent dedicated to Israel, so how much is left over for America? The real Duke referred to the hoax as "the biggest, dirtiest trick I've seen recently". 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.
A Mason-Dixon poll released on October 20, , showed Duke receiving support from 5. He came in 7th place in Louisiana's open primary. Those who made donations to the campaign were publicly outed in several states in , leading to boycotts, lost business, and one restaurant to close entirely.
Duke promotes the white genocide conspiracy theory and explicitly claims that Jews are "organising white genocide". 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. The Anti-Defamation League claims that MAUP is the main source of antisemitic activity and publishing in Ukraine,  and its "anti-Semitic actions" were "strongly condemned" by Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk and various organizations.
Duke has taught a course on international relations and a history course at MAUP. Duke has taken part in Iranian government sponsored events in Iran. In , at the invitation of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad , Duke took part in an event held in Tehran to question the Holocaust.
The website has become a prominent online forum for white nationalism , white separatism , holocaust denial , Neo-Nazism , hate speech and racism. Duke has worked with Don Black on numerous projects, including Operation Red Dog the attempted overthrowing of Dominica's government in Nobody can criticise them.
Nobody can come at you and attack you on those ideas. 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 Duke has written in praise of the alt-right , describing one broadcast as "fun and interesting"  and another as "this great show". There are also claims that whilst he is not an active member of the alt-right, he is an inspiration for the movement.
The International Business Times described Duke as having ' Zieg-heiling acolytes in the so-called "alt-right"'. To raise money in , Duke using the double pseudonym James Konrad and Dorothy Vanderbilt wrote a self-help book for women, Finders-Keepers: Finding and Keeping the Man You Want. Powell, who read a rare copy of the book given to him by journalist Patsy Sims, wrote that it includes advice on vaginal exercises, oral and anal sex and advocated adultery.
The puritan inclined Klan was shocked by Duke's writing. In , Duke published the autobiographical My Awakening: A Path to Racial Understanding. The book details Duke's social philosophies, particularly his reasoning in support of racial separation:. 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. The Anti-Defamation League book review refers to it as containing racist, antisemitic, sexist and homophobic views. In , Duke traveled to Russia to promote his next book, Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening to the Jewish Question , in which he purports to "examine and document elements of ethnic supremacism that have existed in the Jewish community from historical to modern times.
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.
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 referred to the book as antisemitic,  though Duke had denied the claim that the book is motivated by antisemitism.
In , 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 into Finnish. 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 ,     although Walt stated: 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. In a statement on his official website published in , Duke describes himself as a " racial realist ," asserting that "all people have a basic human right to preserve their own heritage. On February 5, , 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.
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 November 24, , Duke visited Damascus , Syria, addressing a rally broadcast on Syrian television and giving an interview. Tillawi gave Duke the opportunity to discourse at length about his beliefs on Jewish supremacism. On a show in October , Duke claimed that Jewish extremists are responsible for undermining the morality of America and are attempting to "wash the world in blood.
The signatories agreed to avoid infighting among far-right racialists. The conference was attended by several notable Ukrainian public figures and politicians, and writer Israel Shamir.
Duke claims that Swedish police thwarted an attempted assassination against him, in August , while Duke was speaking in Sweden. On the weekend of June 8—10, , Duke attended as a speaker at the international "White World's Future" conference in Moscow, which was coordinated and hosted by Pavel Tulayev.
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, , David Duke pleaded guilty to the felony charge of filing a false tax return under 26 U. Duke was accused of telling supporters that he was in financial straits, then misusing the money they sent him from to He was also accused of filing a false tax return Duke used the money for personal investments and gambling trips Four months later, Duke was sentenced to 15 months in prison, and he served the time in Big Spring, Texas.
Following his release in May , 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.
The mail fraud charges stemmed from what prosecutors described as a six-year scheme to dupe thousands of his followers by asking for donations. Using the postal service, Duke appealed to his supporters for funds by fraudulently stating he was about to lose his house and his life savings.
Prosecutors alleged that Duke raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in this scheme. Prosecutors also stipulated that in contrast to what he stated in the mailings, he sold his home at a hefty profit, had multiple investment accounts, and spent much of his money gambling at casinos. The Smoking Gun posted the entire file of court documents related to this case at its website, including details on Duke's guilty pleas. 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.