AFRICANGLOBE – White supremacist David Duke says he believes “my time has come” after he signed up for Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race.
Duke said Friday he has espoused principles for years that are similar to the themes Republicans are embracing now in the candidacy of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, on issues such as immigration and trade.
Duke praised Trump’s speech Thursday night on Twitter.
He says the majority of Americans “are embracing the core issues I have fought for my entire life.”
In a lengthy speech, Duke said the recent slayings of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge were among the catalysts for his Senate bid. He said he wanted to expose racism against “European Americans,” and said the media is biased against him because he was a Ku Klux Klan leader four decades ago.
“The New York Times admitted that my platform became the GOP mainstream and propelled Republican control of Congress,” he said. “I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years. My slogan remains ‘America First.’”
Duke’s candidacy comes as Louisiana is grappling with deep racial tensions after the murder of a Black man by white police officers and the killing of three law enforcement officers allegedly by a Black man.
A white supremacist, Duke served one term as a state representative representing suburban New Orleans more than two decades ago. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1991 against Democrat Edwin Edwards.
Duke, a convicted felon, pleaded guilty in 2002 to bilking supporters and cheating on his taxes. He spent a year in federal prison.
The Republican Party of Louisiana condemned Duke.
Chairman Roger Villere says in a statement issued Friday that the party vehemently opposes Duke’s candidacy, calling him “a convicted felon and a hate-filled fraud who does not embody the values of the Republican Party.”
By: Johnathan Manning
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