The Daily Beast:
Add to the growing list of candidates considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012 America’s most famous white-power advocate: David Duke.
A former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and Republican executive-committee chairman in his district until 2000, Duke has a significant following online. His videos go viral. This month, he’s launching a tour of 25 states to explore how much support he can garner for a potential presidential bid. He hasn’t considered running for serious office since the early ’90s, when he won nearly 40 percent of the vote in his bid for Louisiana governor. But like many “white civil rights advocates,” as he describes himself to The Daily Beast, 2012 is already shaping up to be a pivotal year.
Former (and current) Neo Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Confederates, and other representatives of the many wings of the “white nationalist” movement are starting to file paperwork and print campaign literature for offices large and small, pointing to rising unemployment, four years with an African-American president, and rampant illegal immigration as part of a growing mound of evidence that white people need to take a stand.
Holy cross burning, Batman! That sounds really scary.
But wait! There’s more:
Most aren’t winning—not yet.
Hmmmm. They’re not winning?
That doesn’t sound quite so scary.
Duke is an anti-Semitic kook who is far more likely in recent years to be hobnobbing with anti-Israel European leftists and Islamists than with anyone associated with the Republican Party or the Tea Party movement.
Yet The Daily Beast trots out a possible (inevitable?) Duke run for President to try to back up a false meme, that there is a “stampede” of Neo-Nazi candidates running in elections as Republicans.
But the facts elicited in the article defeat the headline. Only nine candidates who expressly spout white supremacist ideology were identified by the SPLC in the article, out of thousands of candidates who run in races nationwide
I’m not going to defend David Duke or any other racist piece of shit. But the truth is the vast majority of Republicans don’t want anything to do with them either.
Duke has run for office as a Democrat, a Populist, and a Republican. The last time Duke ran for the GOP nomination was in 1992 when Republican party officials tried unsuccessfully to block him from participating.
He got to run as a Republican but received less than 1% of the votes. His sole electoral victory was in 1989 when he ran in a special election for a Louisiana House seat. Duke won a runoff with 8,459 votes (50.7%) and defeated John Treen, who polled 8,232 votes (49.3%)
Are there racists in this country? Sure, but not all of them are white.
The point of the Daily Beast article was not to expose the existence of the racists or their hateful beliefs, the point is to tar the entire Republican party with the same brush.
This is very predictable. As the Klown said yesterday:
Obama will raise a gazillion dollars and use it to run the most negative, race-baiting campaign since 2008.