U.S. Sen. John Kennedy weighs in on David Duke

BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - U.S. Senator John Kennedy had some choice words about a former Louisiana representative and Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard Friday.  

"I wish he would crawl back under the rock he came out of. That's how I feel about it," said Sen. Kennedy.  

Kennedy is referring to David Duke, who attended the Charolottesville "Unite the Right" rally, which turned deadly this past weekend. 

"There's no such thing as a good neo-nazi. You have the right, under our constitution, to peacefully and non-violently talk about your racism, but I have to right to peacefully and non-violently condemn your point of view, and I do," stated Kennedy. "David Duke does not speak for the vast majority of Americans, and he clearly does not speak for the vast majority of Louisianans. David Duke is a convicted felon." 

Duke has come under intense criticism by multiple Louisiana politicians, including Governor John Bel Edwards. 

"This is America. I believe that everybody counts. Everybody deserves a chance, and we're all better off when we stick together," said Kennedy. 

That is why Senator Kennedy substitute teaches a few times a year, and that is where Local 33 and Fox 44 caught up with him Friday at the temporary campus for Southside Junior High School. 

"If I were king for a day, I would say everybody, in government, state, local, or federal, that makes policy for elementary and secondary education, should be require to substitute teach in a public school at least once a year," said Kennedy. 

When Kennedy heads back to Washington, he plans to present a bill that would suggest all senators set aside one day of the year to go home and substitute teach at a public school. 


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