Former KKK leader David Duke has announced Friday his candidacy for a Louisiana U.S. Senate race.
Duke made the announcement for a Senate seat in a YouTube video on his site. According to the Louisiana Secretary of State website, Duke has qualified as a Republican candidate.
The Republican Party of Louisiana has released a statement opposing his candidacy.
“The Republican Party opposes, in the strongest possible terms, David Duke’s candidacy for any public office. David Duke is a convicted felon and a hate-filled fraud who does not embody the values of the Republican Party. The Party of Lincoln and Reagan is one that recognizes the inherent value of every human life, regardless of age, religion or race. David Duke’s history of hate marks a dark stain on Louisiana’s past and has no place in our current conversation. The Republican Party of Louisiana will play an active role in opposing David Duke’s candidacy.”
The Louisiana Democrats also issued a response.
“The recurrence of a cancer like David Duke was encouraged and made possible by the toxic climate of racism and fear-mongering dominating the Republican party in this election cycle,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “With the GOP having formally nominated a sexist, xenophobic demagogue, and with their statewide candidates here in Louisiana working to elect that same sort of hatred and divisiveness to the presidency— it’s inevitable that a racist horror like Duke would be emboldened to run, and to run as a Republican. This is the climate they created: David Duke and Donald Trump are the twisted face of the Republican Party.”
He previously ran for governor more than two decades ago and lost. He finished second in the race to Governor Edwin Edwards. He also vied for the White House in 1992.
Duke previously served as a Louisiana House member in the late 80s and early 90s.