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Who Is David Duke? Trump Supporter, Ex-KKK Leader Wants to Help White People Like MLK Helped Blacks – Newsweek

Newsweek published this story under the headline “The South: The Klan Also Rises”on January 12, 1976. In light of the recent events involving white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Newsweek is republishing the story.

“There are thousands of organizations that work for the special interest of minorities. We need an organization to give them a little competition,” exhorts the radio ad. “Come to a Klan rally….See the beautiful cross-lighting ceremony.”

The rally is disappointingly small; 350 people gathered in the Ku Klux Klan’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana, bookstore, sipping refreshments and perusing the items for saleKlan jewelry, white-supremacist pamphlets and permanent press robes “only $28 with hood and mask.” The folks finally move out into the night chill, to the tune of martial music, for the scaled-down program.

“Good evening, white people,” begins Grand DragonDavid Dukefrom the back of a white pickup truck surrounded by armed Klansmen. “Why do we stand here in the cold? That’s where a lot of white people are standing today.” His audience includes college students, white- and blue-collar workers and their families. The articulate leader himself is a junior-executive sort in styled hair and mustache. He refers to “blacks” in his speech, but the crowd, warming to his message, repeatedly reminds him, “You mean nigger, don’t you?”

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The Ku Klux Klan has gone through a number of declines and resurgences since its Reconstruction birth as a night-riding cadre of shrouded terrorists, but none more remarkable than its present renaissance among students and middle-class urbanites all across the South. Though the FBI now estimates the membership of the several independent Klan groups at only 2,200, the feds report that the fellowship is once again on the upsurge. “Everywhere we go,” boasts John Paul Rogers of the United Klans of America, “we meet a lot of other middle-class, white Americans who decide we got to stick together. People who five years ago wouldn’t even talk to us now are stopping me on the street.”

Klan leaders attribute renewed interest to economic insecurities brought on by unemployment and affirmative action; a lot of folks, top Klansmen say, worry that they may lose their jobs in the crunch because of minority hiring efforts. “How do you explain to a man that he can’t have a job because he’s white,” complains Rogers, “and then talk about equal rights?”

Hard Sell: The Klan has begun flogging its message with a Madison Avenue hype once unheard of in the so-called Invisible Empire. “We’ve got to get out of the cow pasture and into the hotel meeting rooms,” says Grand Dragon Duke of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. “But it’s all window dressing, the substance is still the same.” Duke and his Louisiana-based Knights, however, try publicly to blunt that old-time substance with a singular passion for the window dressing. The Grand Dragon is a 24-year-old LSU graduate who has taken to working the college lecture circuit at campuses like Vanderbilt, Stanford, Indiana and Tulane. He pays full-time organizers to raise Klan consciousness in the universities, and he plugs rallies with a hard-sell radio spot aired on top-40 rock stations. Last September, running openly as a Klansman in a state senate primary race, he won a third of the vote in the richest and best-educated district in Louisiana. Duke has even worked his family into the show; wife Chloe is a Grand Genie who has stitched together a robe for their 4-month-old daughter.

The aboveground style is obviously catching. The Florida branch of the larger and more traditional United Klans of America regularly sends its members, in full robe-and-hood regalia, strolling through shopping centers to chat with passers-by and hand out literature and membership blanks. “We got a lot of old wives’ tales to dispel about the Klan, like stories about murder and killings,” explains Grand Dragon Rogers. Active political campaigning is outlawed by the United Klans charters, but Rogers plans to invite state, local and national candidates to discuss their positions with Klan committees. “Just like the Jaycees, we would like to know what the candidates stand for,” he explains.

Enemy: The Klan earnestly claims to be pro-white and not anti-anybody, a position that tempts more squeamish supporters to come out of the closet. “I don’t think that the white people should be the minority,” said a woman who brought her daughter to the Baton Rouge rally. Accordingly, the federal government’s Department of Health. Education and Welfare (“Hate Every White,” as it’s unfondly called) often serves as an inspirational enemy; the Knights’ rally was almost spiked when a Baton Rouge school refused to rent its gymnasium to the Klan under HEW pressure. Next month, Duke will take the school board to federal court, basing his case on freedom of speech and assembly. “David Duke,” insists recent convert Sharon Uhl, anLSU student dispirited by minority quotas, “is trying to do for white people what Martin Luther King did for black people.”

The analogy, however sincere, is curious, to say the least. The Klan’s official line on blacks is to ship them back to Africa, although some gun-toting traditionalists favor a quicker dispatch. And, for all Duke’s public agonizing over image, the Klan’s underlying appeal to racism remainsand there is no indication that the Klan will change its ways soon, no matter how cleaned and pressed the bedsheets may become.

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Ex-KKK Leader David Duke Has Meltdown After Trump Condemns White Supremacists In Charlottesville – HuffPost

Former KKK leader David Duke was none too pleased that President Donald Trump on Monday finally got around to condemning extremist groups by name including neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan for the deadly weekend protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Minutes after Trumps speech, Duke lashed out in aseries of tweets, claiming the president had been manipulated by the media.

Its amazing to see how the media is able to bully the President of the United States into going along with their FAKE NEWS narrative, Duke tweeted.

Soon after that, in an anti-Semitic, racist Periscope video rant, Duke spoke directly to Trump, claiming white nationalists abhor violence. He said its just ridiculous that the president felt he had to make Mondays statement.

President Trump, please, for Gods sake, dont feel like you need to say these things, Duke admonished in the video. Its not going to do you any good.

Duke also stuck up for James Alex Fields, 20, the white nationalist motorist accused of ramming his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32. When youre under attack … you panic and you do things that are stupid and you do things that are wrong, Duke said.

Trump made an address to the nation on Monday, after two days of withering criticism for a vague Saturday statement that criticized hatred and bigotry on many sides.

Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,Trump said.

Lawmakers from both parties had called Trump out for not specifically denouncing hate groups in the wake of a white nationalist rally that left three people dead, including two state troopers, and at least 19 injured.

Some white supremacist organizations, such as the Daily Stormer, praised Trumps vague weekend statement. Duke at the time appeared to warn the president against calling out white nationalists, a group that has largely embraced Trump.

Duke said on Saturday that the rally would help fulfill Trumps promises.

This represents a turning point for the people of this country, Duke said. We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.

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2018 guard David Duke cuts list to five; Villanova and Providence included – Big East Coast Bias (blog)

As 2018 point guard David Duke continues to shoot up recruiting ranking boards, he has narrowed his list of potential suitors to five.

Two Big East schools are in the mix, as the Villanova Wildcats and Providence Friars join Virginia Tech, Indiana, and Florida in Dukes top five.

Both Ed Cooley and Jay Wright have quite the track record with developing point guards, something that didnt get lost on Duke, as he had the following to say about each school

Providence: They have recruited me very hard ever since they offered and Coach (Ed) Cooley shows a lot of respect for me and my family; he does a good job of showing me how he plans to develop me. He also has a good record of developing his guards and I love what he did with Kris Dunn.”

Villanova: Coach (Jay) Wright said that when I come in, they would have an open point guard spot, so it is a great opportunity there and it is a great school, both academically and athletically.

via Corey Evans (Rivals)

Those quotes are certainly interesting for a few reasons, the least of which is Jay Wright implying Jalen Brunson wont be at Villanova anymore after this season.

Evans also notes that while Duke doesnt have any visits currently scheduled, he will likely look to commit before the end of the calendar year.

Dukes Crystal Ball is currently 100% towards the Providence Friars, who already have AJ Reeves and Kris Monroe in their class of 2018.

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Charlie Hurt Calls Out Media for Giving Airtime to ‘Dirtbag’ David Duke – Fox News Insider

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On “Outnumbered” today, Charlie Hurt called out the mainstream media for their coverage of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

He explained that in the wake of violence at a white nationalist rally, which left one dead and dozens injured, the media is giving attention to white supremacists and neo-Nazis like former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

He said that amounts to millions and millions of dollars of free airtime and publicity for the former KKK grand wizard.

“Who cares what this guy thinks?” Hurt said. “He’s a dirtbag. Ignore him. He’ll go away. If the lights aren’t on, if the cameras aren’t rolling, he gets no attention.”

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Hurt said the media loves this kind of divisiveness, because it’s good for ratings.

Kennedy noted that much of the media’s coverage also focused on President Trump’s delay in denouncing white supremacists by name.

“That’s a distraction. And it’s unfortunate. And I want the president to learn from this,” Kennedy said, explaining that we should be having a more serious and thoughtful discussion about race and racism in America.

As for allegations that Trump didn’t immediately condemn white nationalists because he’s afraid of alienating a portion of his base, Hurt said he doesn’t believe that the president would be that “despicable.”

“I try to give people the benefit of the doubt,” Hurt said. “If that’s the case, that’s the most disgusting thing on Earth. But I really don’t think that that’s what’s going on here.”

He pointed out that when a shooter opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice in June, the media didn’t call for Trump to denounce the “left-wing nut job.”

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FAGAN: Why David Duke Matters – The Hayride

One of the nasty side-affects of deception is you dont realize it when youve been deceived. No one intentionally believes something untrue. But we all suffer from differing degrees of deception. To believe otherwise is pure arrogance. Well connect this to David Duke shortly.

Truth is a force that brings clarity, wisdom, and freedom. Believing a lie does the opposite. It leads to bondage, bad decision making, and misery. One of the keys to discerning truth from lies is humility. You have to admit you dont know it all. Secondly you have to believe there is such a thing as truth. That there are absolutes, right and wrong, real and counterfeit.

Theres an entire political movement based on the premise there is no such thing as truth. They believe we each have our own truth. Whats true for you might not be true for me. How foolish!

This political movement goes by many names but it is most commonly referred to as leftism. Most leftists reside in the Democrat Party and as Ronald Reagan once said about them they believe so many things that simply are not true. Which makes sense since leftists dont believe in the existence of truth. Its hard to find something you dont even think exists.

One of the biggest lies the left promotes is that we are a nation of racists. This is demonstrably untrue. America is the least racist nation on the planet today regardless of what the media and Democrats tell you. Minorities do better economically here than any other country. We get along better despite race-baiting types like Mitch Landrieu, Silky Slim, and David Duke. We are more integrated than any other country. The fact that our melting pot country with so many different ethnicities works is nothing short of miraculous. Ill admit it wasnt always the case but it certainly is now. And now is what matters.

Another lie the left promotes is people of color dont have the same opportunities as whites when it comes to creating wealth in America. Again, not true. When you look at poverty in America it is almost exclusively found in single-parent households, regardless of race. Having only one parent often leads to poverty in America, not the color of your skin. It is true people of color are poorer than whites but they also tend to live in single-parent households more often than whites, and white single-parent households are statistically far poorer than other households. Its the behavior that produces poverty, not the color of your skin.

Millions have been deceived into believing the we are a nation of racists lie and that is now the oxygen that drives the left and fuels the Democratic Party. Their followers believe they are victims, living in an oppressive country flowing with the White Privileged. Theyve been convinced they must vote for Democrats to protect themselves from the evil, racists, conservative Republicans.

There are few things more debilitating than believing you are a victim. If the left is about anything it is about convincing people they are oppressed and victims. Its all they got. They have no other ideas or solutions. But as long as millions of Americans believe we are a nation made up mostly of racists the left will continue to have power.

This is why David Duke matters. Duke was right in the middle of what happened in Virginia this past weekend. He is everything the left could ask for to boost their false narrative. He is misguided, disturbed, and an authentic racist. I wonder if the simple-minded Duke realizes he is nothing more than a useful idiot for the left. I doubt it. Its difficult to see clearly when your heart is so full of hatred.

What Duke is not is typical. He is an anomaly and rare. Think about it. How many Nazis or white supremacists do you know personally? But the media loves the David Duke story and plays it up as though the half-witted loon is typical of conservatives and Republicans.This is why David Duke matters.

Dan Fagan is a former television news reporter, journalism professor, newspaper columnist, and radio talk show host. He grew up in New Orleans and currently lives there. He is a regular contributor for The Hayride. If you have a news tip for Mr. Fagan you can reach him at [emailprotected] or 504-458-2542.

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Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke appeared at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., prior to Saturday’s violent clashes,saying that the event represented fulfilling the promises of President Trump.

“This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back, we’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpColbert questions Trump: What’s tougher than ‘fire and fury’? Trump’s DC hotel exceeds expectations making M so far in 2017 Graham on North Korea: ‘If we have to, we’ll go to war’ MORE, and that’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back and that’s what we gotta do,” Duke said.

The former KKK grand wizard’s comments came as the proteseors and counter-protesters at the racially charged event, which attracted white supremacists and neo-Nazis, clashed violently.

Trump disavowed the white supremacistafter dodging questions about the endorsement in earlier interviews.

The president condemned the violence in Charlottesville hours after the white nationalist gathering began in a tweet.

We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!

Duke responded to Trump’s tweet on Saturday, appearing to put pressure on Trump.

“I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists,” Duke tweeted, referring to Trump’s base.

I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists. https://t.co/Rkfs7O2Ykr

Our people were peacefully assembling and attacked by the same radical leftists who invaded your meetings and attacked your supporters. https://t.co/Rkfs7O2Ykr

So, after decades of White Americans being targeted for discriminated & anti-White hatred, we come together as a people, and you attack us? https://t.co/Rkfs7O2Ykr

Trump condemned the violence again without specifically calling out white nationalist groups during a press conference later Saturday afternoon.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides on many sides,” Trump said at a press conference that was meant to highlight accomplishments by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs during his administrations.

“It’s been going on for a long time in our country. NotDonald Trump, notBarack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time,” he continued.

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Ex-KKK Leader David Duke Says White Supremacists Will ‘Fulfill’ Trump’s Promises – HuffPost

As the official start of the Unite the Right rally kicked off in Charlottesville, Virginia, former Ku Klux Klan leaderDavid Dukesaid the gathering of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and far-right individuals pointed to a future fulfillment of PresidentDonald Trumpspromises.

This represents a turning point for the people of this country, said Duke in video uploaded to Twitter by Indianapolis Star photojournalist Mykal McEldowney. We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. Thats what we believed in, thats why we voted for Donald Trump. Because he said hes going to take our country back. Thats what we gotta do.

In a tweet, Trump condemned hate and violence in response to clashes at the rally on Saturday, though he did not call out white supremacists in particular.

Duke responded to Trumps tweet by stating that Trump should remember that White Americans were the ones to put him in office.

Duke, a former KKK Grand Wizard, has long connected his message of white supremacy to ideas espoused by the president.

During the presidential campaign, Duke stated that he and Trump had similar messages,pointing to Trump proposing policies like a border wall or Muslim ban.

Donald Trump is talking implicitly. Im talking explicitly,Duke said last year, according to Time.

Duke supported Trumps campaign and publicly celebrated his lead on election night. Trump disavowed Duke and the KKK, but only after initially declining to do so, claiming he didnt know anything about him.

This weekends rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, called Unite the Right, was nominally billed as a protest against the removal of a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The rally drew out hundreds of demonstratorsbearing Nazi symbols and Confederate flags and chanting racist slogans. Violence has erupted between the far-right rally attendees and counter-protestors, leading Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) to declare a state of emergency.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to far-right rally participants as far-left.

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Why Is Press Covering Discredited David Duke? – Newsmax

Twenty-eight years after he won his only elective office as a Louisiana state representative, following a dozen losing bids for offices ranging from president to governor, David Duke is almost incredibly still sought out by the national media.

As reporters from across the nation and abroad covered the white supremacists rally in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, Duke, onetime Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, was showcased extensively by the press.

In one widely-shown TV clip, Duke declared: [T]hats why we voted for Donald Trump … because he said he’s going to take our country back, and that’s what we gotta do”

Trump supporters will inevitably argue that the liberal media is trotting Duke out simply to link a storied white supremacist and the president. Buthis string of successive losses at the polls and recent embarrassing antics have so demolished Duke’s credibility that one wonders why any journalist would take him seriously.

“David Duke is a rabble rouser and a con artist,” former Rep. Bob Livingston (R.-La.) told Newsmax, “He’s made a living off contributions from supporters of his hate mongering, racist, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic rants leading to a felony fraud conviction and fifteen-month prison sentence. He subsequently took his neo-Nazi road show across Europe and lived in Russia for five years. The tragedy in Charlottesville provides Duke with a grand opportunity to make more money.

In 1991, three years after he burst on the political scene, Duke made big news worldwide when he placed second in the crowded multi-party primary for governor of Louisiana and thus carried the Republican banner in the run-off against Democratic former Gov. Edwin Edwards.

At the time, widespread publicity was given to Dukes claim that he was a “born-again Christian”who had shed his long record of racist and anti-Semitic beliefs and statements. Because he had accepted Christ as his savior, Duke argued, his past should not be held against him.

In a televised debate with Edwards on November 2 of that year, Duke said he belonged to the “Evangelical Baptist Church”in the New Orleans area. But reporters soon found there was no such church.

Reporters later pressed him as to when he had his born-again experience. He explained that he “was a born-again Christian at 13” and “I was born again a long time ago in my life and I was saved by Christ then.”

He subsequently submitted to “theological examination”by evangelical leaders. Their spokesman Neal Curran told reporters, “When he said he had found Christ at age 13, we had to conclude he was lying. It is not possible that someone who found Christ 28 years ago could have burned the cross, could have twisted the cross into a swastika and would never have shown that he knelt at the foot of the cross until he was involved in a political campaign.”

Duke spent the next decade running for office and continuing to market books and films dealing with race, conspiracy theories, and the Holocaust through an organization he started, the National Association for the Advancement of White People.

In 2002, he pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return and mail fraud. Duke went on to serve a fifteen-month prison sentence and pay a $10,000 fine for what prosecutors charged was a six-year scheme to claim he was in financial jeopardy, raise money from supporters, and then use the money for “personal investment and gambling trips.”

The Louisianan would again make national news in December 2006 when he participated in the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust in Tehran, Iran. Hosted by Iranian President (and vigorous Holocaust denier) Mahmoud Ahmandinejad, the conference attracted more than 67 skeptics of the Holocaust from 30 countries.

Speaking at the conference, Duke charged that “the Zionists have used the Holocaust as a weapon to deny the rights of the Palestinians and cover up the crimes of Israel.”

“He was a blot on our state, as he is on our nation,” Suzie Terrell, 2002 Republican U.S. Senate nominee in Louisiana, told Newsmax, “As to why the media seeks him out and gives him a platform to this day … no one in Louisiana has a clue. Ask them.”

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David Duke: White Nationalist Rally Helps ‘Fulfill the Promises of Donald Trump’ – Mediaite

Before all hell broke loose in Charlottesville, Virginia today at the Unite the Right rally, thousands of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, alt-righters and white supremacists gathered on the streets for the since-canceled march. A morning after hundreds of white nationalists took part in a torch-lit march and chanted white lives matter, one of the most notorious white supremacists in the country celebrated what the rally represented.

And he invoked the presidents name while doing so.

While speaking to reporters this morning, a smiling David Duke made the following observation when asked what the rally meant to him:

This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take this country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. Thats what we believed in. Thats why we voted for Donald Trump because he said hes going to take our country back.

The rally ended up being canceled by law enforcement due to violent clashes between the rally-goers and counter-protesters. After the governor of Virginia issued a state of emergency and called in the National Guard, a car plowed into a group of counter-demonstrators, causing an unknown number of injuries.

Duke has been something of a sore spot for Trump for a while now due to then-candidate Trump not immediately repudiating the former KKK leaders support for him. Trump did eventually denounce Duke, but it hasnt stopped the white supremacist from offering up his support to the president.

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Who Is David Duke? Trump Supporter, Ex-KKK Leader Wants to Help White People Like MLK Helped Blacks – Newsweek

Newsweek published this story under the headline “The South: The Klan Also Rises”on January 12, 1976. In light of the recent events involving white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Newsweek is republishing the story. “There are thousands of organizations that work for the special interest of minorities. We need an organization to give them a little competition,” exhorts the radio ad. “Come to a Klan rally….See the beautiful cross-lighting ceremony.” The rally is disappointingly small; 350 people gathered in the Ku Klux Klan’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana, bookstore, sipping refreshments and perusing the items for saleKlan jewelry, white-supremacist pamphlets and permanent press robes “only $28 with hood and mask.” The folks finally move out into the night chill, to the tune of martial music, for the scaled-down program. “Good evening, white people,” begins Grand DragonDavid Dukefrom the back of a white pickup truck surrounded by armed Klansmen. “Why do we stand here in the cold? That’s where a lot of white people are standing today.” His audience includes college students, white- and blue-collar workers and their families. The articulate leader himself is a junior-executive sort in styled hair and mustache. He refers to “blacks” in his speech, but the crowd, warming to his message, repeatedly reminds him, “You mean nigger, don’t you?” Daily Emails and Alerts – Get the best of Newsweek delivered to your inbox The Ku Klux Klan has gone through a number of declines and resurgences since its Reconstruction birth as a night-riding cadre of shrouded terrorists, but none more remarkable than its present renaissance among students and middle-class urbanites all across the South. Though the FBI now estimates the membership of the several independent Klan groups at only 2,200, the feds report that the fellowship is once again on the upsurge. “Everywhere we go,” boasts John Paul Rogers of the United Klans of America, “we meet a lot of other middle-class, white Americans who decide we got to stick together. People who five years ago wouldn’t even talk to us now are stopping me on the street.” Klan leaders attribute renewed interest to economic insecurities brought on by unemployment and affirmative action; a lot of folks, top Klansmen say, worry that they may lose their jobs in the crunch because of minority hiring efforts. “How do you explain to a man that he can’t have a job because he’s white,” complains Rogers, “and then talk about equal rights?” Hard Sell: The Klan has begun flogging its message with a Madison Avenue hype once unheard of in the so-called Invisible Empire. “We’ve got to get out of the cow pasture and into the hotel meeting rooms,” says Grand Dragon Duke of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. “But it’s all window dressing, the substance is still the same.” Duke and his Louisiana-based Knights, however, try publicly to blunt that old-time substance with a singular passion for the window dressing. The Grand Dragon is a 24-year-old LSU graduate who has taken to working the college lecture circuit at campuses like Vanderbilt, Stanford, Indiana and Tulane. He pays full-time organizers to raise Klan consciousness in the universities, and he plugs rallies with a hard-sell radio spot aired on top-40 rock stations. Last September, running openly as a Klansman in a state senate primary race, he won a third of the vote in the richest and best-educated district in Louisiana. Duke has even worked his family into the show; wife Chloe is a Grand Genie who has stitched together a robe for their 4-month-old daughter. The aboveground style is obviously catching. The Florida branch of the larger and more traditional United Klans of America regularly sends its members, in full robe-and-hood regalia, strolling through shopping centers to chat with passers-by and hand out literature and membership blanks. “We got a lot of old wives’ tales to dispel about the Klan, like stories about murder and killings,” explains Grand Dragon Rogers. Active political campaigning is outlawed by the United Klans charters, but Rogers plans to invite state, local and national candidates to discuss their positions with Klan committees. “Just like the Jaycees, we would like to know what the candidates stand for,” he explains. Enemy: The Klan earnestly claims to be pro-white and not anti-anybody, a position that tempts more squeamish supporters to come out of the closet. “I don’t think that the white people should be the minority,” said a woman who brought her daughter to the Baton Rouge rally. Accordingly, the federal government’s Department of Health. Education and Welfare (“Hate Every White,” as it’s unfondly called) often serves as an inspirational enemy; the Knights’ rally was almost spiked when a Baton Rouge school refused to rent its gymnasium to the Klan under HEW pressure. Next month, Duke will take the school board to federal court, basing his case on freedom of speech and assembly. “David Duke,” insists recent convert Sharon Uhl, anLSU student dispirited by minority quotas, “is trying to do for white people what Martin Luther King did for black people.” The analogy, however sincere, is curious, to say the least. The Klan’s official line on blacks is to ship them back to Africa, although some gun-toting traditionalists favor a quicker dispatch. And, for all Duke’s public agonizing over image, the Klan’s underlying appeal to racism remainsand there is no indication that the Klan will change its ways soon, no matter how cleaned and pressed the bedsheets may become.

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Ex-KKK Leader David Duke Has Meltdown After Trump Condemns White Supremacists In Charlottesville – HuffPost

Former KKK leader David Duke was none too pleased that President Donald Trump on Monday finally got around to condemning extremist groups by name including neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan for the deadly weekend protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Minutes after Trumps speech, Duke lashed out in aseries of tweets, claiming the president had been manipulated by the media. Its amazing to see how the media is able to bully the President of the United States into going along with their FAKE NEWS narrative, Duke tweeted. Soon after that, in an anti-Semitic, racist Periscope video rant, Duke spoke directly to Trump, claiming white nationalists abhor violence. He said its just ridiculous that the president felt he had to make Mondays statement. President Trump, please, for Gods sake, dont feel like you need to say these things, Duke admonished in the video. Its not going to do you any good. Duke also stuck up for James Alex Fields, 20, the white nationalist motorist accused of ramming his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32. When youre under attack … you panic and you do things that are stupid and you do things that are wrong, Duke said. Trump made an address to the nation on Monday, after two days of withering criticism for a vague Saturday statement that criticized hatred and bigotry on many sides. Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,Trump said. Lawmakers from both parties had called Trump out for not specifically denouncing hate groups in the wake of a white nationalist rally that left three people dead, including two state troopers, and at least 19 injured. Some white supremacist organizations, such as the Daily Stormer, praised Trumps vague weekend statement. Duke at the time appeared to warn the president against calling out white nationalists, a group that has largely embraced Trump. Duke said on Saturday that the rally would help fulfill Trumps promises. This represents a turning point for the people of this country, Duke said. We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.

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2018 guard David Duke cuts list to five; Villanova and Providence included – Big East Coast Bias (blog)

As 2018 point guard David Duke continues to shoot up recruiting ranking boards, he has narrowed his list of potential suitors to five. Two Big East schools are in the mix, as the Villanova Wildcats and Providence Friars join Virginia Tech, Indiana, and Florida in Dukes top five. Both Ed Cooley and Jay Wright have quite the track record with developing point guards, something that didnt get lost on Duke, as he had the following to say about each school Providence: They have recruited me very hard ever since they offered and Coach (Ed) Cooley shows a lot of respect for me and my family; he does a good job of showing me how he plans to develop me. He also has a good record of developing his guards and I love what he did with Kris Dunn.” Villanova: Coach (Jay) Wright said that when I come in, they would have an open point guard spot, so it is a great opportunity there and it is a great school, both academically and athletically. via Corey Evans (Rivals) Those quotes are certainly interesting for a few reasons, the least of which is Jay Wright implying Jalen Brunson wont be at Villanova anymore after this season. Evans also notes that while Duke doesnt have any visits currently scheduled, he will likely look to commit before the end of the calendar year. Dukes Crystal Ball is currently 100% towards the Providence Friars, who already have AJ Reeves and Kris Monroe in their class of 2018.

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Charlie Hurt Calls Out Media for Giving Airtime to ‘Dirtbag’ David Duke – Fox News Insider

Trump on Charlottesville: We Have to Respect and Ideally Love Each Other David Webb: White Nationalists and Radical Leftists Both Attacking Trump On “Outnumbered” today, Charlie Hurt called out the mainstream media for their coverage of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. He explained that in the wake of violence at a white nationalist rally, which left one dead and dozens injured, the media is giving attention to white supremacists and neo-Nazis like former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. He said that amounts to millions and millions of dollars of free airtime and publicity for the former KKK grand wizard. “Who cares what this guy thinks?” Hurt said. “He’s a dirtbag. Ignore him. He’ll go away. If the lights aren’t on, if the cameras aren’t rolling, he gets no attention.” Dershowitz: Trump Has ‘More Credibility’ Than Obama With North Korea Diamond and Silk: We Don’t Like White Nationalists or Antifa Hurt said the media loves this kind of divisiveness, because it’s good for ratings. Kennedy noted that much of the media’s coverage also focused on President Trump’s delay in denouncing white supremacists by name. “That’s a distraction. And it’s unfortunate. And I want the president to learn from this,” Kennedy said, explaining that we should be having a more serious and thoughtful discussion about race and racism in America. As for allegations that Trump didn’t immediately condemn white nationalists because he’s afraid of alienating a portion of his base, Hurt said he doesn’t believe that the president would be that “despicable.” “I try to give people the benefit of the doubt,” Hurt said. “If that’s the case, that’s the most disgusting thing on Earth. But I really don’t think that that’s what’s going on here.” He pointed out that when a shooter opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice in June, the media didn’t call for Trump to denounce the “left-wing nut job.” Watch more above. Herman Cain: John McCain Is the ‘Biggest Bozo’ in the Senate Huckabee: White Nationalist Riots Are ‘Evil, Sinful, Disgusting Behavior’ Scott Baio: If Rosie O’Donnell Likes Kim Jong Un She Should Move to North Korea

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FAGAN: Why David Duke Matters – The Hayride

One of the nasty side-affects of deception is you dont realize it when youve been deceived. No one intentionally believes something untrue. But we all suffer from differing degrees of deception. To believe otherwise is pure arrogance. Well connect this to David Duke shortly. Truth is a force that brings clarity, wisdom, and freedom. Believing a lie does the opposite. It leads to bondage, bad decision making, and misery. One of the keys to discerning truth from lies is humility. You have to admit you dont know it all. Secondly you have to believe there is such a thing as truth. That there are absolutes, right and wrong, real and counterfeit. Theres an entire political movement based on the premise there is no such thing as truth. They believe we each have our own truth. Whats true for you might not be true for me. How foolish! This political movement goes by many names but it is most commonly referred to as leftism. Most leftists reside in the Democrat Party and as Ronald Reagan once said about them they believe so many things that simply are not true. Which makes sense since leftists dont believe in the existence of truth. Its hard to find something you dont even think exists. One of the biggest lies the left promotes is that we are a nation of racists. This is demonstrably untrue. America is the least racist nation on the planet today regardless of what the media and Democrats tell you. Minorities do better economically here than any other country. We get along better despite race-baiting types like Mitch Landrieu, Silky Slim, and David Duke. We are more integrated than any other country. The fact that our melting pot country with so many different ethnicities works is nothing short of miraculous. Ill admit it wasnt always the case but it certainly is now. And now is what matters. Another lie the left promotes is people of color dont have the same opportunities as whites when it comes to creating wealth in America. Again, not true. When you look at poverty in America it is almost exclusively found in single-parent households, regardless of race. Having only one parent often leads to poverty in America, not the color of your skin. It is true people of color are poorer than whites but they also tend to live in single-parent households more often than whites, and white single-parent households are statistically far poorer than other households. Its the behavior that produces poverty, not the color of your skin. Millions have been deceived into believing the we are a nation of racists lie and that is now the oxygen that drives the left and fuels the Democratic Party. Their followers believe they are victims, living in an oppressive country flowing with the White Privileged. Theyve been convinced they must vote for Democrats to protect themselves from the evil, racists, conservative Republicans. There are few things more debilitating than believing you are a victim. If the left is about anything it is about convincing people they are oppressed and victims. Its all they got. They have no other ideas or solutions. But as long as millions of Americans believe we are a nation made up mostly of racists the left will continue to have power. This is why David Duke matters. Duke was right in the middle of what happened in Virginia this past weekend. He is everything the left could ask for to boost their false narrative. He is misguided, disturbed, and an authentic racist. I wonder if the simple-minded Duke realizes he is nothing more than a useful idiot for the left. I doubt it. Its difficult to see clearly when your heart is so full of hatred. What Duke is not is typical. He is an anomaly and rare. Think about it. How many Nazis or white supremacists do you know personally? But the media loves the David Duke story and plays it up as though the half-witted loon is typical of conservatives and Republicans.This is why David Duke matters. Dan Fagan is a former television news reporter, journalism professor, newspaper columnist, and radio talk show host. He grew up in New Orleans and currently lives there. He is a regular contributor for The Hayride. If you have a news tip for Mr. Fagan you can reach him at [emailprotected] or 504-458-2542.

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Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke appeared at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., prior to Saturday’s violent clashes,saying that the event represented fulfilling the promises of President Trump. “This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back, we’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpColbert questions Trump: What’s tougher than ‘fire and fury’? Trump’s DC hotel exceeds expectations making M so far in 2017 Graham on North Korea: ‘If we have to, we’ll go to war’ MORE, and that’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back and that’s what we gotta do,” Duke said. The former KKK grand wizard’s comments came as the proteseors and counter-protesters at the racially charged event, which attracted white supremacists and neo-Nazis, clashed violently. Trump disavowed the white supremacistafter dodging questions about the endorsement in earlier interviews. The president condemned the violence in Charlottesville hours after the white nationalist gathering began in a tweet. We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one! Duke responded to Trump’s tweet on Saturday, appearing to put pressure on Trump. “I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists,” Duke tweeted, referring to Trump’s base. I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists. https://t.co/Rkfs7O2Ykr Our people were peacefully assembling and attacked by the same radical leftists who invaded your meetings and attacked your supporters. https://t.co/Rkfs7O2Ykr So, after decades of White Americans being targeted for discriminated & anti-White hatred, we come together as a people, and you attack us? https://t.co/Rkfs7O2Ykr Trump condemned the violence again without specifically calling out white nationalist groups during a press conference later Saturday afternoon. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides on many sides,” Trump said at a press conference that was meant to highlight accomplishments by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs during his administrations. “It’s been going on for a long time in our country. NotDonald Trump, notBarack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time,” he continued.

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Ex-KKK Leader David Duke Says White Supremacists Will ‘Fulfill’ Trump’s Promises – HuffPost

As the official start of the Unite the Right rally kicked off in Charlottesville, Virginia, former Ku Klux Klan leaderDavid Dukesaid the gathering of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and far-right individuals pointed to a future fulfillment of PresidentDonald Trumpspromises. This represents a turning point for the people of this country, said Duke in video uploaded to Twitter by Indianapolis Star photojournalist Mykal McEldowney. We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. Thats what we believed in, thats why we voted for Donald Trump. Because he said hes going to take our country back. Thats what we gotta do. In a tweet, Trump condemned hate and violence in response to clashes at the rally on Saturday, though he did not call out white supremacists in particular. Duke responded to Trumps tweet by stating that Trump should remember that White Americans were the ones to put him in office. Duke, a former KKK Grand Wizard, has long connected his message of white supremacy to ideas espoused by the president. During the presidential campaign, Duke stated that he and Trump had similar messages,pointing to Trump proposing policies like a border wall or Muslim ban. Donald Trump is talking implicitly. Im talking explicitly,Duke said last year, according to Time. Duke supported Trumps campaign and publicly celebrated his lead on election night. Trump disavowed Duke and the KKK, but only after initially declining to do so, claiming he didnt know anything about him. This weekends rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, called Unite the Right, was nominally billed as a protest against the removal of a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The rally drew out hundreds of demonstratorsbearing Nazi symbols and Confederate flags and chanting racist slogans. Violence has erupted between the far-right rally attendees and counter-protestors, leading Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) to declare a state of emergency. Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to far-right rally participants as far-left.

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Why Is Press Covering Discredited David Duke? – Newsmax

Twenty-eight years after he won his only elective office as a Louisiana state representative, following a dozen losing bids for offices ranging from president to governor, David Duke is almost incredibly still sought out by the national media. As reporters from across the nation and abroad covered the white supremacists rally in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, Duke, onetime Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, was showcased extensively by the press. In one widely-shown TV clip, Duke declared: [T]hats why we voted for Donald Trump … because he said he’s going to take our country back, and that’s what we gotta do” Trump supporters will inevitably argue that the liberal media is trotting Duke out simply to link a storied white supremacist and the president. Buthis string of successive losses at the polls and recent embarrassing antics have so demolished Duke’s credibility that one wonders why any journalist would take him seriously. “David Duke is a rabble rouser and a con artist,” former Rep. Bob Livingston (R.-La.) told Newsmax, “He’s made a living off contributions from supporters of his hate mongering, racist, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic rants leading to a felony fraud conviction and fifteen-month prison sentence. He subsequently took his neo-Nazi road show across Europe and lived in Russia for five years. The tragedy in Charlottesville provides Duke with a grand opportunity to make more money. In 1991, three years after he burst on the political scene, Duke made big news worldwide when he placed second in the crowded multi-party primary for governor of Louisiana and thus carried the Republican banner in the run-off against Democratic former Gov. Edwin Edwards. At the time, widespread publicity was given to Dukes claim that he was a “born-again Christian”who had shed his long record of racist and anti-Semitic beliefs and statements. Because he had accepted Christ as his savior, Duke argued, his past should not be held against him. In a televised debate with Edwards on November 2 of that year, Duke said he belonged to the “Evangelical Baptist Church”in the New Orleans area. But reporters soon found there was no such church. Reporters later pressed him as to when he had his born-again experience. He explained that he “was a born-again Christian at 13” and “I was born again a long time ago in my life and I was saved by Christ then.” He subsequently submitted to “theological examination”by evangelical leaders. Their spokesman Neal Curran told reporters, “When he said he had found Christ at age 13, we had to conclude he was lying. It is not possible that someone who found Christ 28 years ago could have burned the cross, could have twisted the cross into a swastika and would never have shown that he knelt at the foot of the cross until he was involved in a political campaign.” Duke spent the next decade running for office and continuing to market books and films dealing with race, conspiracy theories, and the Holocaust through an organization he started, the National Association for the Advancement of White People. In 2002, he pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return and mail fraud. Duke went on to serve a fifteen-month prison sentence and pay a $10,000 fine for what prosecutors charged was a six-year scheme to claim he was in financial jeopardy, raise money from supporters, and then use the money for “personal investment and gambling trips.” The Louisianan would again make national news in December 2006 when he participated in the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust in Tehran, Iran. Hosted by Iranian President (and vigorous Holocaust denier) Mahmoud Ahmandinejad, the conference attracted more than 67 skeptics of the Holocaust from 30 countries. Speaking at the conference, Duke charged that “the Zionists have used the Holocaust as a weapon to deny the rights of the Palestinians and cover up the crimes of Israel.” “He was a blot on our state, as he is on our nation,” Suzie Terrell, 2002 Republican U.S. Senate nominee in Louisiana, told Newsmax, “As to why the media seeks him out and gives him a platform to this day … no one in Louisiana has a clue. Ask them.” John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now. 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

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David Duke: White Nationalist Rally Helps ‘Fulfill the Promises of Donald Trump’ – Mediaite

Before all hell broke loose in Charlottesville, Virginia today at the Unite the Right rally, thousands of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, alt-righters and white supremacists gathered on the streets for the since-canceled march. A morning after hundreds of white nationalists took part in a torch-lit march and chanted white lives matter, one of the most notorious white supremacists in the country celebrated what the rally represented. And he invoked the presidents name while doing so. While speaking to reporters this morning, a smiling David Duke made the following observation when asked what the rally meant to him: This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take this country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. Thats what we believed in. Thats why we voted for Donald Trump because he said hes going to take our country back. The rally ended up being canceled by law enforcement due to violent clashes between the rally-goers and counter-protesters. After the governor of Virginia issued a state of emergency and called in the National Guard, a car plowed into a group of counter-demonstrators, causing an unknown number of injuries. Duke has been something of a sore spot for Trump for a while now due to then-candidate Trump not immediately repudiating the former KKK leaders support for him. Trump did eventually denounce Duke, but it hasnt stopped the white supremacist from offering up his support to the president. Watch the clip above, via Mykal McEldowneys Twitter account. [image via screengrab] Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com

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