Donald Trump has brought out the absolute worst in the electorate, and many of them have made race a major part of the reason they support Trump. His silence has been interpreted as acceptance of their support, and he has outright refused to disavow many of those groups whose despicable beliefs have belong nowhere near the mainstream. One of these very supporters, a rather prominent one, has decided to run for Congress in Louisiana.
Yes, my friends, it’s time to welcome David Duke back into politics.
Duke sees 2016 as his year to win against “sellout Steve Scalise” because of new racial tensions.
“There are millions of people across the country who would like to have me in the Congress. I’d be the only person in Congress openly defending the rights and the heritage of European Americans,” he said. “We are on the offensive today. There’s no more defenses.”
His target, Steve Scalise, is the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, and spoke out fervently against Duke and his groups after inadvertently speaking at an event hosted by one of those very groups (Scalise claims he didn’t know who the group was, and people who were there claim Scalise wasn’t actually there, so it’s all kind of fuzzy). Duke is, apparently, super upset that Scalise trashed his group and their beliefs.
But, let’s not pretend this is all about Scalise. Duke, and other white supremacists, are empowered by the fact that Donald Trump has all but endorsed them with his lack of disavowal. Let’s remember this gem from months ago in which he refused to denounce Duke and the KKK.
Trump’s rhetoric, his ideas, his personality… they’ve all given these people hope that their time has come again. And the entire Republican Party is going to pay for it. If Duke runs, what does it signal to others who want to push this agenda in other states?