|U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 81st District|
From: February 18, 1989 – January 13, 1992
|Party||Independent (former Democrat (1975-1987), Populist (1988), Republican (1989-1999) and Reform (1999-2001))|
|Spouse(s)||Chloê Eleanor Hardin (m. 1974–1984)|
David Ernest Duke (born July 1, 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, whose service extended from 1989 to 1992. Duke has run for office as a Democrat, as a Republican, and as the 1988 presidential candidate of the Populist Party. He is a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
Duke ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in the nonpartisan blanket primary in 1990 against the incumbent Democrat J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. of Shreveport. In 1991, he lost the governor's race to Democrat Edwin Edwards, who easily secured his fourth nonconsecutive term in the position. In that contest, Edward supporters used posters saying, "Vote for the Crook. It's Important."
Duke participated in the "International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust" in 2006 held in Iran. This was a convocation of holocaust deniers.
Political Positions and Views
Duke was vehement critic of U.S. President George W. Bush's decision in 2003 to invade Iraq. He has also spoken against the Republican National Committee, which opposed him in his own electoral contests. Evolutionary racism is a major component of David Duke's racism.
On the War in Iraq, Duke stated,
- Cindy Sheehan is absolutely right. Her son signed up in the military to defend America, not Israel...In advancing this war for Israel, government and media advocates obviously couldn’t get Americans behind the war by saying it was a war for Israel. They had to make up bogus reasons for the war, such as saying that Iraq was an imminent threat to America and that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.
- David Duke: White Revolution on the Internet.
- Darwinism’s influence on modern racists and white supremacist groups: the case of David Duke
- Why Cindy Sheehan is Right!, David Duke, 8/14/2005.