It seems as though history is repeating itself. David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, is reportedly considering another run for the Republican nomination for President.
According to The Daily Beast, there are many “white nationalists” who have started campaigning for office throughout the country, pointing to “rising unemployment . . . an African-American president, and rampant illegal immigration as part of a growing mound of evidence that white people need to take a stand.” It appears as though David Duke may be added to the group.
If Mr. Duke does indeed decide to throw his hat into the ring for the 2012 election, this would be his second attempt at the presidency. When he ran for president in 1992, he received less than 1% of the vote. During that election, the Republican Party tried- unsuccessfully- to block his participation in the election.
After his unsuccessful run for the presidency in 1992, Mr. Duke has was charged with filing a false tax return. He plead guilty to the charges, and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
This is not the first time Mr. Duke has had legal issues. In 1987 he was accused of a fund-raising scam when he allegedly conducted a direct-mail appeal using the identity and mailing-list of the Georgia Forsyth County Defense League without permission. Prosecutors allege Mr. Duke had ran what was essentially a six-year scheme to scam thousands of his supporters by asking for donations. There were also allegations that much of the money had been spent at the casinos.
Mr. Duke now prefers the term “white civil-rights advocate” over other seemingly more derogatory terms, says “next year’s race for the White House will be pivotal.”
Duke pled guilty to what prosecutors described as a six-year scheme to dupe thousands of his followers by asking for donations. Through postal mail, Duke later appealed to his supporters that he was about to lose his house and his life savings. Prosecutors claimed that