Just one day after the Republican National Convention the known anti-Semite, white supremacist, former KKK grand wizard and yes, former one-term Republican Louisiana State Representative David Duke threw his hat into the ring for the upcoming election. He hopes to take hold of a United States Senate seat. He said in an interview with Steve Inskeep on NPR:
As a United States Senator nobody will be more supportive of his [Donald Trump’s] legislative agenda, his supreme court agenda, than I will. I’m 100 percent behind it.”
While it isn’t shocking that David Duke, like other bigoted right-wingers vying for conservative support, are riding on the Trump Train of hate to reclaim an archaic power hold on our country. What is a bit surprising is that Duke is actually polling significantly higher among black voters in his state than Donald Trump does in bordering states and nationally with his mediocre 2.3 percent of the vote.
The Washington Post is reporting that Duke currently holds 14 percent of the black vote in Louisiana.
Now, this isn’t to say that Duke’s meager 14 percent in his state is a winning amount of support, it’s not. However, what it does show is how poorly Donald Trump ranks among the African-American voting base in the general election.
For perspective, in 2012 Mitt Romney only received 17 percent of the “non white” vote. PBS reported that “Republican Party strategists agree that this year’s GOP nominee needs to do significantly better to be competitive in November.” Donald Trump isn’t even close to that goal, not by a long shot.
So yeah, the fact that a former wizard of the Klu Klux Klan has captured not just any but more of the black vote than the Republican candidate for President of the United States is absolutely telling. Donald Trump’s old, white, racist supporters can deny all day long that he is not racist, but in this election it is clear to the rest of us.
David Duke can attempt to ride on the coattails of a nominee who talks his talk and walks his walk. He can spout off his support. He can try to cash in on the fact he is running for a senate seat in a deep south state. However, if (and it’s a big if) he gets elected, he may be unpleasantly surprised when he is pitching legislation to President Hillary Clinton.
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