White supremacist leader David Duke is considering a run for the White House and plans to visit 25 states before making up his mind, reports The Daily Beast.
It would be the second time the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan has run for the Republican nomination.
In 1992 Duke received less than 1 percent of the vote and had no delegates at the National Convention.
Duke, who now calls himself a “white civil-rights advocate,” has been out of the national picture for more than a decade, but says next year’s race for the White House will be pivotal.
Duke, 61, gained notoriety for his white-power views after winning a 1988 special election for a seat in the Louisiana House. He then received 43 percent of the vote in a run for the U.S. Senate in 1990. The following year he ran unsuccessfully for Louisiana governor.
After trying for the White House he stood again for the Senate and then for the House without getting close to victory. He was sentenced to 15 months jail in 2002 after pleading guilty to tax fraud. In recent years he has lived in Europe.
The Daily Beast says several “white nationalists” 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.”
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