Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is running for U.S. Senate, linking his decision to Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency and the business mogul’s proposals on trade and immigration.
Duke, a vocal Trump supporter, announced his candidacy on Friday and said he was “overjoyed” to see the businessman’s campaign “embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years,” including the nationalist and protectionist notion of “America First.”
“We must stop the massive immigration and ethnic cleansing of people whose forefathers created America,” Duke said in a video posted to his website one day after Trump claimed the Republican White House nomination.
“Thousands of special-interest groups stand up for African Americans, Mexican Americans, Jewish Americans, et cetera, et cetera,” Duke said. “The fact is that European Americans need at least one man in the United States Senate — one man in the Congress — who will defend their rights and heritage.”