It seems former KKK leader David Duke, who has been doing his best to continue to pretend that he's really not a white supremacist, is not very happy with Rep. Steve Scalise, who, as we discussed here, was trying to distance himself from Duke after it was revealed that he spoke at a gathering of Duke's supporters back in 2002.
Now Duke says he may run against Scalise for his House seat. Gee, I wonder what could be motivating that move? Scalise would have a chance to further distance himself from Duke and pretend that he really doesn't share any of his views after all, and Duke gets to continue to mainstream his racist ideology. It's a win, win. Oh goodie.
Here's more from the HuffPo: Former KKK Leader David Duke Says He May Run Against Steve Scalise:
Former Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke said Wednesday that he was considering running against Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) as the congressman tries to distance himself from an appearance he made at a conference hosted by Duke's white supremacist group more than a decade ago.
Scalise has faced heavy criticism after it emerged that he had spoken at a conference hosted by European-American Unity and Rights Organization as a state senator in 2002. Scalise, now the House majority whip, has said he was unaware of the group's views at the time.
During an appearance on "The Jim Enright Show," first reported by BuzzFeed, Duke -- who was almost elected Louisiana's governor in 1991 -- said he was considering running against Scalise because the congressman had betrayed his constituents.
"He got elected on false pretenses," Duke said. "He got elected as David Duke without the baggage. But he's not David Duke. He's basically condemning the people of his district who voted overwhelmingly for me to be their U.S. senator and voted to be their governor.
"He's insulting every one of the members who actually voted for him, because he's suggesting that they're racist because they supported my views."
Duke said Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in the House, was a sellout and called on him to step down.