The Daily Beast reports former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard and state rep. David Duke is launching a 25-state tour to draw up support for a potential presidential run — what he called last year an "exploratory nationwide tour."
Founder of the Louisiana-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and National Association for the Advancement of White People, Duke told the hosts of a white supremacist radio show last year he was considering the run. (Duke ran on a Democratic ticket briefly in 1988, later switching to Republican.) In 1989, he won a seat with House District 89, and he lost the 1991 race for Louisiana governor to Edwin Edwards — the so-called "lesser of two evils" vote in which Duke was voted more evil.
"I do believe at this point we need something in America to shock our people," he said last year. "One of the problems you have in Louisiana is that you have a very, very large black vote."
Here's his YouTube pitch for a potential presidential run. His platform: welfare and campaign finance reforms, not letting "Israel or any nation dictate our foreign policy," re-deploying troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, stopping all immigration, stopping international banks, abolishing the Federal Reserve and affirmative action, and promoting "American values" in the media.
We'll see how far he gets this time — Duke's 2002 conviction for tax fraud and subsequent 15-month prison stint bar him from serving any office for 15 years.