Skip To Content
Get Our Newsletter
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Breaking News

David Duke Makes It to Primetime for Louisiana Senate Debate — at Black College

After Wednesday’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, it might have seemed that we wouldn’t see the likes of it for a long time. But two weeks from now, Louisiana white supremacist and long-shot Senate candidate David Duke will take the debate stage with five of his rivals.

After the story broke Thursday, Duke posted to Twitter to brag about his success, “Important News! I qualified for the U.S. Senate most important debate in Louisiana on Nov 2. I can’t wait to tell truth nobody else dares!”

In a later Tweet, he complained about a previous debate to which he was not invited, “Five Establishment sellouts questioned by media sellouts. Time to put an end to this disgusting cuckoldry, see you at the next debate #LaSen.”

Duke, an ‘alt-right’ darling and a super fan of the Republican nominee, made the cut thanks to a poll taken this week by a Fox affiliate in the state, which showed him just clearing the bar of 5% support.

In an ironic twist, the event will take place at New Orleans’ Dillard University, a historically black university.

“Dillard is pretty supportive of Black Lives Matter, and I’ve been pretty critical of them,” Duke said, in comments to the Acadiana Advocate.

Louisiana is home to a unique electoral contest known as “the jungle primary,” in which candidates from all parties compete, with the top two vote getters moving to the general election. Duke is running as a Republican.

Currently, the field is led by Republican John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at solomon@forward.com or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

Engage

  • SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK

  • UPCOMING EVENT

    NY-12 Candidate Forum

    THE TEMPLE EMANU-EL STREICKER CENTER and Virtual

    Aug 10, 2022

    7 pm ET · 

    Will the last Jew left in New York’s congressional delegation be reelected? Will New York’s senior congresswoman receive another term? Or will one of the newcomers upend Manhattan politics?

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free under an Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives Creative Commons license as long as you follow our republishing guidelines, which require that you credit the Foward and retain our pixel. See our full guidelines for more information.

To republish, copy the HTML, which includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline, images, and credit to the Foward. Have questions? Please email us at editorial@forward.com.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.