Duke Takes His Anger Into 1992 Race
By ROBIN TONER
Published: December 5, 1991
New York Times
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4— David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who polarized Louisiana politics with his angry campaigns against welfare and affirmative action, announced today that he was entering the race for the Republican Presidential nomination.
Mr. Duke, who declared his candidacy in a packed news conference at the National Press Building here, accused President Bush of "selling out" the Republican Party by signing a new civil rights bill, by raising taxes and by failing to protect American workers from foreign competition.
The former Klansman and one-time neo-Nazi touched on nearly every volatile issue in American politics: immigration, taxes, crime, racial preferences, "the welfare illegitimate birth rate," the undermining of "Christian society" to the point "where we can't even sing Christmas carols in many of our public schools anymore." Racial Allusions in Speech
[...] On the subject of trade, he said, "We must go to the Japanese and say, 'You no buy our rice, we no buy your cars.' "
Mr. Duke said today that he believed immigration policies would be a major issue in the election, arguing that "the time has come in America to limit and stop the illegal immigration into our society." He added: "What's happening is, we are unraveling. We're losing our way. This country is overwhelmingly European descent. It's overwhelmingly Christian. And if we lose our underpinning, I think we're going to lose the foundations of America."
David Duke: Duke's plan for stemming the flow of illegal aliens into the United States called for sealing the border. "I'd make the Mexican-American border almost like a Maginot Line," he said, referring to a system of heavy fortifications that France built on its eastern border before World War II. He said he would prohibit businesses from hiring illegal aliens, round up all the illegal aliens, and deport them. He laid out his plan on October 16, 1977, as he and Tom Metzger, his California grand dragon, toured the San Ysidro Port of Entry near San Diego. - [Tyler Bridges / The Rise of David Duke, page 67]
Donald Trump: "I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
"We're going to keep the families together ... but they have to go."
David Duke Endorses Trump (Via Crooks and Liars)
"I praise the fact that he’s come out on the immigration issue," Duke explained. "That he’s an entrepreneur and he has a good sense of what people want to hear what they want to buy."
"And I think he realizes that his path to popularity toward power in the Republican Party is talking about the immigration issue," the radio host continued. "And he has really said some incredibly great things recently. So whatever his motivation, I don’t give a damn. I really like the fact that he’s speaking out on this greatest immediate threat to the American people."
"I’ve said from the beginning I think his campaign is good in the sense that it’s bringing these issues to a discussion which we have to have in America. And he’s continuing to move the envelope further and I think he understands the real sentiment of America."
Pat Buchanan (1991): "The way to deal with Mr. Duke is the way the GOP dealt with the far more formidable challenge of George Wallace. Take a hard look at Duke's portfolio of winning issues; and expropriate those not in conflict with GOP principals."
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