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Daily Beast Plays The David Duke Card

Daily Beast Plays The David Duke Card

Democrats must be in trouble if The Daily Beast is running a headline White Supremacist Stampede, with this opening line:

Add to the growing list of candidates considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012 America’s most famous white-power advocate: David Duke.

Ah yes, the David Duke card gets played.

Duke is an anti-Semitic kook who is far more likely in recent years to be hobnobbing with anti-Israel European leftists and Islamists than with anyone associated with the Republican Party or the Tea Party movement.

Yet The Daily Beast trots out a possible (inevitable?) Duke run for President to try to back up a false meme, that there is a “stampede” of Neo-Nazi candidates running in elections as Republicans.

What is the source for that screed?  The Southern Poverty Law Center, which uses fear mongering as a tool to solicit donations.   (And regularly tries to smear the Tea Party movement.)

But the facts elicited in the article defeat the headline.  Only nine candidates who expressly spout white supremacist ideology were identified by the SPLC in the article, out of thousands of candidates who run in races nationwide (emphasis mine):

“We’ve seen increasing numbers of white supremacists and others on the radical right running for electoral office for several years now and we likely had more in the last election than in any other in recent memory,” says Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “Although extremely few of these people are elected, especially if their views become known during the campaign, the fact that there are so many openly running for public office reflects the growth of white nationalism over the last 10 years.”

Potok’s group tracked 23 candidates in 2010 with radical right-wing views, nine of whom they described as white supremacists or white nationalists. (The others had extreme immigration and world-conspiracy views but did not specifically have links to white organizations.)

Nine white supremacist candidates?  In the whole country?  With its multi-hundred million dollar endowment, SPLC only could find nine candidates?

The Daily Beast is going to have to do better than the David Duke card.

Update:  Joshua Green Strikes Out.


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The SPLC probably listed Herman Cain as a “white supremacist”.

When Al Sharpton is the head of outreach for the administration, the Washington Post gives him an op-ed to plead for civil discourse and Meet the Press invites him on a panel to discuss the same, the problem of hatred in our political sphere is not on the right.

David Duke is not a lefty. Don’t be fooled by his recent alignment with the National Democratic Party of Germany. Despite the word “Democratic” in its name, it’s a far right German nationalist party.

    SDN in reply to LynnDee. | July 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    You would probably say that about Fred Phelps, except he’s been a registered Copperhead for years.

    Crawford in reply to LynnDee. | July 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    You realize he started his political career as a Democrat? When he tried to switch to Republican, the party responded by not funding his campaign and running ads AGAINST him.

    And that more recently than Duke ran as a Republican, Grand Kleagle (or whatever his title was) Byrd ran as a Democrat?

      LynnDee in reply to Crawford. | July 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      Yep, I’m sure we all know that, until the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the Democratic party was home to the so-called “Dixiecrats,” many of whom thereafter found it necessary to leave the Democratic party and throw in their lot with the GOP. LBJ himself is quoted as saying, after signing the Civil Rights Act: “We have lost the South for a generation.”

        Crawford in reply to LynnDee. | July 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm


        That old myth again? You find it comforting, don’t you?

        Question — which party, TODAY, depends more on racial animosity?

        Hint: Al “Freddie’s Fashion Mart” Sharpton is a respected member of this party.

They had to mention David Duke because Elvis is still missing 🙂

When was the last time David Duke voted for a Republican?

For the 2000 and 2004 elections, David Duke endorsed “anybody but Bush” for president.

For the 2008 election, it was “neither McCain nor Obama.” Sarah Palin is, of course, pro-Israel. That’s as big a no-no in Dukeland as it is among the “peace” crowd.

If the Daily Beast counted as being anything but an amateurish lefty house organ this might be interesting, but since with them it’s typically trash in then the result has to be trash out.

“David Duke is not a lefty.”

No doubt like the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, whose highest leadership despised Christianity, praised Islam, threw secularized “seasonal” banquets for members, gave Yasser Arafat’s favorite uncle his own SS division, and gifted the German people universal health care, a centrally planned economy, and a final solution to Karl Marx’s long-pondered “Jewish Question”, also had nothing to do with the political left:

Or, not.

    RandyB1 in reply to Squires. | July 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Hitler working together with Islamists?

    True, but one does not get that impression from watching “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

    One technical point: I’m somewhat sure the Grand Mufti wasn’t really Arafat’s uncle. Arafat, or someone, may have made that up.

      Alan Kellogg in reply to RandyB1. | July 7, 2011 at 2:34 am

      Hitler would work with anybody he could rope into helping him against Jews, Slavs, and Communists. Including other Jews, Slavs, and Communists.

How does this story indicate Dems are in trouble? Are you suggesting the DNC calls up The Daily Beast and says, “Hey, how about a nice white supremacist story to distract the masses?” Or that Daily Beast editors, eyeing the President’s poll numbers, decide: “Time for a white supremacist story! STAT!”


Stupid Beast propaganda. Why would the Tea Party seek to put up a candidate who is disqualified from running for office? Duke’s 2002 guilty plea to felony:

Duke, by the way, grew up in the very same political party as did most of the KKK and white supremacists. Until 1988 he was a registered Democrat.

The SPLC lost credibility a long time ago. Wasn’t it just last year that it released a report on radical groups that posed a threat to the U.S. but did not name ONE group, like the radical Muslim compounds (such as Islamaberg) that have popped up all over the nation?

These compounds are surrounded by razor wire, patrolled by AK-47 carrying Muslims, will not allow the police or anyone to enter, and if someone dies, will not even allow the coroner to enter. Yet, somehow, the SPLC managed to miss them when they were condemning Christian groups and those people with pro-life bumper stickers on their cars.

With the hundreds of campaigns going on during the 2010 election cycle, SPLC tracked 23. I guess those were the 23 “persons of special interest” to the SPLC. And now, you can include the DailyBeast to the list of disgusting groups.

Donald Douglas | July 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I’ve got a roundup going, with breaking video, if you’re gonna blog it: ‘Casey Anthony Not Guilty’.

David Duke was an opponent of the Iraq War, and a supporter of Cindy Sheehan.

My family (whom I have abandonded) went on a weird journey over the years: 1.) John Birchers / “Support your local police” / Goldwater supporters; 2.) Anti-Semites (I don’t know where that came from. They read “The Spotlight” news pamplets in the early ’80s; quit the Birch Society because “it had a pro-Jewish stink to it.”) 3.) Sovereign Citizens who think the gold fringe on an American flag makes it the flag of a Zionist Occupational Government. 4.) Christian Identity Believers that think white European people are the real children of Israel. 5.) Demented polygamists.

Conspiracy Theory is a globe, apparently. They went all the way around it and are now far left. They side with al-Qaida in every way. They are staunch racists who call black people “mud races” and are worried about “mongrelization” of sacred white blood.

I can tell you for certain that David Duke is a pro-Islamist nut, and has nothing to do with Tea Partiers.

    Alan Kellogg in reply to RKae. | July 7, 2011 at 2:37 am

    How did they take the news that all Non-Africans are human/neanderthal hybrids. 🙂

Potok’s group tracked 23 candidates in 2010 with radical right-wing views, nine of whom they described as white supremacists or white nationalists. (The others had extreme immigration and world-conspiracy views but did not specifically have links to white organizations.)

And how many candidates for office, nationwide, had extreme left-wing views? How many of them did the SPLC “track”? None, of course, since the SPLC is itself on the far extremist fringe of the American left.

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Notice how the Democratic “radial” Lyndon LaRouche gets no press

homas tardy | July 5, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Redneck racist David Duke and the burning cross… Duke University and the (eventually exonerated but who reads everything or believes it) purportedly privileged racist LaCrosse team.

I wouldn’t even name my dog Duke these days. The narrative can be effectively subsumed by mere particular words. But we can call liberals pavlovian subjects. Canine, right?

Lyndon LaRouche is not a Democrat. And as for not getting much press… is there any reason he should? Has he done anything of note recently? I mean, other than somehow being affiliated with that crazy woman who got handed her lunch by Barney Frank during the summer of the tea party.

    Crawford in reply to LynnDee. | July 5, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    LaRouche is as much a Democrat as Duke is a Tea Partier.

    Ah, Barney Frank — the most corrupt — and apparently ignorant and stupid — person in Congress. I mean, this is a guy who had a prostitution ring run out of his home and didn’t realize it, who had pot growing in his home and didn’t realize it, who was sleeping with executives in the industries he was supposed to regulate and — OK, he realized it, just didn’t see a problem with it.

    Milhouse in reply to LynnDee. | July 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

    La Rouche is not a Democrat? In which universe? How on earth can you possibly have come to that conclusion? What distinguishes him from any other Democrat? I think you know very well that he’s a Democrat, and you’re just desperately lying about it.

    Oh, and Fred Phelps is a Democrat too.

My reaction to this? “Ain’t America great? After all, where else can anyone seek the nation’s highest office, no matter how extreme and outlandish their views?”

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I’m a precinct committeeman for the Republican party in Tempe Arizona (LD17, PC25) and a member of the Tempe Tea Party.

The blatant lies that the left tells about should be proof enough to anyone paying attention that they are neither honest nor good.

When you have to twist your opponents and their arguments into grotesque caricatures in order to persuade others that they are wrong, then it is you who are wrong.

This is what the left does and the day has long since passed that I or anyone else should be fooled by them or tricked into trying to prove their baseless accusations wrong. They have nothing to offer but lies and malice and the sooner we purge the body politic of their influence, the better our nation and the world will be.

I seem to recall that it was a matter of record that David Duke was very much a Cindy Sheehan fanboy and opposed to the Liberation of Iraq from Saddam. I sometimes had fun torturing leftists opposed to our war with Saddam by reminding them of that. ^_^

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