Refresher Course on David Duke’s Vile Opinions - Repost of SPLC Report 2001
Now that Duke has intimated he might be throwing his hat in the ring for the GOP nomination, I thought a reminder on who he really is was in order.
On Friday morning, Oct. 28, 1994, in Kenner, La., British author David Irving woke at 7:30 a.m., went to Denny’s for breakfast, didn’t like the tea (so he didn’t pay for it), then spent all day at the “Great New Orleans Militaria Show,” where he sold $650 worth of his books and spent $20 on a Goebbels postcard.
When he returned to his hotel at 6:20 that evening, there was a message waiting from David Duke, America’s best-known former Ku Klux Klan leader. Irving returned the call.
They talked and, as agreed, they met the next night when Irving spoke at the North Kenner library. After the lecture Duke, Irving and Duke’s fiancée went to dinner. The following night they had dinner together again, this time at Duke’s home in Metairie.
After they ate, Duke “gave me a chapter of his draft memoirs to run my eye over,” Irving wrote in his private diary, parts of which are now part of a London court record.
“[I]mmediately, I seized a pen and began sub editing it, with the result that he wants me to edit everything he’s written to now. Several chapters of his quasi Mein Kampf.” The manuscript was, in the words of the British writer, “much better than I anticipated, [containing] many insights… . [It] deserves success.”