Chronology of David Duke

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Chronology of David Duke (from 1989 to 1992, he was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He has been a perennial candidate for various offices throughout his life):

  • 1968-70: First comes to public attention at LSU's "Free Speech Alley" when he makes racial awareness speeches.
  • 14 November 1972: Duke pickets Jerry Rubin who was speaking on the campus at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 1973: Writes "African Atto under the pseudonym Mohammad X; Later, Duke said the book was a satire.
  • 1974: Marriage with Chloê Eleanor Hardin
    • While working in the White Youth Alliance, Duke met Hardin, who was also active in the group. They remained companions throughout college and married in 1974. Hardin is the mother of Duke's two daughters, Erika and Kristin. The Dukes divorced in 1984, and Chloe moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, in order to be near her parents. There, she became involved with Duke's Klan friend Don Black, whom she later married.
  • 1975: Receives 11,079 votes (33.20 %) as a member of the Democratic Party during an unsuccessful bid for the Louisiana Senate (Louisiana State Senate District 16 Election).
  • 1976: Duke, in blackface, protests the Legislature which was unveiling a bust of P.B.S. Pinchback, a black man who served briefly as Governor during reconstruction.
  • 1976: Duke (using the double pseudonym James Konrad and Dorothy Vanderbilt) wrote a self-help book for women, Finders-Keepers: Finding and Keeping the Man You Want. The book contains sexual, diet, fashion, cosmetic and relationship advice, and was published by Arlington Place Books, an offshoot of the National Socialist White People's Party.
  • 1978: During a visit to Great Britain, dodges bobbies trying to expel him from the country. Also that year, he was arrested in Jefferson Parish and charged with inciting a riot.
  • 1979: Receives 9,897 votes (26.60 %) as a member of the Democratic Party during an unsuccessful bid for the Louisiana Senate (Louisiana State Senate District 16 Election).
  • 1980: Leaves the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, where he was grand wizard. Forms the National Association for the Advancement of White People.
  • 1987: Arrested during a demonstration in Forsyth, Georgia.
  • 1988: Duke ran initially in the Democratic presidential primaries (45,289 votes, 0.19 %). His campaign had limited impact, with one minor exception — as the only candidate on the ballot, he won the little-known New Hampshire vice presidential primary. Duke then sought and gained the presidential nomination of the Populist Party, an organization founded by Willis Carto. He hired Ralph Forbes as campaign manager and appeared on the ballot for president in 11 states and was a write-in candidate in some other states, some with Trenton Stokes of Arkansas for vice president, and on other state ballots with Floyd Parker, a physician from New Mexico, for vice president. He received just 47,047 votes, for 0.04 % of the national popular vote.
  • 1988: By a 227-vote margin, Duke, running as a Republican, won a runoff for a Louisiana House Seat in Metairie. He leaves that office after one term in 1992.
  • 1990: Running as a Republican, Duke (607,091 votes, 43.48 %) loses a primary for the U.S. Senate to democratic incumbent J. Bennett Johnston (753,198 votes, 53.95 %) after the GOP forces out its official candidate, Ben Bagert, to avoid a runoff.
  • 1991: Runs second (491,342 votes, 31.71 %) as a Republican in the Governor's primary to Edwin Edwards (523,096 votes, 33.76 5), knocking Republican incumbent Gov. Buddy Roemer (410,690 votes, 26.51 %) out of the race. Loses the primary in a landslide to Edwards, gets 671,009 votes (38.83 %).
  • 1992: Short-lived presidential bid ends with South Carolina primary.
  • Mid-1990s: Hosts a radio talk show in the New Orleans area and organizes European-American Unity and Rights Organization. Manages computer mailing lists as a consultant. States in mailings to members to be in financial straits and under harassment by the IRS.
  • 1996: Comes in third in a congressional primary for a New Orleans-area seat; United States Senate election in Louisiana jungle primary, 141,489 votes (11.52 %) for Duke.
  • 1998: Duke self-published the autobiographical "My Awakening: A Path to Racial Understanding". The book details Duke's social philosophies, including his advocacy of racial separation: "We [[[Whites]]] desire to live in our own neighborhoods, go to our own schools, work in our own cities and towns, and ultimately live as one extended family in our own nation. We shall end the racial genocide of integration. We shall work for the eventual establishment of a separate homeland for African Americans, so each race will be free to pursue its own destiny without racial conflicts and ill will."
  • 1999: Louisiana's 1st congressional district special election jungle primary, 28,059 votes (19.15 %) for Duke.
    • Duke joined the Reform Party in 1999. Duke would leave the party after the election.
  • 1999: Federal Grand Jury investigates the $100,000 sale of a list of Duke supporters to gov. Mike Foster. No charges are returned.
  • January 2000: Shortly after Duke leaves for a speaking tour in Russia, federal agents raid his home in Mandeville, LA. A search warrant, based on testimony from "confidential informants", alleged that Duke took hundreds of thousands of dollars he solicited from supporters and gambled the money away at casinos. Duke rented out an apartment in Moscow.
  • 2000-2002: Duke spends most of his time out of the United States on speaking tours.
    • 2000: Nick Griffin (then leader of the British National Party in the United Kingdom) met with Duke at a seminar with the American Friends of the British National Party.
    • 2001: Duke promoted his book "Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening to the Jewish Question" in Russia. In this work, he purports to "examine and document elements of ethnic supremacism that have existed in the Jewish community from historical to modern times".
  • 16 December 2002: Duke's attorney, James McPherson, says Duke has returned to the U.S. to work out a plea bargin with federal prosecutors.
  • 18 December 2002: Duke pleads guilty to charges of mail fraud and filing a false tax return in a plea agreement with a maximum $10,000 fine and 15 months in prison.
  • 15 April 2003: Duke reports to Federal Correctional Institution, Big Spring in Texas to begin serving his sentence.
  • 2004: Duke's bodyguard, roommate, and longtime associate Roy Armstrong made a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives, running as a Democrat, to serve Louisiana's First Congressional District. In the open primary, Armstrong finished second in the six candidate field with 6.69 % of the vote, but Republican Bobby Jindal received 78.40 %, thus winning the seat. Duke was the head advisor of Armstrong's campaign.
  • December 2006: Duke, a supporter of Ernst Zündel, took part in the "Holocaust Conference" organized by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
  • April 2009: Duke traveled to the Czech Republic on invitation by the Czech Národní Odpor ("National Resistance") to deliver three lectures in Prague and Brno (Brünn) to promote the Czech translation of his book My Awakening. He was arrested on 23 April 2009. The police released him early on 25 April 2009 on condition that he leave the country by midnight that same day.
  • November 2011: David Duke was arrested in Cologne, Germany, during a speech in front of German nationalists. Duke only had transit status in Germany, which means that he is only entitled to travel through the country, not to stop there. Switzerland, which is part of Europe's open-border Schengen agreement, had previously issued a ban that would make it illegal for Duke to stay anywhere in the European member countries. On Duke's official website, the American confirmed his arrest: "I was imprisoned by a gross twisting of travel laws in a blatant attempt by the government to prevent a private and peaceful gathering of about a 100 German citizens eager to hear my message of heritage and freedom."
  • 2013: An Italian court ruled in favor of expelling Duke from Italy. Duke, then 63, was living in the mountain village Valle di Cadore in northern Italy. Although Duke had been issued a visa to live there by the Italian embassy in Malta, Italian police later found that Switzerland had issued a residence ban against Duke that applied throughout Europe's Schengen Area.
  • 2015: It was reported by the media that Duke endorsed then presidential nominee Donald Trump. Duke later clarified in an interview with "The Daily Beast" in August 2015 that while he viewed Trump as "the best of the lot", due to his stance on immigration, Trump's support for Israel was a deal breaker for him. Duke stated that "Trump has made it very clear that he's 1,000 percent dedicated to Israel, so how much is left over for America?" In December 2015, Duke said Donald Trump speaks more radically than he does, advising that Trump's radical speech is both a positive and a negative
  • 2016: United States Senate election in Louisiana jungle primary, 58,606 votes (3.0 %) for Duke. Those who made donations to the campaign were criminaly publicly outed in several states in 2017, leading to boycotts, lost business, and one restaurant to close entirely.
  • 2016: People For the American Way (PFAW) reported Duke championing the alt-right.
  • 2018: Duke is portrayed by actor Topher Grace in the Spike Lee film "BlacKkKlansman".
  • 2018: Duke was banned from Facebook, over a year after his participation in the Unite the Right rally.
  • February 2019: Mainstream media reported Duke had endorsed presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard for the Democratic ticket and changed his Twitter banner to a picture of Gabbard. He tweeted "Tulsi Gabbard for President. Finally a candidate who will actually put America First rather than Israel First!"
  • June 2020: Duke was banned from YouTube, along with Richard Spencer and Stefan Molyneux.
  • July 2020: Duke's Twitter account was permanently suspended.