Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke on Wednesday said that he may run for Congress against House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) because he thinks the congressman is a “sellout.”
In an interview on Jim Engster Show on Wednesday, Duke blasted Scalise for saying his appearance at a white nationalist event in 2002 was a “mistake.”
“I call upon Steve Scalise to step down from his position of House of Representatives, in fact, he should resign his seat,” Duke said, according to audio published by Buzzfeed.
Duke said that Scalise insulted the residents of his district who supported Duke and his organization.
“He insulted those people, saying that if you’re a David Duke supporter then you represent racism or something like that, which is not true,” Duke said.
Engster asked Duke, who has previously run for governor and Congress in Louisiana, if he would ever make a bid for public office again. Duke said that he’s not currently registered to vote, but may register and challenge Scalise.
“I just might have to run against Steve Scalise because you know, I really might. mean, I’m definitely going to consider it,” he said.
Duke said he felt Scalise was “elected on false pretenses.” He noted that Scalise was elected as “David Duke without the baggage, but he is not David Duke.”
“The New York Times admitted that the Republican Party won office and got control of the United States House of Representatives, essentially on my political issues,” Duke said. “Opposed to the massive illegal immigration, on the issues of welfare reform, on so many other issues that I’ve talked about, but the difference is with me and someone like me Steve Scalise, or David Vitter, you know the prostitution king — the difference between myself and those guys is that I didn’t sellout. I’ve never sold out.”