David Duke's meltdown from moments ago pic.twitter.com/6k23rRx6p0— Andrew Blake (@apblake) November 3, 2016
Former Imperial Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke was invited to New Orleans’ historically black Dillard University to debate five other candidates running for the United States Senate … and it went about as well as you’d expect.
In a prime example of how Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric has emboldened white supremacists all across the country, Duke got into a lengthy shouting match with the moderator, WVUE-TV host John Snell, who questioned about Duke’s references to the “CNN Jews.”
“That gets to the heart of what the problem I have with you,” the ex-KKK leader responded. “There is a problem in America with a very strong powerful tribal group that dominates our media and our international banking.”
He then clarified his statement by making his anti-Semitic values all the more apparent.
“I’m not opposed to all Jews,” the senate hopeful said. “I’m against Jews and anyone else that puts their own interest of some other place over our own country. Dominating the media, which is teaching and inspiring black people to hate white people and inciting them to violence.”
Several times during the debate, Duke also invoked Trump's name and compared himself to the racist Republican nominee.
“I will be Donald Trump's most loyal advocate,” the ex-KKK leader said.
His views on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton were also just as disturbing.
“The lady should be getting the electric chair, being charged with treason,” he exclaimed, later adding he is not a white supremacist.
Meanwhile, the debate took place without an open public audience, since Dillard President Walter Kimbrough and the debate’s sponsor, Raycom Media, prohibited protesters and journalists from entering the auditorium.
Outside the building, angry students loudly protested Duke’s presence and at times, even clashed with the police. Seconds before the debate was set to start, a few students somehow managed to push in a back door, but they were pepper sprayed and forced back out.
None of it went unnoticed by Duke, who went on to blame all the commotion on the Black Lives Matter "radicals."
“It's time we stand up now,” he said. “We're getting outnumbered and outvoted in our own nation.”
Dillard University students protest former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, who's on campus for tonight's U.S. Senate debate: pic.twitter.com/bX9UsaOcY6— Fusion (@Fusion) November 2, 2016
Student speaker says Dillard President Walter Kimbrough "is now a symbol of white supremacy" for allowing David Duke on campus pic.twitter.com/XnHppgQAYL— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) November 2, 2016
However, in one of the most interesting moments of the otherwise surreal night, Democratic candidate Caroline Fayard called Duke a “snake” that has “slithered out of the swamp.” She then pleaded for voters to join her and “cut the head off of his hatred.”
The massive online reaction pretty much sums it all up.
David Duke & his like act so entitled to anger you'd think it were their grandfathers hanged for sport, their grandmothers gassed. #Siddown— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) November 3, 2016
I really hate white nationalists #lasen— Zack Kopplin (@ZackKopplin) November 3, 2016
Duke promises to stand up for "your heritage" meaning white people #lasen— Zack Kopplin (@ZackKopplin) November 3, 2016
Duke says he is not a white supremacist but thinks the media puts out "hate propoganda" about white people #lasen— Alexis Levinson (@alexis_levinson) November 3, 2016
What I really can't believe is the moderator and other candidates let Duke's hate speech just pass by without comment! #lasen— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) November 3, 2016
david duke qualifying for a republican senate debate kind of wraps up 2016 in a nice bow— Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 3, 2016
May 2017 be the year of David Duke not trending on Twitter.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 3, 2016
Duke qualified for the debate after receiving 5 percent support in a statewide poll.
Watch the entire debate in the video below: