David Duke is a white supremacist and antisemite who has been actively spreading hate for over 40 years, including Holocaust denial. Duke is a founder of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and was instrumental in the Klan resurgence of the 1970s. He is most well known for having been elected to a single term as state representative in Louisiana in 1989, and for unsuccessful election campaigns for U.S. Senate in 1990 and governor of Louisiana in 1991.
Duke has spread antisemitic, racist and bigoted commentary and conspiracy theories for decades. In December 2006, Duke attended a conference dedicated to Holocaust denial in Tehran, Iran. During his remarks, titled “A Holocaust Enquiry,” he asserted that “Zionists” control and manipulate governments, politics and media in the Western world and claimed that the repeated media references to the event as a "Holocaust denial conference" demonstrated this "Zionist control" of the media. He has also consistently accused Jews of controlling the media, U.S. politics, banking and other entities, in addition to repeating baseless claims that Jews are responsible for such events as the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the coronavirus pandemic and global wars.
In his words:
- “The Holocaust is the device used as the pillar of Zionist imperialism, Zionist aggression, Zionist terror and Zionist murder.” - Remarks at the 2006 Holocaust denial conference in Iran.
- "Obviously, Jews gain certain advantages by promoting the Holocaust idea. It inspires tremendous financial aid for Israel. It makes organized Jewry almost immune from criticism. Whether the Holocaust is real or not, the Jews clearly have a motive for fostering the idea that it occurred. Not only do they have a motive, but they have the means with the media domination they now hold.” - Hustler Magazine, September 1982
- "Let's put it this way. I question whether 6 million Jews actually died in Nazi death camps. There are two major sources for Holocaust stories. One is the Nuremburg war-crimes trial, which has been shown by all honest historians to be a farce of justice. Another source is the great body of literature and media work, and at least 90% of that material is from biased Jewish sources." - Hustler Magazine, September 1982