Charles Barron got an endorsement today that he probably wasn't looking for, in the form of a long video message from former Louisiana congressman and KKK leader David Duke.
Duke's argument, such as it is, seems to be that he'd rather have the anti-Zionist candidate, even if he's a black nationalist. Barron, who has picked up a few endorsements of late after initially being seen as an after-thought, has tried to downplay his controversial foreign policy statements in recent weeks. He called the endorsement "foolish" and irrelevant.
When he ran for president in 1968, Richard Nixon needed to thread a delicate needle. The Democratic Party’s full-on embrace of civil rights in 1964 had transformed the South, once the most staunchly Democratic region in America, into potentially fertile ground for Republicans. But running against civil rights was out of the question; it might lock up Dixie, but—as Barry Goldwater had shown four years earlier—it would turn Nixon into political poison everywhere else.