A Democratic mayor compared President Donald Trump and his supporters to the “demagoguery” of David Duke while promoting his book over the weekend.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who says he is definitely not getting ready for a 2020 presidential run, is about to release his new book, "In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History.”
"One thing that we cannot countenance in this country is the rise of white supremacy,” Landrieu said on Sunday. “It needs to be called out; it needs to be focused on.”
Landrieu told ABC News that Americans feel alienated and that we need to find “common ground” – but he also compared President Donald Trump’s appeal to white nationalist David Duke’s campaign for governor.
The mayor asserted that “what happened in Louisiana when David Duke was there is fairly similar to what we're seeing ... where people are speaking in coded language.”
What exactly does that mean? And is Landrieu saying that some Americans don’t have a right to free speech? Nazi ideas may be reprehensible, horrifying and un-American, but the First Amendment protects everyone’s right to speak – even when they have terrible things to say. On today’s show, Doc slammed Landrieu for setting a subjective standard for a constitutional right. (Listen to the full segment here.)