David Duke, perhaps America's best-known white supremacist, is considering running for Louisiana's 1st Congressional District seat occupied by Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise, according to the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard's website.
Duke, who was elected to Louisiana's House of Representatives in 1989 and served one term, said the murder of the five Dallas police officers by a black sniper last week prompted his interest in running. He has previously called Scalise a "sellout" after the congressman apologized for speaking in 2002 to a white supremacist group founded by Duke.
Qualifying for the congressional election is set for July 20-22 in Baton Rouge.
"... Dr. Duke spoke to the rash of murderous violence aimed at police across the country due to baseless accusations of racism in recent confrontations with uncooperative black suspects," Duke's website says. "He underscored how this is symptomatic of the pervasive anti-white narrative spun by the elite that incites hatred and violence among blacks."
"With the country coming apart at the seams and no one willing to really speak the truth about what is happening, the majority population in this country needs someone who will actually give voice to their interests in the face of an increasingly violent hatefest launched by the media and political establishment against them," the website post continues.
But Duke makes no mention of Alton Sterling, whose shooting death last week at the hands of police in Baton Rouge has generated civil unrest and mass protests in Louisiana's capital city and others. More than 200 protesters have been arrested in Baton Rouge since the death of Sterling, who was black.
Duke hasn't responded to an interview request from USA Today Network of Louisiana.
It's not the first time Duke has hinted at another run for political office, but his most recent forays have been bluffs.
He was a perennial candidate in the 1970s, '80s and '90s with just one victory.
But Duke was a factor in other races, especially in the 1990s, most notably making the runoff for governor in 1991 before losing to former Gov. Edwin Edwards.
He also secured 43 percent in a failed bid for the U.S. Senate in 1990 against then U.S. Sen. J. Bennett Johnston, a Democrat.
In his last race for Congress in 1999 Duke finished third and out of the runoff in an election eventually won by now Sen. David Vitter, a Republican.
But Duke regained some notoriety during the current presidential election cycle when he endorsed Donald Trump. The presumptive Republican nominee was criticized for initially refusing to disavow Duke's support, saying he didn't know anything about the former Klansman, before finally distancing himself from Duke days later.
"He hasn't been relevant in Louisiana politics in a substantially long time; not only hasn't he been active in politics, but he represents the wrong image at this moment in history," said Joshua Stockley, a political science professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. "Here is a symbol representing a racist legacy. He likes to do these things every two or three years to revive his relevance, but I don't think he would have a chance.
But Pearson Cross, a political science professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, said elevated racial tension is precisely why Duke believes his rhetoric is germane.
"He sees some relevance in the issues he's run on in the past that are running hot now like immigration and nativism," Cross said. "This national election cycle has been less about policy and more about personalities and who or what we're afraid of. That said, I would think this is more an opportunistic attempt to make news than an actual run for office."
Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1