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Former Louisiana State Representative David Duke arrives to give remarks after a white nationalist protest was declared an unlawful assembly, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) ORG XMIT: VARIT503

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A Chinese restaurant open in Santa Cruz for almost four decades has closed its doors after a boycott and online backlash against the owner's 2016 campaign donation to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that O'mei Szechuan Chinese Restaurant closed, perhaps permanently, after a news site revealed that owner Roger Grigsby donated $500 to Duke's unsuccessful 2016 U.S. Senate campaign in Louisiana.

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Grigsby tells the newspaper Wednesday that he's been dealing with "political terror" and an "attack" on his business as word of his donation has spread online.

He defended his support of Duke's campaign, saying Duke is unfairly characterized by the news media as a "hate caricature."

Duke was leader of the KKK from 1974 to 1978.

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Information from: Santa Cruz Sentinel, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com