A prominent leader in the Ku Klux Klan said the group is officially endorsing Hillary Clinton for president and has already donated $20,000 to her campaign.
Klan leader Will Quigg told Vocativ over the weekend, “For the KKK, Clinton is our choice,” adding, “She is friends with the Klan,” Quigg said. “A lot of people don’t realize that. She’s friends with [the late] Senator [Robert] Byrd. He’s been an Exulted Cyclops in the Klan. He’s been King Kleagle.”
The West Virginia senator was the leader of his state’s Klan chapter in the 1940s, according to Vocativ. In 2005, he publicly disavowed his involvement in the KKK, saying it was wrong. Upon his death in 2010, Clinton described Byrd as a “friend and mentor.” Byrd was among the longest serving senators in the body’s history, holding his seat continuously from 1959 until his passing.
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Quigg stated that he and other members of the Klan have donated $20,000 anonymously to Clinton’s campaign to date. Campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin claimed they have “not received anywhere close to $20,000 in anonymous donations in total, [so] it is impossible that they are telling the truth.” However, members could have donated to the campaign individually without having any need to identify themselves as Klan members. A search for Will Quigg on the FEC individual contributors to Clinton did not yield any results.
As reported by Western Journal, in September, Quigg tweeted:
@realDonaldTrump You Sir are the only hope we have of getting WHITE AMERICA BACK! WE all will be voting for you! CHURCH OF INVISABLE EMPIRE
— Wm. Quigg (@GrandDragonCa) September 17, 2015
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Image Credit: YouTube – Orange County Register – Will Quigg
The man confirmed last month his sentiment had changed. “That was before we found out about what Hillary Clinton’s main agenda was. David Duke, we found out, was supporting Donald Trump and we have nothing to do with [former Klan leader] David Duke,” he said.
As for Clinton, “All the stuff she’s saying now, she’s saying so she can get into office, OK? She doesn’t care about illegal immigrants—she’s acting like she does so she can get into office. Once she’s in office, then she’ll implement her policies. She’s a Democrat. The Klan has always been a Democratic organization,” Quigg said.
Clinton spokesman Schwerin said his candidate rejects the Klan’s endorsement and the group’s “hateful agenda.”
The KKK leader’s observation about the Democrat party members backing the Klan, at least in the past, is true. The Democrat Party has a history of treating black people poorly, including fighting to keep the slave market legal in the United States, authoring Jim Crow laws in the south, and founding and populating the ranks of the KKK.
Conversely, the Republican Party has a strong history of standing up for the rights of African Americans. It was founded to limit the growth of slavery in the 1850s. Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, led the nation through the Civil War, which ended slavery in the 1860s.
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Thereafter, a Republican-controlled Congress passed the post-Civil War Amendments in the 1860s and 70s, which freed the slaves once and for all, guaranteed equal protection under the law, and granted the right to vote to the former slaves.
In more recent times, the Congressional Republicans were instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, supporting it in greater percentages than the Democrats: 80 percent of Republicans in both houses voted in favor of the bill, compared to more than 60 percent of Democrats.
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