There were a lot of people upset over the weekend when Donald Trump refused to denounce the KKK after being asked three times, claiming he had to do “more research” on them. He later chalked it up to a bad earpiece, yadayadayada and the media had a feeding frenzy for a day or two. That’s not outside the scope of reason. It’s the KKK, I get it.
But did you know that he wasn’t the first Presidential candidate to praise someone in the KKK?
Let me be clear here, Robert Byrd was a paid, high-ranking member of the KKK. He didn’t dabble in racism as a college student, he practically had Klan dental and a company car. Just read some of his greatest quotes.
“The training of these poor creatures to turn themselves into fighting machines is simply barbaric, barbaric, barbaric! Barbaric! Let that word resound from hill to hill, and from mountain to mountain, from valley to valley, across this broad land, barbaric, barbaric. May God help, those poor souls, who’d be so cruel. Barbaric! Hear me! Barbaric!” – Robert Byrd, July 19, 2007 Audio and/or video clip available
-“The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia.” – Robert Byrd, 1946
“I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side … Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.” – Robert Byrd, December 11, 1945
Let’s also go to the videotape. One that isn’t even that old.
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