KKK Leader Endorses Donald Trump [VIDEO]

Talking Points Memo reports:

In a sit-down interview with a Richmond news station, the Imperial Wizard of the Rebel Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan said Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is his candidate for President.

The KKK leader, identified by WWBT only as “Imperial Wizard,” also insisted his organization is not a hate group, telling the station’s black anchor, “We don’t hate anyone.”

Asked who he was supporting in the 2016 race, the wizard replied: “I think Donald Trump would be best for the job.”

“The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes in, we believe in. We want our country to be safe,” he said.

The leader went on to say if Trump were to drop out, he would back Ohio Gov. John Kasich before Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), saying Cruz “is not an American citizen” because he was born in Canada.


(Tipped by JMG reader Allan)

  • MBear

    Surprised…not

  • I wonder if they will send The Donald a new set of robes and a new hood?

    • perversatile

      – it would have to be merely an honorary gesture, Trump’s hands aren’t big enough to wield a torch, although they could let him carry the matches

      • clay

        and a hood? as IF he’d ever cover his hair.

        • perversatile

          You know Trump keeps his baboon butt fur wig Scotch Guarded within an inch of it’s former life, for exactly that type of situation.

  • TampaZeke

    Hmm.

    The KKK says, “We don’t hate anyone”.

    Where else have I heard that line before?

    • S1AMER

      In America. You’ve heard that line many times in America.

    • aar9n

      Every Sunday the first 18 years of my life.

      • Aida Mitchell

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        • hdtex

          whore

      • lattebud

        Except there, it was said with a smile that was insincere and creepy… Think Carly and Ted

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    • Zoey

      Sounds like their cleaning up their image. Lesson learned from others like Tony Perkins.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        I’m not sure it’s correct to include Tony Perkkkins in “others.” Here’s Tony’s Wikipedia bio:
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Perkins_%28politician%29

        • Zoey

          That’s right. I mean their other KKK brother Tony Perkins.

      • Joseph Miceli

        Tonette has a long and rich history of association with the KKK. If he isn’t a member he’s definitely a friend.

        • David Walker

          I’d drop the r, Joseph. Perks is definitely a fiend. I doubt, though, that the KKK would see him that way.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Amen!

        • Zoey

          Funny that Perkins did nothing other then put on a suit, polish the talk, and change the target to demonize and the $ will roll in. A true success story for the KKK and grifters.

      • Gerry Fisher

        They’ve yet to ditch the robes, though.

        • vorpal

          If the Catholic leaders get to play an elaborate game of dress-up, it’s only fair that the KKK does, too.

      • clay

        Lesson learned from SPLC lawsuits.

    • Joseph Miceli

      They don’t. They don’t hate anyone. They would lovingly gather up all the black people and ship them “back” to Africa for their own good. All the gays live lives of sadness so it would be better for them all if they were dead. They would lovingly start up the boxcars and the ovens.
      No, the KKK doesn’t hate anyone. That makes it even worse.

      • Marides48

        You forgot the Jews, Catholics, Mexicans, Italians ………
        It would be easier to make a list of those groups they don’t hate.

        • Joseph Miceli

          You beat me to it. I’d make a list of all the people they hate…but who has that kind of time?

        • Gerry Fisher

          There was an implicit “dot dot dot” at the end of Joseph’s examples.

        • clay

          Granny, Grumps, Mama, Uncle-father, . . .

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          Years ago, after a work trip, a co-worker and I were driving the company van back to Ohio from out West and he asked if we could stop in St.Louis to visit his grandmother who he hadn’t seen in a while, I said sure. Within the first 15 minutes after meeting her she had gone through this tirade disparaging every ethnicity she could think of (mostly those of her neighbors). “Those Russians are all whores” (the upstairs tenant). “Brazilians are good for nothing” (the next-door neighbor’s boyfriend). Blacks, jews, asians, mexicans, etc., etc., etc. (although she didn’t always use those words). My co-worker was frozen and mortified. I’d never seen anybody look so embarassed. If she’s still alive, I have no doubt she’ll be voting for Trump.

          • JIM W

            And now you know why she hadn’t seen her grandmother in a long time. I’d stay away too, if that’s what I heard from her.

          • People who hate have no room for love. She and others like her are unhappy and pathetic.

        • TampaZeke

          Yankees, ferners, Communists, Socialists, Mooooslims, libruls, atheists, queers…

        • Todd20036

          White, close-minded, uneducated Protestants who go to church weekly – that’s who they don’t hate.

          But if you are female, you have to be married and subservient.

          • JIM W

            Add catholics, protestants don’t have a corner on the white, close-minded and uneducated aspect.

    • Eric in Oakland

      That line always reminds me of the similarly worded, “I’m not homophobic because I’m not afraid of gay people.” In both cases they are attempting to dodge the allegation of bigotry based on the dual meaning of words like “hate” and “phobia.”

      • vorpal

        I tell people like this that hate speech and hate groups, for example, are not defined as such because of an active FEELING of hatred (although they may well go hand-in-hand), but because they use verifiable lies and misconceptions to elicit discrimination against and demonization of a minority group.

        And that may not be done out of hate, but it is inherently HATEFUL.

        • Eric in Oakland

          Exactly! It’s about actions not emotions.

        • TampaZeke

          It’s usually fear, more than hate, that drives these people. Ignorance breeds fear and fear breeds hate.

          • vorpal

            I think once you get to a certain extreme, anger, fear, and hate all kind of combine into an amorphous blob like Maggie Gallagher’s chins and it’s difficult to tell where one starts and the others ends.

          • kelven

            “Amorphous blob” describes Maggie perfectly.

        • Perfectly said. DO YOU HEAR US, INTERWEBZ?!!!!

      • another_steve

        True, and your comment highlights an issue with the term “homophobia.” Queer theorists have talked/written about the issue.

        Hate can be — but isn’t necessarily — related to fear. I can hate things (like broccoli) that I don’t “fear.”

        Saying someone is “homphobic” is technically correct for a small subset of anti-LGBT bigots.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          The terms -phobic and -philic in compounds usually just mean “repelled by” and “attracted to”. In engineering, hydrophobic materials repel water and hyprophilic materials are drawn to water. That’s how I think of it.

          • Reality.Bites

            And if you read into the specs of an iPhone you’ll see the glass has an oleophobic coating.

            It’s true. I had my phone next to me this morning and it started to hiss when I put margarine on my toast!

            https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT204172

          • Bluto

            ; )

          • another_steve

            But even “repelled by” is accurate for only a subset of anti-queer bigots.

            We’ve all known people who have said things like, “Oh yes, I know lots of gay people and they’re lovely lovely people. But what they’re doing is wrong and I don’t think society should sanction their behavior.”

          • Bob Right

            I can’t resist forgive me…. for mentioning the importance of the hydrophilic group in selecting personal lubricants over the silicones… LOL!!

      • John T

        “I don’t have a phobia, I just have feelings of irrational aversion and repulsion!”

        • Steve Teeter

          Like a friend of mine quoting his Texas grandma: “I’m not prejudiced! I just hate Messicans!”

      • TampaZeke

        There you go again, being an ina-lek-shul homa-sek-shul cloudin’ the issue with facts and words and fancy talk!

      • Steve Teeter

        Yes. “Phobia” can mean intense dislike as well as fear. I have an intense dislike of large insects, even though I know they can’t hurt me. Call that a phobia if you like.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      they dont hate “anyone” they hate everybody

      • grada3784

        What else would one expect? They’re good Christians™.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      They actually like some people barbecued, served with buffalo sauce.
      https://tribwpix.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/120613122520-kkk-14-horizontal-gallery.jpg

      • perversatile
      • Todd20036

        Can’t argue with that…

        Though if you are going to eat me, I’m best wok-fried in a reduced wine sauce.

        • LovesIrony

          Cover me in chocolate frosting

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          I’m pretty handy with chopsticks.

    • WebSlinger
    • Rolf

      I think you meant to type ‘lie’ not ‘line’.

    • Steve Teeter

      “We don’t hate blacks! In fact, we think it’s a shame that blacks are inherently inferior to whites. Oh, and Jews too. But that’s just the way God made things, and we have to obey God. You see, we don’t hate anybody!”

      That’s the line they’re pushing. Right.

    • bambinoitaliano

      It’s the only thing they survive on.

    • The KKK doesn’t hate anyone.
      Think different? Well, that’s just inane of ya.
      The KKK doesn’t hate anyone.
      And I’m Queen Marie of Romania.

  • BobSF_94117

    That’s one shiny sheet.

    • bkmn

      that’s filled with a ton of bullshit.

    • Ray Taylor

      It’s so Gay!

      • BobSF_94117

        It’s too tacky to be gay.

        • perversatile

          !!!

          • clay

            I do hate how body parts get tacky when we don’t clean up soon enough.

          • perversatile

            The kinda dirty you can’t wash off?

    • rusty57

      Tatty schmatta.

      • BobSF_94117

        I wonder which is lower, his IQ or that thread count.

        • Eric in Oakland

          The thread count is obviously over 100, so it has to be his IQ.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Rayon blend

    • Soren456

      I (think) I see what you did there.

  • bkmn

    It’s one thing to be ignorant but to be proud of it is another thing.

  • another_steve

    That KKK leader looks like a terrible schlub.

    • Eric in Oakland

      If he’s the leader, just imagine how dumb the followers must be.

      • another_steve

        If he can read, he’s probably a role model for them.

  • Michael Rush

    Trump is a magnet for human garbage .

    • another_steve

      “KKK? Never heard of them. Maybe they’re not good people, I don’t know. They could be right too.”

      ~~ Donald Trump, imagined reacting to this latest endorsement.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I’ve never heard it put this way before, but…yes!

    • grada3784

      Trump, Trump, the garbage dump.

    • UrsusArctos

      Doesn’t that make his rallies “Trumpeter fires”?

  • Blake Jordan

    Even a top racist does not like cruz…

    • Zoey

      I don’t think religion played that much of a part in their ideology. Trump gets it.

      • Eric in Oakland

        Plus Trump has made it clear that he wants to keep out all those foreign brown people. It’s a little hard for Cruz to play that card when he’s one of them by KKK standards.

        • GanymedeRenard

          I’m afraid he’s not, by David Dukkke’s standards.

      • David Walker

        From Wikipedia: “Although members of the KKK swear to uphold Christian morality, virtually every Christian denomination has officially denounced the KKK.[16]” OK, so I don’t necessarily agree with the second part of that sentence, the insignia is a cross (check the close-up). Oh…and the burning crosses. Trivia: In the early ’90s, the KKK used the United Methodist logo slightly changed because the UM logo is a flame and a cross. The UMs sued and won.

        • Zoey

          I think they also call that the Christian Identity Movement. They’re not much different then allot of other Christians though. Just more open with their hate. Weirdly I appreciate that better.

          • grada3784

            Me too. At least you know the knife in the back is coming from the KKK types. You don’t know when it’s coming with the others.

          • clay

            Yes, tightly aligned with various Dominionists like “historian” David Barton.

          • Phleb
    • Marides48

      You forget that Cruz is of Cuban ancestry & in their narrow view of the world, Cruz is not white enough.

      • god really should have given his chosen one lighter skin and a more english name.

        • GanymedeRenard

          You know? I’m sick of this meme. For starters, America is the name of a hemisphere and not exclusively the name of a country.

          Then, in the USA you have the category of “Latino”, which refers to a culture – not a “race”, as there are white Latinos, black Latinos, etc. Therefore, being white and Latino are not mutually exclusive.

          Again, I’m not here (the Olympus forbid!) to defend Crud, but in all honesty he hasn’t said anything specifically white supremacist.

          He can eat shit (and thereby engage in cannibalism) for all I care. And he will never be POTUS.

      • GanymedeRenard

        David Dukkke would beg to disagree (see minute 5:06).
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpo8mjzR67c

  • Pollos Hermanos

    I’d love to have been at the assignment meeting at the TV station.

    “Hey Chris, we’re sending you to interview the KKK. You cool with that bro?”

    • Sportin’ Life

      Why is a news organization giving crackpot racists any airtime at all?

      • Blake Jordan

        Apparently instead of moving forward by no longer inviting anti-LGBT+ hate group leaders / members for “counter arguments” on LGBT+ rights, they are having racists back on their shows…

      • Todd Allis

        To poke a little fun at them and to show that they endorse Trump.

      • Zoey

        The same way they do KKK Perkins is my guess.

      • Jerry

        Particularly since it’s hardly news that a racist organization is again endorsing Trump. Kind of like, “In other news today, the sky is blue.”

  • dcurlee

    We are not a hate group as they were tying up the interviewer to the back of the truck and dragging him down the road. They are as believable as when Trump talks

    • Zoey

      Yeah, but he got to interview them in the very heart of Bombinham. They didn’t lynch him up or anything. Like he said. that’s progress.

      • OdieDenCO

        Well, they didn’t lynch him on camera.

  • Greg B.

    But this doesn’t make any sense! I read on Breitbart (you guys, it’s completely legitimate and reliable news source, ok?) that the KKK is a Democratic organization funded by Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama. Liberals are the real racists you know.

    • Zoey

      I was just over there yesterday. “The Democrats are the real racists and Misogynists”. Up is down over there. Meanwhile, every other comment is racial and Misogynistic insults.

      • Blake Jordan

        Apparently by not wanting women to be paid equally, have control of their own bodies, and so on… rethuglicans are the true advocates of women…

        • Greg B.

          They call it “tough love”.

          • clay

            (it’s tough for them to get love)

          • bkmn

            That’s why you find them at the rest stops and practicing their wide stances in mens rooms.

        • grada3784

          Why would women need as much, after they have a man?

          /s

          Regrettably, that’s the way many think.

          • clay

            It was Rick Santorum’s answer to high unemployment 4 and 8 years ago– women stay in their (husband’s) home.

      • Greg B.

        Exactly! It’s “Democrats are the real racists. Also Democrats are ruining America because they cater to lazy negroes and let stinky brown people and dangerous Mooslems cross our borders”.

        • glass

          Those damn mooslems. Damn you Canada, can’t you at least fence off the Yukon to keep all the mooslems in. Sheesh!

          • grada3784

            But then Bulwinkle couldn’t visit his relatives.

      • Luddite

        The psychological projection and cognitive dissonance at Breitbart and ever other Right Wing blog is quite amazing. These people are toxic and sick.

    • Gyeo

      I’ve heard we’re “racist” because we believe in closing the economic gap between whites and non-whites by providing all people the same economic and social tools they need to provide a better future for their family. Where as the GOP totally isn’t racist when they take away economic and social resources from predominately black and Latino community.

      No for real though, white conservative thinks it’s racist to them that we fix hundreds of years of deliberate economic sabotage of non-white communities.

      • marshlc

        Any acknowledgement of racism – just awareness of the fact of it – they call racist. “I thought you didn’t believe there were any differences between races! By saying “Black lives matter” you show that you are the real racist because you are saying that there is a difference.”

        Must be interesting to live in their heads.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      They love to claim that Democrats are like plantation owners and people on social support are their slaves despite the fact that many GOP voters are on so many social support programs.

      • Greg B.

        “Soon as I get my disability check I’m taking the Bonanza bus to the Trump rally so I can protest all the takers in this country!”

  • OdieDenCO

    “those patriots” have the American flag hung backwards. The stars should always display on the top left to the assembly. Displaying the flag with the stars on the top right signifies distress.

    • Traxley Launderette

      With a black president and a woman and a jew hoping to replace him, then hell yeah, it’s ‘Murica in distress.

      • clay

        Yep, check out Westboro Baptist from Topeka, KS.

    • David Walker

      OK, and I agree that it’s backwards…probably protest, since the lizard has the stars n bars beside him. But then why do planes and buses have the flag’s stars in the upper right?

  • Prion

    although Reagan’s tent wasn’t big…

    • David Walker

      A tepee? Really?

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Ha! Native Americans are just about the only group Trump hasn’t gotten around to offending. Yet.

        • clay

          Wanna bet? My father’s family carefully taught me to NEVER trust a Nativist– if they want their claims to work, they have to ignore or get rid of us. Anti-immigrant assholes will target my sister and everyone else who looks like her because they’ll assume shes Mexican Mestiza, not American mixed.

          • That_Looks_Delicious

            Oh, I know that they know. There’s a story that went around the internet for a while when I was living in Arizona about a woman was talking on her cell phone while was waiting in line at a DMV. After she hung up, the guy behind her told her that if she wanted to speak Spanish she should go back to Mexico. She replied that she was speaking in Navajo and that if he wanted to speak English, he should go back to England.

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            I remember how the local Native American tribe was furious at the crappy militia taking over the Oregon bird sanctuary and mocked their claims.

      • Hue-Man

        Stands for TeaParty doesn’t it?

        • David Walker

          Ha! Good one.

      • Treant

        It’s a KKK hat.

  • Prion

    ..,

    • Holy shit! Is that church choir African American?

      • BobSF_94117

        Uh… no.

        • Sort of looked like it. My aged eyes are having trouble seeing finer detail in the photo.

          • BobSF_94117

            They do look a bit dark, but I suspect it’s a combination of tanned faces and low light. Not to mention the contrast with all those sheets.

          • David Walker

            I embiggened it to 300%. I have no idea what the guys in the back (upper right) are up to, although they may be a band. The guys in black (middle left) look like they’re wearing robes and (seriously) mortar boards or some sort of head accessory. Wouldn’t be hilarious if it were a KKK graduation? They passed their KKK requirements and catechism and are now full-fledged Klanguys.

            Is there a way to research photos? Google? I’d rather not go to Klan sites, but if there’s another way, I’d love to know this photo’s history.

          • I ran the photo through GIS and found a link to Reddit that supposedly explains it. Another link in the reddit post is broken, so hard to corroborate.

            https://www.reddit.com/r/HistoryPorn/comments/2sp2wt/ku_klux_klan_meeting_jesus_saves_1920s_720x443/cns7frl

          • David Walker

            Thank you, Dobby. Impressive and depressing, all at the same time.

          • I found another link that mentions the Royal Riders of the Red Robe:

            http://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/ku_klux_klan/

          • David Walker

            I am deeper in your debt. That’s a despicable and remarkable history. Thank you so much, Dobby.

          • clay

            Thanks, I was thinking they were judges, pastors, and “historians”.

          • BobSF_94117

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    • BobSF_94117

      Whereas Satan invests.

      • another_steve

        You’re being kind, Bob. lol.

        The real expression (as I know you know) is, “Jesus saves, Moses invests.”

        • BobSF_94117

          I should’ve known. 🙂

      • GanymedeRenard

        And they’re both sons of the same god. 😉

  • Prion

  • geoffalnutt

    At first glance I thought it was someone giving an interview to the 7-year-old stars of the class play. I mean – look at the costumes and make-up. Pitiful.

  • Prion

    .,.

  • Schlukitz

    “The KKK leader, identified by WWBT only as “Imperial Wizard,” also insisted his organization is not a hate group, telling the station’s black anchor, “We don’t hate anyone.”

    Yeah. Right!

    And me being queer means that I like pussy! LOL

    • Zoey

      Well, at least he didn’t way he even had a black friend. Actually, that would probably be enough to get him kicked out no matter how it was intended.

    • David Walker
      • another_steve

        Lol.

        Such an excellent, well-written and well-performed show that was.

      • Schlukitz

        LOL

    • JCF

      “And me being queer means that I like pussy!”

      Well actually…. ;-p

      • Schlukitz

        🙂

  • ByronK

    Is there anything more pathetic or hateful then a bunch of overweight, disenfranchised white men in sheets?

    • 3-Star

      Yes. When they are sitting in a corporate board room wearing cheap suits.

      • ByronK

        Or in political office 🙁

    • Sean Williams

      Satin sheets no less. I guess she wants to feel pretty in her dress.

      • Zoey

        They’ve come a long ways.

    • David Walker

      Yes. Their overweight, disenfranchised wives in sheets. Maybe they don’t have a choice, but at the few Klan appearances I’ve been to, there are women, probably wives, and they’re just as hateful and pathetic as the guys.

      • ByronK

        That’s one of the things that baffles me. Conservative women. I was raised in a house with four sisters and have always assumed a kindness and more liberal approach from women so I just don’t get it. And to be a female Republican is like being a black member of the KKK.

        • CottonBlimp

          Being a female Republican is more like being the slave who works in the Master’s house. It’s a coveted position you only get by despising all the other slaves. So you get the privilege of facing far less violent hatred directly, with the slight cost of getting fucked by the source of that hatred.

    • Paula

      Yes, the women that buy into that shit and participate in it.

    • Reality.Bites

      Yes. Those same men in speedos.

  • Octavio

    I’m dumfounded by the way the KKK has tried to rebrand itself as a benign organization as if they were the Shriners.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    I guess all those lynchings were supposed to be a way of expressing their esteem.

    • Joseph Miceli

      I used to see the word “lynching” and thought how terrible it was to have hanged all those poor black people. Then I REALLY looked into it and discovered that “lynching” is a nice little word for public torture and dismemberment, sometimes in front of crowds in the thousands.
      Fuck Southern “heritage!”

      • JustSayin’

        The KKK was not limited to the south and neither were their vile antics.

        • Joseph Miceli

          Ah, but the North isn’t proud of its “Northern Heritage” of treason, slavery and disenfranchisement. My comment stands unchanged. “Fuck Southern Heritage.”

      • UrsusArctos

        Yep, kind of hard to think that the largest mass lynching (so far) was of Italians (who now consider themselves “white”) at the foot of Canal St in NOLA. Hate never seems to go out of style *sigh*

        • Joseph Miceli

          ??????
          Really? This seems to be my year to find out unpleasant shit about Louisiana history. I am familiar with the massacre of black defenders during the “Battle” of Liberty place, but what happened to the Italians.?

          • UrsusArctos

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_14,_1891_lynchings
            It’s even more amazing, considering how pervasive Italian families are throughout the city today. There are more of Italian descent than French in SE LA.
            Everyone “knows” about Irish and NINA, etc, but other immigrant groups caught hell also. I was shocked when I heard about this lynching in NOLA because in many other places a lot of the violence was because the new immigrants were Catholic. That shouldn’t have been a factor in LA.
            Related to this: in some states Italians/Portuguese/Natives were reported as “blacks” on some censuses during the 18/19th centuries, I don’t know if LA did.

          • UrsusArctos

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_14,_1891_lynchings
            I was mistaken about the Canal St location, apparently they were lynched near the parish prison.
            People know about the Irish/NINA stuff, but many immigrant groups caught hell. Anti-Catholic sentiment was a common thread elsewhere but I don’t see how that came into it in SE LA.
            I was shocked to learn about this, since Italians are so prominent in SE LA. They’re the largest ethnic group in the area.
            In early censuses some states listed Italian/Portuguese/Native as “black”. I don”t know if LA did that.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Wow. Just … wow. New Orleans was such a brutal place to live. So much death. This is something that never pinged my radar. My family arrived here in the 1920’s. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Funny how most have quietly forgotten this. The more things change…

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Yeah, I remember reading an article where people took pieces of the body as souvenirs. Creepy as fuck.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    You can’t make this shit up.

  • Duane Dimitrov

    I’m sure this will be the straw that broke the camel’s back for the Trump campaign!

    I mean, come on! GOP voters are not…racists!

    Oh, wait, the GOP is America’s largest white identity organization? Forget that.

  • It astounds me that in 2016, not only is the KKK still alive, but that anyone listens to them.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      The Deep South is an astounding entity. It’s sad for the good people who live down there.
      http://i.ytimg.com/vi/D5kliENIV_I/0.jpg

      • it’s why we left TX, as soon as we could.

      • Its always the haters, the bigots who get the attention, while the good people are unseen. Maybe its time for a civil rights firebrand governor or attorney general to make it their goal to help stamp out race based hate. Our only hope is that Trump isn’t elected, if he is Americans are screwed- at least the non-bigoted ones.

    • CottonBlimp

      I understand the feeling, but you have to remember that the civil rights amendment was just 50 years ago, and there were openly white supremacist Congressman just a few decades ago, and that Jesse Helms represented NC until *2003*. The majority of Americans didn’t support interracial marriage until the late 1980s, and anyone born in a small rural Southern town almost definitely has a parent or grandparent that took part in a lynching.

      The fact that the KKK faded from popularity sadly has almost nothing to do with racial progress (which still lags *far* behind where you’d think in most of America) and much more to do with how they were embarassed by Superman; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Superman_(radio)#.E2.80.9CClan_of_the_Fiery_Cross.E2.80.9D

      • Sigh, you are right, I had forgotten the blink of an eye since the civil rights amendment was passed. My grandfather, who was from Kentucky was extremely racist, and when he moved to Indiana he found many like minded people. I just want the same world that Gene Roddenberry imagined. Our world in peace, and where everyone was accepted. Ok, not the LGBT folks, but from what I’ve read, the powers that be stopped him from including us in the show.
        I watched a show not to long ago that talked about the part Superman played in ending the KKK’s strangle hold on power. Maybe its time for a new hero to finish off these racial bigots power.

  • Gustav2

    When Gov Kasich heard this he said he had been to a Klan wedding and it was just fine.

    • Snarkaholic

      Did the bride wear white?

      • Gustav2

        Sateen.

      • clay

        oddly, so did the groom.

    • coram nobis

      And they played “Stand By Your Klan.”

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      “Probably” fine.

  • sherman

    I’d like to know what detergent he uses to keep his hood so white.

    • Snarkaholic

      It’s 100% cheap polyester; so spilled beer, ketchup, etc. just slide right off.

      • ByronK

        and blood…. 🙁

        • Snarkaholic

          And soot!

    • Treant

      Oh, honey. ScotchGuard.

    • coram nobis

      Rinso-White.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Wait, did anchorwoman say the Southern Poverty Law Center was a “new” group?

  • delk

    Oh and Imperial Wizard, just one more thing…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3QMhpPtPCM

  • hee! i can’t wait to hear him explain this one.

    does Drumpf brand make sheets? maybe they will now.

    • perversatile

      ”Thread counts so low -you can see right through ’em”

      • KnownDonorDad

        “I know threads, I have the best threads.”

  • sword

    At least the Republicans are being honest…they honestly hate everyone who is not a White, Christian, Male.

  • bkmn

    So the anti-Hillary Berners are fine with this endorsement?

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Which just proves that a certain percentage of them were never really Democrats and never really pro-Bernie, just anti-Hillary.

    • wow, was that totally unnecessary. keep helping your candidate by calling people who liked bernie better klansmen. that’s sure to motivate them. not.

      i mean really. why did you even bring that up?

      • bkmn

        I asked because some folks here have said they would vote for Trump if Bernie was not the nominee. Most Bernie supporters are progressives and I was wondering why people that are progressives would support a candidate like Trump. So far none of the people that said they would vote for Trump have responded but I would like to know their rationalizations.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Yeah, the bitterness is pretty unnecessary. I was and am in favor of letting the voting just roll out and letting voters choose their candidate so there’s no doubt about who gets the nom. With the math looking really bad for Bernie, you’d think there would be more chill among many of her supporters.

        I wonder if a lot of the sourness is because Bernie pushed Hillary left (at least during the primary fight) and because they really do want a candidate who veered a lot more rightward from the get go. I notice that some (not all but quite a few here) have mocked raising the minimum wages, universal healthcare and other ideas that other developed countries have.

        LGBT have the right to demand and get candidates who take strong positions on their issues. The poor and the struggling have the same right to demand candidates take strong positions on their issues as well.

    • JustSayin’

      I am guessing some will be. Trumpians and Bernie or Busters share some traits. Most notably that they thrive on words and phrases like revolutiion, destruction of the government, and unfair to us, meaning their demands.

      They also tend to be fringe voters who may or may not have ever voted or show up to vote only sporadically. In past elections these are the people who declared they would not vote if their desired candidate was not the one chosen by the rest of the party. They declared they were going to stay home, and presumably sulk.

      Another common trait is that many changed party affiliation just to vote in the primary or are pissed off because their status as registered independents / unafilliated with either the Democrat or Republican party, does not allow them to vote for for candidates in the parties they are not members of. That logic defies reasons, but both Bernie and Trump have been spouting it since day 1.

      They claim this disenfranchises them, when in reality they have the option of running a candidate and holding primaries for the Indepenent and or unaffiliated candidate of their choice. However, doing that would defeat their whines and desire to destroy government.

      Overall these tyoe people will be fine with a KKK endorsement because it is destructive and some will actuall support the hate of the KKK

      • i’m going to try, again, to be as nice and respectful as possible.

        it’s very, very silly to think anyone who supported Bernie is in any way the type of person who is “ok” with the Klan. if you don’t understand why, it’s proof you never understood why people were supporting Bernie in the first place. and that’s kind of sad, b/c it means you probably never really engaged with us, or looked at the platforms and policies we wanted him to bring to governing and society.

        no sane person would vote for Drumpf. some people are quite angry about the electoral process, and not being allowed to have their votes count in a meaningful way (see: California). there may be a miniscule, and i mean statistically meaningless, group of ‘bitter enders’ who won’t vote for HRC in the fall. but i am trying to tell you HRC people: let it go. you won. sore winners don’t motivate voters. OK? just stop. let’s talk about what we all should be doing now, and not insulting people who had a different choice than you did during the primary in your state. it’s childish and stupid.

        and before someone goes all “nader cost us the election, this will be a repeat” remember: if al gore had won his own state we wouldn’t be here today in the mess we are. let that be a lesson to HRC, and all others who support her. “bitter ender” Bernie voters will not be the cause of her loss, if she isn’t elected in the fall.

        math and science are your friends.

        • David Milley

          Thanks, Chicago Dyke — my blood pressure’s coming back down now …

      • Treant

        Plus checking registration dates and running candidates is work. Typing on the Internet is easy and features instant gratification when their trolling attracts an answer.

        Once again, the whining was noisy in Pennsylvania about the fact that Independents can’t vote in Primaries. They had until Good Friday to change their registrations. That’s clearly stated in the rules. If they can’t be arsed to do so, don’t bitch at me, I have no sympathy for you.

        My mother is registered Republican, got forced to vote for Kasich in the Primary, and will vote for Clinton in the Generals. She didn’t gripe, she just voted the card she was holding the best she could and moved on.

  • JustSayin’

    When asked about getting an endorsement from a convicted rapist, mike tyson, trump said who was he to refuse and endorsement. I wonder if that is how he will respond to this.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      There is a definite pattern, even if you just look at Trump’s celebrity endorsements, but also some of the ordinary people at his ralllies. Trump is a magnet for people with high emotionality, low reasoning ability and poor impulse control. They also tend to be really angry but often can’t define what they’re angry about.

    • Lazycrockett

      If you dig a bit deeper you can find quotes where Drumpf basically blames the rape victim.

  • pj

    so the KKK is still a thing…

  • AtticusP

    When asked about the endorsement, Mr. Trump maintained that he had never heard of the Ku Klux Klan…

  • David Walker

    I embiggened the top photo to get a look at the guy in the background, probably the imperial lizard’s bodyguard. He’s wearing his black Kap, but it looks like he’s wearing a dunce cap. And the yellow whatever-they-ares give the allusion of Princess Leia’s side buns. Traditional ‘Murkan values indeed.

  • Treant

    If he has the sense (ha!) to strongly disavow this endorsement and separate himself from the KKK, then I actually don’t have any trouble with this. Any group can endorse any candidate for any reason, including attempting to bring them down in the Primary. For that reason, the (sort of, kind of, very tepid) positive statement Koch made about Clinton didn’t bother me–she told his ass off instantly.

    • clay

      He didn’t denounce them when they robo-called for him in Iowa. He didn’t denounce them when Tony Perkkkins brought them on board. Turmp can’t be bothered to denounce them now.

      • TrollopeReader

        What a great advertisement for the Fall … “As endorsed by the KKK …American Values, for Whites Only” … The Ds would never run it, but it would be true, indeed.

        • Treant

          Fortunately the PACs aren’t the candidates and they WOULD run something like this.

        • clay

          Well that’s the good thing about superPACS not coordinating with the candidates– they CAN run mean attack ads.

  • coram nobis

    Normally I wouldn’t care what the Grand Imperial Kazoo of some minor 5-10 member Kookern has to say — it’s one of the freak-show exhibits we see on this site — but it’s interesting he’d endorse Kasich over Cruz.

    • David Walker

      Kasich is white. Drumpf is blond AND white. Clearly more superior. And Drumpf is brave enough to wear something weird on his head. And Crud’s history isn’t exactly white or blond, despite its wife.

      • coram nobis

        Well, yes, although the Donald is changing color of late. It’s nice that in America people can run for office regardless of skin color, be it white, black or orange.

      • GanymedeRenard

        I’m not sure why you say that Crud’s history isn’t exactly white, DW. Even the former Grand Wizard of the KKK, David Dukkke, would beg to disagree (see minute 5:06).
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpo8mjzR67c

  • D. J.

    Recruiting, now where have I heard that word before……
    When I was a child the KKK burned a cross on the lawn of a judge who lived half a block from my Aunt, who lived a half mile or so from us. We could see it from our house.
    People wonder why their kids move away and don’t return to the area where they were born?

  • DesertSun59

    Gah. Democracies are extremely messy. That’s why you MUST have an educated voting public.

    • David Walker

      Which is, I suspect, why republican’ts keep under-funding public schools. A mind is a terrible thing to educate.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Also why I’m glad we’re a republic and not an actual democracy.

  • anne marie in philly

    but of COURSE! is ANYONE surprised by this?

  • TheManicMechanic

    A ringing endorsement for sure. Let’s hope our side runs with this as often as possible.

  • WebSlinger
  • JaniceInToronto

    Won’t give his name? Chickenshit.

    • clay

      yep, they wear hoods for a reason.

  • KnownDonorDad

    The leader went on to say if Trump were to drop out, he would back Ohio Gov. John Kasich before Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), saying Cruz “is not an American citizen” because he was born in Canada.

    BWAA HA HA HA! Even the KKK can’t get behind Cruz.

    • Reality.Bites

      He’s just not likeable enough

    • billbear1961

      What’s a fiendish fascist to do?!

      • Reality.Bites

        I don’t know. Especially, as you know, since both parties are the same. /s

        • billbear1961

          Yes, so I hear, ad nauseam, from certain parties.

    • Robert Conner

      Even Klaners know he’s not eligible to be president.

  • KnownDonorDad
    • Robincho

      Choreography by Busby Barfeley…

  • RickCabral

    Are those turds still around? Who knows what you’ll find in Shitkickia?

    • KnownDonorDad

      They’re a shadow of their former selves, but still around. My dad remembers seeing them marching in the street, he still bristles at the mention of the Klan.

      • They still hold public rallies from time to time here in Kentucky. Usually in the south-central and western parts of the state. But the counter protesters tend to outnumber them about 10 to 1, so the marches don’t last very long.

        • another_steve

          I’ve sort of lost track (our local media don’t bother reporting on it anymore), but here in Maryland the Klan was fairly active in the western part of the state not so long ago. Leaflets left on car windows and the like.

          Politically, Maryland is an extremely schizophrenic state. Has to do, I think, with its schizophrenic Civil War history.

          Often, there were both Union and Confederate sympathizers living together in the same family household.

          • Yeah. That happened in KY, too. We were condisered a border state, not pledging allegiance to either side, but in reality, Kentucky went for th the Union about 80% to 20%. Somewhere in the interim, Kentucky has become a ‘southern state’. Where we live is more Midwestern than Southern.

    • clay

      or Philadelphia, or Michigan, or Oregon.

    • from HuffPo 2009

      Geoffrey R. Stone

      Sunday morning marked the official opening of the Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois. This striking new institution is dedicated to “preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference.”

      The seeds of the Skokie Holocaust Museum were sown more than thirty years ago, when roughly thirty members of the Nazi Party of America sought to march in Skokie. The plan was for the marchers to wear uniforms reminiscent of those worn by the members of Hitler’s Nazi Party, including swastika armbands, and to carry a party banner bearing a large swastika.

      At the time of the proposed march in 1977, Skokie, a northern Chicago suburb, had a population of about 70,000 persons, 40,000 of whom were Jewish. Approximately 5,000 of the Jewish residents were survivors of the Holocaust. The residents of Skokie responded with shock and outrage. They sought a court order enjoining the march on the grounds that it would “incite or promote hatred against persons of Jewish faith or ancestry,” that is was a “deliberate and willful attempt” to inflict severe emotional harm on the Jewish population in Skokie (and especially on the survivors of the Holocaust), and that it would incite an “uncontrollably” violent response and lead to serious “bloodshed.”

      I for one distinctly remember this since I was 26 at the time. For the young uns here this may seem like ancient history, but 1977 was not that long ago, and it seems as if “Shitkickia” is/was everywhere not just in the south.
      (bolding and italics are mine)

  • billbear1961

    http://www.redicecreations.com/specialreports/2006/01jan/devil.jpg

    “We don’t haaaaate anyone! We just want to strip you of as many of your constitutional RIGHTS as we can. As your Supreme MASTERS, you will do only what we ALLOW you to do–IF we deign to let you LIVE.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXonlYzpT-0

  • KnownDonorDad

    Obligatory: “Just Found a Red Sock in the Laundry (While Washing My Ku Klux Klan Sheet)”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgwnkNDT4Yg

    • Todd Allis

      That was beautiful.

    • Hank

      Oy Vey ist Mir!!!

  • fuzzybits

    I couldn’t get over half way through that racist goobers rant. Don’t hate anyone? Right asswipe.

  • Gerald Parks

    Oh my … they didn’t lynch him …. where’s the white wemen’s at?

    Ops!

    • coram nobis

      He said the sheriff is NEAR!

      • Gerald Parks

        The KKK guy wasn’t the Sheriff?

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Non-Trumpeteers should remember this. A GOP nom greedily gobbled up support from white power groups and the GOP was mum. If/when Trump crashes and burns, the GOP can open their tent wide as they want after autopsying the zombie but damn, any person who is not a cis white Christian male would be a damn fool to get in.

    • coram nobis

      Imperial Gizzard.

  • Well, to be honest, a KKK endorsement for Trump was already a given, amiright?

  • oikos
  • DavidAZ

    Ummm….yet another KKK hottie. Where do they find all these tempting little flesh puddings?

    • Robert Conner

      I believe that in the South they call it “corn fed.”

  • Cuberly
  • Robert Conner

    Robes, crosses, stupid hats…

  • Cuberly

    OT: Lizardman just finished his sermon, oh, I mean speech at the CA-GOP convention. He looked bad, paler than usual. Like he got ahold of a bad bowl of soup or maybe that last guinea pig he swallowed is repeating on him.

    And of course he’s being played out as some cloying hyper country-western-american song is blaring. I guess it’s called where the eagle flies…or something.

    I couldn’t watch the entire speech, it was his cut and dried divisive purge the liberals and put real merkhans in office diatribe.

    http://abc7news.com/live/7704/

    • TuuxKabin

      I wish he’d choke already on one of those guinea pig he keeps eating.

  • Guest

    ROFLMAO. Cruz isn’t acceptable to even the Klan……gotta love it.

    • another_steve

      (Echoing what’s already been said about Cruz by a prominent Republican senator who’s worked with him…)

      If Cruz had a heart attack at a Klan rally, not one Klan member would rush to help him.

      • Reality.Bites

        Well naturally. If I suddenly started shouting, as a male who would also be well into menopause if I weren’t male, “My water’s broke and I’m going into premature labour” no one would believe me, because I lack the required organs for that claim to be possible.

        So similarly, no one would believe Cruz is having a heart attack.

  • Sporkfighter

    The KKK leader, identified by WWBT only as “Imperial Wizard,” also insisted his organization is not a hate group, telling the station’s black anchor, “We don’t hate anyone.”

    Right.

    FBI ‘closes in on KKK members’ who tied two black couples to a tree, cut out one pregnant woman’s baby and then shot them all dead seventy years ago
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2955711/FBI-investigates-KKK-suspects-lynching-black-men-alive.html#ixzz47LWOr8I9

    This Bridge in Mississippi Has Hosted Decades of Racial Violence
    http://www.vice.com/read/this-bridge-in-mississippi-has-hosted-decades-of-racial-violence

  • off leash

    Imperial Wizard sounds so much more interesting than just plain ole Bubba.

  • JIM W

    “insisted his organization is not a hate group” and I’m not gay, I just like having sex with men.

    • David Walker

      Yeah. You and Roy Cohn.

  • JT

    Daniel Berrigan died today. RIP.

    • good brave man.

    • TuuxKabin

      I’m so sorry to read that. Sad. He was his own reward, now he’s found more.

    • another_steve

      Berrigan was a member of the Catonsville Nine. Catonsville Maryland is a short drive from where I live.

      May he rest in peace.

  • kaydenpat

    Trump sure knows how to attract the nicest people.

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  • Baby Dave

    The KKK used to have a high level of organization and exercised much influence. In the 1960’s, it was smashed to pieces by the most unlikely duo- LBJ and J Edgar Hoover.

    Hoover had previously left the Klan alone, targeting groups on the Left exclusively. LBJ had a strong relationship with the FBI director, and used that relationship to turn the FBI’s attention onto the KKK. The effort was incredibly successful.

    Modern “Klans” are really just small local disorganized groups with no national organization to plug into anymore. They share the ideology of their forebears, and are threats to take seriously- they do kill people and engage in terrorism at the local level. At the national level though, they’ve had their balls cut off for half a century. Whatever past reputation they currently trade under is a pathetic joke.

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