AP: The KKK Sees Opportunity In The Trump Era

From the Associated Press:

The current hot-button issue for Klan members — fighting immigration and closing U.S. borders — is one of the most talked-about topics in the presidential election. Klan leaders say Donald Trump’s immigration position and his ascendancy in the GOP are signs things are going their way. “You know, we began 40 years ago saying we need to build a wall,” Arkansas-based Klan leader Thomas Robb said.

Years ago, the group Robb heads near Harrison, Arkansas, changed its name from the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan to the Knights Party USA, mainly to get away from the stigma associated with the Klan name. It now presents itself as more of a political or Christian entity.

In April, Klan members and other white supremacists held two rallies on the same warm Saturday in Georgia. As the sun set, about 60 robed Klan members and others holding flaming torches gathered in a huge circle in a field in northwest Georgia to set a cross and Nazi swastika afire. “White power!” they chanted in unison. “Death to the ungodly! Death to our enemies!”

Hit the link. It’s a fascinating (and frightening) story.

  • Archipelagos

    Here’s the reality everyone needs to face: If Trump wins the presidential nomination groups like this will see that as a legitimization of their beliefs. It happened with Brexit and all of the far right groups in the UK and it will happen in the US.

  • PickyPecker
    • PLAINTOM

      A meeting of the GOP Convention Rules Committee ?

      • Jerry

        Or platform.

    • Joe knows who I am.

      And just like ISIS who attempt to differentiate themselves from Al Qaeda, so too do the Knights Party USA.

      • David Walker

        It’s a PR thing.

    • douglas

      Can we keep them out of NC bathrooms? They are more of a threat to children than transgenders are.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    But wait, Trump has never heard of the KKK. /s

    • another_steve

      Lol. You’ve been paying attention up there, Jean-Marc. 😉

      It’ll be delicious to see how Trump attempts to squirm away from the Klan’s love for him. His core base, though not all Klan members themselves, share lots in common with the KKK.

      Just ain’t enough popcorn in the fuckin’ universe, these days.

    • cleos_mom

      As I recall, his response to the KKK’s first friendly overture was “all kinds of groups talk to me.”

  • Jay George

    A FB friend down in south Alabama saw this on the side of the road. Apparently God really doesn’t mind gambling, drinking, adultery and general carousing. Rich people must get a different set of sins than the rest of us peons.

    • another_steve

      Look, he’s white and hates foreigners. Just like their god.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Ronald Reagan?

    • Jeffg166

      Oh lord, god fell off the wagon again.

    • Cuberly

      How does one decide, on gawds behalf, the “chosen one”. Seems an odd exercise in holy sock puppeting don’t it.

      • oikos

        The message came through from Gawd on twitter.

        • Jay George

          I heard God unfriended him after Trump referred to the holy transubstantiated wafer as “a little cracker.”

          • Chucktech

            God: “Hey, that’s My Boy yer talkin’ ’bout…”

        • Cuberly

          Hmmm, I thought gawd only subscribed to ReaganBook.

      • Jay George

        God is way off his game. His last chosen one was Ted Cruz and that didn’t work out at all. I’m going to find out who God is choosing and bet the opposite in all future races.

        • Cuberly

          Sounds like a safe bet.

        • Adam King

          God’s like William Krystal–always wrong. Whatever God says, do the opposite–safe bet.

        • Traxley Launderette

          I stopped taking god seriously when he tapped Michelle Bachmann on the shoulder. I knew he was just fucking with us.

          • Jay George

            I think God is drunk dialing republicans. 😀

      • MT YVR

        It involves a ritual with blood, those fight things from Star Trek (and the music if you can get it) and the ThunderDome. Two Idjits Enter, One Chose Leaves.

        Or something.

        • Cuberly

          Gawd must be desperate for entertainment. Sounds like bad cable TV.

          • MT YVR

            Oh wow… does Trump own a cable company now? 😛

          • Cuberly

            Ugh, there’s a rumor he wants his own channel. gah!

          • MT YVR

            ….

            “Look at this, just LOOK at this. Encrusted with diamonds that have been extruded from the ass of an endangered cat that we’re going to make extinct, this one of a kind, batch of 100,000, statue of my hair is now going for only 1 point 2543 million. Your friends will love it, your family will love it, it’ll make your house seem so much biggery than your neighbours, you know the one that is a stupid leftist commy that votes HER… Now… If you order NOW you’ll be supporting God’s own chosen man to get into the White House. And TODAY, today we have a specialist deal! You can, you know you can, you can, you ought to know this, you can definitely get a stand for this that I, personally, not some fake rubber stamped or machined by Chinese-ity workers, I personally will SIGN this. Ha ha, don’t think you’ll be able to use to this to sign my checks, though. So, while we take your calls, let’s take a few, shall we, is that, that’s good? Ok, so calls. While we DO that, let’s have our NRA monkey out here again to do his dance again.”

    • Chucktech

      Jesus, these fuckers have to drag their GOD into every fucking facet of their miserable fag hating, gun fetish lives.

      We’ll see how well god’s choice does in November.

      • Jay George

        • Kruhn

          You know the Good Lord must be laughing Himself silly at these kooks! They must’ve said the wrong prayer or perhaps they’re hypocrites violating the Second Commandment and using The Lord’s name in vain.

          • David Walker

            Or they hear voices better than their own because they don’t take their meds.

          • charemor

            I thought I heard god speaking to me one night, but it turned out that I had gone to bed drunk and forget to turn off the radio.

          • David Walker
          • NancyP

            God: well, THIS will take the pretentious SOBs down a peg or two…

        • Paula

          That gawd, he’s such a trickster. I think he has been hanging around with Loki too much.

          • Traxley Launderette

            Where do you think Loki got his best lines from?

        • JCF

          Did Kasich seriously say that?

          • Jay George

            It’s just a meme. I didn’t fact check so I can’t say for sure. It seemed like at one point they were all saying God tagged each one personally. It’s sort of a repug thing to do these days. 🙂

    • AJayne

      Can Ted Cruz and his father sue for copyright infringement?

    • cleos_mom

      A very likely Favorite Son of the Abrahamic religions’ psychopathic god.

  • Mark

    Well hell. I don’t have even a single white sheet. When they take over everything I wonder if pastels will be ok?

    • Jay George

      The lightest thing I have are some buff peach. We may need to hit Target.

      • Mark

        i had to give up white when shout it out didn’t prevent pecker tracks

    • Adam King

      Go with paisley.

  • Capritaur

    I’m completely perplexed how Trump manages to make those facial expressions when he speaks, especially the pursed lip one. I tried to replicate them while speaking and felt like I was ventriloquating.

  • PLAINTOM

    Firmly held religious beliefs

    • Mark

      I hold my firm religious belief daily.

      • Cuberly

        You may want to trim your alter, it’s looking a little bushy.

        he he he…..

        • Mark

          I use a bic lighter. It’s my sacrifice to the gawds of foreplaystation….i mean trees….big ol trees….standing all straight up, and big,,,and really, really firm and strong…

          • Cuberly

            Yikes! Well, don’t do it near the smoke detector.

            However, when the firemen arrive you’ll have a rather interesting tale to tell.

          • Mark

            and they’re so willing to …ahem…help. I just LOVE first responders….

          • Cuberly

            True, besides, by the fourth alarm may get a little tuckered out.

          • MT YVR

            I like the second and third responders. 😛

    • safari

      Worship the great pumpkin

  • PickyPecker
    • Butch

      No, but it makes your butt look fat.

    • MT YVR

      A man I loved once got beaten. When his sister asked him “Does this dress make me look fat” he replied “Oh, hon, it’s not the dress.”

      Same applies.

    • coram nobis

      Well, it does show off the shape of your head.

    • OSG

      They should switch to Snuggies if they’re so concerned about appearances.

    • David Walker

      Dunce cap chic.

  • oikos

    ..

  • WebSlinger
    • another_steve

      Wait, and haven’t you heard…he’s doing GREAT with Hispanics too! You know, all those Hispanics who hate Mexican judges and small Mexican kids.

      Trump and his run for President is like an ongoing episode of The Twilight Zone, if ya ask me.

      • WebSlinger
        • That_Looks_Delicious

          “There’s my African-American. Look at him.”

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Women too. Don’t forget the women. He loves women. He’ll do great things for women.

        Yeah, uhm, no.

        • WebSlinger
        • another_steve

          If you’re a woman who chooses to have an abortion, he’s gonna punish you. But if you’re a woman with big boobies and nice cheek bones, he may marry you. 😉

          • cleos_mom

            If he does, save every penny and everything of value he gives you against the day when he trades you in for a younger model. Sort of like a real life Denny Crain’s delusions of hottishness.

          • NancyP

            His pre-nuptial contracts specify that all items of value given to wife are merely loaned, and he gets them back upon divorce. So, I assume that he has given all his brides the same set of jewelry, furs, etc. I would assume he gets a new car for every wife.

          • cleos_mom

            In that case, he’s married some very dimwitted women since Ivana. Even a streetwalker would know better than consent to that considering the prospective husband’s track record.

        • TampaDink

          Except for the ones who aren’t perfect 10’s, those he refers to as pigs & dogs.

    • UrsusArctos

      Ask the Gheys. They all love him too!

  • Prion

  • hiker_sf

    Let’s stop with the screams of racism and start with why Hillary is the better candidate. Because screaming racism is not working.

    June 29, 2016 – Hate Winning, As Clinton-Trump Race Too Close To Call,
    Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds;
    Neither Candidate Would Be Good President, Voters Say

    https://www.qu.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2363

    • Adam King

      Nobody’s screaming, and single polls aren’t meaningful. Check out the polling averages and the swing-state polls, then go back to squeezing your eyes shut, holding your breath and ignoring racism.

      • cleos_mom

        First we heard that the most important thing about a prospective POTUS was how entertaining he/she is. How much the candidate tickles one’s mental gonads. How much “passion” he/she incites to commit such patriotic acts as sending death threats.

        Now we’re told to shut up?

        Fuckit. Might as well do what ya want.

      • hiker_sf

        I’m not ignoring racism. I’m saying that ranting about it isn’t getting any more votes for Clinton. Frankly, I’m scared shitless that we are going to fuck this up.

        • Adam King

          Who’s ranting? Nobody’s ranting or screaming. Trump’s a racist and is appealing to white racists. Clinton is not a racist and is appealing to non-white people and non-racists. She’s winning. Why change anything, unless you’re a racist or want to appeal to racists? Guess what–we don’t need the votes of racists, and we don’t want them in our coalition. We want to defeat them, not appeal to them. Why’s that so hard to understand?

          • hiker_sf

            Not all Trump supporters are racists. She is winning? They said that Brexit was losing.

            Anyway, never mind. You know everything.

          • Xuuths

            Puhleeze. Name a single tRUMP supporter who is not a racist. Just one.

  • Prion

    ..,

  • Prion

    .,.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    America. Still considered an Experiment.

    • David F.

      So is the fridge in the break room here at work. Trump is the container in the farthest corner on the bottom shelf that has been sitting there for years, left by someone who was fired, and that everyone is afraid to open. Unlike Trump, that container has probably evolved into a sentient being.

  • WebSlinger

    MUST BE WATCHED…

    Van Jones rips Donald Trump and the KKK

    CNN analysts Van Jones and Jeffrey Lord have a heated exchange over whether or not Donald Trump divides the nation when it comes to matters of race.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUIs5K2Snpk

    • Jay George

      What do you bet Lord was thinking the *N* word during this?

      • WebSlinger

        don’t forget “uppity”….

      • Michael Rush

        “Pocahontas is the real racist “

      • another_steve

        Think what we may about Jeffrey Lord, he’s amazingly good at what he’s paid to do. He stays 100 percent on his talking points and never allows interviewers to throw him off. Even when he’s ranting and raving (as here), he comes off as cool and collected. Almost reasonable.

        A case study in the art of being the perfect political surrogate.

    • Gustav2

      The answer to Lord’s nonsense is:

      Quit blaming me for the Dixiecrats who are now Republicans…every one of them.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Van Jones is so smart, and really fucking easy on the eyes, but I wish he would not be so polite and just put Jeffrey Lord in his place.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Mostly Off Topic :

    Governor Branstad has signed a proclamation
    encouraging all Iowans to join in the historical Iowa 99 County Bible
    Reading Marathon to take place in front of all 100 courthouses,
    beginning June 30 at 8:00 a.m. and ending July 3, 2016, at approximately
    4:00 p.m. Furthermore, he is encouraging all individuals and families
    in Iowa to read through the Bible on a daily basis each year until the
    Lord comes.

    • Chucktech

      Gag me. Sounds like something the FFRF can beat him up over.

    • David F.

      Where’s a Rapture when you need one!

    • OSG

      A dirty magazine would work better.

  • Uncle Mark

    Would that Clan opportunity be a WHITE SALE ? It will be hard for them to compete with Penney’s.

    • Mark

      Open recruitment in January of every year!

    • coram nobis

      Certainly a good opportunity to sell bedsheets.

  • Michael Rush

    A quote I found :

    ” When animals are pestered into a frenzy, one thing that can result is a stampede that sends them, collectively, over a cliff.

    Trump is having this affect on people . ”

    http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/12/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-demagogues/419514/

    • cleos_mom

      As with secession, that might not be altogether a bad thing.

  • Todd20036

    If you want to judge a man, look at the company he keeps.

  • Michael Rush

    His supporters are completely blind to what an asshole magnet he is ,
    or what the reason for that might be .

    • David F.

      That’s because they are either assholes themselves, ass kissers and lickers or all of the above. I’m hard pressed to find any other logical reason that anyone would be attracted to and voting for him other than sheer stupidity, and in this case it’s weapons grade stupidity.

      • jmax

        My father thinks Trump is a lying, idiotic asshole. But he will vote for him anyway, because he HATES Clinton.

  • Prion

    .,,

    • David F.

      Missing the panel where the elephant’s head is up its ass.

  • Cuberly

    I’ll just put this here.

    • another_steve

      Lol. I laughed out loud. 😉

      I love how Rachel Maddow mockingly pronounces his name. She’s got it down to a science.

      Destroys me, each and every time.

  • Gil

    Honestly, I think Trump is the best man to run against Clinton….He’s the most flawed possibility out of the group….

  • Eric Lewis

    This could explain why Donald Trump has the backing of only 1% — of black voters.

    • Chucktech

      Jesus, how many Ben Carson types are there??

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Who are the 1%?

      • NancyP

        People with bad hearing who agree with interviewer just because they are too embarrassed to admit they are hard of hearing. Or, if filling out a form on the Internet or on dead trees, people with bad eyesight who check the wrong box.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Allen West, Stacy Dash (who has turned into what one person called “black Victoria Jackson”), Ben Carson, Katrina Pierson, Herman Cain,.. possibly maybe Don King…. umm… errr… I’m stumped after that. Am I up to 1% yet?

  • Sporkfighter

    The more things change . . .

    • Jay George

      I can’t describe how bad that makes me feel.

  • Djurisk

    He’s all the rage…

    • Kruhn

      That’s not even a fashion faux pas. That’s a fashion crime against humanity!

      • trouble94114

        If fashion law is ever enforced that poor girl is going to get life in prison with no hope for parole

    • TampaDink

      Too bad that there isn’t one of the many photos of him & his daughter in really inappropriate poses….right around her waist.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Delusional woman. She’s way too old and her boobs aren’t big enough for Donald to even acknowledge her existence.

      • JCF

        “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?”

  • TuuxKabin

    OT: But, lest we forget. Profiles of those killed in Istanbul.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36675713

  • Max_1

    • That is mesmerizing! I’ve stared at this for a long while, wow….

      • Piercedchrlz

        QUICK! Look away before it’s too late!

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • billbear1961

      Non-violent?

      Yeah, that’s why they shout “DEATH to our enemies.”

      Besides which, stripping the people you HATE of their civil rights is also an act of violence.

      We have Drumpf and his supporters to thank for the reemergence of this SCUM into public view.

      We have the GOP to thank for it!

      This has been coming for a LONG time because of this country’s REFUSAL to stand up, vigorously and relentlessly, to 24/7 right-wing propaganda and baldfaced LIES–the kind spread by Fox and HATE radio–for over three DECADES!!

      I will NEVER accept FASCISTS in control of our federal government!

      I will NEVER recognize the “authority” of ANY individual, group or political party to, in effect, GUT the Constitution, strip MILLIONS of their RIGHTS, and take us down the road to vicious and mindless TYRANNY!!

      NEVER–for NOTHING can justify or legitimize such willfully ignorant, blatant and hateful EVIL!!

  • JT
  • Hue-Man

    Does this mean that Saint Ronnie will be replaced by Charles Lindbergh in Drumpf’s Amerikkka?

  • RainbowPhoenix

    The idea of the Klan considering anything an opportunity should worry anyone with a conscience. Trump has made it clear that he has no conscience.

  • George Wilson

    You know, there isn’t ONE Klan in the USA; there are at least 4 or more; and all together they might have a couple of thousand paying members, half of which are FBI agents, which is a good thing, because the FBI agents are the only ones not behind in their dues.

    I don’t like the tilt to this article; but not because it’s bad. Oh, no, it’s great, but it might mislead some readers to think that the ONLY Americans who favor Trump’s wall are Klan members and their FBI “fellow-travelers.”

    No, I contend that millions and millions of Americans want a wall built on our southern border. And the vast, vast majority of those Americans would never consider joining the Klan, even if 24-hour surveillance by the NSA wasn’t a sort of “complimentary gift” accompanying one’s new membership.

    Are all of these millions of Americans bigots, racists, xenophobes, conspiracy theorists, and Rotarians? I doubt it. Most of them probably just think it’s a better idea if those who want to become U.S. citizens get in line, come through the official gate, get their tickets punched, and understand that–at a minimum–they aren’t allowed to murder, rape, molest, or otherwise annoy random citizens while visiting and/or applying for residency in our fair land. It’s one of our little habits, a cultural trait, if you will: we kind of like to know who’s stretching his legs under our dinner table. Call us old-fashioned.

    • Xuuths

      It isn’t wearing the sheet that makes one a racist.

  • Peter Wong

    The awful image running through my mind right now is that of a bunch of Klansmen singing the “Oklahoma” song “Oh What A Beautiful Morning.”

  • B Snow

    WHERE in northwest Georgia?? That is very disturbing.

  • 1Truth1

    “Years ago, the group… changed its name from the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan to the Knights Party USA, mainly to get away from the stigma associated with the Klan name. It now presents itself as more of a political or Christian entity.”

    New name, same racist bigots.

  • Gianni

    Boy. How much more ‘ringing’ can one get out of an endorsement? Trump’s election shows things are going their way. Wow!

  • Sean

    Radical “Christian” Terrorists.