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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Last night, as CNN’s Super Tuesday coverage wrapped up with die-hard Donald Trump apologist Jeffrey Lord’s claims that the Ku Klux Klan was a leftist organization. Lord, a CNN commentator and once a Reagan administration official, has repeatedly defended Trump’s flirtation with the KKK and propagated a form of revisionist history that denies, or at least downplays, the legacy of white nationalism in this country.

“The Klan is a terrorist organization,” said Jones, before being cut off by Lord.

“A leftist terrorist organization,” Lord interjected.

“You can put whatever label you want on it, that’s your game to play,” responded Jones.

“It’s history,” insisted Lord.

Newsflash for Lord. It is history. The Democratic Party and the KKK did have a cooperative relationship, but that was half a century ago, when Democratic voters were predominantly Southern white Dixiecrats. The South’s shift Republican was irreversible after President Kennedy’s decision to pursue civil rights legislation in 1963. Around the same time, the Republican party began making overtly racial appeals to Southern voters, accelerating the erosion of white Democratic support in the South.

In 2005, Ken Mehlman, the national chair of the RNC at the time, apologized for the Republican Party’s use of racial tension in the South as a political tool: “Some Republicans gave up on winning the African-American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization,” Mehlman said in a speech to the NAACP. “I am here today as the Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong.”

It is unlikely that the racists who repeatedly yelled at and shoved Shiya Nwanguma out of Trump rally support either Hillary Clinton’s or Bernie Sander’s policies. Both of them have decided to address racism rather than dress it up as an empty complaint of the “politically correct.”

Engaging in denial for it’s own sake does not erase the fact that the KKK targeted blacks to prevent them from voting in the Jim Crow South, nor that they attacked them and their allies during the Civil Rights era to slow socially progressive legislation — policies that sit firmly on the political left. If the KKK is a leftist terrorist organization, Trump must be redder than Fidel Castro.

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6 responses to “KKK Is A Leftist Organization, According To Die-Hard Trump Supporter”

  1. Dominick Vila says:

    Describing the KKK as a leftist organization because the South was overwhelmingly Democratic before the Civil Rights movement is one of the most hilarious claims made to date. In any case, should we assume that the reason The Donald has not condemned the KKK and other white supremacist organizations is because he does not want to offend the sensibilities of Democrats?

    • @HawaiianTater says:

      I see that claim quite often in right wing circles. They try to act like it’s really the Democrats who are racist because of their past connections to the KKK and it’s really the Republicans who are inclusive because of Lincoln freeing the slaves. It takes some serious ignoring or ignorance of history to make such claims. Liberals have always been liberal and conservatives have always been conservative. They just switched parties over the years. The Dixiecrats of old are now the modern day Republican party.

      • Dominick Vila says:

        Bear in mind that what has elicited the ire of the Republican establishment is not concern over Trump’s outrageous comments, but his economic platform. His economic platform, such as it is, is eerily reminiscent of what President Obama proposed a few years ago, when he suggested taxing U.S. corporations that invest or move their operations abroad, and reward those that invest and keep their businesses in the USA. The same goes for Trump’s proposal to rise tariffs on foreign products and services, which for most Republicans represent a direct attack on free market transactions.
        I doubt any of these things are behind the support that Trump enjoys from, mostly, the poorly educated he loves so much, but it certainly got the attention of the party elite, which considers such proposals nothing short of sacrilege.

    • FireBaron says:

      And don’t forget that old tired saw they keep bringing out: Martin Luther King, Jr. was a registered Republican. Of course, conveniently forget that most Southern Blacks were registered Republicans as a legacy of Lincoln. However, most Northern Blacks were registered Democrats as a legacy to FDR and Harry Truman.

  2. rushthis says:

    Right-Wing southerners, then and now, made the KKK.

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