While Donald Trump considers making white Supremacist Steve Bannon his chief of staff and champion of stop and frisk, Rudolph Giuliani, as his Attorney-General the KKK in North Carolina is planning a parade to celebrate his victory in Tuesday’s election.
According to The News and Observer, The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is planning what it calls a “Victory Klavalkade Klan Parade” for December 3rd at an undisclosed location.
The group’s website goes on to say, in all caps, Trump=Trump’s race united my people. While I will not include a link to the website, if you want to check it out, Snopes has a direct link to it here. In 2015, the group which the Anti-Defamation League describes as “perhaps the most active Klan group in the United States today” had 150-200 members.
Last year, the same group was part of the protest against South Carolina’s removal of the confederate flag from the state capital.
Shortly before the election, one of the few newspaper endorsements Trump received was from KKK’s official newspaper called the Crusader. The “newspaper” had a full page article explaining its support for Trump’s candidacy which states in part,
While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, ‘what made America great in the first place? …. “The short answer to that is simple. America was great not because of what our forefathers did – but because of who our forefathers were.
America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.
Eventually, Trump denounced the KKK’s endorsement it took more time than it took for Trump to denounce the concerned Americans protesting his election win – in a tweet.
Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2016
For a person who said he wanted to be a president of all the people, Trump was dismissive of those protesting his impending presidency with claims dismissing the people involved in anti-Trump protests claiming they were “paid protesters” and blaming the media for inciting them.
In the latest development of Trump’s effort to “unite” Americans, his on again/off again plan to ban Muslims is on again.
The ban is premised on Trump’s plan to “make American safe again” yet the greater danger to Americans is the dramatic surge in white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. This is reflected in a study by George Washington University that found the number of white nationalists and self-identified Nazi sympathizers on Twitter, Trump’s favorite hangout, far exceeds that of ISIS.
One doesn’t have to be paid to protest the results of Tuesday’s election. One needs only to recognize that Trump’s definition of people is limited to the white men who voted for him. Even the white women who foolishly cast their ballots for Trump are merely something to grope because, in his words, he can.
The protests are not about partisan interests. They are about people fighting for America. They are fighting to maintain their personhood and those of others Trump targeted in his con to the presidency.
One would be remiss in their responsibilities as good American citizens to sit back and do nothing as Donald Trump burns everything good about our people and our country to the ground.