The association between former Klansman and United States Senator Robert Byrd and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has been brought front and center by the newly crowned (by Clinton) posterboy for the “alt-right,” Alex Jones, as reported by Info Wars, and the New York Times.
A video depicting Secretary Clinton praising Byrd has been shared widely on social media, along with a photo of the, now-deceased senator cradling Clinton’s head and kissing her, by those seemingly wishing to connect her to the Ku Klux Klan, perhaps in response to the recent Clinton KKK ad and her comments on Donald Trump and the alt-right, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
“Senator Byrd reflects the transformative power of this nation,” NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous was quoted at the time of his death in June 2010. “Senator Byrd went from being an active member of the KKK to being a stalwart supporter of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and many other pieces of seminal legislation that advanced the civil rights and liberties of our country.”
Senator Robert Byrd, by all accounts, had shifted away from the group after becoming “disinterested” in 1952 and had completely rejected the Ku Klux Klan by the time of his death, on several occasions, as reported by Snopes.
“I know now I was wrong. Intolerance had no place in America. I apologized a thousand times… and I don’t mind apologizing over and over again. I can’t erase what happened.”
The Hillary Clinton Trump/KKK attack ad also appeared to flush other moments with factions of the group from the internet either. Footage of KKK Grand Dragon Will Quigg professing his support for Clinton has resurfaced, perhaps seemingly suggesting to some that, like Trump, Clinton has problems attracting white supremacists of her own.
Grand Dragon Quigg insisted that his group were not white supremacists. He also explained that he felt a need for the United States to strengthen its borders, that whites are “God’s chosen people,” that six million Jews did not perish during the Holocaust, and his views on Islam in America, none of which appears to align with positions voiced by Hillary Clinton.
Quigg has also stated that he raised $20,000 with his KKK group and donated it anonymously to the Clinton campaign, as reported by Gateway Pundit.
“She is friends with the Klan,” the Klansman was quoted with regard to Clinton. “A lot of people don’t realize that.”
Josh Schwein, with Hillary Clinton’s campaign, described the presidential candidate disavowing the endorsement and the contribution.
“**** that ******!” one Donald Trump supporter can be viewed speaking with regard to President Barack Obama in a recent New York Times video documenting the seeming vitriol used at rallies for the Republican presidential nominee, as previously featured by the Inquisitr.
“Sieg heil!” another declared.
“Build the wall! **** those dirty *******,” a man wearing a red Make America Great Again hat enthusiastically shouted with regard to Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the Mexican border, as viewed in the New York Times video.
By the time of his death, after serving for 57 years in the U.S. Congress, it is clear that Robert Byrd would disavow many of the statements and language used by Donald Trump supporters. Any seeming connection between Hillary Clinton and the KKK would seem to have been made without her knowledge, immediately disavowed by her and her surrogates upon its discovery, and tedious at best.
Robert Byrd was born in 1917 in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and raised by his aunt and uncle in West Virginia. He was first elected to U.S. Congress in 1952, representing West Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, where he served three terms, being re-elected twice.
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