When did the KKK start supporting Republicans? Like in 2016?
- Anonymous3 months ago
The KKK publicly endorsed Reagan, but unlike Trump, who welcomed their support, ultimately even calling them "good people," Reagan admonished them and told them they could keep their votes because he didn't want them. When the KKK said something favorable about John McCain during his run for President, John McCain did what Reagan did and answered with a firm rebuke. The KKK has endorsed every Republican candidate starting with Barry Goldwater in 1964, not any Democrat, but after Reagan's public admonition, the John McCain incident notwithstanding, avoided counterproductive public backlash by doing so quietly, not so much because of the Republican platform being particularly favorable to the KKK but because of the Democratic Party's enduring civil rights platform being particularly unfavorable to KKK, in direct opposition of the KKK's mission, in fact. Well, that was until Trump came along, when suddenly the KKK found favor in the Republican Party, no longer supporting the Republican Party simply to counter the express disfavor of the Democratic Party.
For the first half of the 20th century, the KKK was fairly equally divided between the two parties because both parties were equally racist and antisemitic. Things started to change with WWII, though, because of the Holocaust and because of Blacks and Whites fighting and dying alongside each other, forging through fire and blood a lifelong bond of brotherhood that they brought home with them as veterans that changed how many these White men saw Blacks and vice versa. Unable to reconcile their learned racism that was cultural with the experience and lifelong bonds forged in war, and there being so many WWII vets, veterans, both White and Black, quietly and even often unconsciously started shifting America's longstanding paradigm of racism in post-war America, that paradigm shift still nascent in the late 1940s, picking up speed in the 1950s, and hitting full stride in the 1960s.
JFK, being a WWII veteran himself who fought alongside Black soldiers, seamen, in the Pacific and seeing them die and nearly dying himself, wounded so badly he never fully healed, was acutely aware of this paradigm shift away from racial prejudice towards Blacks, and seeing it, he used the power of his Senatorship and then the power of his Presidency to seize its opportunity and dramatically reversed the Democratic platform by championing the civil rights movement and leading the Democratic Party to champion the the civil rights movement with him in the early 1960s, suddenly making civil rights for Blacks a differentiating issue between the Democratic Party and Republican Party, meaning the two parties no longer agreed on this issue, were no longer coconspirators imposing racism and racial prejudice on Black Americans.
At that point, the point at which the JFK led the Democratic Party to turn its back on racisms and become anti-racist in the early 1960s, the KKK quite vocally and quite violently disavowed the Democratic Party and has thrown their full support behind the Republican Party ever since. Some Republicans have found that distasteful, a few have openly rejected it, but the party itself has done very little to push the KKK away because Democrats actually outnumber Republicans and the party feels like they need all the adamant supporters they can get, so as distasteful as the KKK's support has been to the Republican Party and mainstream Republicans, they've quietly accepted it under the auspices, at least for most, that they won't actually further the KKK agenda.
That was until Trump came along. Trump's racist rhetoric, both open and dog whistle, has breathed new life into the KKK and emboldened them to come out of the shadows the were lurking in and out of their meetings in back rooms shrouded in the cover of night and step out into the open, marching in their robes in broad daylight but without their normal face-hiding hoods, replacing them with MAGA hats instead, waving the banners of the Confederacy and the Nazi Swastika right along side Trump banners.
So in answer to your question, it was in the 1960s that the KKK first started supporting Republicans against Democrats in order to counter the Democrats' support of the civil rights movement, but it was in 2016 that the KKK first started supporting Republicans not just to counter Democrats' civil rights platform and anti-racist agenda but in actual support of the Republican platform via Trump and then Trump supporters adopting a racist agenda aligning with the KKK's.
- 3 months ago
Dixiecrat - any of the Southern Democrats who seceded from the party in 1948 in opposition to its policy of extending civil rights.
- electricpoleLv 73 months ago
It is not as much that they support Republicans as much as they do not support the radical Leftism of Democrats. And according to the SPLC, there isn't 5,000 of them in the country so what's the fuss?
- Anonymous3 months ago
It doesn't. You have white supremacists supporting both sides. Yes david duke came out in support of Trump, but Trump never reciprocated so he's not guilty of anything.
Biden however? Gave a eulogy at the funeral of the kkk grand wizard robert byrd. That IS reciprocating.
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- ?Lv 63 months ago
Since it was FOUNDED. The KKK has supported the DNC. As they did this year.
- Anonymous3 months ago
cause the republicans use the southern strategy to try to get racists votes but then backstab them every timeSource(s): the only people republicans serve are their masters in israel and big business
- Ryde,0nLv 73 months ago
2016 William Quig KKK Grand Wizard endorses Hillary Clinton .
WTF do you guys get your news anyway ?
- HerbertLv 43 months ago
They went all in for the GOP in 1964 when Democrats passed the Civil Rights Act.Source(s): Google the KKK platform and compare to the GOP platform. They are identical.