“Bill Clinton excused so many Democrat politicians having been members of the Klan saying that you HAD to belong to get elected.”
Other than Robert Byrd, who does that apply to, exactly? What are some names of these “many Democrat politicians”.
This is the sort of claim that has become habitual around here. Conservatives have become willing to emulate the Left’s habit of saying anything if it advances the agenda, facts be damned.
Of course that would require actually knowing the complicated facts of history in the first place. And that isn’t what talk radio and assorted pop “historians” are peddling. Which is where a lot of this bs originates.
I can produce names. How about Edward Jackson, Governor of Indiana? Or Clarence Morley, Governor of Colorado? They were involved with the Klan. But they were also Republicans, so that may not fit the party line.
Fool in Paradise does mention one salient point: the Klan was anti-Catholic. At least the Second Klan was, the one that arose in 1915. That Klan was also anti-alcohol, and had helped pass Prohibition, along with their allies the WCTU.
So if the Klan and the Democratic Party are one and the same, a currently popular freeper meme, how is it that Catholic Al Smith was the Presidential nominee of 1928? And the 1924 nominee, John Davis, was someone who had openly denounced the Klan, and had defended black voting rights when he was Wilson’s solicitor general. Maybe they failed to get the “we are the Klan” memo.