As Donald Trump discovered a couple of months ago, there are some endorsements you’re better off without. When former Ku Klux Klan bigwig David Duke announced his support for Trump, the Republican frontrunner nearly watched his campaign run off the rails. Of course, with the mainstream media characterizing him as a racist already, the taint of support from a white supremacist was just icing on the cake.
With Hillary Clinton, it’s just a tad different. So don’t expect the media to spend much time pressuring her to disavow California Grand Dragon Will Quigg in a thousand different ways. Even so, the former secretary of state has apparently done something to attract his support.
In an interview with Vocativ, Quigg said, “For the KKK, Clinton is our choice.”
According to the Klansman, members of the KKK have anonymously donated more than $20,000 to the Clinton campaign so far. “She is friends with the Klan,” Quigg said. “A lot of people don’t realize that.”
The Clinton campaign rebuked the endorsement and Quigg’s claims. “This is completely false,” a spokesman said. “We want no part of them or their money and vehemently reject their hateful agenda.”
Vocativ said FEC filings suggest that Clinton has received less than $20,000 in anonymous donations overall, making Quigg’s claims dubious at best. But even if he exaggerated the Klan’s financial support for Clinton, Quigg appears to believe that Hillary Clinton the president will be much different than Hillary Clinton the candidate.
“All the stuff she’s saying now, she’s saying so she can get into office, OK?” Quigg said. “She doesn’t care about illegal immigrants — she’s acting like she does so she can get into office. Once she’s in office, then she’ll implement her policies. She’s a Democrat. The Klan has always been a Democratic organization.”
Well, he’s not wrong about that.
Without knowing much about Quigg, it’s impossible to say whether he’s genuinely a Clinton supporter or if he’s just trolling the news media. Most likely, the latter. But for the discerning Klansman, she actually is a much better choice for president than any Republican – especially Donald Trump. If the organization’s goals are to keep black Americans from escaping the cycle of poverty, it’s essential to make sure that Democrats keep getting elected. If they want to make sure that America stays racially divided, Hillary Clinton will see to it.
If, on the other hand, we put a president in office who will implement policies that lift all Americans up, we may soon find that our racial differences aren’t nearly as significant as we once thought. For the KKK, which thrives off continued racial distrust, that would be the end of the ballgame.