The election of President-elect Donald Trump has been reviled and cheered across the country. Since Tuesday night’s results, thousands have taken to the street in protest against a man described as a racist and hate monger. But in North Carolina, one group that has supported Trump is now ready to honor his achievements.
The Loyal White Knights of Pelham, North Carolina have been described as one of the most active KKK groups in America. According to their website, they’re planning a “Victory Klavalkade Klan Parade” on December 3 to celebrate Trump’s election. This group has been in the news before when racist flyers were distributed and left on the property of unsuspecting homeowners to recruit members across the state. A voicemail message for the group states the following, “It’s about time that we put an end to this massive third world immigration into our white homelands.” In addition, the message encourages White people to arm themselves for racial conflict.
Throughout his campaign, Trump received strong support from members of White supremacist organizations. This includes American Nazi Party and former KKK Grand Wizard and Louisiana politician David Duke, who tweeted on Tuesday, “This is one of the most exciting nights of my life , make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump!”
Trump gave a weak repudiation of Duke during the election when he was informed of Duke and other racist hate group’s support. He declared, “I am the least racist person you have ever met” when challenged by the media over his divisive comments. However, during his campaign rallies, Black protestors were regularly assaulted and thrown out of events. Trump even encouraged his supporters to get physical with protesters, inciting further political violence. President-elect Trump has not issued a statement on the planned parade or whether he will attend.