President-elect Donald Trump’s supporters are thrilled that the casino owner will soon make his way into the Oval Office. In particular, the Ku Klux Klan.
On Thursday, the country’s largest KKK group announced that it’s planning to celebrate by throwing a parade for the former steak salesman. Based in North Carolina, the Loyal White Knights of Pelham posted on their website that the event will take place Dec. 3. It did not list an exact time or location.
Snopes managed to get in contact with the white supremacy group, but its spokeswoman would only say that the parade would be “unannounced” and occur somewhere in North Carolina.
If their name sounds familiar, that’s because the Loyal White Knights of Pelham were behind last year’s protest against removing the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s state Capitol. The Anti-Defamation League calls the group “perhaps the most active Klan group in the United States today,” and estimates its members, who state “TRUMP = TRUMP’S RACE UNITED MY PEOPLE,” number anywhere from 150 to 200 racists.
This isn’t the first time the Klan has shown up for Trump. The KKK’s official newspaper, The Crusader, effectively endorsed Trump the week leading up to the 2016 election. In response, Trump’s campaign team criticized the article, saying in a statement that “Mr. Trump and the campaign denounces hate in any form. This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign.”
Still, several Klan groups publicly supported Trump, including former Klan leader David Duke, who lost a Senate race in Louisiana this past Tuesday.
It likewise appears that white nationalists will be part of Trump’s presidential future. Indeed, Trump announced yesterday that Secretary of State of Kansas Kris Kobach would join his transition team. Kobach was last year’s featured speaker at a meeting of white nationalists and helped design Arizona’s SB 1070 in 2010, which permitted police to stop, detain and demand that a person of color prove their citizenship. The Supreme Court struck down almost all of the law’s provisions in 2012, save for the one which mandated that police check the immigration status of detained individuals before releasing them.