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While some Republicans like to advance this assertion, the sad truth is that both political parties had members who were involved in the growth of the Klan, and the KKK was soon embraced by influential Republicans and Democrats alike. It is certainly true that many of the original members, including its first leader, Nathan Bedford Forrest, were southern Democrats who were affiliated with the Confederacy and upset that the south had lost the Civil War. But it is also true that some members, even in those early years, were white Republicans who objected to blacks having civil rights. And during the Klan's resurgence in the early 1900s, some of its most devoted members came from both parties; Republicans and Democrats alike joined because they held either anti-black, anti-Jewish, anti-immigrant, or anti-Catholic views; the KKK was thus able to spread out of the south and through the mid-west (and even into some parts of the north).

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Definitely not. The KKK has never been tied to any political party, but is today described as a "far right" group (which would tie it to a certain wing of the Republican Party). However, the KKK has, from its beginning, been a racist group with no significant goals beyond extreme endorsement for a particular class of people. It is officially recognized as a "hate group".

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Wrong...the DEMOCRATS were unanimously in favor of the KIK, formed by democrats, and Democrat membership greatly outweighed the minor participation by Republicans..,GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT !
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Yes, the early Democratic party was associated with the KKK. However, the early Democratic party was also associated mostly with conservative causes. Many White and Black Republicans were lynched by the democrat party supporters because of their opposition to slavery. Republicans were the abolitionists from the start. They supported and promoted Civil Rights.

This changed late in the 20th century when the Democrats began to espouse liberal values. That happened because the American Communist Party disbanded and transformed the Democratic Party. This change in values also occurred in the Republican party though in reverse. The early Republicans' supported progressive and arguably liberal causes like emancipation and civil rights for African Americans. But then the disenfranchised Conservatives from the Democrat Party joined the Republican Party. Then more of the Klan members were Republicans. In short, the Democratic party during the heyday of the KKK bears little resemblance to today's Democratic party.

As for slavery, only the type of slavery has changed. It was once chattel slavery and forced servitude. Nowadays, it is slavery to handouts, party allegiance, and even corporations. The prison industrial complex is arguably a type of slavery.

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Uhhh of course they were ... the only folks saying NO are democrats ... lol Joe Biden’s mentor was a kkk recruiter !! Hello...

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Founded in 1865, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) extended into almost every southern state by 1870 and became a vehicle for white southern resistance to the Republican Party’s Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for black Americans. Its members waged an underground campaign of intimidation and violence directed at white and black Republican leaders. Though Congress passed legislation designed to curb Klan terrorism, the organization saw its primary goal–the reestablishment of white supremacy–fulfilled through Democratic victories in state legislatures across the South in the 1870s

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So basically are you saying that the kkk joined the democratic side due to them being against the Republican Party too?

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KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest was a confederate cavalry commander and Democrat.

His primary purpose was to defeat the Union army Republicans in the civil war so that slavery could continue. Any encyclopedia will verify this.

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In response to the myth below stating that the parties switched, the democrat party during the 1960's held about two-thirds of the Senate and House. In numbers they had the majority of votes in the civil Rights bills which passed. However, percentagewise they failed miserably. While some 98% of Republicans voted for the civil rights laws to pass, only a mere 70% of the Democrats voted yes. Strom Thurmond did switch parties but he is the only known one who did. To say that conservatives switched is inaccurate because there is no evidence to support that myth. In actuality it was the Margaret Sanger and Adolf Hitler admirer, and a democrat who started what is today Planned Parenthood and are still strongly supportive of it today. It was the Democrat party who was in favor of social security and welfare benefits and are still in favor of it today. In actuality the parties haven't changed at all. It is still the Democrat party who is responsible for the black genocide and abortion clinics which is still in existence today. While blacks make up approximately 12 to 13% of the US population they make up some 33% of all abortions performed. The democrat party has been very successful in stifling the growth of the black population in the USA. The Democrat party without doubt walk hand-in-hand with the KKK and their primarily goal to oppress blacks and suppress the growth of the black population today and has been a success with the two of them today as they are still one in the same.

More evidence of this can be seen as we observe the programs which encourage the black population to stay down by handing them enough bread crumbs that they will not want to rise up. Before the Democrat (LBJ) party started giving handouts to the black population black entrepreneurship was at an all-time high. This obviously devastated them. On top of that, if a family has a father in the home he they will receive less money. The families are encouraged to stay separate. Even Barack Hussein Obama inadvertently admitted that without a father in the home the child's destiny is hindered greatly. This works perfectly for the Democrat party (the KKK) today.

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Yes is was.

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