It turns out that one prominent Democrat President might have been a secret member of the Ku Klux Klan all this time.
One internal FBI report dating back in the 60’s was discovered indicating that one KKK confidential informant told authorities he had proof that President Johnson had been a member of the Klan, according to The Washington Post.
President Trump ordered the release of more of 2,800 previously unreleased records related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Thursday, although the release of some sensitive documents have been delayed for another six months. Amongst the wide array of documents and intelligence reports, one document within the records indicates that Lyndon B. Johnson might have been a member of the Klan.
In an internal FBI report from May 1964, an informant told the FBI that the KKK said it “had documented proof that President Johnson was formerly a member of the Klan in Texas during the early days of his political career.” This alleged “documented proof” was never provided.
The report in question reads as follows: “Ned Touchstone, editor of “The Councilor,” has been identified by a confidential informant (No 1223-R) as a member of the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The source advised in December 1963 that Touchstone claimed that the Klan had documented proof that President Johnson was formerly a member of the Klan in Texas during the early days of his political career.”
If true, this information could sour the perception of Johnson as a liberal icon who was responsible for many domestic programs including welfare. His ideological goal of a “Great Society” was one that included eliminating poverty and racial injustice.
According to journalist Ronald Kessler’s book, Inside the White House: The Hidden Lives of the Modern Presidents and the Secrets of the World’s Most Powerful Institution, when asked what his true motivations for his proposed civil rights bill were, Johnson was quoted as saying: “I’ll have them n*****s voting Democratic for two hundred years.”
Whether or not this information has more truth to it is yet to be seen, but it wouldn’t be the first prominent Democrat to have KKK affiliations. Hillary Clinton’s late mentor, Senator Robert Byrd, was known as a Klan organizer and advocate.
In a letter, the Democrat Senator said, “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side… Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”
Upon hearing of his death, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton published a video on the State Department’s official YouTube channel lamenting his passing, saying that “our country lost a true American original.”
An internal FBI report suggests that President Johnson may have been a member of the KKK. Do you think that’s possible?
In contrast to what the mainstream media would have Americans believe, it was Republicans who passed the Enforcement Act of 1871, also known as the Ku Klux Klan Act, which enabled the Republican President at the time, Ulysses S. Grant, more power to crack down on the White Supremacist organization.
When it comes to matters so far in the past, it’s difficult to predict whether or confirmation of these allegations will be found. But one thing is indisputable: if President Johnson were indeed affiliated with the Klan at one point in his political career, it wouldn’t be an uncommon occurrence for the Democrat Party.