The North Carolina Republican Party has condemned the Ku Klux Klan and its plans for a parade to celebrate Donald Trump’s presidential win.
“We are disgusted and condemn this extremist ideology and associated actions in the strongest possible terms,” N.C. GOP Chairman Robin Hayes said in a statement to CNN on Friday. “These acts and thought processes are no reflection of the heartbeat of this great country and are counter to the efforts to make America great again. We stand with the Democratic Party in calling these out-of-state troublemakers to go home.”
Trump was endorsed by the KKK during the campaign but quickly condemned the group and its planned parade. “Mr. Trump and his team continue to disavow these groups and individuals and strongly condemn their message of hate,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN.
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Details on the KKK’s Dec. 3 parade are scarce. The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported the parade is being planned by The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which is based in Pelham, a small, unincorporated community about 45 minutes north of Burlington, near Virginia.