By Diane L. Gruber 


Democrat Party created the KKK in 1867. Their last elected official was Democrat Senator Robert C. Byrd who “served” in DC from 1953 – 2010.


Readers: Big Media & Democrats spew out lies by the truckload. We haven’t heard or read THIS Big Lie for some time now. In preparation for the next round, let’s arm ourselves with facts. Diane




Since its founding in 1829, the Democrat Party has fought against every bill, every program, every idea to improve life for former slaves (AKA freedmen). Indeed, Democrats have a long history of discrimination against all “non-white” people. The Democrat Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, opposed Reconstruction, founded the Ku Klux Klan, passed & enforced Jim Crow laws, imposed segregation, perpetrated lynchings, and fought against the Civil Rights Acts of 1866, 1870, 1871, 1875, 1883, 1957, 1964, 1968, as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965. ALL civil rights bills were written by and promoted by Republicans.


In contrast, the Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an anti-slavery party.  Its mission was to stop the spread of slavery into the new western territories with the ultimate goal of abolishing it entirely.  The GOP mission was accomplished in barely nine years thanks to great sacrifices by SO MANY that believed slavery was wrong.  Although slavery was gone, much work was left to be done to ensure that former slaves could fully exercise their constitutional rights.  This work, however, was dealt a major blow by the assassination of the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, which placed a Democrat, Andrew Johnson*, in the White House.  During the following 100 years, Republicans proposed each & every civil rights legislation.  Some were blocked by Democrats, some were passed over Democrat opposition.




Democrat Party leaders did not create the Ku Klux Klan in the formal sense.  They didn’t hold a meeting to decide that they needed a terrorism department to keep African Americans and Southern Republicans terrorized.  But the Democrat Party in the former slave states DID make use of the KKK and coordinate KKK activities with their own, especially during election seasons.  And EVERY Klan member was a Democrat.


The Democrat Party, including President Andrew Johnson*, were unified in their opposition to the 13th Amendment (1865), which abolished slavery; the 14th Amendment (1868), which gave former slaves citizenship; and the 15th Amendment (1870), which gave African Americans the vote.  All three were proposed by Republicans and passed only because of universal GOP support.  Ulysses S. Grant, the second Republican president, sent federal troops to the south to secure constitutional rights for the newly freed slaves.


Some KKK members held elective office.  The most recent Klan member to hold office was West Virginia’s Democrat, Robert C. Byrd.  He got his start in Democrat politics BECAUSE he founded a local KKK chapter, and was actively involved with the Ku Klux Klan in the 1930s, the 1940s & the 1950s, rising to the highest positions of leadership.


Byrd was first elected to congress in 1953, before holding a senate seat from 1959 until his death in 2010. A close friend of Senator Joe Biden, Byrd held MANY leadership positions within the Democrat Party during his long career.  His Senate colleagues and the Democrat National Committee were well aware of Byrd’s KKK affiliation. VP Biden even eulogized Byrd at his funeral.  


The First Klan – 1865 -1871


Six Confederate veterans in Tennessee created the original Ku Klux Klan on December 24, 1865, just 18 days after the Thirteen Amendment was ratified, permanently outlawing slavery.  Membership consisted mainly of Confederate veterans as the KKK grew rapidly from a secret social fraternity into a paramilitary force.  The members were eager to reverse the federal Reconstruction Era activities in the South.


Wearing white robes and hoods to hide their faces, KKK activities included terrorist raids at night against African Americans and white Republicans, whom they blamed for elevating former slaves.  They used intimidation, destruction of property, beatings and murder to influence elections and prevent blacks from fully exercising their civil rights, especially their voting rights.



As Congress debated whether to give African Americans the right to vote, James Hinds, who was Caucasian, became the first sitting congressman to be murdered by a known Klansman.  On October 22, 1868 Hinds, who represented Arkansas in the US House of Representatives, was shot in the back with a shotgun as he rode by on a horse.  The murderer was a prominent Democrat who was furious that Hinds had encouraged large groups of former slaves to vote.


Republicans Fighting The Klan


In a few Southern states, Republicans organized militia units to break up the Klan.  The Arkansas militia of over 1,000 men was especially successful in pushing back against the KKK who was responsible for attacks against Republican officeholders and freedmen.


Union Army veterans in Blount County, Alabama organized “the anti-Ku Klux,” and were successful in putting an end to the violence.  Armed blacks formed their own defense in Bennettsville, South Carolina and patrolled the streets to protect their homes.


Finally, Republicans in Congress were able to pass three Civil Rights Acts in 1870 & 1871 (AKA: Ku Klux Klan Acts) which authorized President Grant to use military force to suppress the KKK and enable former slaves to exercise their new-found rights.  Republican President Ulysses S. Grant placed nine South Carolina counties under martial law and thousands were arrested.  By 1871 all Klan chapters had disbanded.


The Second Klan – 1915 – 1944


Historians believe the second coming of the KKK was sparked by the movie “Birth Of A Nation” which mythologized and glorified the first Klan.  Two generations after the death of the first Klan, this version, established in Georgia, had a different agenda.  Their grievances centered around anti-Catholic, Prohibitionist, anti-Communist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic hatred.  They adopted the same regalia and secretive organizational structure as the first Klan, but many members made no effort to hide their faces.  Unlike the original Klan, this version had a national structure which increased membership through advertisement.


Creation of this second Klan was encouraged by President Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921), a Democrat, when he held a screening of “Birth Of A Nation” in the White House.  [The movie was originally entitled “The Clansman.”]  Wilson considered Negros to be inferior and allowed Jim Crow laws to be implemented in Washington, DC.  Immediately upon taking office he segregated federal employees by race. With Wilson’s endorsement, the hatred toward “others” grew and membership in the Klan grew.  As with the first Klan, all members were Democrats.



At the 1924 DNC Convention a handful of delegates proposed adding a plank to their platform condemning the KKK.  It was defeated.


The second version of the Klan varied from the first in three major ways: 1) they were able to establish chapters outside the South, 2) although very few, the membership did contain some Republicans, and 3) they were less violent.  What violence there was, was mostly aimed at both blacks and whites in the South for violations of “racial norms” and “moral lapses.”


In addition to running charity drives and donating to Christian churches, the Klan beat African Americans, flogged Mexicans, threatened bootleggers, tarred and feathered abortion doctors and strong-armed politicians.


The Third Klan – 1950s and 1960s


The third version of the Klan developed as a response to the Republicans’ civil rights successes in the 1950s and 1960s.  This Klan was primarily made up of groups in the Southeast, and was aimed exclusively at black Americans.  They had no national structure and consisted of small independent groups that adopted the same name, but had no formal relationships with each other.  Like the Klan’s second version, virtually all Klan members were Democrats, some holding elective office, such as Senator Byrd.


During the years 1956-1964 three Democrat governors in the South, all Caucasians, initiated standoffs to prevent school desegregation.  They used local and state police to block school doors.  In 1957 GOP President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalized the guard and sent 1,000 US Army troops to maintain order as Little Rock, Arkansas’ high school desegregated.


Between 1951 and 1967 the Klan was involved in numerous bombings and murders.  Civil rights activists, as well as innocents, were targeted.  For example, on September 15, 1963 a church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed, killing four girls.  There were so many bombings in that city it became known as “Bombingham.”  Four Democrats were later convicted of the 9/15/1963 bombing and murders.





The 1964 Civil Rights Act was a turning point in U.S. racial relations, but it was not the first; in fact, from 1866 to 1964 (98 years) there were 26 major civil rights votes. Republicans favored civil rights in 96 percent of the votes. Democrats OPPOSED them in 80 percent of the votes. On January 26, 1922, Senate Democrats filibustered a House bill introduced by Rep. Leonidas Dyer, R-Mo., making lynching a federal crime.


The record Senate filibuster of the watershed 1964 vote was organized by Democrat and Klan Exalted Cyclops Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., and J. William Fulbright (Bill Clinton’s mentor & long time friend), D-Ark. In all, 21 Democrat senators opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Republican Everett Dirksen broke the filibuster to get the legislation passed, as he had done with a similar civil rights bill in 1957. Dirksen received an accomplishment award from the NAACP for his efforts.


The Klan in 21st Century America 


Although Big Media & Democrats constantly feed false narratives about the KKK in Twenty-First Century America, these are the facts: 1) Klan groups are continuing a long-term trend of decline; 2) Most Klan members are not registered to vote, thus they are neither Democrat nor Republican; and 3) There are extremely few organized, planned acts of violence.


Today’s Klan remains a collection of small, disjointed groups that continually change in name and leadership.  Their main activities consist of sitting around complaining about their plight in life.  Currently, researchers believe there are less than thirty Klan groups and about 3,000 Klan members nationwide. The Klan’s role of terrorizing Americans is now being filled by Black Lives Matter and Antifa. And, like the Klan, their activities are supported, promoted and funded by the Democrat Party and Democrat donors.




According to Carol M. Swain^, former professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University:


“The Democratic Party prospers on the votes of the very people it has spent much of its history oppressing. Democrats falsely claim that the Republican Party is the villain, when in reality it’s the failed policies of the Democratic Party that have kept blacks down. Massive government welfare has decimated the black family. Opposition to school choice has kept them trapped in failing schools. Politically correct policing has left black neighborhoods defenseless against violent crime. So, when you think about racial equality and civil rights, which political party should come to mind?”




*Andrew Johnson was a Democrat. President Lincoln chose him as his vice president when he ran for re-election in 1864. Johnson was a Southern (Tennessee) and, as the Civil War was winding down, Lincoln wanted to send a message of national unity out to all Americans. Johnson lost the 1868 Democrat nomination to Horatio Seymour who lost the presidential election to America’s second GOP president, Ulysses S. Grant.


^Carol M. Swain, PhD, is a black woman who grew up in extreme poverty to become a renowned professor, author & lecturer.


Diane L. Gruber
In early 2020 I retired from my law practice. By then it was painfully obvious that the Rule of Law had been replaced by the Rule of Man. The Man, of course, is the Ruling Elite. As the Biden Administration, who was put in office via the biggest criminal conspiracy this nation ever saw, set about abusing the American people, destroying the Bill of Rights and pushing more & more Americans into poverty, I couldn’t sit by. I had written for several other blogs in the recent past, and previous readers pressured me to join Substack. 
So many Americans don’t know that our nation and society are intentionally being destroyed. I am an eclectic writer. I write when I am inspired by a wrong being done to the American people. Sometimes I include personal experiences in my articles. Readers will also find historical articles I have written.  



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