DAILYKENN.com -- In the early 1940s Robert Byrd organized the Sophia, West Virginia chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Byrd's Klan consisted of about 150 of his friends and associates.
Byrd was later elected Exalted Cyclops — the highest position in the local Klan — by a unanimous vote.
In a 1944 letter penned to Mississippi Senator Theodore G. Bilbo (D-Miss), Byrd wrote, "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."
Two years later Byrd reaffirmed his devotion to the Klan. In a letter to a Grand Wizard he wrote, "The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and in every state in the nation."
So why did Byrd leave the KKK? Because belonging to the Klan, inhibits "your operations in the political arena."
Hillary Clinton praised the Klanster when she was secretary of state.
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