RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A portion of NBC12's "Hate in Virginia" investigation ended up in a campaign ad for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
During that investigation, the Rebel Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan declared back in May that Donald Trump would be the best candidate for the job. Days after Clinton's ad went live, the grand dragon says he wants to set the record straight.
"The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes we believe in. We want our country to be safe."
Those were the words of the Imperial Wizard for the Rebel Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan during our initial interview in May. Standing with the Imperial Wizard was the Grand Dragon, who traveled to Richmond's Chimbarazo Park to, in his words, "set the record straight."
"We did not. Have not. Will not endorse Donald Trump. Period," the Grand Dragon remarked.
When asked if they stand by the statements made in the May interview, the Grand Dragon said, "He would be the best man for the job," adding that, "We still feel that way."
That's why Richmond's own Senator Tim Kaine, now the Democratic vice presidential nominee, is out on the campaign trail tying the Republican Presidential Candidate to one of the nation's most infamous hate groups.
"Because Donald Trump is pushing their values. Ku Klux Klan values. David Duke values. Donald Trump values…are not American values," Kaine said.
Rebel Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan's Grand Dragon said they are not a hate group.
"We are not a hate group. We believe in the better good of America. That's it," he stressed.
But, what about the KKK's violent history, southern cities like Birmingham, Alabama were actually known as "Bombingham" after four girls were killed in the 16th Street Baptist church bombing?
"That was a part of the past, and I'm sorry that innocent people got hurt," the Grand Dragon said.
The Grand Dragon claims their position is simple.
"Stay to your own race. That's it. Period," he said.
The Clinton campaign is betting the majority of Americans have a different opinion.
"And we've got to do all we can to fight to push back and win to say that we are still about heading toward that north star that we set out so long ago," Kaine said.
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