While the media has attempted to smear Donald Trump after he was endorsed by former Ku Klux Klan member David Duke, Hillary Clinton has escaped scrutiny despite the fact that she once praised ex-KKK member Robert Byrd as her “friend and mentor”.
The press has attempted to keep Trump on the ropes over the past few days, demanding over and over again that he “disavow” any connection with Duke, despite Trump claiming he had not even heard about the endorsement.
This distraction was invoked over and over again to bolster the narrative that Trump is appealing to racist voters.
However, Hillary has managed to avoid similar treatment despite her glowing praise for former Senator Robert Byrd, who joined the KKK when he was 24-years-old because he didn’t want to fight alongside “race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds,” during World War II.
“I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side,” vowed Byrd in a 1944 letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS).
Byrd subsequently wrote another letter in 1946 in which he asserted that, “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.”
Byrd, who also voted against the 1965 Civil Rights Act, later renounced his affiliation with the Klan, calling it one of the worst mistakes of his life.
After his death in 2010, Clinton gave a glowing eulogy to Byrd in a video that was uploaded to the State Department’s official YouTube page.
“Today our country has lost a true American original, my friend and mentor Robert C. Byrd,” said Clinton, praising the Senator as “a man of surpassing eloquence and nobility.”
“From my first day in the Senate, I sought out his guidance, and he was always generous with his time and his wisdom. I admired his tireless advocacy for his West Virginia constituents, his fierce defense of the Constitution and the traditions of the Senate, and his passion for a government that improves the lives of the people it serves,” added Clinton.
David Duke separated from the Klan in 1980, six years after joining, because he disliked its associations with violence.
Despite the fact that Hillary said she would “continue to rely on (Byrd’s) advice and counsel” even after his death, it’s Trump who is now in the media crosshairs for his unintended association with a former KKK member, which Clinton’s direct affiliation with one escapes scrutiny.
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