A grand dragon of the KKK's California branch, Will Quigg, declared his support for a surprising candidate in this year's U.S. presidential election. Quigg told The Telegraph that he wants Hillary Clinton to be president because he believes she has a "hidden agenda."
"We want Hillary Clinton to win. She is telling everybody one thing, but she has a hidden agenda. She's telling everybody what they want to hear so she can get elected, because she's Bill Clinton's wife, she's close to the Bushes. [But] once she's in the presidency, she's going to come out and her true colors are going to show.
"Border policies are going to be put in place. Our second amendment rights [favoring gun ownership] that she's saying she's against now, she's not against. She's just our choice for the presidency."
In September of last year, Quigg tweeted his support for Donald Trump, saying he is the "only hope we have of getting white America back." He now says this was before he found out what Clinton's real plans were for the White House.
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Quigg's endorsement of Clinton comes just after he and several other klansmen were involved in a fight in Anaheim, Calif.'s Pearson Park, where they tried to hold a "white lives matter" rally.
Quigg would have suffered a worse beating if it weren't for Prof. Brian Levin from California State University in San Bernardino, who studies hate and extremism. Levin was at the protest in hopes of interviewing KKK members, but when the fight broke out, he stepped in to hold off Quigg's attackers until police arrived.
Levin also happens to be Jewish. When he asked Quigg how it felt to be saved by a Jewish person (the KKK is notoriously anti-Semitic), Quigg's response was "Thank you, thank you."
Quigg also said he agreed with Donald Trump's plan to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and deport 11 million illegal immigrants, but when asked why then he is supporting Clinton and not Trump, Quigg said: "We don't like his hair. We think it's a toupee. He won't do what he says he will do. He says he's going to build a 20-foot high fence along with border with Mexico and make them pay. How's he going to do that?"
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In the 1920s, Quigg's home of Pearson Park in Anaheim was a site for mass Klan rallies. Over the past several decades, the KKK has become almost non-existent in the area. However, the "white lives matter" rally was the second rally attempted in the past two months alone.
Rusty Kennedy, who monitors local hate crimes for the Orange County human relations commission, thinks this could be because of Trump's surge in popularity. "When bad things happen in the world and high publicity is given to them, whether it's terrorist acts or outrageous statements by prominent people, there is a tendency by people on the fringes to lash out," he told the Telegraph.
Although it appears that Quigg is under the impression that Clinton is hiding under a liberal facade, he and his followers also seem to feel validated in furthering their racist propaganda now that Trump's extremism has received such immense publicity.
No one from Clinton's camp has responded to Quigg's endorsement at this time.
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