President Joe Biden condemned United States Senators who were open members of the Ku Klux Klan during a speech in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Tuesday, but did not mention the role of the Democrat party in the racist organization.
Citing a book from historian Jon Meacham, Biden said at least five or seven members of the United States Senate were open members of the KKK in the 1920s. (Meacham’s book, The Soul of America actually cites 16 members of the United States Senate who belonged to the KKK)
The vast majority of Klan members at the time were overwhelmingly white Democrat politicians in the South.
“The flames from those burning crosses torched every region of the country,” Biden said.
He recalled a picture of 30,000 thousands of Klan members in hats and robes marching in Washington, DC.
Biden expressed solidarity with African-Americans, noting the Klan was also anti-Catholic.