- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The chairman of the North Carolina Republican party has posted Twitter photos juxtaposing images of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Ku Klux Klan.

Hasan Harnett posted the images on the social media site Thursday. One shows Klansmen surrounding a burning cross; the caption says the KKK was created as the militant wing of the Democratic Party. The second photo shows Clinton winking.

WRAL-TV in Raleigh says (https://bit.ly/1S9jUGn) Harnett declined to comment Monday. North Carolina GOP Executive Director Todd Poole told the station Harnett wouldn’t give interviews. But Poole says that as the organization’s first black chairman, Harnett believes it’s important to learn from history.

Clinton’s campaign didn’t respond to the station’s request for comment.

North Carolina Democratic Party spokesman Ford Porter says the comments encapsulate the GOP’s inflammatory rhetoric.

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Information from: WRAL-TV, https://www.wral.com

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