- The Washington Times - Friday, November 11, 2016

The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan group plans to hold a “victory” parade for President-elect Donald Trump in North Carolina next month, according to its official website.

A “Victory Klavalkade Klan Parade” will take place Dec. 3 at an as-yet-to-be disclosed location within the Tar Heel State, as indicated by a recent update to the KKK chapter’s website.

The notice appears above an image of the president-elect and the phrase: “Trump = Trump’s Race United My People.”

The Loyal White Knights is “perhaps the most active Klan group in the United States today,” purportedly boasting upwards of 200 members across 15 states, the Anti-Defamation League said in a report published this year, and it’s considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

A spokeswoman for the Loyal White Knights who gave her name as Amanda confirmed the event will take place at an “unannounced” location next month, but failed to give further details, rumor-debunking website Snopes reported Wednesday. Attempts to reach the Loyal White Knights independently for comment Friday were not immediately successful.

The group’s home base is in Pelham, North Carolina, near the Virginia border. Republican candidate Mr. Trump won North Carolina and nearly claimed Virginia on Tuesday when he defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 White House race.

Prior to Election Day, Mr. Trump’s campaign received and renounced the support of former Klan leader David Duke as well as The Crusader, a newspaper affiliated with the KKK. Stormfront, an online message board established by former KKK leader and white supremacist Don Black, said in December 2015 that it was upgrading its web servers to handle increased online traffic attributed to Mr. Trump’s campaign.

Will Quigg, the leader of the California Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights, said earlier this year that Hillary Clinton was the Klan’s candidate of choice, and he claimed his group raised more than $20,000 for her presidential campaign. The Clinton campaign disputed that claim.

Reports emerged earlier this week suggesting robe-clad Klansmen marched across a Mebane, North Carolina, bridge in celebration of Mr. Trump’s victory, but they have since been proven to be false.

Attempts to reach the Trump campaign for comment Friday were not immediately successful. 

• Andrew Blake can be reached at ablake@washingtontimes.com.

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