- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The editor and publisher of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper in Linden, Alabama, is doubling down on incendiary comments he made in a recent editorial calling for “the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again.”

In a Feb. 14 editorial titled, “Klan needs to ride again,” Goodloe Sutton wrote that a “socialist-communist ideology” is infiltrating Congress and threatening to raise taxes on Alabamans.

“Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again. Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama,” he wrote. “They do not understand how to eliminate expenses when money is needed in other areas. This socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people.”

Mr. Sutton confirmed that he wrote the piece and doubled down on his comments in an interview Monday with the Montgomery Advertiser.

“If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we’d all been better off,” he said. “We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.”

When asked if he felt it was appropriate for the publisher of a newspaper to call for the lynching of Americans, Mr. Sutton argued that socialist-communists aren’t Americans.

“It’s not calling for the lynchings of Americans,” he told the Advertiser. “These are socialist-communists we’re talking about. Do you know what socialism and communism is?”

Mr. Sutton said the KKK only killed “but a few people” and shouldn’t be considered a violent organization.

“The Klan wasn’t violent until they needed to be,” he claimed.

Mr. Sutton, who inherited the Democrat-Reporter from his father in 1985, said people are welcome to boycott the paper if they found his comments offensive.

Mr. Sutton has reportedly run racially insensitive headlines in the past. In 2015, he ran a front-page headline, titled, “Selma black thugs murder Demopolite Saturday night,” the Advertiser reported.

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat, on Monday called for Mr. Sutton to resign over his “disgusting” comments.

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