Democrats and cowardly Republicans ripped President’s Trump’s use of the term “lynching” in a tweet, to describe the impeachment campaign against him, drawing the comparison that—like the lynching of blacks—it’s being conducted “without due process or fairness or any legal rights.”
Strangely, both groups have forgotten just who was doing the lynching of blacks.
After they lost the War, Democrats created the Ku Klux Klan to control and subjugate Blacks and fight Republicans. Famed American historian, Dr. Eric Foner, Professor of History at Columbia University, wrote in his. book, A Short History of Reconstruction, (Harper & Row Publishers, Inc., 1990):
“Founded in 1866 as a Tennessee social club, the Ku Klux Klan spread into nearly every Southern state, launching a ‘reign of terror’ against Republican leaders black and white….In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic party, the planter class, and all those who desired the restoration of white supremacy.”
The Klan was founded in Pulaski, Tennessee by former Confederate soldiers John C. Lester, John B. Kennedy, James R. Crowe, Frank O. McCord, Richard R. Reed, and J. Calvin Jones.
The first organized terrorist group that possessed real power was the Invisible Empire—the Ku Klux Klan. Soon after its founding, Klan terrorism made a mockery of Lincoln’s martyrdom by robbing American Blacks of the most precious gifts of America, the right to pursue happiness and the right to vote.
The Klan’s hallowed mission was to suppress the Black vote. Over 2,000 people were killed and wounded in Louisiana during the run-up to the Presidential election of November 1868. The Republican candidate was Ulysses S. Grant.
The events in Louisiana’s St. Landry Parish were emblematic of the impact of the Klan. The parish had a registered Republican majority of 1,071. But after the murders, not a single Republican voted in the election.
The entire vote of the parish was cast by white Democrats, for Grant’s opponent. The KKK’s assault on St. Landry’s resulted in more than 200 casualties among black Republicans. Twenty-five bodies were found in a shallow grave in the woods.
But Grant won anyway and made it his hallowed mission to destroy the Klan. In 1869, a federal grand jury affirmed that the Ku Klux Klan was a terrorist organization. In 1871, The U.S. Senate investigated and reported on the lawless suppression of the rights of Negro citizens in the “former insurrectionary states.”
In the spring of 1871, President Grant asked Congress to give him the power to fight the Klan and enforce the right of freed slaves to vote. Within a month, Congress responded with the Ku Klux Klan Act, which Republicans introduced “to enforce the provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
The Act also gave Grant the power to suspend the writ of Habeas Corpus, to combat the violence of the Klan. This he used only a single time, in October of that year, in ten North Carolina counties that were racked with widespread Klan terrorism.
The results were the virtual obliteration of the Ku Klux Klan until about 1915, when it rose again, reaching full flower in the 1960s. The Klan then used the same methods to oppose the Civil Rights Movement.