Groucho Marx famous quipped that he’d never belong to any club that would have him as a member. Now, decades later, a Montana branch of the Ku Klux Klan seems ready to put that sentiment to the test.
As first reported by the Great Falls Tribune, former White Supremacist John Abarr is allegedly in the process of inaugurating the “Rocky Mountain Knights” – a Klan offshoot that encourages membership regardless of race, religion and sexuality, united in their efforts to combat the “New World Order” being imposed by the federal government. The shift comes after an unprecedented sit-down between Abarr and members of the NAACP over the summer.
“The KKK is for a strong America,” Abarr told the Tribune. “White supremacy is the old Klan. This is the new Klan.”
While the KKK does, in many ways, idealize Nazi germany, the Klan’s national structure is far from lock-step bureaucratic fascism of the third reich, instead consisting of a nebulous confederation of local chapters and clubs. And, as is probably to be expected, news of Abarr’s fuzzy-wuzzy shift – if legitimate – isn’t sitting particularly well with the hardcore racists to his right. As United Klans of America imperial wizard Bradley Jenkins reportedly told the Tribune: “That man’s going against everything the bylaws of the constitution of the KKK say. He’s trying to hide behind the KKK to further his political career.”
Because hiding behind the KKK is what gets you elected in this country, evidently? (well, yes…)
Which isn’t to say that the Rocky Mountain Knights are totally abandoning their illustrious heritage of virulent racism and domestic terrorism. Members will still allegedly be required to wear the Klan’s iconic white robes.
It remains to be seen whether Jews, black, and gays will fall for Abarr’s “new Klan” schtick. My guess? — If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck…the duck is still in the KKK.