Conservative radio host Glenn Beck told Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) on Tuesday that immigrant activists have the “same ideology” as the Ku Klux Klan but they “are just changing their hood.”
Over the weekend, about 300 activists traveled had traveled to Kobach’s home after holding a prayer vigil and and a town hall event to protest his efforts to crackdown on immigrants, including a role in an Arizona law which was eventually overturned by the United States Supreme Court.
“I believe that this is the same exact tactics used by the Klan in the 1960s,” Beck declared on Tuesday. “And they’re doing it in the name of civil rights. But make no mistake, you are on the right side. You are the new civil rights movement.”
“The civil rights movement did produce some laws that would stop you from doing these kinds of things,” he observed. “Have you thought about going and using the civil rights laws to stop this kind of harassment and intimidation at your own home?”
“They’re called the Klan laws,” Kobach explained. “They’re a set of laws that say you cannot intimidate an official by trespassing his property or threatening violence, you cannot intimidate an individual by threatening violence so that they don’t vote or they don’t exercise their civil rights. And arguably both of those might apply here because they were trying to intimidate me as an elected official to change my point of view, and certainly they don’t like what I’ve been saying for years and doing for years to stop illegal immigration.”
“You know, this is exactly — they’re just not wearing white cloaks, but this is exactly the KKK-type of intimidation,” he added.
“These people have learned from the Klan,” Beck agreed. “The left is set up on revenge. And so they’re using the tactics of those who kept them down in the past, that we all tried to defeat — or at least all decent-minded Americans wanted to defeat and tried to defeat. And so they are just changing their hood and changing their language.”
“But it is not changing who they really, truly are and what they are trying to do.”
Earlier this week, Kobach insisted to Fox News that he was prepared to take advantage of his Second Amendment rights and use deadly force against “illegal aliens” rallying at his house if necessary.
“Mob activity is always the same,” Beck remarked on Tuesday. “And it’s led by a few, and it’s led by people like Brown Shirts or the Klan or whatever you want to call it, hate groups. And they come and they march and they force you to salute and they force you to be silent.”
Watch this video from The Blaze, broadcast June 18, 2013.
(h/t: The Blaze)