'Get the hemp ropes': Alabama newspaper publisher calls for Ku Klux Klan to 'clean out' DC
Ku Klux Klan (Flickr/Martin)

A small town Alabama newspaper publisher has written an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to 'ride again,' according to a new report in the Montgomery Advertiser.


Goodloe Sutton, the publisher of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper in Linden, Alabama, confirmed to the larger Montgomery Advertiser newspaper Monday that he authored a controversial Feb. 14 editorial calling for the return of the notorious white supremacist hate group.

"If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we'd all been better off," Sutton told the Advertiser's Melissa Brown.

Asked to clarify what he meant by "cleaning up D.C.," Sutton suggested lynching.

"We'll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them," Sutton said.

In the Feb 14th editorial, the publisher of the smaller newspaper (which is not online and only exists in print edition) said that it was "time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again."

The publisher also railed against Democrats in the editorial, saying "Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama....this socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people," he wrote.

Read the full report here.