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By Anna Agresti & James D. Agresti, The Stream, August 1, 2022

Anna Agresti is a writer and researcher for Just Facts, a research and educational institute dedicated to publishing rigorously documented facts about public policy issues. James D. Agresti is the president of Just Facts.


During a June 7th Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on white supremacy and domestic terrorism, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz stated that:

  • the Ku Klux Klan “was formed by elected Democrats.”

  • Klan “leadership was almost entirely elected Democrats.”

  • today’s Democrats “try very hard to erase the history” of their party’s involvement with the Klan.

  • today’s Democrats “politicize acts of violence.”

Conversely, “fact checkers” like PolitiFact and the Associated Press have repeatedly argued that the Democratic Party did not found the Klan, played a limited role in it, and that racist southerners fled to the Republican Party after 1964. …

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