The publisher of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper in the small town of Linden, Alabama longs to see a return of the Ku Klux Klan, according to an editorial he published last week.
The Montgomery Advertiser reported on Monday that Goodloe Sutton called for "the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again" against "Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats [who] are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama” in his February 14 editorial.
"If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we'd all been better off," Sutton said.
Asked to elaborate 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.
When Sutton was asked if he found it appropriate to be calling for the lynching of Americans, the publisher insisted he was doing no such thing:
"... It's not calling for the lynchings of Americans. These are socialist-communists we're talking about. Do you know what socialism and communism is?" Sutton said.
But it seems Sutton is one who could use a refresher on the definitions of socialism and communism, judging from his editorial, in which the publisher wrote:
Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama. They do not understand how to eliminate expenses when money is needed in other areas. This socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people.
Sutton also failed to recognize the KKK as a racist, violent organization, comparing it instead to the NAACP and claiming members only resorted to violence when it became necessary.
"A violent organization? Well, they didn't kill but a few people," Sutton said. "The Klan wasn't violent until they needed to be."
Sutton, who has worked at the paper since 1964, inherited the publication from his father. Sutton and the newspaper received national acclaim in the 1990s for their reporting on a corrupt local sheriff.
In 2015, he ran a headline titled: “Selma black thugs murder Demopolite Saturday night.” At that time, the paper had about 3,000 subscribers.
Linden is located about 100 miles due west of Montgomery near the Mississippi border.