Alabama Sen. Doug Jones (D) called for the resignation of a local newspaper editor for publishing a “disgusting” editorial urging the return of the Ku Klux Klan.
“OMG! What rock did this guy crawl out from under?” Jones, a former U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted two klan members for the 1963 Birmingham church bombing, tweeted Monday.
“This editorial is absolutely disgusting & he should resign -NOW! I have seen what happens when we stand by while people-especially those with influence- publish racist, hateful views,” he continued. “Words matter. Actions matter. Resign now!”
Jones’s comments came in response to an editorial published by The Democrat-Reporter in Linden, Ala., on Thursday that was written by the newspaper’s publisher, Goodloe Sutton.
In his editorial, Sutton called for the return of the white supremacist group to block tax increases in the state, writing: “Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again. Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.”
Sutton wrote that Democrats “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,” he added.
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