We've reported that loose, decentralized arms of the Ku Klux Klan have been eyeing Ohio
for future membership recruitment. With an eight-percent pro-Trump margin in the 2016 presidential election, it's hard not to see the state as fertile ground for fringe ideologues. And even with the reality of Trump policies setting in — the sort of stuff that works against
rational self-interest and, like, kindness — plenty of Ohioans cling
to a passion for demagoguery.
"We have people all over Ohio already. There is a large membership of Loyal White Knights there," said
Amanda Lee, a North Carolina woman who acts as the national imperial commander for a Klan faction known as the Loyal White Knights. "When things start going wrong, it's time for us to start retaliating. It's time for us to get active."
And so we arrive at an ongoing investigation in Perkins Township, just south of Sandusky, where detectives are looking into KKK leaflets that were distributed around town, according to the Register
. The leaflets bore the name of, yep, the Loyal White Knights.
The leaflet mentions drug and alcohol abuse resources, and it's unclear what other goals were in place with this distribution.
"This is disgusting,” Perkins trustee Tim Coleman told the newspaper. “Someone thinks they can do this? And in Perkins Township? That makes me sick to my stomach.”