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Politician Who Supports ‘Confederate Memorial Day' Argues KKK Wasn't Racist

I didn't think it was possible for anyone to be more insensitive than Donald Trump, but one Georgia lawmaker is getting dangerously close.

On Wednesday, Georgia state representative Tommy Benton proposed a bill to ensure the preservation of Confederate monuments at Georgia's Stone Mountain.

House Resolution 1179 would require the state to keep the park around the mountain as a “memorial for the Confederacy,” and ensure the historical monuments are “preserved and protected for all time as a tribute to the bravery and heroism of the citizens of this state who suffered and died in their cause.”

Benton, a Republican, argues the Civil War was not fought over slavery. Most troubling, however, is Benton's assertion the Klu Klux Klan was “not so much a racist thing but a vigilante thing to keep law and order.”

Sadly, this isn't the first time Benton has voiced his extreme views. The Georgia state representative recently proposed a bill that would make Confederate Memorial Day a national public holiday and referred to Senate Bill 294, which would prohibit the state from formally recognizing Confederate holidays, as “cultural terrorism.”

This guy almost makes Trump look OK.

Citations: Georgia Lawmaker Says Ku Klux Klan Wasn't Racist, Is Definitely Wrong About That One (Complex), Ga. lawmaker: KKK made ‘people straighten up' (AJC)

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Gillian Fuller graduated from New York University in 2014 and joined the Elite Daily team shortly after as a Staff Writer. She previously worked as a freelance writer for Time Out New York and Racked, mainly covering fashion and beauty.
Gillian Fuller graduated from New York University in 2014 and joined the Elite Daily team shortly after as a Staff Writer. She previously worked as a freelance writer for Time Out New York and Racked, mainly covering fashion and beauty.

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