Senator Robert Byrd was a United States Senator from West Virginia. At the time of his death he was the longest serving member in the history of the United States Congress. Byrd was a Democrat, who filibustered against the 1964 Civil Rights Act and supported the Vietnam War. In 1954 Byrd recruited 150 of his friends and formed the Sophia, West Virginia, chapter of the KKK. A Klan official is credited as having encouraged Byrd to get into politics.
At Byrd’s funeral in 2010, Barack Obama gave a eulogy declaring that, “He was a Senate icon, he was a party leader, he was an elder statesman, and he was my friend.”
Hillary Clinton, not to be outdone, said, “Today our country has lost a true American original, my friend and mentor Robert C. Byrd.”
Conservative Post reports:
Despite mounting criticism for Donald Trump’s failure to disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke’s support, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton once heaped praise for late Klan leader Sen. Robert Byrd.
In a video uploaded to the State Department’s official YouTube page on June 28, 2010, Clinton commemorated late Sen. Byrd by saying, “Today our country has lost a true American original, my friend and mentor Robert C. Byrd.”