After the presidential election, numerous reports have emerged about purported Donald Trump supporters perpetrating racism.
In a similarly upsetting incident, a person was caught on camera waving a Trump flag while wearing Ku Klux Klan robes.
The video, reportedly filmed in East Windsor, New Jersey, shows 30-50 people celebrating Trump’s election victory at a bonfire. While one person can be seen wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, another is wearing a white robe and a pointed hood, historically associated with the white supremacist group.
Detective Sergeant Matthew Carl of the East Windsor Department confirmed the gathering was not an official KKK rally, saying it was just “kids being kids.”
However, it’s worth noting that at least one independent news station reports the people at the bonfire were, in fact, “college-aged,” which essentially means they were adults — not “kids” — and knew exactly what they were doing.
Carl added the local community was “shaken to its core” and the police were looking into the incident.
“We will apply any charges that are applicable under state statute to anyone that was at the party that we can positively identity. With the sentiment of the country and the things that have been going on, we do not want anyone to think that the police department is taking this matter lightly,” Carl stated.
Initially, it was believed the video was recorded in Stafford, Connecticut, however, State Police Spokeswoman Trooper Kelly Grant later confirmed the location as East Windsor.
A spokesperson for the Stafford First Selectman’s office revealed that at least one person from Stafford attended the party, but that person told authorities that “they unequivocally denounce the KKK-looking costume.”
Meanwhile, a representative of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan said that the bonfire video has nothing to do with them, but the group is planning a separate Trump victory march in North Carolina.
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