McConnell tells KKK & neo-nazis they are not welcome in Kentucky

08/16/2017 10:50 AM

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is telling white supremacist groups planning to rally in Lexington that they are not welcome in the Bluegrass State.

“The white supremacist, KKK, and neo-Nazi groups who brought hatred and violence to Charlottesville are now planning a rally in Lexington,” McConnell said in a statement. “Their messages of hate and bigotry are not welcome in Kentucky and should not be welcome anywhere in America.”

Groups such as the KKK announced their plan to rally in Kentucky after Lexington Mayor Jim Gray tweeted his plan to have Confederate statues in front of the former Fayette County Court House relocated.

On Tuesday Gray said that the city is ready for any possible violence that could arise from groups planning to come in opposition to his plan.

No date has been set, but Matthew Heinbach, chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party, told the Lexington Herald Leader the goal is to have the event “sooner rather than later.”

Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at Madeline.Janicki@charter.com.

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