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Ku Klux Klan to hold 'victory parade' for Trump

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White supremacists the Ku Klux Klan have announced that a "victory parade" will be held in a North Carolina town to celebrate the victory of US President-elect Donald Trump.

British online newspaper The Independent cited Pelham-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan as saying that the event would be held on Dec 3 although no time or location was mentioned.

The announcement, made on the group’s website, only referred to a “Victory Klavalkade Klan Parade” atop an illustrated portrait of Trump.

“Trump’s race united my people,” the site declares in all caps.

Former Klan leader David had said that Trump’s win was largely due to the help of white supremacists.

“Make no mistake about it,” he tweeted, “our people played a HUGE role in electing Trump!”

In September, researchers at George Washington University's Programme on Extremism found that white nationalists and neo-Nazis saw a massive surge on Twitter.

The number of neo-Nazis and white nationalists multiplied significantly between 2012 and 2016 – outperforming terror group Islamic State (IS) by 600 percent.

The study also found that white supremacists on Twitter were “heavily invested” in Trump's candidacy.

In a shocking twist, Trump defeated former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in the US elections.

Apart from the US presidency, the Republicans also scored a clean sweep by securing control of both the upper and lower houses of Congress.

Throngs of demonstrators have since marched in cities across the US to protest Trump’s victory, blasting his controversial campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims and other groups.

Earlier this month, however, his campaign rejected the support of a Ku Klux Klan newspaper and said that “Mr Trump and his campaign denounces hate in any form”.

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