Since President Trump released roughly 2,800 previously classified documents on the assassination of John F. Kennedy last week, media outlets within the United States and around the world have been scrambling to find any new information regarding the death of our 35th president. In the process, a document has been uncovered that reveals something that may or may not be surprising to Americans across the country – that former Democratic President Lyndon Johnson was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
"Ned Touchstone, editor of The Councilor, has been identified by a confidential informant as a member of the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan," the document states. "The source advised in December, 1963, that Touchstone claimed that the Klan had documented proof that President Johnson was formerly a member of the Klan in Texas during the early days of his political career."
While it may come as a shock to some, the fact that President Johnson was formerly a member of the Ku Klux Klan is rather unsurprising for a number of reasons. The first has to do with the fact that on multiple occasions, President Lyndon Johnson allegedly made racial slurs, which for decades has led many Americans to believe that Johnson himself viewed the white race as superior to blacks.