A Democratic Wisconsin assemblyman and candidate for governor plans to hand out Ku Klux Klan hoods — which he calls “Republican party hats” — at the state’s GOP convention this weekend. Brett Hulsey, a two-term assemblyman, said that he spent $1 on the KKK hoods and fashioned them using his daughter’s sewing machine, according to the Associated Press. He also posted a picture of one of the homemade hoods on his Twitter account.
Hulsey, who is challenging Mary Burke for the Democratic nomination, has also sought out Confederate Civil War re-enactors ahead of the convention to draw attention to what he considers a racist Republican Party and its state leader, Gov. Scott Walker.
“What I find offensive is Gov. Walker and the Republicans’ racist record,” Hulsey told the Wisconsin State Journal. “They’re the ones considering the resolution to leave the United States.”
Hulsey was referring to a resolution – one of 23 – that will be up for debate at this weekend’s convention. The resolution, which would allow Wisconsin to secede from the U.S. “under extreme conditions,” worked its way up through a regional caucus and was accepted for consideration in a split vote.
But most top Republicans, including Walker, oppose the measure.
“I don’t think that one aligns with where most Republican officials are in the state of Wisconsin — certainly not with me,” Walker said last month, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
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