Missouri GOP sues to remove KKK-affiliated candidate from GOP ballot

Missouri  — On Thursday, the Republican Party of Missouri filed a lawsuit to remove from the Republican ballot a candidate for governor who has ties to the Ku Klux Klan and is considered to be a long shot.

The legal team representing the political party requested that a judge ensure that Darrell Leon McClanahan, a guy from southwest Missouri, does not participate in the Republican primary election to replace Republican Governor Mike Parson, who is prohibited from running for reelection due to term restrictions.

In February, on the day that is known as filing day, roughly 280 Republican candidates formally submitted their paperwork to run for office. McClanahan, who has defined himself as "pro-white," was one of the candidates who submitted their paperwork. On the day when filing day occurs in Missouri, hundreds of candidates queue up at the office of the secretary of state in Jefferson City. This is the first opportunity for candidates to officially declare their candidacy.

According to attorneys representing the Missouri Republican Party, party leaders were unaware of McClanahan's identity when he announced his intention to run for office in February.

After discovering about McClanahan's opinions and his connections to the Ku Klux Klan, the party decided to distance itself from him. On Friday, 

McClanahan filed a separate case against the Anti-Defamation League in the previous year, alleging that the organization had defamed him by referring to him as a white supremacist in a post that was published on the internet.

McClanahan referred to himself as a "Pro-White man" in the case that he filed against the American Defense League. In his letter, McClanahan stated that he is not a member of the Ku Klux Klan, but that he had been granted an honorary membership for a period of one year. In addition to this, he stated that he was present at a "private religious Christian Identity Cross lighting ceremony that was intentionally misrepresented as a cross burning."

In the case that the Republican Party is bringing against McClanahan, there have been no hearings scheduled as of yet.

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