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Ku Klux and Ford Are Twins, Says Republican Leader

July 2, 1923
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The movement to nominate Henry Ford for President is closely allied to the Ku Klux Klan agitation, Charles D. Hilles, Republican National Committeeman from New York, and one of the leading figures in the Republican National Party declared in a statement to the New York “World” of today.

Hilles warned that the time has past when the Ford Boom can be considered merely as another Ford joke.

The Hilles statement, says the World “is believed to voice the sentiment of a large part of the National Committee, and it is believed that it will be followed by active steps looking to the builing up of such a sentiment that Ford’s nomination by either party will be impossible.”

“He boasts of his bigotry” says Hilles of Ford. “Our government demands complete separation of church from state and guarantees tolerance toward both race and creed. The Declaration of Independence includes a statement that all mem are created equal under the law. The spirit of the Constitution is protective of the minority in fundamental rights.

“Thus two millions of Jews are now a part of us. They have made some of our best citizens. They have filled acceptably high public positions in the Cabinet, the Supreme Court the diplomatic service, the Senate and the House. But in spite of the American spirit of tolerance and the fact that the Jews have contributed so much to our civic life. Henry Ford, with the bigotry of the Ku Klux Klan, has declared war upon them.”

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