A white supremacist who has recruited members for a new Ku Klux Klan in Great Falls has signed up to run for a Montana House seat as a Democrat.
John Abarr is running for House District 21 in Great Falls.
Montana Democrats disavowed Abarr, who has previously run as a Republican, on Thursday.
Montana Democratic spokesman Roy Loewenstein said Thursday that "John Abarr is a failed former-Republican House candidate with a revolting history of promoting white supremacy. His views have no place in Montana, and we condemn him and his campaign without exception."
On his campaign website, Abarr issued an apology to the "citizens of Montana for promoting bigotry and hate against minorities." He also called his Montana KKK group a "hoax" and blamed Lee Enterprises, which owns several daily papers in the state, for covering his activities.
Abarr also said he now supports LGTBQ rights and no longer views minorities as a threat to white people, though another tab of his website explaining his campaign platform does not square with that.
On his website, Abarr said one of his key platforms is "pride and dignity for whites." He said he wants to have European Americans declared a protected class. He also said there is "widespread discrimination and hatred targeted at European Americans."
Abarr on the website explains that he's running as a Democrat because he wants the party to go back to its "original roots." He also said he wants to unite right-wing Democrats with right-wing Republicans. He also said he wants the Democratic party to be "not obsessed with who uses what bathroom."
On Thursday, Abarr said he no longer associates himself with the KKK, but still said whites are discriminated against.
“I have two kids that went through the school system here in town and they were taught anti-white propaganda in all their history classes. They taught the minority kids that white people were responsible for all their ills. When those kinds grow up some of them are going to attack white people because of what they learned in schools.”
Abarr has been covered by Montana media in the past for his KKK ties and past failed political runs.