Leavenworth Co. commissioner claims he's part of "the master race"

Published: Nov. 15, 2018 at 12:40 PM CST
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A Leavenworth Co. commissioner is under fire after reportedly telling an African American woman during a County Commission meeting that he and others like him are part of "the master race."

"I don’t want to think I’m picking on you because we’re part of the master race," Commissioner Louis Klemp told her,

. "You know you got a gap in your teeth... Don't ever forget that."

The woman, who didn't want her name used, went to the meeting to discuss a landscape and architectural firm.

KCTV5 reports Klemp is not an elected official, rather he is a Republican appointee. Another commissioner, Bob Holland, has demanded his Klemp step down.

“I think he is a racist myself. I do,” Holland told the CBS-affiliate. “I think he owes an apology to that woman. I think he owes an apology to the whole commission and the county.”

Holland pointed out this isn't the first time Klemp has made similar comments.

During a November 2017 hearing over county holidays, KCTV5 reports he said, "Not everybody does them all because you know we have Robert E. Lee. Oh God, Robert E. Lee (was) wonderful part of history."