Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop says he’s upset that a group, which says it is dedicated to the interests of white Americans, met and walked through downtown. The Traditionalist Worker Party held a meeting in Bartholomew County over the weekend and, according to our news-gathering partners at “The Republic,” held a practice march through downtown Columbus.
In a press release, Lienhoop calls the TWP “a small, political, white supremacist group founded outside the state.” The mayor says that it is upsetting that the event took place, but noted that the group is constitutionally protected. Lienhoop’s statement went on to say, “It is equally important to denounce this group,” adding: ” the City of Columbus does not support the racist ideology upon which this group was founded.”
The Republic is reporting that about a dozen people took part in the march. Columbus Police reportedly told the newspaper that no laws were broken.