And leaders say membership has gone up at the twilight of President Barack Obama’s second term in office, though few would provide numbers.
As it marks 150 years of existence, the Klan is trying to reshape itself for a new era.
Klan members still gather by the dozens under starry Southern skies to set fire to crosses in the dead of night, and KKK leaflets have shown up in suburban neighborhoods from the Deep South to the Northeast in recent months.
Some groups hold annual conventions, just like civic clubs.
Members gather in meeting rooms to discuss strategies that include electing Klan members to local political offices and recruiting new blood through the internet.
It’s impossible to say how many members the Klan counts today since groups don’t reveal that information, but leaders claim adherents in the thousands among scores of local groups called Klaverns.
Waller said his group is growing, as did Chris Barker, imperial wizard of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Eden, North Carolina.
Members can visit an online store to buy one of the Klan’s trademark white cotton robes for 5, though many splurge on the 5 satin version.
While the Klan has terrorized minorities during much of the last century, its leaders now present a public front that is more virulent than violent.
It estimates the Klan has about 190 chapters nationally with no more than 6,000 members total, which would be a mere shadow of its estimated 2 million to 5 million members in the 1920s.