Delay, along with his Klansmen, agitated against the Jews and lobbied to have flouride removed from drinking water. Delay believed flouridated water was a Jewish plot to weaken the white race. He also held that The Holocaust was a giant hoax and urged carpet-bombing Israel.
He began bragging at KKK rallies about how he had killed Medgar Evers. A fellow Klansman, whose name was Delmar Dennis, was one of those who overheard Delay crowing over the deed. Delay exhorted his fellow Klansmen to kill anyone “from the President on down.” Then Delay bragged about “killing that n*****,” an act he compared to childbirth.
Thirty years later, Delmar Dennis would remember Delay’s gloating words. And when he did, the jury would not be all male and all white. There would be no sympathetic judge sitting on the bench.
Delay was now famous in Mississippi. His fame went to his head and in 1967 Delay sought to capitalize on his notoriety. He believed his celebrity would translate into votes for a white candidate. So he sought the Democratic Party’s nomination for lieutenant governor. A month before the primaries Delay agreed to an interview with the Review. Among his “chief qualifications” Delay said was that he “was conscious of a diabolical international conspiracy against states’ rights and racial integrity.”