Ohio Governor: Kent State Protesters ‘Worse than’ Nazis and Klansmen, Promises to ‘Eradicate the Problem’

James A. Rhodes.

James A. Rhodes.[Source: Ohio History Central (.org)]

James A. Rhodes (R-OH), the governor of Ohio, says of student protesters at Kent State University: “They’re worse than the brown shirts and the communist element and also the night riders and the vigilantes (see 1970). They’re the worst kind of people we harbor in America. I think that we’re up against the strongest, well-trained, militant revolutionary group that has ever assembled in Ameica.… We’re going to eradicate the problem, we’re not going to treat the symptoms.” Two days later, National Guardsmen following Rhodes’s orders kill four unarmed students on the Kent State campus and wound nine others (see May 4-5, 1970). [HUNT, 9/1/2009, PP. 19]