Joe Biden delivered the eulogy at Senator Robert Byrd's memorial service held on July 2, 2010, but Byrd was not a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Trump War Room managed by the TeamTrump 2020 campaign is circulating a video of Biden, where he is seen giving a eulogy for Senator Robert Byrd at the State Capitol in Charleston. The caption in the video states that Robert Byrd was once an “Exalted Cyclops” of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). However, the caption is exaggerated.
Robert Byrd served as U.S. Representative for the state of West Virginia from 1953 to 1959, and as a U.S. Senator from 1959 until his death in 2010. Byrd was not a Grand Wizard of the KKK. He was, however, a former organizer and member of the KKK. Byrd later renounced his membership in the organization. Still, throughout his career, his record on race was mixed. Byrd filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act alongside other Southern Democrats, personally speaking on the floor for 14 hours. He voted in favor of the 1968 Civil Rights Act, however. In a 2006 CNN interview, Byrd expressed regret for the filibuster and called his time in the Klan the greatest mistake of his life. Former President Barack Obama did give a eulogy for Byrd at his funeral, but he was not the “Exalted Cyclops” of the KKK, as claimed in the video.