Hayes wanted to move the country to a position of national unity. He wanted to remove federal troops from the South and attract more Southerners into the Republican Party. He also had to deal with outraged Democrats, who were enraged over the disputed election results. Whatever the precise motivations, Hayes did remove federal troops out of the Southern states. This had disastrous consequences for blacks in those states, who suffered under Jim Crow segregation laws and other tools of intimidation.