Tag Archives: Republican Racism

News & Comment

Trump Declared Himself a Proud Nationalist Months Ago

As Trump explained in this October 2018 rally for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), we should take the term “nationalist” literally and use it — a lot. “Use it. Use it,” he told his cheering crowd. The Republican reaction? They hummed loudly, looked into the middle distance and changed the subject.

But now Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a long-regarded racist, is saying almost the same thing Trump said, but leaving in the word, “white” before “nationalist.” Even as he follows the Trump, “Take this literally” line (after all, like Trump, King is white and he is a nationalist), Republicans are reacting like they touched a hot stove.

Well kinda. Cruz said King’s statement was “stupid,” but he didn’t say King is, or that he is racist. Still, why didn’t Ted and all the others call it out when Trump said nearly the same thing? Clearly, it’s those bright yellow stripes down their backs when it comes to criticizing Trump.

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Steve King Apparently Is Just a Racist, Not a Linguist

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

— Rep. Steve King (R-IA), quoted by the New York Times.

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FOX Favorite DeSantis Waits Mere Hours to Launch Racist Display

The news as it’s being reported out of the Florida primaries is that the Trump-backed candidate won the Republican race for governor and the Bernie Sanders-backed candidate won the Democratic one.

But the next morning, the real news is that Rep. Ron DeSantis (Rep – FL6) is a racist.

DeSantis called his opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is African-American, “articulate” just before cautioning that Florida shouldn’t “monkey this up” by electing him governor. Watch the video, painful though it is, and note DeSantis emphasizing the word “monkey.” He practically winks as he pauses slightly to make sure you heard him.

Pundits, of course, rushed to “both sides” this thing. Politico reporter Marc Caputo tweeted: “The race for Florida governor is going to be about race.

Responses noted that the tweet should have read, “White candidate is making the race for Florida governor about race.”

Gillum’s victory over a moderate with a sense of inevitability is a signal that Florida’s progressives have had it with half measures. DeSantis’ win over a Republican who isn’t on the Trump train shows the same on the right-wing side.

Anyone paying attention is also over and done with the kind of reporting that attempts to paint Democrats with the same brush as Republicans. The news media has been part of the problem. Trying so hard to appear fair and balanced that it can’t even report accurately — which facilitated Trump’s rise — will no longer be overlooked.

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The Grand Old Racist Party

83%

A new CBS News poll finds that 83% of Republicans approve of President Trump’s handling of racial issues in the country, including 44% who strongly approve. In contrast, 90% of Democrats disapprove, including 80% who strongly disapprove.

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In N.C., ‘White’ Is a Mayoral Qualification

Charlotte mayoral candidate Kimberley Paige Barnette (R) listed her qualifications for public office as “Republican & Smart, White, Traditional.”

Charlotte Observer

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Republicans Back Trump On Charlottesville

53% to 43%

A new Survey Monkey poll finds most Republicans support President Trump’s view of the violence in Charlottesville. When presented with a verbatim quote from President Trump on Tuesday — “You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent” — more disagree than agree, 53% to 43%. However, Republicans agreed, 87% to 11%.

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Just 5 Percent of Congressional Republicans Have Called Out Trump Over His Racism

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ThinkProgress notes that just 16 of 292 Republicans in Congress have released statements that call out Trump directly by name or title for his comments.

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Trump’s OMB Pick Gave a Speech to the John Birch Society in July

I regularly speak to groups across the political spectrum because my constituents deserve access to their congressman. I can’t remember ever turning down an opportunity to speak to a group based on the group’s political ideology.

— Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), the ultra-conservative congressman tapped by Donald Trump to run the Office of Management and Budget, in response to South Carolina Democrats who criticized Mulvaney for appearing before the John Birch Society, reports Mother Jones.

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Donald’s Team of Rivals, er, Racists

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign bludgeoned modern norms about the acceptability of racism. The candidate proposed a religious test for immigrants, and called a federal judge unfit on the grounds of his heritage. Trump could have decided to put the racial demagoguery of the campaign behind him, and it could have been remembered as a divisive ploy to win that did not define his administration, like George Bush’s manipulation of white racial panic to defeat Michael Dukakis in 1988. But Trump, perhaps predictably, is making a different choice. His early staffing choices are redefining the boundaries of acceptable racial discourse in Republican politics.

Jonathan Chait

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Bill Clinton: Trump’s Slogan is Racist Code

If you’re a white southerner, you know exactly what it means. … I’m old enough to remember the good old days. And they weren’t all that good in many ways.

— Former President Bill Clinton, asserting that Donald Trump’s promise to “Make America Great Again” is a racist dog whistle, according to RealClearPolitics.