I think it’s safe to say that most people on the left believe that there’s a large part of the Republican party that’s driven by racism. And while most conservatives will deny that, at times the evidence is overwhelming. It’s really hard to claim your party isn’t largely built upon racism when you’re defending the third most powerful man in the House of Representatives after he was caught speaking at an event for white supremacists.
The fact is, President Obama has made racism “popular” once again. And by that I mean, it’s been much easier for racists to be more public with their ignorance because they can disguise it under the pretense that they’re “just against Obama’s policies.” Though anyone with even the slightest bit of common sense knows that’s complete nonsense. I’ve never seen a president’s race get brought up as often as I have Barack Obama’s. And I can’t remember the last time a president was asked to show two different forms of his birth certificate. Do you know why I can’t remember the last time that’s happened?
Because it’s never happened.
Well, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews went off on Republicans last night following their continued support of Steve Scalise (R-LA), saying that the tea party isn’t all that far off from white supremacists.
“How do you think Louie Gohmert feels toward David Duke?” Matthews asked. “These guys believe President Barack Obama was somehow an illegal immigrant from Africa because they can’t stand the fact that he’s an African-American president. Let’s be honest about it, they’re not that far from the crowd they refuse to associate with.”
The “crowd they refuse to associate with” clearly being white supremacists.
My belief on this issue is that the worst part isn’t that Scalise spoke at a white supremacist event, it’s that the “established leadership” is actively rallying around him when they should be ashamed to have any association with him. This should have been a simple case of story breaks, Scalise resigns and that’s the end of that. But that’s not what’s happening. The GOP has made it perfectly clear that they’re fully behind Scalise – even if former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke has publicly defended him.
Instead of using this situation to possibly help rid themselves of the label that they’re a party where racism thrives, the Republican party decided to embrace Steve Scalise and help solidify the belief held by many that racism thrives within the GOP.
And I can’t say I disagree with Matthews. From what I’ve seen firsthand here living in Texas, there’s really not much of a difference between white supremacists and many of the tea party conservatives I encounter.
Watch the segment below via MSNBC: