If you ever attempt to discuss racism with today’s Republicans, they’ll quickly point out that they’re the “party of Abraham Lincoln” and that Democrats were the ones who founded the KKK. These facts are indisputable; many decades ago, the Democratic party was the party of racism, segregation and slavery.
The keyword of that sentence is “was.”
The truth is, any time a Republican uses that argument, all they’re really doing is showcasing their ignorance about history. Another indisputable fact is that in the 60’s, the GOP embraced what’s commonly known as the “Southern Strategy.” This was a deliberate attempt by Republicans to target white resentment (especially in the South) toward African-Americans during the civil rights era.
To put it simply, the “Southern Strategy” was the Republican party realizing that if it wanted to remain relevant, they had to embrace the racist whites who felt abandoned as the Democratic party shed its shameful roots and continued to evolve toward equality.
Which brings us to today where someone like Donald Trump has reached record-breaking political success among tens of millions of Republican voters by blatantly pandering to racism, bigotry, prejudice, fear, hate and overall ignorance.
Sadly, Trump’s not the only vile candidate who’s found success this year.
In Minnesota, Republican Jason Lewis just won the party’s nomination to be the GOP candidate for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District.
Lewis is not just your average hate-filled Republican. The former right-wing radio host has not only argued that slavery should still be legal, but that Hurricane Katrina victims were “whiners” and has said that African-Americans should feel lucky to live in poverty in the United States because “the median income for blacks in America would make them rich in most African nations.”
Here’s an excerpt from an audio portion of his book Power Divided is Power Checked: The Argument for States’ Rights:
In fact, if you really want to be quite frank about it, how does somebody else owning a slave affect me? It doesn’t. If I don’t think it is right, I won’t own one, and people always say, ‘Well, if you don’t want to marry somebody of the same-sex, you don’t have to, but why tell somebody else they can’t?’ Uh, you know if you don’t want to own a slave, don’t. But don’t tell other people they can’t.
Let me reiterate that those are the words of a Republican candidate who just won the GOP nomination for the Minnesota Second Congressional District arguing that we should still have the right to own slaves.
I actually wrote an article about this vile bottom-feeder just over two years ago when he abruptly quit his radio show mid-show to start a website that’s basically nothing more than a shrine to Ayn Rand.
Of course, the party itself has condemned Lewis, citing his views don’t represent the party — but how much longer can party officials keep making that claim as more and more blatantly racist candidates continue to win elections running as Republicans?
It’s what we’ve seen with Donald Trump. Over the course of his campaign, numerous members GOP leadership have made comments stating that something he’s said or done did not represent the true values of the party. Yet, Trump just broke the record for receiving the most votes by any candidate in a Republican presidential primary. So, if Trump’s views don’t represent the party — then how has he become so successful running as a Republican?
Then we have Lewis, a borderline (if not full-on) white supremacist who’s advocated that slavery should still be legal, winning the GOP nomination for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District.
And let’s not forget about this sexist, racist and homophobic parasite who won his election to become head of the Republican party in Travis Country, Texas.
If some sort of radical, ultra-fringe candidate wins a primary election, that’s one thing. Weird things happen in politics all the time. But when a pro-slavery candidate wins a GOP congressional nomination during the same year that Donald Trump has used blatant bigotry, racism and prejudice to fuel his campaign, that’s not a coincidence. That’s an established pattern of values among Republican voters that clearly runs from top all through down-ballot candidates establishing that racism and bigotry are alive and thriving within the GOP.