Lindsey Graham is no champion of race relations,
But his latest comments exceed our lowest expectations.
He says we’re paying back
Those poor, farming Blacks,
And that the COVID relief bill counts as slavery reparations.
“The problem is that the GOP has transformed into a cult of the person who instigated the attack, fed propaganda to radicalize his party and refused to denounce white supremacists. The party is thus terrified of recognizing that the problem of violent white supremacists is intrinsically linked to the disgraced former president and his accomplices.”
“We should hang these traitors where they stand.”
— A fundraising letter sent last week by congressional candidate George Buck (R) suggested Rep. Ilhan Omar (R-MN) and other Democrats should be executed, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The lengthy email repeated an unsupported accusation that Omar secretly works for the country of Qatar and should be gravely punished for it.
“Every day Stephen Miller remains in the White House is an emergency.”
— Hillary Clinton, on Twitter.
“We have come a long way on that arc since the Reconstruction, since whites and blacks alike were in nearly equal numbers lynched for the crime of being Republican.”
— Colorado state Rep. Lori Saine (R), claiming blacks and white Republicans were lynched in “nearly equal” numbers following Reconstruction and chastising the main sponsors of a resolution honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day during a speech on the House floor, the Denver Post reports.
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.
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”
— Rep. Steve King (R-IA), quoted by the New York Times.
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.