At Last, RNC Officially Denounces Racist Hate

With racism and white supremacy at the forefront of American political conversation these past couple weeks, people have kept a close eye on the tepid, equivocating and sometimes non-existent responses coming from the right. Finally, it seems that the Republican National Committee is willing to quit the doublespeak in order to condemn bigotry.

On Friday, the RNC met in Nashville and passed the following resolution:

The Republican Party is unified in revulsion at the abhorrent white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville… The racist beliefs of Nazis, the KKK, white supremacists and others are completely inconsistent with the Republican platform that states ‘all Americans stand equal before the law’ and their racist agenda has no place in the United States…

The racist beliefs of Nazis, the KKK, white supremacists and others are repulsive, evil and have no fruitful place in the United States… we urge swift and certain justice be meted out to domestic terrorists and the groups aiding and abetting through the propagation of hateful ideology, whether in Charlottesville or elsewhere.

Overall, the statement is strong and what you’d hope to hear from the political party.

Bill Palatucci, the member of the RNC who proposed the resolution, explained why he did just that to The Hill: “It’s always important to quickly and clearly denounce racism and bigotry whenever we see it. As a member of the RNC I wanted no ambiguity that the organization condemned these white supremacists.”

The week before, the RNC chairwoman, Ronna Romney McDaniel, took a similarly unambiguous stance when she went on Good Morning America and told white supremacists, “We don’t want your vote, we don’t support you, we’ll speak out against you.”

Commendably, that’s quite the opposite of the dog whistle statements we’ve come to expect from the president. White nationalist groups loved what President Donald Trump had to say about Charlottesville, which just goes to show that he’s deliberately speaking in a way that won’t alienate his racist base.

Interestingly, the RNC was extra careful not to make a single mention of Trump in their resolution, presumably wanting to avoid the appearance of rebuking the party’s de facto leader.

It may also be because, as the Associated Press reports, members of the RNC at the summit are angriest at Republicans in Congress failing to advance any major legislation despite having a majority of seats.

Although the anti-racist resolution received a unanimous vote, it was not without some complaints beforehand.

“It’s amazing that we have been lured into this argument that we’re not racists,” said Jeff Hays, chair of Colorado’s RNC. “It’s absurd. Why would we feel compelled to do that?”

After all that’s gone on, it should be pretty obvious why it’s necessary to make this statement. Republicans weren’t tricked into having to take a stance, the president walked them right into it by trying to equate the culpability of protesters “on many sides.”

If the RNC really wants to commit itself to opposing racism, it ought to come out not just against the most egregious examples like white supremacy rallies, but also some of the other racist policies that many of its members support.

Between not calling out racist colleagues like Rep. Steve King, attempting to disenfranchise voters of color and failing to get behind human rights issues like Black Lives Matters, Republicans have a long way to go before actually living up to the “party of Lincoln” mantra it often spews. For now, we’ll have to take a concrete statement against hate as being a step in the right direction.

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52 comments

Marie W
Marie W9 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Janet B
Janet Babout a year ago

Thanks

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David C
David Cabout a year ago

thanks

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Peggy B
Peggy Babout a year ago

TY

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Sarah H
Sarah Hillabout a year ago

I find it interesting that everyone blames the Republicans for the KKK, but it was the Democrats who were behind it!

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Carl R
Carl Rabout a year ago

thanks!!!!

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H M
H Mabout a year ago

So when will the RNC toss Pence and the others out? And when will they get around to the other parts of intersectionality? Granted, Lincoln wasn't the best example of non-racist behavior..... #Mankato38

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Peggy B
Peggy Babout a year ago

I know more Republicans that are not racists or bigots than are. However, the ones I know that are racist and bigoted do not personally know people of other races or sexual orientation. Quite frankly they are not traveled or have further education than high school. Basically unsophisticated good people that carry on their parents opinions because they know nothing different.

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Sue H
Sue Habout a year ago

Sounds like a desperate PR stunt to me.

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Stephanie s
Stephanie Yabout a year ago

Thank you

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