Yes, GOP Candidates, You’re Being Racist

The GOP claims that its members aren’t racist and continues to insist that the party doesn’t attract bigots. They’ve gone on the offensive to rebuke an Illinois neo-Nazi who won the party nomination, going so far as to tell people to vote for anyone but him — even if it means a Democrat will win.

Yet when it comes to the dog whistles aimed at their base, from fringe to national candidates, the GOP can’t stop dropping little hints — or big ones — that, yes, they are pushing the ideas of white supremacy.

Is it intentional, or do Republicans really not understand? Well, let’s make it clear — yes, GOP candidates, you’re being racist.

Take the blatant racism coming from New Jersey Congressional candidate Seth Grossman.

According to Politico:

[Grossman] shared online an article from the white nationalist website American Renaissance that claimed blacks are a “threat to all who cross their paths.” Grossman praised the article as “what so many people, black, white and Hispanic, whisper to me privately but never dare say out loud publicly.”

But while the National Republican Congressional Committee pulled their endorsement after hearing the news, some local allies still defend Grossman, claiming that these interpretations were a mistake.

“You can say many things about Seth Grossman, but the man doesn’t have a racist bone in his body,” Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis told Politico in a statement. “He made a serious error by linking to this horrendous webpage that he has now disavowed. I take him at his word.”

Grossman’s case is obvious enough to send most Republicans scurrying away from him. But other candidates are apparently easier for the GOP to ignore. Take Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, who is up for re-election.

In a recent video applauding the successes of a Chess Club in West Louisville, Bevin added that the club was “Not something you necessarily would have thought of when you think of this section of town.” The implication was clear. West Louisville is poor and primarily black, and Bevin’s comments pushed the stereotype that chess — an intellectual game of strategy — was intended for white children.

Bevin’s staff claims that critics are just trying to shift the focus from the children in the video, but locals disagree.

The Courier Journal reports:

Councilman David James, who represents District 6 in Louisville, was present at the event where Bevin filmed the promo. James said it is a sign of Bevin’s deteriorating relationship with the state’s African-American community. “It was just an obvious move by the governor to take photos with the African-American community,” James said. “To perpetuate a stereotype of the African-American community like that is unbelievable.”

Bevin isn’t alone in subtle racism. In North Dakota, Republican Congressman and GOP senate nominee Kevin Cramer had the rare chance to offer some advice to the president of the United States regarding the next potential Supreme Court nominee.

His thoughts? Stick with a white man.

According to CNN:

In the [KTGO-AM's "The Morning Lowdown" with host Dennis Lindahl] interview, Cramer said he was with Trump on June 27, hours after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he was retiring — a move that gives Trump the opportunity to tip the nine-member court’s balance in conservatives’ favor for potentially years to come. Trump was in North Dakota that day for a campaign rally for Cramer. ‘It was an exciting day to be with the President, and he asked right out front, “Do you have any preferences?”‘ Cramer said. “I said my only preference would be, don’t succumb to the pressure to make this some sort of an affirmative action pick.”

Yes, nothing worse than increasing the diversity of the Supreme Court — the highest body of law in the land — and potentially adding a viewpoint that represents more of the country. After all, what plaintiff doesn’t want their ruling coming from a bench consisting of a majority of white men?

The Republican party has made it clear that their biggest goal is maintaining their own power structure — one that is upheld by white people, primarily male and often wealthy. Meanwhile the GOP continues to signal its own supremacy as a way to entice others to join in the hopes that they, too, can obtain the same power.

Republicans used to be more subtle about it. But now, they aren’t even trying. And that is yet another change that we can attribute to President Donald Trump’s election.

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52 comments

heather g
heather g5 days ago

When you're ignorant, it's so easy to pull the wool over your eyes.......

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David F
David F5 days ago

Susan R. The Huffington Post does nothing to discredit what is said on the Walk Away video, (all true) only that the Russians might be inflating its view numbers, But they give no evidence.

"I reject a system which allows an ambitious, misinformed and dogmatic mob to suppress free speech, create false narratives, and apathetically steamroll over the truth".
"I reject hate."

"These are the reasons why I became a liberal. And these are the same reasons why I am now walking away." ...............
Brandon Straka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51UGcghHZsk

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Brian F
Brian F6 days ago

The Democrats like Nancy Pelosi who is worth 100 million, have taken millions from corporations and Wall Street according to open secrets. org, so the Democrats have sold out to their corporate masters.

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Susanne R
Susanne R6 days ago

Amanda:
Just a word of warning. The video which David is referring you to is the number one video being promoted by Russian bots.

Russian Bots Linked To Viral Twitter Attacks On ‘Hateful’ Dems
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/russian-bots-linked-to-viral-attacks-over-rude-dems_us_5b414945e4b05127ccf2d083

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Winn A
Winn A6 days ago

RESIST!!!!!

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Winn A
Winn A6 days ago

Vote BLUE in every election!!!!!

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Peggy B
Peggy B6 days ago

I don't recognize the republican party. 30 years ago I was a republican. I spent 22 years abroad and came back to a party that doesn't share many of my core values. Big money and bigotry abound and I left the party. Happy to be an Independent.

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Roslyn McBride
Roslyn M7 days ago

Like Debbi W's comment.

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Toni W
Toni W7 days ago

TYFS

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Toni W
Toni W7 days ago

TYFS

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