Former strategist to Hillary Clinton and John Kerry clears up some nonsense posted by Fox News on their Twitter page.
Democratic strategist Peter Daou has advised several major Democratic political figures over the years to include two of the last three Democratic nominees for president – John Kerry and, most recently, Hillary Clinton.
Daou was quick on the draw when Fox News posted a link to an article on their website titled: “OPINION: When will Democrats wake up and resist the socialists’ scheme to take over their party?”
“I think you meant to ask this question, @FoxNews: When will Republicans wake up and resist the white supremacist scheme to take over their party?” he tweeted in response.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) September 20, 2018
And there certainly seems to be plenty of evidence to support his response.
The Atlantic published an explosive article in August, titled “Trump’s White Nationalist Pipeline,” discussing the fact that: “The most enduring scandal in and around the White House might not be corruption, but rather the administration’s constant embrace of bigotry from white-supremacist and far-right groups.”
Reading that statement in context The Atlantic reported:
What is clear is that the Trump administration and its wing of the Republican Party are the chief launderers of white-supremacist and white-nationalist ideas in America today. Even with multiple investigations into Trumpworld currently under way, it’s worth considering whether the real lasting scandal from this administration—one that will truly shape and corrupt democracy for decades to come—might just be the elevation of plain old racism.
It’s also happening at the state level. Kentucky’s largest news organization, The Courier-Journal, reported earlier this month that a Republican candidate for the state house “ripped white minorities” during an interview on a white nationalist show.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state news organization reported that: “A Kentucky House candidate who wants to represent a majority African-American district said four years ago on a white nationalist’s YouTube show that minorities have stripped the white working class of power.”
Republican Everett Corley railed on number of racial grievances during the nearly hourlong interview in 2014 with avowed white nationalist William Johnson. He said that white voters in western Louisville’s Portland neighborhood are “completely surrounded” because of a Democratic plot.
“It’s a bunch of white liberals and minorities who’ve conspired together to cut the white working class out of power,” he said.
We could list numerous other examples, but you get the point – and should have already, if you have been paying nominal attention to what has been happening within the Republican Party the last few years.
The good news, as Vox explained earlier this summer, is that there likely will be a price to be paid by Republican candidates during the midterm elections later this year.
In at least five state and national races across the country, the Republican Party is dealing with an uncomfortable problem. Their party’s candidates are either a card-carrying Nazi, a Holocaust denier, a proud white supremacist, or all of the above.
In North Carolina, for example, GOP officials are stuck with Russell Walker, a white supremacist running for the state House of Representatives. According to his personal website (littered with the n-word), he believes that “the jews are NOT semitic they are satanic as they all descend from Satan.”
After detailing problems in other states, Vox went on to explain that racial animus within the GOP is nothing new:
Racial animus helped fuel the rise of Donald Trump. Since the end of the civil rights movement and under Republican strategist Lee Atwater’s “Southern strategy” that used racism as an unstated cudgel against Democrats, the Republican Party itself has played a welcoming host to racial tensions and fears. Simultaneously, it has depicted itself, as conservative columnist Jeff Jacoby put it in 2012, as “the party of color-blind equality and “a party that doesn’t think with its skin.”
But in a year when the left is energized in opposition to Trump, particularly by his policies toward minority groups and immigrants, and as the GOP tries to hang on to their majorities in Congress and state houses around the country, state party officials say they do not need racist fringe candidates running for office. None of these candidates is expected to win in the general election this fall, but they are going to give liberals on the hunt for examples of simmering neo-Nazi and neo-Confederate rhetoric at least five places to point.