McConnell says racism is a “thrown around” word that is “routinely applied to everything.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised President Donald Trump after the president’s campaign re-election event in North Carolina Wednesday turned into a racist rally with chants of “send her back” targeting Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
“I think the president’s onto something,” Sen. McConnell said, of the President aiming his arsenal at four progressive Democratic Congresswomen, including Rep. Omar.
“We’re having a big debate, now and next year, about what we want America to be like,” McConnell added, attacking socialism.
McConnell rejected the claim that he is complicit in advancing racism, saying racism is a “thrown around” word that is “routinely applied to everything.”
“We ought to tone the rhetoric down across the country,” he urged.
Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo accused Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of “pulling out the race card” on McConnell after the Congresswoman from Queens and The Bronx called the Majority Leader “complicit” in advancing racism in America.
“Everyone knows that’s nonsense,” McConnell said, adding that it’s “time to lower the rhetoric” on racism.
Mediaite adds that “Bartiromo kicked off the interview by showing extensive clips from the rally — including one in which the crowd loudly chanted ‘send her back’ — before asking Mitch: ‘You’re reaction to some of the president’s commentary?'”
“He’s right about ‘the squad’ wanting to turn us into a socialist country,” McConnell responded.
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Republican Lawmaker Calls Colleague ‘Buckwheat’ After Claiming He Once Had a ‘Homosexual’ Black Friend
A Colorado Republican state lawmaker on Wednesday disrupted the legislature while he himself was speaking after referring to a colleague in the chamber as “Buckwheat,” a racist slur.
GOP state Rep. Richard Holtorf made headlines just two weeks ago after defending himself amid accusations from another House member that he had been “talking about Black-on-Black crime” as the two rode an elevator, The Denver Post reported. The paper noted that Holtorf “is frequently chastised on House floor for violating chamber rules of decorum.”
“I in college had a friend who was an African American and he was a homosexual, and we were good buddies,” Rep. Holtorf told lawmakers.
On Wednesday for reasons that are unclear Rep. Holtorf declared, “I’m getting there, don’t worry, Buckwheat, I’m getting there.”
As shock fell across the House chamber Holtorf added, “That’s an endearing term, by the way.”
9News’ Kyle Clark posted the video of Holtorf’s racist remark:
— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) May 5, 2021
Clark notes that it was “not clear from the House video feed who Holtorf called ‘Buckwheat.’ He was immediately challenged by Rep Tom Sullivan, who Holtorf had previously told to get over the murder of his son in the Aurora Theater shooting.”
McCarthy Mocked for Claim GOP Is Not Party of ‘Nativist Dog Whistles’ After Greene’s New ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Caucus
“The nativist call is coming from inside your own caucus, Kevin”
After four years of a Republican President who worked almost daily to spread or lend support to racism, white nationalism, or white supremacism – including having top advisors inside the White House who embraced those ideologies – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is having a hard time tamping down the Pandora’s Box of hate Donald Trump unleashed.
McCarthy has refused to take a strong stand against the most dangerous members of his caucus, trying to allow the extremist Congressmen and Congresswomen to actively lie, disrupt House business, and spread hate on a daily basis. Because they are raising millions.
In response to Republican white supremacist members of Congress Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona announcing they are forming the “America First Caucus,” McCarthy tried to stand up to those radicals, as Forbes notes, via tweet.
It did not go well.
The America First Caucus’s “platform” says “a certain intellectual boldness is needed amongst members of the AFC to follow in President Trump’s footsteps, and potentially step on some toes and sacrifice sacred cows for the good of the American nation.”
It’s focus? All the current GOP buzzwords, like “Election Fraud,” “Sovereignty,” “Big Tech,” “Immigration,” “America First Education,” and “The Chinese Communist Party,” among others.
One portion that is raising a lot of eyebrows talks not about America’s “Judeo-Christian” heritage, which the far right often uses to single out some immigrants, but another term that narrows that opening even further: “America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”
Late Friday afternoon McCarthy tried to push back.
“America is built on the idea that we are all created equal and success is earned through honest, hard work. It isn’t built on identity, race, or religion,” he tweeted. “The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans—not nativist dog whistles.”
The Republican Party, even decades before Donald Trump, has been the party of nativist dog whistles, as many reminded him.
Here’s what some are saying.
Imma let you finish, but…
No, actually, I’m not.
The seditious flotsam dragging behind the sewage barge of national populism is a nativist dog whistle set to ear-splitting volume. https://t.co/OAxVXzFstg
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 16, 2021
“Dog whistle”? That suggests subtlety, and Marjorie Taylor Greene wasn’t that subtle. https://t.co/JlXNIyP25m
— Jan Wolfe (@JanNWolfe) April 16, 2021
LITERALLY LAUGHING OUT LOUD AT THIS UTTER BULLSHIT.. LOUD, SO LOUD IT SCARED THE DOGS
WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THAT PAST HALF CENTURY??? https://t.co/LfbECHGvP4
— Shannon in Ohio 4 (@ShannonFreshour) April 16, 2021
Wait, is this dipshit dog whistling a dog whistle? https://t.co/A8L6EXHBwI
— Ollie McClellan (@OllieMcClellan) April 16, 2021
Gosh, might want to send a memo to your caucus on that https://t.co/SDR8oe2gso
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) April 16, 2021
Is this a parody account? – the modern GOP protects statues of confederate traitors who would have killed lincoln and GOP supporters run around with confederate flags https://t.co/uNrgVybsiw
— Steven Strauss (@Steven_Strauss) April 16, 2021
Did you hit your head?!
— Rachel Bitecofer 📈🔭🍌 (@RachelBitecofer) April 16, 2021
If America was built on the idea that we were all created equal, why did we have to add amendments for black people and women to make it law for them to be treated equally?
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) April 16, 2021
Then why did you fight so hard to keep the person whose nativist dog whistles inspired this window-dressing tweet on the House Education and Labor Committee? https://t.co/blvG04w7Qo
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) April 16, 2021
Are you sure you understand what a nativist dog whistle is? Because your whole party blows that whistle.
— susanelizabeth (@Imfrommichigan) April 16, 2021
this my friends is some extremely weak sauce https://t.co/xtyqJDbWLW
— Aaron Fritschner (@Fritschner) April 16, 2021
The nativist call is coming from inside your own caucus, Kevin. https://t.co/l5FqUPg53E
— Lisa Senecal (@lcsenecal) April 16, 2021
Man leading the White Party suddenly realizes he’s in the White Party. Well good luck with that, Sparky 👍 https://t.co/Fmzfxgt9Rr
— Joe Remi (@JoeOfTheNorth) April 16, 2021
@ them, Leader McCarthy. Show some courage.
— Brandon Wolf (@bjoewolf) April 16, 2021
Lincoln would have nothing to do with you jackasses. https://t.co/bNPWU16sSY
— Robert Ellingsworth (@BY1959) April 16, 2021
They aren’t whistling it anymore. They are shouting it. https://t.co/CaHhUj91oH
— Simon Lester (@snlester) April 16, 2021
‘Tucker Carlson Is Right’ RNC Declares in Fundraising Email After Fox Host Promotes White Supremacy
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been actively promoting white nationalism and white supremacy on his show seen by 3 to 4 million Americans nightly. Carlson has been telling viewers they are being replaced, by immigrants, and that this is by design – by the Democrats, to get more voters.
It’s called the “great replacement” or “replacement theory,” and Carlson has been under fire for not only promoting it, but doubling down and insisting it’s a core tenet of the Democratic Party, which is false.
“The Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people—more obedient voters from the third world,” Carlson says.
As Media Matters points out, that false claim is now regular programing on Fox News.
It’s not just Tucker Carlson. The racist “replacement” theory is all over Fox News pic.twitter.com/lF1azhzT2Y
— Media Matters (@mmfa) April 14, 2021
And now the RNC is also promoting that white nationalist, white supremacist, and fascistic claim – and fundraising off it.
Right Wing Watch’s Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow at People For the American Way, posted screenshots of a recent RNC email that asks: “Do you watch Tucker Carlson? He’s absolutely right.”
Subject line of RNC fundraising email: “Do you watch Tucker Carlson? He’s absolutely right.” pic.twitter.com/Lwm96LYIRn
— Peter Montgomery (@petemont) April 15, 2021
“The radical left’s desire to try and cancel anything they don’t like is DANGEROUS,” the email begins. “Nothing will stop them from trying to force their twisted ideas on the American People.”
“If we lose this battle, America is lost.”
The email never specifies what the left is supposedly trying to “cancel,” what those “twisted ideas” are, or what “battle” they claim the RNC is fighting, but they definitely want your money.
“Tucker Carlson is right.” – RNC
As white nationalists cheer Carlson for spreading their ideology, the Republican Party embraces him. pic.twitter.com/XYNcfc6rdr
— Peter Montgomery (@petemont) April 15, 2021
Dartmouth political science professor and New York Times contributor Brendan Nyhan weighs in:
RNC touting Tucker Carlson right after he endorsed a white nationalist conspiracy theory on national TV. https://t.co/2H204xmokM
— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) April 15, 2021
Willamette University history professor Seth Cotlar provides more screenshots and says, “Just in case you thought there might be daylight between Tucker’s white nationalist hour of power and the GOP’s fundraising messaging.”
RNC fundraising off of Tucker Carlson. Just in case you thought there might be daylight between Tucker’s white nationalist hour of power and the GOP’s fundraising messaging. pic.twitter.com/rr12c5zQaP
— Seth Cotlar (@SethCotlar) April 15, 2021
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