I make up the news. A lot. So it’s time for a reverse-satire warning. What I’m going to write about isn’t inspired by an Onion article, and I didn’t make up anything about it. So without further ado…
The Associated Press reported today that during the Republican primary, Donald J. Trump used campaign funds to pay people who then would post inflammatory, highly-racist and xenophobic memes on Facebook. According to the AP, they looked at more the fifty different Trump staffers’ social media postings and at least seven of them “expressed views that were overtly racially charged.”
The AP examined the social media feeds of more than 50 current and former campaign employees who helped propel Trump through the primary elections. The campaign has employed a mix of veteran political operatives and outsiders. Most come across as dedicated, enthusiastic partisans, but at least seven expressed views that were overtly racially charged, supportive of violent actions or broadly hostile to Muslims. (source)
Just in case there was any doubt about how racist the materials were, AP provided a description of some of them.
A graphic designer for Trump’s advance team approvingly posted video of a black man eating fried chicken and criticizing fellow blacks for ignorance, irresponsibility and having too many children. A Trump field organizer in Virginia declared that Muslims were seeking to impose Sharia law in America and that “those who understand Islam for what it is are gearing up for the fight.” (source)
Here are a couple examples that the AP posted from what they could find in Trumpeters’ Facebook feeds.
But remember — not only is racism over in America according to conservatives, in Trump’s estimation he’s the guy people of color should choose over Hillary.
Does anyone else wonder just how stupid or naive Republicans think minorities are? They’re supposed to believe guy who said that Mexico is intentionally exporting rapists and murderers to this country and that some of whose campaign staff posted insanely racist stuff to Facebook and other social media outlets is the one for them? I’m really starting to believe that Republicans get together every so often, take a huge batch of acid together, and then spend the next several weeks going about their lives, until the acid wears off, and they do it all over again.
The party that’s been passing voter ID laws specifically to target minorities, college kids, and the elderly wants us to believe that they’re the ones fighting for real equality. Their rationale? That Democrats in the South were once super-racist and started the KKK. I’m not kidding. I recently got into an epic flame war on Twitter with right-wing conman/filmmaker D’nesh D’Souza over his next film, the central theme of which is “the Democrats are still racist because I ignored the last 50 years of history.”
And D’Souza’s not the only history revisionist conservative out there. I’ve personally encountered many who just flat-out deny Nixon engaged in the Southern Strategy, even when they’re pointed to the interview former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele — a black man himself — did in which he categorically admitted to the Republicans using the Southern Strategy. Like, you know this link right here:
I suppose that no one should be surprised, though, that the political party who still denies that Trickle Down Economics was a failure, that there weren’t any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq we hadn’t helped them procure twenty years earlier, and that climate change is real and exacerbated by humankind would be in denial of simple historical facts. They really do have to be willfully ignorant of history, because the plain, simple record shows them to be unequivocally wrong.
The problem as I see it as that there are millions of conservative Republicans who are genuinely not racist. Why is this a “problem?” Because it’s keeping them from confronting the racists in their midst, and more importantly, the undeniable racist undertones in their policies. You can’t advocate for a voter ID law simply because it’ll keep the people you don’t want to vote from voting, based at least in part on skin color, and then expect anyone to take you seriously when you deny you’re at least a little racist.
Will the AP’s story change anything? Of course not. The GOP’s top brass looks like it’s already decided they’ll try to slather lipstick on the pig that is Trump up to November 8th. If he can get away with retweeting racist crime stats and proposing ideological purity tests for immigrants and not lose his Republican endorsements, stories in the LAMESTREAM LIBTARD PRESS about totally not-racist Trump supporters posting totally-not racist and yet somehow really racist memes on Facebook won’t make a lick of difference to them.
Because the elephant never forgets…unless it’s their integrity and intellectual honesty.
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