Trump Official Calls Race for FL Governorship “so cotton-pickin’ important”

Trump Agriculture Secretary and former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue stirred controversy by using a racially charged term at a campaign stop Saturday.

“Public policy matters; leadership matters,” President Donald Trump’s top agriculture official said while campaigning for Ron DeSantis, the Republican candidate. “And that is why this election is so cotton-pickin’ important to the state of Florida. I hope you all don’t mess it up.”

In the race for the Florida’s governorship, which pits a white conservative Ron DeSantis against an African American progressive, Andrew Gillam, has been racially charged from the start.  Earlier in the campaign, DeSantis suggested on Fox News that while his new opponent seemed “articulate,” voters should not “monkey this up” by electing him.

Voters in Florida also received racist robocalls that referred to Mayor Gillam as a “negro” and a “monkey,”

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House Majority Leader Posts Anti-Semitic Tweet After Bomb Sent to Soros

The day after a Trump-inspired bomber sent a pipe bomb to Holocaust survivor and philanthropist George Soros, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy posted, then later deleted, a tweet accusing 3 prominent Jewish activists, including Soros, of “trying to BUY THE ELECTION”

 

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https://www.salon.com/2018/10/28/house-majority-leader-posted-anti-semitic-tweet-after-bomb-sent-to-george-soros-house/

Beyond the MAGABomber, Trump’s Rhetoric Has Inspired a Series of Racist Attacks

Trump has been accused of drumming up racial animosity and encouraging violence.   The Intercept documents eight violent attacks by fervent Trump supporters.

These include:

  1. The MAGABomber, Cesar Sayoc, who frequented Trump rallies, then sent hand made pipe-bombs to individuals Trump demonized at those ralles
  2. Scott and Steve Leader, who attacked a homeless man whom they wrongfully thought was an illegal immigrant, and told police “Trump was right, they should all be deported”
  3. The Garden City “Crusaders,” open Trump supporters and followers of anti-muslim conspiracy theories, who planned a bombing attack against Somali Americans in Garden City, KS.
  4. Alexandre Bissonnette who opened fire on a mosque in Canada, killing six, who was “obsessed with Trump,” Googling him 800 times in the weeks leading up to the mass-shooting.
  5.  James Fields, a Neo-Nazi who was a fervent “Trump supporter because of what he believed to be Trump’s views on race,” who plowed a car into a group of protesters in Charlotte, NC, killing one.

Full story here: https://theintercept.com/2018/10/27/here-is-a-list-of-far-right-attackers-trump-inspired-cesar-sayoc-wasnt-the-first-and-wont-be-the-last/

 

GOP Rep Promotes Neo-Nazi on Twitter

Steve King (R-Iowa) retweeted a well-known neo-Nazi on Tuesday.  The move was part of an ongoing pattern by the congressman of promoting the views of openly white supremacist or racist individuals (see here for examples).

King tweeted: “Europe is waking up… Will America… in time?” –  linking to an anti-immigrant tweet from radical activist Mark Collett.  Collett is one of England’s most high-profile white supremacists.  Featured in the documentary “Young, Nazi and Proud,”  Collett expressed his admiration for Adolf Hitler, and says he considers AIDS a “friendly disease because blacks, drug users and gays have it.”

Congressman King, a long time Republican, has long endorsed the discredited consipracy theory that Barak Obama was a foreign born muslim, and defended keeping a Confederate Flag on his desk in the weeks following Dylan Roof’s race-inspired shooting of a church.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/steve-king-white-nationalist-neo-nazi-retweet_us_5b200eaee4b0adfb826e8e40

GOP Candidate Calls Diversity “Bunch of Crap,” “UnAmerican”

A Republican House candidate in New Jersey called diversity “a bunch of crap” and an “un-American” idea, according to a video obtained by Philly.com

Seth Grossman, who is running to represent New Jersey’s  2nd Congressional District, went further, explaining:

“Now what diversity has become, it’s been an excuse by Democrats, communists, and socialists, basically, to say that we’re not all created equal; that some people, if somebody is lesser qualified, they will get a job anyway or they’ll get into college anyway because of the tribe that they’re with, what group, what box they fit into,” Grossman continued in the footage.

See full story on The Hill

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/391687-nj-gop-house-candidate-calls-diversity-a-bunch-of-crap

Trump-Linked Nonprofit Leader Caught on Camera Praising Nazis

In December of last year, policy advisor Juan Pablo Andrade from the Trump-linked America First Policies was caught on camera saying, “The only thing the Nazis didn’t get right is they didn’t keep fucking going!”

The non-profit was started to back the policy agenda of the Trump campaign.  Donors include CVS and Dow Chemicals.  The previous head of the organization, Carl Higbie, was forced to resign after making a number of racist remarks on his radio show, including:

“Go back to your Muslim shithole and go crap in your hands and bang little boys on Thursday nights.  I just don’t like Muslim people. People always rip me a new one for that. Carl, you’re racist, you can’t, you’re sexist. I’m like Jesus Christ. I just don’t like Muslim people because their ideology sucks.  Well people are like, ‘well, you can’t hate somebody just for being Muslim.  It’s like, yeah, I can. Do you hate people who rape little boys?”

Watch the video at Mediaite:

https://www.mediaite.com/online/watch-policy-advisor-for-trump-tied-america-first-group-praises-nazis/

Neo-Nazi Nabs GOP Nomination for Illinois House

Neo-Nazi Arthur Jones, former leader of the American Nazi Party, nabbed the Republican nomination to represent Illinois’ 3rd District in the House of Representatives.  The candidate, who famously called the Holocaust, “the biggest, blackest, lie in history,” and on his website, refers to Jews as “blood thirsty, criminal vampires,” racked up more than 23,000 Republican votes in the March, 2018 primary.  His campaign slogan, echoing the President Trump, is “America First.”

It is unclear whether Jones will benefit from funding from the Republican Congressional Committee.

More from Think Progress:

https://thinkprogress.org/20000-illinois-republicans-voted-for-nazi-7bbeeb7631fd/