Category: Racism

Are Republicans Racist? These stories explore GOPs attitudes on race.

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