In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s equating protesters with the Neo-Nazis, Klan members and White Supremacists whose stated goal is to start a “race riot.” Republicans have been scurrying to portray themselves as being against racism and bigotry in any form. While very few have called out the President by name (Rubio and McCain being exceptions).
Most have issued tepid tweets like that of Paul Ryan, “We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.”
Then there’s Mitch McConnell, “The hate and bigotry witnessed in #Charlottesville does not reflect American values. I wholeheartedly oppose their actions.”
Well, Paul and Mitch, your policies are just as racists at Trump’s words and your policies demonstrate your values far more than your words. The Republican Party, in every state where they have control, have implemented or attempted to implement voter suppression, targeting the very people you now claim to support. Your party didn’t even waste a day after the Supreme Court gutted the enforcement provisions of the Voter Rights Act. Texas and North Carolina’s laws were found to be unconstitutional and each specifically targeted to dilute minority voting strength according to Federal judges. North Carolina’s used “surgical precision” to target Black people in the state. Alabama tried to make it harder to get the ID’s they require to vote in multiple majority Black counties.
Your party engaged in a redistricting policy wherever you have control of the states in order to maintain control of the House. It’s why you have a majority in the House despite getting less congressional votes than Democrats.
Your health care proposals were little more than an excuse to take from the poor and give to the rich in forms of massive tax cuts. While you would have hurt a large number of poor white people as well. It would have disproportionately affected those minorities you now claim to stand for.
Jeff Sessions is attempting to reinstitute hyper mass incarceration. A few of you have whimpered statements but most of you are standing idly by. Where are you on stop and frisk? And then there’s your immigration policy.
Many of you were right with Trump on the Muslim ban. You have no problem with Trump’s wall or at least lack the guts to say so. You stand by as Trump reneges on DACA and have supported “papers please” laws in many cases.”
We saw how you treated President Obama as well, going far beyond ideological differences. The man served two terms with grace and honor, look what you gave us in his place? So make your tweets, talk about American values yet implement your racist policies. You put white supremacists (plural) in the White House. Shame on you! We see you and there will be a reckoning in 2018.