The Difference Between The Two Parties Has Never Been Clearer
Today, Republican members of Congress officially put their names down in the defense of racism.
President Trump’s racist “go back to your countries” attack on Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-IL) is further exposing the Trump Administration and the GOP’s true colors.
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As her husband George Conway lambasted Trump’s racism in The Washington Post, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway engaged in a truly troubling exchange with a reporter.
Kellyanne Conway: “What’s your ethnicity?”
Reporter: “Um. Why is that relevant?”
KC: “No no – bc I’m asking a question. My ancestors are from Ireland & Italy.”
Reporter: “My own ethnicity is not relevant to the question I’m asking.”
KC: “No no, it is.” https://t.co/RTQ31HGKHe pic.twitter.com/fFvJln34V5
— The Hill (@thehill) July 16, 2019
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) defended Trump’s comments as not racist before his party followed suit in a symbolic vote. House Democrats introduced a resolution to condemn President Trump’s racism.
Before the vote, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called Trump’s tweets racist, and Republicans unsuccessfully tried to get her words wiped from the congressional record. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) then got more added in.
.@RepDougCollins got upset because Nancy Pelosi described Trump’s tweets as (gasp!) “racist” pic.twitter.com/3Ltqbkak3l
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 16, 2019
This is brilliance. Take names! https://t.co/krr5PxdxBf
— Adam (@aalali44) July 16, 2019
Rep. John Lewis, who marched in Selma, Alabama alongside Martin Luther King Jr., took to the House floor and gave a powerful speech.
John Lewis didn’t get beaten in 1965 to have to say this in 2019.
“I know racism when I see it…And at the highest level of government, there is no room for racism…Some of us have been victims of the stain, the pain and the hurt of racism…” pic.twitter.com/ehBNEMLueK
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) July 16, 2019
The resolution passed in a 240-187 vote. Four House Republicans, Representatives Susan Brooks (IN), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA), Will Hurd (TX), Fred Upton (MI), and newly Independent Justin Amash (MI), voted with the Democratic majority. The resolution is a great read, citing American leaders who have touted the importance of immigration from Alexander Hamilton to FDR to JFK to Ronald Regan. The resolution moves on explicitly condemn President Trump:
Whereas President Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color: Now, therefore, be it resolved, That the House of Representatives —
(3) condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.
The fact that Republican lawmakers continue to stand by President Trump’s racism is no surprise.
Trump isn’t an accident or an anomaly.
He’s the natural outcome of the @GOP‘s Southern Strategy.
Since the 1960s, Republicans falsely blamed minorities for the economic woes of their base, all while legislating for the 1%.
This #RacistPresident is the product of a racist party pic.twitter.com/C4NL2U9Kbr
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) July 15, 2019
Nonetheless, this should concern every American. The Republican Party has gaslit its base into a state of white nationalist fear that is manifesting itself in President Trump’s policies. Just this week, the Trump Administration has literally told people to go back to where they came from by moving to end the legal asylum process as we know it. And today, Attorney General William Barr declined to charge the murderer of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who was choked by a police officer as he yelled “I can’t breathe” 11 times, 5 years ago tomorrow.
While the Republican Party pushes bigoted policies and fear mongers about immigrants, Democrats are actually proposing solutions to help the middle class and marginalized. We haven’t even touched on the corruption component of this. It’s never been clearer which party stands for equality and justice for all. And that party is not the Republicans.
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