Mitch McConnell came out on Tuesday to pushback on the backlash after Donald Trump met for hours with not one, but two anti-Semites at his Mar-A-Lago resort last weekend. McConnell emphatically stated that “there is no room in the Republican Party for anti-Semitism or white supremacy.” He added, “anyone meeting with people advocating that point of view, in my judgement, are highly unlikely to ever be elected President of the United States.” But is that really the case in the GOP?
1st off, two Republican congressional members spoke at a conference organized by Nick Fuentes, one of Trump’s weekend dinner guests, last year. Both Margorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar spoke at Fuentes’s conference and seemed downright chummy with the racist.
We could look at the racist “southern strategy” that the GOP deployed to elect Richard Nixon.
We could look at how after the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts were passed in the 60s, an exodus of racists went from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party over the next decade.
Then there is Trump himself.
We could point to when he defended white supremacists after Charlottesville during his Presidency. Or we could point to when he told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” during a Presidential debate with Hillary Clinton. In that debate, the moderator was trying to give Trump an opportunity to disavow the racists — instead, the former POTUS gave the Proud Boys marching orders. The Proud Boys would act on those orders on January 6th, 2021.
But that is hardly the 1st time Trump showed racist tendencies. Long before he was President, Trump and his father were sued over denying housing to blacks in the 1970s.
Then there was the time he complained about black accountants “counting his money” and that he only wanted Jewish people doing it.
“I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys wearing yarmulkes…. Those are the only kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else… Besides that, I tell you something else. I think that guy’s lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks.”
Then there was the years that Trump pushed and promoted the false narrative that Barack Obama was secretly born in Africa, rather than Hawaii.
Then there were the slurs that he made after a Gold Star Family, that happened to be Muslim, spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
There’s more, but the point is made.
And the point is that the GOP has had lots of room for racists and anti-Semites and have elected them President, Senator, Congressional members, and to other positions.
So, when Mitch McConnell speaks such words, as noble as they may sound — they are patently false. The only thing that remains to be seen is if the Republican Party will nominate a racist and anti-Semite again in 2024 for POTUS. On top of that, how many more will they nominate for other offices in 2023 and 2024.
We shall see … stay tuned.