Donald Trump’s election has emboldened neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, and other assorted white supremacist and far-right terrorist organizations around the nation. We have seen the result of this horrific development around the nation, and it is showing no sign of slowing down. However, the GOP legislature in Tennessee just had the ultimate opportunity to condemn these hate groups and to show that the Republican Party is at least attempting to be less racist, but decided not to take it.
In the state legislature, Tennessee Republicans had the chance to formally vote to condemn neo-Nazis as domestic terrorists. They refused, though. The resolution was before a committee, and it read, in part:
“We strongly denounce and oppose the totalitarian impulses, violent terrorism, xenophobic biases, and bigoted ideologies that are promoted by white nationalists and neo-Nazis.”
“White nationalism and neo-Nazism are continuing to grow as menaces to societal order that seek to reignite social animosities, reverse improvements in race relations, divide the nation, and foment hatred, classism, anti-Semitism, and ethnic eradication.”
But, it never even so much as got a committee vote. State Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D), who put forth the legislation, said of what just happened:
“I didn’t think there was anything controversial about this resolution. I would love to try to pass a resolution denouncing white nationalists and neo-Nazis, but if I can’t even get a second in a subcommittee, it evidences this Republican supermajority’s refusal to denounce these hate organizations, for what reason I cannot begin to imagine.”
Oh, I can imagine, Rep. Clemmons. It’s because not only does the GOP have no issue with open racism, they embrace it. It’s the alt-right, the neo-Nazis, the Klansmen, and other assorted bigots who helped get Trump elected. Hell, during the Charlottesville horror, former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke said so.
It’s time to start calling the Republican Party out for what they are: A bigoted hate group. Now, not all Republicans are like this, of course, but the party writ large, as an institution is. The sooner we start saying this out loud, the sooner we can save our republic.
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