This Arizona experiment shows you can fool enough of the people enough of the time. Especially if they are old whites who reflexively check the name with an “R” beside it — because all our problems are caused by brown-skilled people getting things they don’t deserve. Especially if they get their information in the closed and self-reinforcing loop of Fox and Limbaugh.
Rogue Columnist (via azspot)
Yes, we know, not all Republicans are racist. But it is becoming increasingly clear that latent, and in this case blatant, racism is becoming the norm in the GOP as the Tea Party takes over. Yet another example rears its ugly head, in none other than Florida.
The audio was released a day after the Senior Deputy Whip for the Georgia Senate Republicans vowed to block early voting dates and locations he felt would attract African American voters.
A day after the Senior Deputy Whip for the Georgia Senate Republicans vowed to block early voting dates and locations that he felt would attract African American voters, a progressive group released audio on Wednesday of Georgia’s Secretary of State warning fellow Republicans that Democrats might win because they are registering minority voters.
The audio, posted on YouTube by Better Georgia, features a man identified as Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp telling fellow Republicans at a July 12, 2014 event in Gwinnett County:
In closing I just wanted to tell you real quick, after we get through this runoff, you know the Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about them, you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines, if they can do that, they can win these elections in November. But we’ve got to do the exact same thing. I would encourage all of you, if you have an Android or an Apple device, to download that app, and maybe your goal is to register one new Republican voter.
On Tuesday, Kemp launched a “voter fraud” investigation into a voter registration effort he suspects may have “forged voter registration applications, forged signatures on releases, and applications with false or inaccurate information.” Accusations of voter fraud have been a frequent tool of Republican secretaries of state.
A year ago, Kemp warned that allowing citizens to register to vote on Election Day would undermine their “individual freedoms.” In 2012, he spearheaded an error-riddled effort to purge voters from the rolls just months before the November elections.
Better Georgia executive director Bryan Long said in a statement that Kemp’s and Millar’s comments suggest the investigation is aimed at voter suppression. “The right to vote is sacred, and we should all want to encourage people to vote instead of making it more difficult,” he wrote, adding that, “GOP candidates in Georgia know they cannot win if the electorate reflects the increasing diversity of our state, so Sec. Kemp is using the power of his office to restrict minority voting access. The Justice Department should investigate.
A spokesman for Kemp did not immediately respond to a ThinkProgress inquiry about the remarks.
Not only is State Senator Fran Millar incensed about the idea of making it easier for African-Americans to vote, he’s willing to invoke the church-state exception no Republican believes in to block their votes harder.
One of Georgia’s largest counties announced last week that it will allow early voting on a Sunday in late October and will open an early voting location in a shopping mall popular among local African-Americans. Concerned that this will lead to higher African-American voter turnout and hurt his party’s dominance, one state lawmaker is speaking out and vowing to stop this easy voting for minority voters.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Tuesday that Georgia state Senator Fran Millar (R) penned an angry response to DeKalb County’s announcement that early voting will be available on Sunday, October 26, and that an early-voting location will be opened at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall. Millar represents part of the county and is Senior Deputy Whip for the Georgia Senate Republicans.
I have been saying for a long time that the republican and tea parties are just mouthpieces for the American white supremacist movement. Based on a hunch, I decided to go to the official site of the KKK and read the platform of the “Knight’s Party.” You can verify that this IS the official platform of the Ku Klux Klan by clicking hereand visiting the hate group’s official…
New Hampshire state Representative Kyle Trasker (R) and a Republican colleague took to Facebook to lament how unfair it was that white people don’t have their own legislative caucus like other interest groups have . Trasker thought he should be allowed to join the black caucus because he was “fond of rap music” and therefore was privy to African American culture.
The glorious, patriotic message appeared on the side of a former Army Reserve warehouse in Westminster, Maryland that’s been named as a potential site for housing undocumented children.
If the phrase“undocumented Democrats” sounds familiar, Rush Limbaugh takes full creditthat he “invented that term back in 2010.”
This is exactly how right-wing media toxifies the immigration debate. Its dehumanizing messaging is being parroted by rabid anti-immigrant protesters around the country, even in the form of xenophobic vandalism.
State House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC), the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, said that the “traditional” voting bloc of his home state wasn’t growing like minority populations in an interview he did in 2012.