Republicans say they’re against racism. And yet:
- Paul Ryan says Trumps attack on U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel was “the textbook definition of a racist comment”, but supports Trump for President anyway.
- Reince Priebus, who brokered the Ryan endorsement of Trump, supports Trump.
- Chuck Grassley said Trump’s racist remark was no worse than something someone else said, which wouldn’t justify Trump’s racism even if the remarks were comparable, which they are not.
- Marco Rubio unambiguously said that Trump’s comments were wrong and discredit the Republican Party, but has repeatedly said he would back the Republican presidential nominee, even if it’s Trump.
- Mitch McConnell says he “I couldn’t disagree more with a statement like that” but wouldn’t answer whether he considered it racist. He supports Trump anyway.
- Ben Carson says Trump talks like a racist but is not a racist, and supports Trump anyway.
- Newt Gingrich said the remarks were unacceptable, which is surprising coming from someone who has thus far failed to criticize Trump’s birtherism, anti-Muslim bigotry, misogny and casual racism. He supports Trump anyway.
- Ted Cruz and Chris Christie simply had no comment, and presumably still support Trump.
So let’s see…that’s the current Speaker of the House, a former Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader, and four Republicans who ran for President in 2016, and the chairman of the Republican National Committee, all either backing Trump despite admitting he’s a racist, or refusing to admit he’s a racist despite the evidence, or afraid to comment. And that’s just the leadership. We also have the unambiguous polling data showing that racist voters support Trump. And just as icing on the cake, David Duke, former leader of the Ku Klux Klan and Trump supporter, says Trump’s not a racist, the problem is the Jewish media.
When the entire leadership of a political party, and a solid majority of the voting members of that party, want to put a racist in the White House, there’s no longer any argument about whether that political party stands for racism. You can’t run as a Republican and claim to stand for something else.