Apparently there’s this thing called “Kayleigh” that appears on political talk shows. And it whines and it argues and it talks over everything in its sight. And it endeavors to whitesplain to non-Republicans how the Grand Old Party is a terrific good-time human loving organization that could never do anything bad to coloreds, or to immigrants, or to Jews, etc.
But if you end up stuck with her on one of these shows, and you actually bring up some unfortunate example of wingnut racism – Iowa congressman Steve King, for example, the proud white supremacist – she has…answers! She’s got them!
“ …I’m curious if there is a double standard at all when it comes to Republicans and this regarding Congressman Steve King,” host Alex Witt wondered. “He’s got a plethora of past racist remarks here. Was he given a pass? Should he be given a pass?” Witt asked. “Should his resignation be caused for?”
“Absolutely not,” McEnany argued. “He wasn’t given a pass, he was stripped of his committee assignments and roundly condemned immediately by everyone in the Republican Party.”
On the topic of Ralph ‘blackface’ Northam, Kayleigh roundly demanded the Democratic governor be run out of the state. Understandably. However, in Steve King’s instance, he received a proper and vigorous shrugging of shoulders, and a clearly audible shush. He will be allowed to remain as the senior representative from Iowa until the sun dims. Or our time stops. It’s only fair.
No, Kayleigh was Not Done.
…journalist Jonathan Alter inserted that Trump was a “racist, full stop,” which set McEnany off.
As McEnany shouted and Alter tried to reply to her, conservative Shermichael Singleton attempted to calm the waters by admitting the GOP has a few things to answer for when it comes to racism…
“Kayleigh, I think we can all acknowledge — we can all acknowledge — and I’m a Republican, that our party has not done a great job on race relations more often than not,” he suggested.
“We ended slavery and Jim Crow!” she insisted talking over him. “We’re the party of Lincoln and have done a great job!”
This is the cool new meme for the GOP. “We ended slavery and Jim Crow!” This load of horseshit comes our way courtesy the historic fact that “Southern Democrats were racist!”
Yes, it’s true. Never mind that those fuckers were the most conservative assholes in America at the time. Those Dixie ‘Democrats’ would make Rush Limbaugh look like a scabby Sandanista.
And when Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964, they all became the right’s hard right-wing overnight. Their grandsons and granddaughters are currently the venomous warders and Helms’ howlers that plague the modern Confederacy today.
And get this: “Kayleigh” is the official spokesman for the Republican National Committee. No shit. But apparently she’s never even heard of Chairman Lee Atwater.
You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” – that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now – you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is – blacks get hurt worse than whites… You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
Maybe we should cut her some slack, that was 1981. She wasn’t even born yet. But she sure as hell ought to remember Chairman Ken Mehlman.
It was called “the southern strategy,” started under Richard M. Nixon in 1968, and described Republican efforts to use race as a wedge issue — on matters such as desegregation and busing — to appeal to white southern voters.
Ken Mehlman, the Republican National Committee chairman, this morning will tell the NAACP national convention in Milwaukee that it was “wrong.”
“By the ’70s and into the ’80s and ’90s, the Democratic Party solidified its gains in the African American community, and we Republicans did not effectively reach out,” Mehlman says in his prepared text. “Some Republicans gave up on winning the African American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization. I am here today as the Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong.”
‘We were racist. We were wrong, we’re sorry.’ That was the RNC only 13 years ago. With everything we see today, smack-dab in the middle of the Trump presidency, Kayleigh would have you believe they’re less racist now than they were then.