The Republican Party in 2019 is not your father's or mother's Republican Party!

Rep. Steve King openly stated that he does not understand why terms like "white supremacy" and "white nationalism" are offensive. King then went on the floor of the House to express regret for "heartburn" felt over his remarks.
What voters have to understand is that Rep. King expresses ideas in public which so many of his conservative Republican colleagues express in private, often with Rep. King in attendance! At the same time, Republicans wonder -- often aloud -- why they cannot seem to get a higher percentage of votes from minority voters.
This is from U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the U.S. Senate: "When people with opinions similar to King's open their mouths, they damage not only the Republican Party and the conservative brand but also our nation as a whole," he wrote.
"King's comments are not conservative views, but separate views which should be ridiculed at every turn possible," Scott continued.

IMHO, there is one thing very wrong about what Sen. Scott states. Rep. King is saying things that conservative Republicans, who now dominate the Republican Party, say among themselves that they do NOT want stated in public forums because common folks may see these positions for what they really are -- racist, sexist, gender-biased, anti-Semitic, and xenophobic! (And, I bet they stop that talk immediately whenever Sen. Scott is in earshot of what they are saying in those private, bigoted chats.)
Remember what Sen. Scott first states above, "When people with opinions similar to King's OPEN THEIR MOUTHS..." In other words, Sen. Scott is not condemning the ideas Rep. King expresses necessarily, he mainly regrets that Rep. King SPOKE his beliefs in public; thereby, hurting the chances of other Republicans -- many of whom share the same beliefs as Rep. King -- to be elected to high office. Now, that's really sick!
In a similar fashion, our current POTUS states things which are biased as well, but things which appeal to the worst inclinations of many common folks. It was about one year ago, when Lyin' Don the Michelin Man who never met a burger he didn't like, referred to many nations with minority populations as "shithole countries." But, we are not supposed to interpret such language from our POTUS as out-of-line in any way. And, minorities are still supposed to vote for Republican candidates for office just as though they have no prejudices against minorities. Right...

I am so old, that I remember a time when most of the bigoted politicians were in the Democratic Party -- primarily from the Old South. Some Northern Democrats, like Ohio's own Sen. Frank Lausche, supported many of his Southern Democratic colleagues in their racists positions, under the guise of "States Rights." And, I am proud of the fact that one of the earliest campaigns upon which I worked, was the one in the Democratic Primary of 1968 when Democrat John Gilligan defeated Democrat Frank Lausche. Gilligan lost in that General Election to William Saxbe, a relatively moderate Republican. The Republican Party still had many moderates in 1968.
But, this all changed in the late 1960s into the 1970s. The newer version of America's political makeup is very different. If you do not believe me, ask any of your conservative friends when the last time was that any of them voted for a Democrat for any high office, if ever.

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