The long history of Democratic bigotry

Joel Pollak read the leaked emails between the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and found out …

After being told for weeks by very concerned liberals and media pundits that Donald J. Trump represents the second coming of Adolf Hitler, it is richly ironic to learn that Hillary Clinton’s Democratic National Committee (DNC) planned to target Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for his faith.

(And it is Hilary Clinton’s DNC: Rep. Debbie Waserman-Schultz (D-FL) resigned on Sunday after Wikileaks revealed emails showing that the DNC and the media conspired to stop Sanders’s insurgent candidacy.)

In one email, Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall allegedly said: “It might may (sic) no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”

Note that at least part of the senior leadership of the Democratic Party presumed a) that the voters of Kentucky and West Virginia are religious bigots; b) that Southern Baptist voters in those states are bigots, perhaps even more so; c) that these groups might have some problem with voting for a Jew; and d) but they would be even more troubled by voting for an atheist.

Forget Donald Trump and his retweets. This is as close to an honest-to-goodness “dog whistle” as you are going to get. The DNC actually contemplated appealing to the presumed prejudices of their own bitter-clinger voters by planting questions in a public forum.

Valley News Live reported …

On a day when the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee announced she plans to resign over a disturbing email leak, a new email has surfaced appearing to call outreach to hispanics “taco bowl engagement.” It’s unclear if the email chain or “script” referred to in the email was meant as a response to a picture that Donald Trump had tweeted on Cinco De Mayo that depicted him eating a taco salad and proclaiming his appreciation for latinos. Progressives and conservatives called for more firings on Sunday evening because of the email.

… and then got an immediate DNC response:

A representative with the DNC says the comment that some have perceived to be racist in nature was simply referring to a video. DNC staffer Eric Walker emailed VNL on Tuesday morning saying “The phrase “taco bowl engagement” was referring to a video we put out in response to Trump’s taco bowl tweet. Here’s the video we produced:” We have linked to the email in question on the right side of this page. There you can also find a link to the full Wikileaks email archive from the DNC. Walker said the staffer who was named in the original email release from Wikileaks has been the subject of “incredibly unfair vitriol.”

The DNC demanded in their email to VNL that our original story be changed or taken down as they claimed “it reads as a grotesque misrepresentation of our staffers comments.” Walker also wanted to know how the story was going to be changed.

Ironic, isn’t it, that the DNC immediately jumped on Trump’s taco bowl tweet (which was, you’ll recall, his holding a taco bowl and proclaiming his love of Latinos on Cinco de Mayo) and then denied the DNC’s own racism by attacking the messenger instead of apologizing for its own message.

This shouldn’t be a surprise, because the Democratic Party has always been full of bigots. The party that ended slavery was not the Democratic Party. The party that enacted Jim Crow laws after the Civil War was the Democratic Party. The dirty little secret about the Progressive Era was the racism of such Democratic heroes as Woodrow Wilson, who, as reported by The Atlantic, “as president … oversaw unprecedented segregation in federal offices.” Franklin D. Roosevelt locked up Japanese-Americans during World War II despite no evidence that Japanese-Americans were threats to the nation. And of course there is U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia), former Ku Klux Klan leader.

In this state, Democrats except for late Rep. Polly Williams (D-Milwaukee) almost universally opposed school choice because teacher unions were more important to Democrats than education of minority children. Democrats refer to the Tea Party by a term that is offensive to conservatives and homosexuals. This week’s Democratic National Convention demonstrates that Democrats now take the side of criminals and against police. And recall Obama’s line about “clinging to their guns and religion”?



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