With the Republican party in disarray after yet another “worst week ever” in the Trump presidency, previous Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) has launched a furious attack on Republican hypocrisy in an op-ed piece in originally released in The Guardian.
Titled “How The Republican Party Quietly Does The Bidding Of White Supremacists,” the article ruins the myth that the president’s method operandiof courting and coddling neo-Nazis is separate from the agenda of the mainstream of his party with its across the country push for “citizen suppression, restored mass incarceration and the expulsion of immigrants.”
After calling out sanctimonious Republican leaders for sending tweets and press releases condemning violence and bigotry without condemning Trump’s equivocation on the sources of that hatred, Feingold mentions the apparent concerns their behavior engenders:
“There is a direct link between Trump’s comments today and those policies, so where is the outrage about the latter? Where are the Republican leaders knocking voter suppression as racist, un-American and hazardous? Where are the Republican leaders who want to call out the wink (and the direct recommendation) from President Trump to the white supremacists and acknowledge their own celebration’s record and position on problems important to people of color as the genuine problem for our country?Words suggest nothing if the Republican agenda doesn’t alter. Governors and state legislatures were so quick to embrace individuals of color in order to prevent the impression, they too share Trump’s supreme affinity for the white race. However if they do not stand up for them they are not indirectly, but straight allowing the program of those exact same racists that Republican members were so fast to condemn via Twitter.Gerrymandering, rigorous voter ID laws, felon disenfranchisement are all focused on one outcome:
a voting class that is mainly white, and in turn majority Republican.”Fed up with false equivalencies and two-faced public declamations, Feingold makes some concrete recommendations to support his accusations of duplicitousness.The very first is targeted at the members of the presidential commission looking into Trump’s counterfeit claims of huge citizen fraud that result in his losing the popular vote in 2015
‘s election. Feingold believes that they ought to follow the example of the corporate leaders who resigned from Trump’s advisory panels after hearing his claims that “great people” were on both sides of the violence in Charlottesville.”Anybody still resting on the voter suppression commission is allowing Trump’s agenda which of the white Nazi militia that stormed Charlottesville to celebrate a time when the law enforced white supremacy.
“The former Wisconsin Senator goes on to propose precisely how the GOP can redeem themselves: A good start would be with voting rights. Let’s see lawmakers like John Kasich in Ohio immediately stop the state’s desired purging of voting records.
Let’s see Wisconsin legislators throw out their gerrymandered district map and form a non-partisan redistricting commission.Let’s see strict voter ID laws slammed with the exact same vitriol that Republicans utilized in responding to the events in Charlottesville. Let’s see Republicans call out their own program, and freely acknowledge the connection between the agenda of the racist alt-right which of the Republican party.Anything except radical change to the
Republican celebration’s war on voters of color is simply feigned outrage. Even if the white supremacists are condemned, even if the whole Republican celebration rises in self-professed outrage at white supremacists, if voter suppression and other such racist policies endure, the white supremacists are winning. And America is losing.Sadly, Feingold is not likely to see his words fall upon anything however deaf ears amongst Republican politicians. Regardless of the morality and fact of his statements, the possibilities of Republicans taking any relocation that minimizes their grip on control of the federal government, the federal government that they are continuously attempting to dismantle( other than for the parts that benefit themselves and their business overlords), are minuscule enough that the most effective electron microscopic lense would have a challenging time finding them.