The events of the past few weeks are not only mesmerizing, they are historic. In the middle of a country already tasked by a pandemic and unemployment, the casual murders of black people kept mounting up at a rapid pace, as an unarmed jogger in Georgia was killed by vigilantes, then nine bullets were pumped into a young medical worker, in her home, when cops executed a no-knock warrant. And the straw that broke the camel’s back was the summary execution of a mild mannered security guard, George Floyd, on a street in Minneapolis, for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill. That wasn’t the crime he was executed for. He was executed for having been born black in a racist country. Even Mitch McConnell tied the incident to the “original sin” of slavery. If McConnell’s social conscience is awakened, you know something of seismic magnitude has taken place.

And seismic magnitude is precisely what this is. This is what GOP pollster Frank Luntz says.

This is quite a change and my God, it’s not like enough people didn’t die already to make it happen. While the rest of us breathe a sigh of relief and hope that this sea change will manifest as a change not only in the White House, which is a must-have, but also a change in the Senate, so that we can get our country healing from the double toxins of racism and Trump, the Republicans are going out of their minds. This is their worst nightmare, America saying enough is enough to racism, make no mistake. Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast:

And what do Donald Trump and the Republicans think of it? They hate it. Don’t kid yourself. Some of them pay lip service to embracing this change. I applaud Mitt Romney for joining the marchers last week. He’s behaving quite admirably these days, even though, as the 2012 presidential candidate, he kowtowed to the very forces that gave us Trump four years later (indeed, he kowtowed to Trump himself).

As individuals with consciences and hearts (a category that may not necessarily include their leader), most of these Republicans, I’m sure, were shocked at George Floyd’s murder. But what’s in their consciences or hearts isn’t what matters. What matters is how they behave as elected officials.

And how they’ve behaved as elected officials ever since, say, the rise of Newt Gingrich—until Trump, the most poisonous public figure of the last 50 years—is clear to anyone with eyes and ears. Cheat black people of their proper political representation. Curtail their civil rights. Slash programs that help minority businesses and poor people. Invent phrases like “race-neutral” to hang a veil over rank discrimination. Reintroduce school segregation, now rampant in this country thanks to their phalanx of reactionary judges. Move heaven and earth to make it as hard as possible, and in many cases outright impossible, for American citizens to vote. And at election time, dog whistle dog whistle dog whistle, so that you can be sure the white voters get the message while you turn to the media and say, “Who, me? How dare you!”

What’s happening now terrifies them because they all know one simple thing, which they’ll never admit: If the white middle class rejects en masse racially discriminatory behavior and racially coded messages, they’re cooked. Mind you, as heartening as these last few weeks have been, that’s still a big “if.” Let’s not declare victory here. But we are seeing historic breakthroughs. Polls suggest a good two-thirds of the country will not buy that GOP hoodoo juice anymore.

The Republican party has been a corrupt and rotting husk for some years. They didn’t sink to the level of putting a tabloid headliner, reality TV scam artist at the top of their ticket overnight. It took a while. But make no mistake, the road was paved for Trump by legions of GOPers past. Trump is the inheritor of the racist throne that the GOP has perched upon lo these many years. And he’s not handling it with the finesse that other Republicans before him have handled it. He’s downright clumsy. And the idiocy that comes out of the White House, “MAGA loves black people,” and teargassing citizens was “beautiful” is cringe worthy — and the Republicans are cringing. And well they should. America has had enough and if even their own pollsters are confirming that we now live in a different world, then the GOP had better do some serious soul searching, after the house cleaning that the electorate will do in November.

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26 Comments on "The GOP Is Terrified White America Is Finally Sick of Racism and They’re Out Of A Job"

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Tin woman1
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Let it be so.

Bareshark
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Trump was always the logical conclusion to what Nixon’s Southern Strategy began. The problem is that the “hoodoo juice” Tomasky noted is all they got left on the shelf. Everything else they allegedly stood for has long been used up. The time for fear should have been long before now. Now that they’re caught in their own trap, it’s too late for sorry.

Carroll Ann Robinson
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Agreed: sorry is too late, but it is also far too little. They’ve been on the wrong side of history since Obama came into office; now the history is biting them in the ass.

brakester
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Carroll,
You could say they have always been on the wrong side of history.

p j evans
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They glued themselves to Himself, and now they can’t undo it.

mae
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They made the wrong decision again by refusing to impeach trump, and scolding the house manager’s for doing their duty. Their faux outrage at Adam Schiff for daring to present the stark truth about themselves was also a huge mistake. That was their chance to cut him loose. Now they are scrambling and scared, with what, 18 weeks left to go?

Bareshark
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Give or take, Cmae. “Pity comes too late,/Turn around and face your fate,/An eternity of THIS/Before your eyes.”–Andrew Lloyd Webber, Phantom Of The Opera

mae
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They threw everything they had at Joe Biden already, all failures.

Bareshark
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And their lead off, they had to go to freaking UKRAINE to make happen. It’s all failed because none of it can possibly make Biden look as bad or worse than Trump.

suz
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The problem for them is that, whatever his faults, Joe Biden is a good man. Trump is an empty evil one. Uncle Joe is the Calm. Trump is the 911/Katrina disaster on steroids.

dana fairfield
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I have never seen as many political ads in one election season as I have seen just so far third year. Even more amazing, nearly every ad writes itself.

mae
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They have too much hatred to pretend to do the right thing for others, in order to save themselves.

chris whitley
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That’s an interesting observation. Every time I get a right winger saying something about what I wrote they always jump right in there with I am full of hate and my racist reply takes the cake. What you just said fits the pattern on them.

dina hutton
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Thanks for your take, Ursula. I’ve been wondering just how much importance can be given to the protests. They appear to be epic, global. God willing, they won’t just fade away from our hearts.

Bareshark
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Lord and Lady, may your last sentence be so, Dina.

chris whitley
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Oh, don’t worry. These morons can’t help themselves. Haven’t got the details yet. Bot there’s been another shooting down south I think. Seen it little while ago.

suz
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I do disagree with Daily Beast on one point: It IS indeed a matter of conscience and heart. “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh” — and the hands acteth….
Republican consciences are dead and their hearts are black and selfish. Not all of them, probably; but most now.

Elected Republicans have showed neither heart nor conscience, much less leadership or accountability or interest in governance, for years, but especially the last four (as led by Mitch). THAT is why they must all GO if the USA is to be salvaged, much less enforce civil rights for all.

Carroll Ann Robinson
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Although I am grateful that the time has finally arrived, or appears so, still there is a weariness that will set in as our enthusiasm and hope are met head on by the days we have to go until November. I am white, of proud Irish extraction, so I know of the strife my own ancestors had to deal with thanks to an aunt who was a very successful genealogist; but I am married to a wonderful guy, with the double whammy of having African- and Native American genes, and over the years I’ve seen up close and personally what… Read more »
Rita
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The Republican Party needs to go ! We don’t need them .

Denis Elliott
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People of wealth and/or great privilege in this country and even in Europe where the bulk of our ancestors came from have for the most part always possessed an “I’ve got mine – if you don’t have yours shut up and go away” attitude. Perhaps more importantly they have substantially fallen towards the conservative side of the political continuum. They might give lip service to fairness and advancement into the upper/ruling classes on merit but they don’t want to share and conservatism in the form of resisting any changes to the system that has so richly benefited has been the… Read more »
Bareshark
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There is no rebuilding the old GOP, Joseph. A new one shall have to take its place, one that speaks this century’s language.

Annette Weatherman
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Beneath everything, though, is the pathogen that gives rise to racism. It’s always been there, and it will be very difficult to change. What white men are afraid of is that the black “race” is, will be, superior to the white race. They’ve seen it come true in sports and then in the meticulous President Obama. They fear the advancement of ‘Black’ and anything that allows it to happen. They fight it in every way possible. They create false arguments and teach their vulnerable base to use these arguments to back them up so they can strip the rights away… Read more »
Bareshark
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Two centuries ago, a rather extraordinary opinion piece expressed a similar white fear regarding the Chinese. Calling the Chinese folks already here “castoffs” and other lower class derogatories, it speculated with horrified fascination what would happen if the “better classes” of China got a toehold here. Speaking as a white man, I have no such fear of a black ascension. What I’ve seen of the white men who considered themselves my betters has long filled me with unbearable loathing. While I have enough empathy to wish for this next generation of black kids to go places too many of their… Read more »
dana fairfield
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Yes, fear. If white supremacists really believed whites were superior, they would not have to do anything to suppress the blacks. The blacks would flounder on their own.

I see it in my own family. They had no particular overt racism when I was growing up. My mother taught us to “respect everyone equally.” What I have since learned is that was an easy platitude because my mom believed blacks were inferior anyway. So my mom and I are on the outs these days.

Jarvis Wellesley
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In one respect, acquitting Trump & leaving him on office may have been the most beneficial Bad Move ever made by a political party, because simply ousting Trump isn’t enough. As Ursula so rightly observes, the “corrupt & rotting husk” that is the GOP must be voted out of Congress before any real healing or advancement can occur in this suffering nation. Replacing Trump with Pence would have let Moscow Mitch & his stooges continue regardless, but with a claim to moral high ground for dismissing an impeached president. Better that the Trump administration & the criminals in Congress carry… Read more »
Bareshark
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You know, Jarvis, you might even say the pandemic is the perfect metaphor for Trump himself: a horrific disaster that exposes the horrible rot already present in the system.