Iowa Republican Party Posts Graphic Mocking Racism
The Iowa Republican Party posted a flowchart defining racism on its Facebook page Friday evening, pictured above. The post, captured by The Daily Beast’s Ben Jacobs, capped off arocky one-year anniversary since the Republican Party announced it would redouble efforts to appeal to minority voters.
The flowchart instructed the reader to determine racism as whether the person saying it is white and whether you like him. It includes the note, “If you think this flowchart isn’t funny, then this flowchart is racist.”
According to the Daily Beast, the Iowa GOP quickly removed its posting from Facebook that night, and in its place now is an apology from Chairman A.J. Spiker. “Earlier tonight, a contractor of the Iowa GOP made a post referencing a discussion on race that the GOP believes was in bad taste and inappropriate,” it says. “We apologize to those whom were offended, have removed the post and are ensuring it does not happen again.”
This week, the Republican National Committee gathered for a strategy meeting before the 2014 midterm elections, nearly one year after its so-called autopsy report declared the GOP would “grow the Party and improve Republican campaigns” by appealing to African-Americans and Hispanics demographics.
But the GOP continues to be its own worst enemy. The Republican National Committee also congratulated Rosa Parks last month for ending racism in America, while prominent Republicans have insisted the justice system is colorblind. Yet another example is Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who has compared immigrants to violent criminals and drug mules to make the GOP’s case for holding up long-awaited immigration reform.
In October, our economy added 204,000 jobs. This is good news, but it could have been even better if Republicans had not shut down the government. Just look at how much the GOP Shutdown cost communities in Iowa.
All Steve King’s Men
Whether comparing immigrants to dogs or accusing DREAMers of being drug mules, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) can’t see that his anti-immigrant views aren’t shared by the American people.
But King is not alone in the Republican Party. When the House votes on immigration legislation, the majority of his colleagues follow his lead 9 out of 10 times.
And when it comes to extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric, King has plenty of followers in the Republican Party.
Politicians like Steve King are certainly not what the Republican Party needs as it tries to make inroads with Latino voters.
Steve King (R-IA): GOP Colleagues ‘Stand By Me’ On Immigration Comments
Rep. Steve King’s comments about DREAMers were offensive and received near universal condemnation. It seems the only people in America who weren’t offended by King’s outrageous claim are members of the House Republican conference. Of course, that comes as no surprise to anyone who watched the House GOP line up and vote overwhelmingly in favor of Steve King’s amendment to deport DREAMers — young people who were brought to this country through no fault of their own and only want to contribute to the only country they’ve ever known by going to school or serving in our military.
GOP - SAME OLD PARTY
In their post-election autopsy report Republicans admitted that they must do a better job reaching out to the Hispanic community in order to succeed in future elections, saying “On issues like immigration, the RNC needs to carefully craft a tone that takes into consideration the unique perspective of the Hispanic community. Message development is critical to Hispanic voters.”
Now Tea Party darling Rep. Steve King says that “for every valedictorian DREAMer, 100 are “hauling marijuana.” His comments are as deplorable as they are offensive to millions for millions of Americans.
The comment comes at a time when our country is in the midst of a serious, thoughtful discussion about how we can fix our broken immigration system. Once again, the Republican Party is showing they are better at being part of the problem than the solution.
Rep. Steve King (R - IA): “They aren’t all valedictorians, they weren’t all brought in by their parents. For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another hundred out there that — they weigh 130 lbs. and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 lbs. of marijuana across the desert.”
Iowa’s divisive food fight of a Republican primary gained yet another candidate today – Joni Ernst. Ernst, who has a shameful record of failing Iowa’s middle class families and small businesses, will now have to defend that record in a no holds barred race to the right as she tries to woo Republican primary voters.
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