GOP State Chair Calls on Party to Censure Henry Barbour Over Racist Tea Party Attack Ads
These Shameful Seven Republican senators helped pay for the racist attack ads against the Tea Party by the Thad Cochran campaign. Senator Rob Portman has since distanced himself from the racist attack ads.
But what about the remaining six senators?
Missouri Republican Party Chairman Ed Martin is calling on the GOP to censure Henry Barbour over his racist attack ads against the Tea Party.
The Daily Caller reported:
I read with some relief news reports from Mississippi in which a Democrat activist claims responsibility for running ads invoking the KKK to help Republican Thad Cochran. While the story is a bit convenient, I was relieved that voters can once again see that Democrats are the party of racially divisive messages. My relief was tempered, however, by the acknowledgement by Henry Barbour, a fellow member of the Republican National Committee and the Republican Committeeman from Mississippi, that he and his PAC paid for other racist political pieces in the Mississippi primary runoff.
I’ve been asked why I’m involved in Mississippi. I’m not. I’m involved in Missouri, where the use of racist political ads is a common Democratic campaign trick. The most relevant was in 2004, when the George Soros-funded 527 organization, America Coming Together, distributed a flyer with an image of a black man being hosed by a white fireman. The text next to the image linked U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft (a Missouri Republican) with an effort to keep African American voters from the polls:
It was despicable, and Missouri Republicans quickly condemned both the lie and the language.
In Mississippi this June, Henry Barbour’s PAC funded ads by a man named Bishop Crudup with the same lie. Using images from the Civil Rights era, one Barbour flyer states that the “Tea Party intends to prevent you from voting.” The flyer was heavily distributed to black neighborhoods in clear echoes of the Soros-funded message against Republicans in 2004. The Democrats and their operatives with bylines in the media regularly accuse Republicans of voter suppression. This is the first time in my experience that a Republican has done so:
There are many reasons that the Barbour ads — and those like it — are so wrong. First, they play on the historical fears that some black people have of a time when they were prevented from voting (I should note, by Democrats). Second, they distort history, ignoring the role Republicans played on civil rights and the deep connection of the Democratic Party to the Klan, including a Supreme Court Justice appointed by FDR and a Senate Majority Leader that started out as a Klan recruiter. Democrats wish those stories would stay buried — the use of racism as a club in campaigns is too powerful for them to be bothered by the truth.
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