Letter: Party of racism and corruption

Published: 10/14/2018 12:01:10 AM

Donald Trump will forever be known as a virulent racist, a promoter of hate whose demagoguery panders to the fears, ignorance and prejudices of his cult-like following. Leigh Bosse (Monitor letters, Sept. 26) completely ignores Trump’s lengthy history of inciting racial animosity, his bigotry and poisoning of American political discourse, which Bosse professes to decry.

Trump’s record regarding race is toxic, including his leadership beginning in 2011 of the thoroughly detestable and discredited birther movement fallaciously claiming President Barack Obama was born in Kenya. Conservative pundit Charlie Sykes wrote that the birther conspiracy theory presented “a moral and intellectual test” that Republicans failed, as nearly 75 percent of them have believed the birthers’ bigoted claptrap.

Bosse’s defense of Trump and the Republican Party doesn’t address Trump’s vicious scapegoating of Hispanics and Muslims during the 2016 campaign, his gutter politics reminiscent of a Third World dictator, robotic chants of “lock her up” or the many examples of Trump’s racism. Bosse absurdly equates the Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln and Dwight D. Eisenhower with today’s Republican Party that is embraced by white supremacists.

The Republican Party began repudiating its once glorious legacy regarding race relations some 50 years ago and now sabotages the Voting Rights Act while attempting to disenfranchise millions of minority voters. Congressional candidates Steve Negron and Eddie Edwards, who’ve never denounced Trump’s racism or opposed Republican efforts to suppress the vote, won’t hold the Trump administration accountable for its rampant corruption or anything else and don’t deserve to be elected.



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