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Sun May 17, 2020, 10:55 AM

McConnell, just go ahead and call Obama the n-word

McConnell, just go ahead and call Obama the n-word | Column
Tampa Bay Times, 5/17, Leonard Pitts

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Just say it, Mr. Majority Leader. Why not? After all, racial animus has been part of GOP DNA since the 1960s, when disaffected Democrats, horrified at the idea of African American voting and civil rights, fled to your ranks. For decades, the party wooed them in coded language that hid its meaning behind a fig leaf of deniability. You said, "law and order," "welfare queens" and "Willie Horton." You never said "n----r." Never had to.

Then Obama was elected. Panic surged through your party like an electric shock, and codes were burned like crosses, suddenly insufficient to express GOP apoplexy at this threat to white hegemony. Language that had been opaque suddenly became Windex clear as this Harvard-educated professor of constitutional law was dubbed a "street hustler," a "subhuman mongrel," an "uppity" "boy" with a fake birth certificate.

Trump has been a leader in this movement for rhetorical clarity. He’s dubbed Mexicans “rapists,” said Islam “hates us,” told four congresswomen to “go back” where they came from, called black and brown nations “sh--hole countries.”

So your disrespectful tone toward President Obama, earnest as it is, seems overly genteel and out of step with the moment. This is 2020, Mitch. In 2020, Republicans say what they mean and darn well mean what they say. So go ahead and call Obama the n-word. It would be offensive, yes. But we both know it would be honest, too.


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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 10:57 AM

1. I love Leonard Pitts! Very well spoken, always

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 11:05 AM

2. If He Did, Kentuckians Would Still Vote For Him nt

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 11:08 AM

3. Been saying too. I remember when my family flipped when I was 9 years old, as he just described.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 11:11 AM

4. From Michael Steele


This is the DU member formerly known as Gothmog.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 11:14 AM

5. they have been saying that word near me ,at me for years and prolly he has heard it for years too.

ive heard it so many times im sick of it.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 11:42 AM

6. Since doing that would be honest, he won't be doing that in public.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #6)

Sun May 17, 2020, 11:57 AM

7. But sir, he does not always lie...........

"Our top priority should be to deny PRESIDENT OBAMA a second term."

See? He didn't lie. He tried his hardest - and failed.

But he did show us that he is a snake and did not do his job - keep the rats out of Washington.

HE MUST GO!!!!!

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #7)

Sun May 17, 2020, 12:01 PM

8. What I think would be

the greatest blessing for this country is for the virus to sweep all the highest levels of the R party in a devastating way, and soon.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #8)

Sun May 17, 2020, 12:07 PM

9. As Mark Twain once said:

“I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.”

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #9)

Sun May 17, 2020, 12:08 PM

10. +1

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #6)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:59 PM

18. He may not....

but if you push Republican rank and file hard enough, you can get them to say it. I've done that before. It's quite telling. They seem almost relieved at finally expressing what racist trash they truly are.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 12:37 PM

11. Repugs always use fear to motivate their base, but we remember what FDR said about fear

Our local paper used to have at least one Leonard Pitts article a week which I enjoyed reading, then a repug group (tribune?) bought it out and now it's just a propaganda rag for repugs

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:25 PM

12. LBJ had them all pegged back in the '60s.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #12)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:32 PM

14. The truth... nt

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:31 PM

13. That is a thing of beauty

but Pitts knows as well as I do that as soon as McConnell hits the campaign trail back home and goes into his Senator Cornpone Crackerbarrel act for the jes' plain folks back home, that word is going to fly out of his mouth every few seconds during the meet & greet functions.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #13)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:48 PM

15. Does he take his Chinese wife along with him to campaign?

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I wonder if many of his constituents know he is married to a "ch**k" spy? He does not hesitate to downgrade President Obama, but if we all started throwing racial slurs at his "wife" maybe he would think twice? Moscow Mitch's father-in-law (who isn't much older than him) runs drugs in his fleet of ships worldwide. Mitch got rich by loosening all the laws to allow this to continue. He is a disgrace to this country. Before anyone calls me "racist" let me point out that I am just advocating mimicking THEIR behavior. The MAGATS do not care how normal people perceive them so why should we?

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Response to Warpy (Reply #13)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:51 PM

16. Wish someone with a mic could catch him saying it.

Not that it would really matter to his base anyway

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:55 PM

17. Seriously....

It's what turtle boy's thinking. It's what they're all thinking. At least the racists kluckers back in the 20th century didn't couch their thoughts in semi-respectable language. They said exactly what they meant. There's a certain, raw respect for not being mealymouthed about it. We may hate their stance, but at least we knew exactly what it was. They were the forefathers of the modern Republican party, so McConnell should live up to his heritage and just come right out and say it.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 10:56 PM

19. Hey Mitch go take a smoke break next to a leaky propane tank

Then go take a swim in shark-infested waters

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