With individuals such as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz leading their party’s charge, it’s no surprise that many view Republicans as racist. Of course, you’d never hear any of these individuals own up to their racism; they’re usually content with veiled bigoted remarks that their base can easily decipher. This wasn’t the case for the Minnesota GOP, though, who recently sent out a Tweet about the state’s “negro problem.”
Minnesota Republicans Tweet ‘Negro Problem’
When Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party proposed a special legislative session to “extend jobless benefits to laid-off Iron Range steelworkers,” they also mentioned that they’d like to add measures that would assist low-income African-Americans in the state. That’s when things started to devolve.
In response to the news, someone with the Seventh Congressional District GOP posted a Tweet to the group’s official Twitter account. You’ll have to see it to believe it:
This local Republican Party is no stranger to offensive Tweets, but “MN #DFL now propose a ‘special session’ to deal with their self-created ‘#negroproblem’” is a bit much even for them. It didn’t take long for the state’s DFL Party to respond. The party’s chairman, Ken Martin, had this to say:
“You don’t have to look far to find ignorant hate speech masquerading as acceptable party messaging. However, this is not the first time the Minnesota Republican Party and their affiliates have posted racially insensitive material.”
The article linked in the original Tweet, which has since been removed, had the following offensive picture and accompanying caption within it. This was in addition to the claim that the DFL was purposefully sabotaging efforts to help African-American Minnesotans because “those Negroes might start voting Republican.”
Of course, with individuals like these within the Minnesota GOP, I can’t imagine African-Americans would “start voting Republican” anytime soon. In many cases, the GOP will attempt to just write off their racist statements as misunderstandings or inventions of the media. This Tweet didn’t really provide that opportunity, so Minnesota’s GOP Chairman, Ken Downey, sent this out:
CD7 GOP Twitter moratorium in place and manager being relieved of duties. My apologies to all for their posts.
— Keith Downey (@KeithSDowney) November 24, 2015
So it appears as if the individual who posted the Tweet has been “relieved of duties,” which could simply be his social media duties for all we know, and a moratorium of Twitter implemented. Strangely, though, the Chairman offered his “apologies to all for their posts.” What other posts could he be referring to? Maybe this one:
Only 10% of imported Muslims can stay off of Welfare. Obamalims are Deadbeats until they get AK47 in their hands.
— MNCD7GOP (@MNCD7GOP) November 14, 2015
The fact that these hateful and ignorant thoughts float around in Republicans’ heads should be no surprise. After all, a study cited in our “Studies That Prove Republicans Are Stupid” post, found that individuals with low IQ scores were more likely to be racist and conservative. The fact that they’re willing to make these statements out loud, though, shows just how acceptable racism has become within today’s GOP.
Minnesota’s Republican Party didn’t punish this guy for being a racist bigot; they punished him because he didn’t disguise his hateful rhetoric, with words such as “thug” and “hoodlum,” before sending it out.