Welcome to the latest edition of racist (or “racially-chargedist”) Republicans who speak at what the media likes to refer to as “racially charged events.”

Reports broke last night that Florida gubernatorial candidate and Congressman Ron DeSantis spoke four times at a conference organized by “a conservative activist who has said that African Americans owe their freedom to white people and that the country’s ‘only serious race war’ is against whites.”

This is the same DeSantis who said of his African American opponent Andrew Gillum, “The last thing we need is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda.”

GOP candidates across the country are parroting racist rhetoric. Look at Trump-modeled Seth Grossman, GOP candidate for a New Jersey House seat:

  • Grossman was caught on video saying diversity is “evil” and “the whole idea of diversity is a bunch of crap.”
  • CNN reports that Grossman also previously said Kwanzaa was created by “black racists” and labeled Islam a cancer.

Then take a look at Trump-endorsed Corey A. Stewart, the GOP Senate candidate in Virginia:

  • Per Vox, he said that the removal of Confederate statues following the Charlottesville tragedy “was an action akin to what the terror group ISIS would do.”
  • Stewart “used racist stereotypes to disparage NFL players” who protest during the National Anthem: “A lot of these guys, I mean, they’re thugs, they are beating up their girlfriends and their wives…they’ve got, you know, children all over the place that they don’t pay attention to.”

Republican leaders continue to condone Trump’s racism by silence. Paul Ryan’s favored super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund, recently funded several racist ads in contentious House races.

As Dana Milbank wrote in The Washington Post last Friday, “No longer just the party of Donald Trump, Republicans sound like they are Donald Trump.”

For a roundup of the other racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic Republicans on the 2018 ballot, click here.


Evidence is mounting that Brett Kavanaugh perjured himself during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearings last week. Mother Jones breaks down the evidence here.

And, really, are we surprised? Kavanaugh’s entire nomination has been marred by corruption and an unprecedented lack of transparency with the American public. From the measly 10% of his record Senate Republicans let slide out, the findings are alarming—chief among them that Kavanaugh doesn’t necessarily believe (and expressed clear doubt in 1998) that Roe v. Wade is settled law.

On top of everything else, Kavanaugh refused to answer questions about presidential power and still refuses to recuse himself from any potential matters regarding Trump and the Mueller probe.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will likely vote to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate floor next week. Time is running out, and we need your voices.

Call your Senators today, and demand they vote no to #StopKavanaugh.


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