How Many GOP Presidential Candidates Will Kiss Racist Rancher Cliven Bundy’s Ring?
The more things change, the more they stay the same. It was just last week that many Republican leaders finally came around on the issue of the Confederate flag, but just days after activist Bree Newsome scaled the flagpole in Columbia, SC to take down that flag, one Republican leader opened up channels with a white activist who pines for the days of slavery. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) met with Bundy during a campaign stop in Nevada on Monday, a move that only merited a single mention on cable news, from Ed Schultz’s The Ed Show:
In case you’ve forgotten, Bundy is the Nevada rancher whose armed posse showed America just how good it is to be white by driving away federal authorities at gunpoint, and becoming an overnight conservative superhero in the process. That stardom was short-lived, however, when Bundy went off on a racist rant that was insufficiently coded to allow his fans plausible deniability:
With the Confederate flag coming down and black churches going up in flames in the wake of the Charleston mass killing, you would think that every politician would steer clear of Bundy and his racist baggage, but especially the politician charged with heading the Republican Party’s outreach to black voters. You would also think that such a visit would receive intense scrutiny from the cable news channels, rather than a single segment on MSNBC. You would be wrong on all counts.
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