The Republican Party’s racism, bigotry, and hate is at an all-time high. Trump’s tweets over the weekend attacking U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib are inexcusable, but sadly this is not an isolated incident from the president or the Republican Party.
- Not a word from Republicans in Congress. Not a word from RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel. Where is the moral compass of the Republican Party?
- Trump’s comments are not isolated; they are representative of this president’s entire agenda to devalue women’s voices and discriminate against communities of color.
- These four congresswomen are patriots who are fighting for a more perfect union for all Americans. If only we had a president who did the same.
The Republican Party leaders in West Virginia (including Chairwoman Melody Potter) have been penning op-eds, posting on social media, filing lawsuits, and doing press interviews discriminating against communities of color and the LGBTQ+ community. No one representing the Republican Party in West Virginia has condemned these actions.
Below are some of the actions we’re referring to:
- During Republican Party Day at the Legislature, an Anti-Muslim poster of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was displayed outside of Senate Chambers. The poster displayed a meme with Omar under a photo of the burning Twin Towers with the words “Never Forget”. The WVGOP cited freedom of speech as a response. The Republican Party approved the vendors participating.
- GOP Delegate Eric Porterfield made multiple remarks against the LGBTQ+ community during the legislative session including comparing the community and activists to the KKK and stated during a press interview that he would see if his children “could swim” if they told him they were gay. No action was taken against Porterfield, and these comments were often made on the House Chamber Floor.
- GOP Senator Mike Azinger penned a hate piece in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel titled “The Shame of LGBTQ Pride” which was endorsed by the Republican Party Chairwoman. In the opinion piece, Azinger stated that “sexual deviancy is going mainstream.”
- GOP Chairwoman Melody Potter doubled down on Azinger’s hate remarks by publicly endorsing it on her Facebook page. Fellow Republican leaders, including Senate President Mitch Carmichael and Governor Jim Justice have stayed silent and have NOT denounced the actions of their Party.
- GOP Delegate Sharon Malcolm’s lawsuit against her former supervisor was found to be “racially motivated” by the Bureau of Employment Programs. In the suit, Malcolm accused her supervisor, a black man, of sexual harassment and stated that he should not supervise white women. She also called it “discrimination in reverse.” She wrote in her complaint that she wanted, “Mr. Hill’s removal from Supervisor II Vance Hill Jr. supervisors position over white women. Give me his title, position, his salary plus 10%, his office”.
- Since then, a look into Malcolm’s social media accounts has revealed the extent of her bigotry and hate.
- GOP Del John Mandt called the LGBTQ Community, the “alphabet group” and claimed they were harassing his business. Previously Mandt refused to participate in a vigil for the 50 people killed in the two mosques in New Zealand, stating that “Anything Muslim would be associated with Democrats.”
Republican leaders and fellow elected Party officials have remained silent on these actions.