Republican state Senator rips Donald Trump and the GOP to pieces


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Donald Trump, whose entire foray into politics has consisted of endless racist and white supremacist rhetoric, is trying to tell us today that the deadly mass shootings over the weekend were actually about immigration and mental health. Other Republican leaders are trying to blame it on video games. But one Republican politician is calling it like it is.

You’ve likely never heard of Nebraska State Senator John McCollister prior to today unless you live in his district. But he just made a national name for himself by eviscerating his own party for aligning itself so thoroughly with racism and white supremacy. McCollister posted a lengthy missive on Twitter, and every word is worth reading and considering:

The Republican Party is enabling white supremacy in our country. As a lifelong Republican, it pains me to say this, but it’s the truth. I of course am not suggesting that all Republicans are white supremacists nor am I saying that the average Republican is even racist. What I am saying though is that the Republican Party is COMPLICIT to obvious racist and immoral activity inside our party. We have a Republican president who continually stokes racist fears in his base. He calls certain countries “sh*tholes,” tells women of color to “go back” to where they came from and lies more than he tells the truth. We have Republican senators and representatives who look the other way and say nothing for fear that it will negatively affect their elections. No more. When the history books are written, I refuse to be someone who said nothing. We have a Republican president who continually stokes racist fears in his base. The time is now for us Republicans to be honest with what is happening inside our party. We are better than this and I implore my Republican colleagues to stand up and do the right thing. We all like to cite Abraham Lincoln’s Republican lineage when it is politically expedient but NOW is the time to ACT like Lincoln and take a stand.

We applaud State Senator John McCollister for every word he’s said above, and we hope that other rank and file Republican office holders will speak up as well. That said, the Republican Party leadership has shown no intention of abandoning the racist tactics that have worked so well for the party in certain election cycles. Sadly, the most likely result of McCollister’s bold stand is that he ends up leaving the GOP in disgust.

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