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VA GOP Attacks Ralph Northam for Rejecting…Slavery and White Supremacy? HUH???


Look, it’s not exactly surprising that a Virginia Republican Party which worships Trump and which is headed up by the likes of John “Anti-Semitic Joke Dude” Whitbeck, Cynthia Dunbar (“Dunbar stoked national controversy when she tried to insert historical revisionist views into the Texas public school curriculum and  textbooks.”; “Dunbar once led the board in praying for ‘a Christian land governed by Christian principles’ and asserting that the Bill of Rights came straight out of the Bible”; ” Dunbar asserted that lawmakers ‘don’t have the freedom to make any laws if they are contrary to what God has said in his Holy Scripture.'”) and Jo “Toxic Twitter account” Thoburn would be bat**** crazy. Still, one doesn’t expect to see tweets like the following one, accusing Ralph Northam of….WHAT???

Yeah, apparently the VA GOP is angry at Ralph Northam for turning his back on his ancestors who owned slaves back in the 1850s/1860s. So, what’s the deal, the VA GOP Are is upset with Ralph for turning his back on… white supremacy and slavery? What next, is the VA GOP going to call Ralph Northam a “race traitor” or something?

And if you think that’s hyperbole, check out the VA GOP’s insane rhetoric against Tom Perriello, a religious Catholic who they’re smearing as a “Christian-hating bigot” (because Tom said white pastors/priests must preach against white supremacy “as blasphemy against [the] image of God”). Nope, you really can’t make this stuff up, except in the craaaaaazy world of the Virginia GOP, perhaps.

P.S. For the record, Ralph Northam’s stance on Confederate statues is that they “should be taken down and moved into museums,” of course “work[ing] with localities on this issue” and also “memorializing civil rights advocates like Barbara Johns and Oliver Hill, who helped move our Commonwealth closer towards equality.”

  • Andy Schmookler

    This is the attack that I was anticipating over the weekend, that led to my posting here the piece, ”

    How Northam Might Handle the Confederate Monuments Issue.
    I believe that a well-designed response would be much better for Northam than just ignoring the attack. The springs the Republicans are trying to tap run just too deep.

    It is notable that this attack is coming from the Party. Is Gillespie also putting this out, or is he keeping this dirt off his own hands and letting his minions do the job?

    • Far from ignoring this disgusting attack, the DPVA and Northam campaign are quite busy on Twitter right now…

  • Meanwhile, Ed Gillespie argues that on a 1-10 scale, white supremacists/neo-Nazis are “yellow”


  • Andy Schmookler

    Could you characterize their counter to the monuments-attack? And do you feel the approach they’re taking is a well-chosen one for the purpose of getting the voters who might be in play on this issue to see Northam’s side favorably?

  • Hahahaha, John Whit-less and Company freak out, take down their offensive/insane tweet. What next, blame the “intern?”


  • Andy Schmookler

    This issue scares me, in terms of this fall’s election in Virginia. At the heart of all this is whether white Virginians can be led to understand how these monuments are legitimately understood as expressing white supremacy, And legitimately (and painfully) experienced as such those Virginians have been the targets of white supremacists (to one extent or another) for generations.

    At the core of this understanding is correcting a distortion of history that has been ingrained in Southern whites since just after the Civil War: the idea that the South fought the Civil War for reasons other than to defend slavery. In fact, it was ALL about slavery for the South. Indeed, throughout the 1850s, just about everything was all about slavery for the South.

    I’d like to think that Charlottesville had created a teachable moment on that point: Here was white supremacy showing its ugly face, demonstrating over a statue for a Confederate hero, and carrying some Confederate flags along with signs of the KKK.

    But the polls seem to indicate that the “both sides” interpretation is winning out, which suggests to me that most people are not seeing Charlottesville as showing that ugly face that connects with the true message of these monuments.

    So Charlottesville offers too little support within the electorate for a candidate to be able to alter a belief that has been connected with Southern loyalty for a hundred and fifty years, and that has been instilled by the culture in each generation. It is not a belief easily corrected, like telling somebody who thinks Kansas City is the capital of Kansas that no, it’s Topeka.

    If any such teaching is to be done, it should probably be done far from the candidate. Northam ought not explicitly challenge any reigning Southern myths, but find much fuzzier language, or framing it in terms of vision for the future, rather than permanently defining ourselves in terms of a particular era of our history.

    The Republicans’ Smart Move on the White Supremacy Issue, which is my attempt to make that Republican move less smart, by pointing out how it rests on falsehoods. Maybe others can find ways?

    I’m still uneasy about this issue. That 7% lead is probably way less than the advantage among white Virginians of the “Civil War was noble cause” versus the “Civil War was all about Virginia” views of Virginia history and the meaning of the monuments..

    • Personally, I’m just munching on some hot-buttered popcorn right now, enjoying the show on Twitter as the VA GOP gets viciously mocked for its lunacy.

      • Andy Schmookler

        Delighted to hear it. Does that Twitter mockery give an indication of how this attack will play with the electorate generally?

        • We’ll see, but for now I’m just enjoying the schadenfreude…LOL

  • Andy Schmookler

    Maybe I should give some background relevant to my being scared about that issue. (If the GOP misfired this time, there could be a better shot next time.)

    I did not grow up in the South. Never lived below the Mason-Dixon Line until I was in my mid-forties. A Yankee (Michigan, Minnesota, Massachusetts) through and through.

    But I have done talk radio in the Shenandoah Valley for 25 years, especially for a ten-year period therein. And I did several shows about the Civil War, which gave me some feeling for how the image of the Confederacy operates in the minds of people native to this area.

    That experience, plus some book-learning about the way race has played in the South from, say, the 1830s onward, are what make me scared of Northam (and others?) getting swept away by some kind of “defend our heritage” tide.

    • Yeah, I’m not seeing that at all…

  • frankoanderson

    Don’t forget the VA GOP’s great start to the week when they posted fake news about Rosa Park’s nonexistent daughter!

    • Yeah, Whit-less is really on a roll!

  • Andy Schmookler

    Is it your sense that I’m seeing something that isn’t there? Or, that what’s visible to me in rural, conservative Virginia (specifically, the Shenandoah Valley) am seeing things that are not visible in your environs?

    • No clue what you’re seeing, I just know what I’m seeing. 🙂

    • Andy Schmookler

      Out watering some wilting plants just now, I got clear about one thing concerning the question I asked you, Lowell.

      About the general nature and depth of the feeling in the culture, I feel pretty confident that I see something real that has sometimes been importance.

      But about how powerfully that feeling might be primed to play right now, in the present political environment– that I really don’t know, and I can’t claim that I’ve any record of perceptiveness about what’s going to catch fire or what will fizzle at any given moment.

      (Would UNCLE TOM’S CABIN have been such a big deal, igniting passions in the North, had it been published in 1838 instead of 1852? I strongly doubt it.)

      It’s entirely possible that amidst all the feelings swirling around Trump, and Charlottesville, and Neo-Nazis and the KKK, that the feeling — long utilized for white supremacy — has lost some impetus. Maybe this recent history has given white supremacy a bad name.

      So it could be that the tinder is wet and the matches the Republicans will try to light will just go out without kindling anything.

      • Why I’m not worried about this issue. Americans by a more than 2:1 margin support ” relocating monuments honoring the Confederacy from
        government property and moving them to museums or other historic sites where they can be viewed in proper historical context” And basically Americans are divided on the question of having monuments
        honoring the Confederacy at all.


  • And now, from the same insane VA GOP, the party’s 2013 nominee for Lt. Governor


  • Kindler

    GOP likes to claim a monopoly on patriotism and religion. The more we challenge their hypocrisy on both, the better.

  • Perseus1986

    The punchline is that this is all coming from the party of Lincoln…

    • Yeah, the Party of Lincoln from 1860 to the mid 1960s; the Party of the racist “Southern Strategy” for the past 50 years….

      • Perseus1986

        Obviously. Just noting the incredible irony of it all

      • woodrowfan

        I’m willing to overlook elderly people being republicans whose political loyalties were formed when they were young and Ike was president. But anybody under the age of 65 who became a republican joined a party playing on white resentment. If you grew up after 1994 and became a republican you joined a party that was already dishonest, racist, and insane.

  • Serious Matters

    You see Republicans?

    This what you get when you nominate a weak GOP establishment candidate like Gillespie.

    The GOP should NEVER have apologized or deleted those tweets!!! They are 100% accurate.

    Northam IS betraying his own heritage by supporting the removal of historical monuments.