Far-right State Sen. Amanda Chase, a Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, had the following to say yesterday at the “Patriots Day Rally” in Pearisburg.
“The Democratic Party is racist to its core. That’s what I said. And I said this over and over again. It’s amazing how the press continues to pick this up. But I said Jennifer McClellan, who is a Democrat [sic] senator who was also running for governor when she announced she was running for governor, she is the vice chairman…woman for the Legislative Black Caucus. Do you know what I said after she announced? What every single Democrat would have said about me if I had been the vice chairman of the White Republican Caucus. I said she will not represent everyone. And I will not be a member of a caucus or a committee that discriminates against people based on the color of their skin. And yet she does. And that’s wrong. I called her out and they wanted me to apologize. I said, no, I will not apologize. She should stop being a racist.”
Remember, this is the party of Donald Trump; of suppressing the votes of African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos; of the proposed “America First Caucus” to protect so-called “Anglo-Saxon political traditions” (aka, a white supremacist caucus); etc. Also recall that Chase has made comments like these repeatedly (e.g., see Audio: Amanda Chase Says Allowing People To Be in Legislative Black Caucus Based On Skin Color Is “government-sponsored racism; Audio: VA GOP Governor Candidate Amanda Chase Says “I reject the notion that there is racism…if anything, I would argue that we have reverse racism that’s going on in America right now.”; Criticized By Virginia Republicans For Her “Blatant Racism,” Sen. Amanda Chase (R) Lashes Out: “Republicans eat their own”; “when our country is at war the civility stops”; Amanda Chase Spent the Week Doubling Down on Racism; Sen. Jennifer McClellan Statement on Sen. Amanda Chase’s Racist Attacks ; Virginia Sen. Amanda Chase Rants About “Destroying WHITE HISTORY,” Taking Down “White” Monuments and “Not Others”…), yet is still a leading candidate for the VA GOP’s gubernatorial nomination. Very telling, eh?