After the mass murders in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio that took the lives of dozens of innocent people, Nebraska Republican Rep. John McCollister tweeted that the GOP is allowing racism to breed in the party.
“I of course am not suggesting that all Republicans are white supremacists nor am I saying that the average Republican is even racist,” McCollister, who represents an Omaha-area district, tweeted. “What I am saying though is that the Republican Party is COMPLICIT to obvious racist and immoral activity inside our party.”
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.
— Senator McCollister (@SenMcCollister) August 5, 2019
“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,” McCollister continued in the long thread of tweets on Sunday.
The El Paso shooting was racially motivated against Hispanic people. The shooter’s manifesto, which he had posted online, referenced things that President Donald Trump has said about immigrants.
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Despite the repeated attacks by white supremacists on American soil, the president has turned to talking about combating mental illness instead of new gun control measures.
“Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger. Not the gun,” said the president on national TV.
He refused to take questions from reporters. Trump also blamed the “glorification of violence in our society” in video games and elsewhere – anything but white supremacy and the problems in his own party that McCollister bravely called out.
Hours earlier, on Twitter, Trump called for “strong background checks” and suggested pairing gun legislation with new immigration laws.
In his tweets, Trump said: “Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!”