Charlie Crist Calls Out the Right Wing Racism of The Republican Party

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Florida Democratic candidate for governor, Charlie Crist, went there and called out the Republican Party’s racism towards President Obama during an interview on Fusion.

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The Florida Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist explained what drove him out of the Republican Party, “Jeb Bush said it better than I could. They’re perceived as being anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, anti-gay, anti-environment. You know, I just wasn’t comfortable, being honest with myself…”

Host Jorge Ramos said that Crist left the Republican Party, because he was about to lose to Marco Rubio. Crist replied, “I left the Republican Party because the Republican leadership went off the cliff. I mean, they’re so hard right now they won’t cooperate with the president on anything. I mean, it’s very disappointing and very discouraging, but I’m an optimist. It’s going to get better.”

Ramos again pushed Crist, and said the moment you decided to leave the Republican Party, it was because you were going to lose to Marco Rubio. Crist replied by going there, “No, it was because I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs, and stay with a party that was so unfriendly towards the African-American president. I’ll just go there. You know, because I was a Republican and saw the activists and what they were doing, it was intolerable to me. As I told you before, my mother and father taught my three sisters and me to treat everybody well. We’re all children of God, and I saw how the party, some of them, were treating the African American president, and I couldn’t take it anymore. That’s a big part of why I left the party.”

Democrats are finally starting to call out the racism that exists in large segments of the Republican Party. Calling out the way that Republicans have treated the president is only going to help Crist politically in Florida, because he is saying something that Democratic voters have known since Obama first became the Democratic nominee in 2008.

Charlie Crist details his slow break up with the Republican Party in his book. He makes it clear that he had seen a shift towards the far right building before he ran for Senate. His mistake was that he underestimated how quickly the Republican Party would move to the far right.

What began with Republicans using race based tactics against the president has morphed into a hardcore racist wing of the GOP. The elements for this kind of racism were always present. George W. Bush’s failed immigration reform was the first sign that there was a well of racism lurking in the GOP.

In the years that have followed, it has become a full blown discrimination assault against women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and gays.

Democrats are needing to say what must be said, because the racist beliefs of some Republicans do not represent the majority of the American people.

8 Replies to “Charlie Crist Calls Out the Right Wing Racism of The Republican Party”

  1. “I mean, it’s very disappointing and very discouraging, but I’m an optimist. It’s going to get better.”

    It sure is Charlie, as soon as we turn the House back over to Dems

    I will vote for my non-existent goldfish before I vote for a Republican…

  2. He would have done well to talk to the people of Florida about the insanity there. How Latinos are looked down on, how the constitution is for whites.

    A good dem with the GOP’s own words can stop a bad man with nothing but lies and hate

  3. He was a good Attorney General and a fair-minded Governor, but he was already in the wrong party then. He wanted to be in Eisenhower’s party. Eisenhower is dead.

  4. The GOP may not support marriage equality anytime soon … but sooner or later they’ll have to come to grips with the fact that vilifying Gay Americans is no longer a vote-getter for them. Back in 2009 a CBS News survey found that while only 18% of Americans over the age of 65 supported marriage equality for Gay couples, 41% of American under the age of 45 supported it. That was FIVE YEARS AGO, and the generational shift in attitudes among young people toward their Gay friends and family members is accelerating.

    30 years ago most Americans were not aware of any Gay friends, family members, or co-workers. Today most Americans ARE aware, and they have become much more accepting and supportive of the Gay people in their lives. And social networking sites like Facebook have made the proverbial “closet” virtually obsolete. The Republican Party ignores this growing acceptance at their own peril. Jobs and the economy are important, yes … but your friends and family members are PERSON…

  5. I believe him, because if he has lied to Jorge, who I love dearly he knows he is a dead man. I also hear in his voice, honesty, I will back him and if he does what he says, things will be better, cannot get any worse that WHAT FLORIDA HAS NOW!

  6. Well Charlie,what gave you that Impression ?….I mean at EVERY Klan ( I mean TEA Party ) Rally they have RACIST POSTERS that I won’t even mention ! of Pres.Obama.

    Not to mention aCouple of months ago,they had a Typical YAHOO Standing in FRONT of the White House,where a Black Family Resides,WAVING a 10 FOOT CONFEDERATE FLAG !

    While a Couple of CURRENT U.S. Senators STANDING RIGHT NEXT To that Jackass !….Starting with Senator Ted ‘ Certifiably INSANE ‘ Cruz,from TexASS !

    So Thanks for the News Flash Charlie,and WATER is WET ! ( Good Luck in 2014 ! ).

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