The list of Republicans who took money from a known hate group keeps growing. Add Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) to the list, as it’s revealed that he took thousands from the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC).
The governor is expected to announce his 2016 candidacy any day now.
Scott Walker is going to forfeit $3,500 in gubernatorial campaign donations that came from the right wing hate group that inspired the racist terrorist attack by Dylann Roof, according to report by the Guardian :
Following an inquiry from the Guardian, a spokeswoman for Walker said he would be giving up money he received in recent years from Earl Holt, the president of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC).
“The governor will be donating this money to charity,” the spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said in an email.
Holt’s Council of Conservative Citizens propaganda was heavily cited on what seems to be Dylann Roof’s manifesto.
It will surprise no one to discover that Holt donated to the Tea Party Express, among other conservatives. The Tea Party, after all, were known to carry signs suggesting the first black President was an ape, using the n-word, and more. Their racist motivation wasn’t exactly well-disguised.
Lest you have any doubts of their intentions, the CofCC put out a statement after the terrorist attack inspired by their rhetoric that killed nine people, in which they basically said this is wrong, but if things don’t get better for white people, expect more violence:
Council of Conservative Citizens defends Roof's "legitimate grievances" pic.twitter.com/Gea2oANuOf
— Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) June 21, 2015
Of course, mainstream Republicans are being funded by a white nationalist group. This isn’t a surprise. Just read Holt’s online comments and they closely mirror the way Republicans speak about minorities, except Republicans use the Southern strategy of “disguised” racism. Comments written in Holt’s name say that black people were “the laziest, stupidest and most criminally-inclined race in the history of the world.”
Other Republican 2016 candidates who received money from the group are Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). And former Governor Mitt Romney received money in from them in 2012.
Campaigns are supposed to check out groups who donate, but most pocket the cash without looking sideways, so it’s not clear that Republicans knew they were taking money from a racist hate group. In fact, Republicans are falling over themselves to return the money now.
But the real question is why did his racist hate group want them in office so much that they donated $65,000 to Republicans?
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