Jeb Bush said that racist Rep. Steve King (R-IA) lacks the decency to resign, Republicans will need to primary him out of office.
It’s not enough to condemn @SteveKingIA's unconscionable, racist remarks. Republican leaders must actively support a worthy primary opponent to defeat King, because he won't have the decency to resign. https://t.co/MRAMnuJaym
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) January 11, 2019
King told The New York Times, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” Mr. King said. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
This is Trump’s Republican Party, not Bush’s
Jeb Bush’s tweet is an example of some Republicans not understanding what their party has become. Steve King isn’t the ugly outlier of Republican politics. He is the mainstream Trumpian voice of the Trump base. Steve King was Trump before Trump was in US politics. It is funny that Republicans turned a blind eye to King’s racism for years, but now that he has been encouraged by Trump to be overt with his hate, some Republicans have a problem with him.
The Republican Party that Jeb Bush thinks he’s talking to doesn’t exist anymore.
This is Trump’s Republican Party, and in Trump’s party racism is an ideological tentpole.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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