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Republicans step up to denounce racist statement from one of their own

Monday, Jul 22, 2019

* From the Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association’s Facebook page..

How some people can be racists and claim to be victims at the same time never ceases to disgust me.

* We live in a diverse state. You can’t win statewide by being stubbornly monocultural. And suburbia, as a whole, no longer rewards those who sow racial division and discord. So the intra-party condemnations were swift…


* I’m told Shaw was out of town the other day when the item was posted to Facebook. Four or five people in the group had administrative permission to post stuff on the page, but there was supposed to be a process in place and it wasn’t followed. That, anyway, is their story and they’re sticking to it in these times of strife

Mark Shaw, the Lake County GOP chairman who heads the state county chairmen’s group, said the posting was “not authorized by me” and said he was “sorry if anyone who saw the image was offended by the contents.”

Shaw said the post had been deleted, and he called it an “unfortunate distraction” from the ideological issues involving the four progressive congresswoman.

On Facebook, Shaw called the posting “unauthorized.” Then he explained how the group has a “multistage, approval process for all social media posts on any of its social media properties.” That process, he said, is being “reevaluated.”

* But not everyone was on board with the condemnations and apologies…


The GOP congressional delegation, all Downstaters and exurbians, remained silent.

…Adding… Greg Hinz

Schneider hasn’t returned my phone and email messages. Nor has Shaw, who said in a Facebook post that the “Jihad squad” poster was unauthorized by him. But party sources I talk to seem to have a pretty good idea of what really happened here, and it’s worth noting that the same poster appears to have been retweeted by the Lake County GOP, where Shaw is the chairman.

Either way, instead of talking about how to win as a minority party in this state, or about how Democrats have messed up, Illinois Republicans today are having to explain why they’re not as bad as they look. Above and beyond the moral considerations, that’s not helpful politically.

Nope.

* Related…

* NBC Nightly News: Illinois GOP group deletes post depicting Democratic congresswomen as ‘The Jihad Squad’

* Illinois GOP group removes post calling congresswomen ‘Jihad Squad’

* Illinois Republican leaders denounce ‘jihad squad’ post on GOP Facebook page

* Republican group’s ‘Jihad Squad’ Facebook post draws condemnation

* Dems Blast Republican Group’s Facebook Post Targeting Ocasio Cortez, Omar

* The ‘love it or leave it’ nonsense: Chicago Daily News columnist’s argument still rings true 50 years later: Nobody should be faced with the mean choice of accepting conditions as they are or abandoning the place he has grown up in. We not only have a right, we have a responsibility, to make our environment as just and as flourishing as our Founding Fathers declared it must be if it were to live up to its aspiration as “the standard of the world.”

* Voice of The Southern: There are some things more important than politics: Aside from the thinly veiled bigotry, the mean-spirited nature of the president’s remarks, the undeniable element of bullying are nearly impossible to overlook — unless you are a congressional Republican. The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to condemn the president’s remarks. The vast majority of Republicans, including local representatives Mike Bost and John Shimkus, chose to not condemn the president’s remarks. In today’s hyper-partisan atmosphere, that’s not surprising, but it is still disappointing.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

74 Comments
  1. - Glenn - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:04 am:

    The real pros know better.

    This is no way to run a dog whistle.


  2. - Terry Salad - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:07 am:

    Disgraceful. True colors showing through.


  3. - Jose Abreu's Next Homerun - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:09 am:

    Swing and a big miss. Take a lap, sit out a few plays, and just remain on the bench until we need you (we probably don’t).


  4. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:09 am:

    This is awful. The Republicans need to get their house in order. How can they expect to be elected to office when they can’t run their website?


  5. - efudd - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:11 am:

    Inclusive indeed.
    Your fear of not seeing an old white man in the White House again made you dance with the devil, and now you want a time out?
    Wallow in it, you courted it.


  6. - MG85 - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:11 am:

    For the Party who preaches “personal responsibility,” I have yet to see one person take ownership of what happened here.

    I guess the Illinois GOP have gone full Rauner and will say, “I’m not in charge, I’m trying to get to be in charge,” and eventually blame Mike Madigan for all of this nonsense.

    Seriously, the GOP acts nothing like what they preach. If this were a private company, any and all who were involved in this process would be fired. We saw it happen with Papa Johns, Lincoln Land Goodwill (Not-For Profit), and Netflix.

    To me, the IRCCA Chairman should promptly fire anyone and everyone involved in making the decision to disseminate this garbage. After he’s finished, he should turn his keys in and resign.


  7. - wildcat14 - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:13 am:

    When you have to say that this kind of thing doesn’t represent the values of your party as often as GOP leaders do, perhaps it’s time to really reflect on what the values of your party have become.


  8. - Just Me - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:13 am:

    What is amazing to me is that someone at RCCA created this image. This wasn’t a re-tweet, someone actually spent time designing this thinking the entire time it was appropriate.


  9. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:14 am:

    Good for some ILGOP to step up and denounce obvious racism.

    Trump hit the grand slam of ginning up the GOP base by attacking the four women of color: racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia and socialism. It’s McCarthy meets David Duke meets George Wallace.


  10. - lakeside - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:15 am:

    I knew this would have to be covered today, and I thought I’d seen it enough times over the weekend not to feel its full weight this morning - but good lord. It is so dark.

    I have a snarky comment about how this will *certainly* be the thing that wins over women in the Collars, but even if it did… who could want to win like this. I hope Brady and the others spent Sunday screaming down the phone.


  11. - Juvenal - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:15 am:

    Tim Schneider criticizes the county chairmen for not being subtle enough:

    “My intense disagreement with the socialist policies and anti-Semitic language of these four congresswomen…”

    That, my friends, is how the professionals accuse someone of being Un-American and appeal to xenophobes.

    Also, some top-shelf #whataboutism


  12. - 17% Solution - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:15 am:

    Jihad means struggle. It can be internal, for example an alcoholic struggling to not drink alcohol. Technically all politicians, including Skillicorn practice jihad, that is they all struggle to get their beliefs turned to action.


  13. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:16 am:

    The silence of those most in need of racist language to remain in positions of governing “seem” to be most silent.

    Why is that?

    Allen Skillicorn is the worst of the believers of racial/ethnic divide *is* best to grow a party, and be a leader of the religion that some want a political party to be.

    I wholly condemn this post done by the Illinois Republican Country Party Chairs, there is not a place for it, even thinking that something like this should be a party’s thought is everything wrong with how the Republican Party has decided to be less.

    Anything less than pressing forward with significant and honest overview of how this occurred, and what will be done going forward is sadly passively supporting the Post, no matter what lip service others think is helping.

    There is no whataboutism.

    The millisecond one decides that path, your own condemnation is a mocking rhetorical joke.

    Either stand up to this, or don’t. It matters not how others go, because… all language like this should be condemned, no matter the side, not because of sides.


  14. - lake county democrat - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:16 am:

    Even with a chance to apologize, Shaw refused, instead issuing the classic “blame the victim for being too sensitive” non-apology: it’s a distraction and “sorry if anyone who saw the image was offended by the contents.”


  15. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:16 am:

    It is funny (not really) to see the picture of two women of color holding guns in the picture too. I thought Republicans were for personal freedom and 2nd amendment rights? Is that just for white men?


  16. - Dance Band on the Titanic - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:21 am:

    Skillicorn is on a real roll lately. Last evening, he retweeted this comment from his tweet blaming Madigan and Pritzker for the failed pension buyout:
    “Hang them all in Daley plaza”


  17. - Henry Francis - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:23 am:

    ==The GOP congressional delegation, all Downstaters and exurbians, remained silent.==

    I don’t know if they are racist. But I do know they will do what it takes to avoid offending racists.


  18. - Louis G. Atsaves - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:24 am:

    Time for real Republicans to take back their party from the childishly shrill ones who have basically taken it over the past few years. Indefensible. As a Republican, I await the resignations or terminations of all those responsible.


  19. - Joe Bidenopolous - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:25 am:

    ===When you have to say that this kind of thing doesn’t represent the values of your party as often as GOP leaders do, perhaps it’s time to really reflect on what the values of your party have become.===

    This. When people show you who they are, believe them. And when people get elected by those people, believe those are their values too - at a minimum, they’re complicit. Either way, this is the 2019 GOP - vote accordingly.


  20. - Amalia - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:25 am:

    Racist. pure and simple. Horrifying. that said, I’m also tired of the line that Nancy Pelosi is racist for chiding members….see Esther Cepeda column in today’s Tribune. The “squad” elevated themselves by attacking Dems who did not support their liberal immigration policies. The attacks included tweets by Cong. Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff on a Native American and Lesbian member of Congress, Sharice Davids. (she’s also a former MMA fighter, and Cornell law grad, so she’s tough.) And the attacks were answered including by a female African American Member of Congress from Alabama- whose name escapes me. Polarizing at both ends of the political spectrum. Not good for democracy.


  21. - Iggy - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:27 am:

    There are so many clever ways to politically attack the squad, this does not accomplish that goal. There are plenty of Dank memes available if you wish to make fun of AOC and crew.

    Try harder, be less racist. IT is possible.


  22. - City Zen - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:27 am:

    On that image, the Republican symbol seems to have devolved from an elephant to a mastodon. Maybe it’s appropriate as these views date back to the Ice Age.

    It never ceases to amaze me that opponents can’t simply be quiet and let the other side bury themselves.


  23. - OneMan - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:29 am:

    I haven’t self-identified as a Republican in well over two years and it is stuff like this that reminds me why.

    This isn’t a failure of a process, you shouldn’t need a process to prevent people you trust enough to give access to posting social media content from posting this stuff. Those are people you shouldn’t trust to share that stuff, nor for that matter hold those feelings.

    Between this and the Oswego parade thing, it is high time to ask why there is a group of folks who feel comfortable expressing these sorts of thoughts and others within a Republican context, in public no less. If you don’t ask that question and address that question you are quickly going to be the party of folks who comment on facebook about alternative state fair boycotts and send screeds to Rich. It is great to condemn this and say ‘we have a process’, but the fact that there are folks who feel comfortable sharing this stuff in your name should make you very uncomfortable. It isn’t the process failed, it is that you need a process to keep folks you should trust from expressing this stuff that is a problem as well.

    Go step on a commuter train from Naperville, look at the folks on that train and ask ‘Does this sort of stuff appeal to them? Would this get them to vote for our candidates?” I think the answer is going to be kind of obvious.

    On the plus side, the undercurrent that I had always kind of suspected was there now has the courage or the cover to come out and show itself. It makes it easier for folks like me to accept what you have become and decide we want no part of it.

    I would say good luck, but at this point, that would be a lie. As long as the party is a fertile place for these folks I wish you bad luck and if more taxes and more government are the prices I have to pay for that, so be it.


  24. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:31 am:

    ===As a Republican, I await the resignations or terminations of all those responsible.===

    After the Ives-Rauner primary, for party unity, it was Rauner and Schneider that elevated Shaw, and in that position, Shaw has allowed a Post like this to linger.

    You should ask Rauner how he could do this to the party with the same voice as *you* look for others to be, rightly, held accountable.


  25. - Glengarry - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:32 am:

    I’m surprised nobody blamed Madigan for this. Especially Skillicorn.


  26. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:35 am:

    - OneMan -

    Your comment is spot on perfect, in thought and tone.

    To this;

    ===Go step on a commuter train from Naperville, look at the folks on that train and ask ‘Does this sort of stuff appeal to them? Would this get them to vote for our candidates?” I think the answer is going to be kind of obvious.===

    It’s folks that flat out refuse to wholly condemn things like this put up on the Facebook page that forget a party should recognize it’s not surrendering a belief or thought, but religious zeal to purity will never get a majority in that train to be with them.

    Great read. Thanks.


  27. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:37 am:

    What Trump is doing is purposeful and strategic, and it’s dangerous. It’s not an accident that these four women of color have been selected to attack for political gain. It’s his re-election strategy. It’s ginning up rage, and we’ve seen what that does, with the synagogue shooting and bombs sent to prominent people.

    It also stirs up rage that could hurt Republican leaders, which is horrible and equally as wrong. A leader turns the temperature down on hatred and division. We have a president who is actually fomenting and encouraging hatred and violence.


  28. - efudd - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:39 am:

    “Time for real Republicans”

    Dude, just stop. This is your party, top to bottom. It began with Reagan quite successfully courting the religious right in the late 70’s and 80’s. It continued with him, again quite successfully, turning every policy into a debate on patriotism. This is simply the continued evolution of his platform, which resulted in Trump.
    You really think the next Republican candidate for president is going to be a Bush Sr. or Bob Dole?
    You’re delusional.


  29. - JS Mill - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:42 am:

    =I would say good luck, but at this point, that would be a lie. As long as the party is a fertile place for these folks I wish you bad luck and if more taxes and more government are the prices I have to pay for that, so be it.=

    Ditto. Well stated.


  30. - Wensicia - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:42 am:

    Whoever created and posted this image got what they wanted, almost instant publication by national media outlets. You can’t unring this bell.


  31. - Anon E Moose - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:48 am:

    They can pretend to be outraged all day, but this image does fairly represent where the GOP is today. It’s abhorrent, but that’s where they are.


  32. - Langhorne - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 10:51 am:

    This will be on the test—

    You have alreadylost (round 2) when your response includes the phrase: “sorry if anyone is offended…”


  33. - Nagidam - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 11:02 am:

    Follow me for a moment but a lot of the issues with the Republican Party in Illinois can be traced back to the map. When you pack districts with super majority republicans you give a greater voice to the fringe of the party. When they spout off their vile hate it drives the more reasonable republicans from the party. So, when the reasonable republicans leave what’s left? Allen Skillicorn, Geanie Ives and the so-called Eastern Bloc. The suburbs were a bloodbath for R’s at every level last election. They lost the 14th Congressional for Pete’s sake.


  34. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 11:02 am:

    ==it is high time to ask why there is a group of folks who feel comfortable expressing these sorts of thoughts and others within a Republican context, in public no less.==

    Is it really though? Sure, this stuff is offensive to us here - but is it really that offensive to republican voters? This is the stuff trump retweets all the time, stuff created by the type of online personalities that he personally invites to the White House and claims are being “muzzled” by twitter and Facebook. 90% of republicans support trump, so shouldn’t the state parties be following his lead and expressing these sorts of thoughts as well? Durkin and Demmer may not like it, but aren’t we well past the time where one can honestly argue that this stuff “has no place” in today’s Republican Party as Demmer claims? The “group of folks” you refer to above are clearly in charge of things now, not some small clique within the national party.


  35. - Moe Berg - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 11:09 am:

    Dance Band on the Titanic’s comment deserves more attention.

    == Skillicorn is on a real roll lately. Last evening, he retweeted this comment from his tweet blaming Madigan and Pritzker for the failed pension buyout: “Hang them all in Daley plaza” ==

    The racism is bad enough. The endorsement of political murder should not be tolerated. The House should consider a disciplinary procedure.

    This is no joking matter and Skillicorn should not be simply dismissed as a goofball. He deserves censure and, frankly, GOP members and party leaders should be condemning this, too.


  36. - Enviro - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 11:12 am:

    This is sickening and very disturbing. I do not recognize Illinois or the GOP anymore. Time to change parties. This made me sick to my stomach. How could they? Lord help us.


  37. - Norseman - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 11:15 am:

    OneMan +1

    This isn’t a bug, it’s a feature.

    While a few may be sincere in their condemnation, for the most part it’s faux condemnation of a tactic intended to gin up the base. Sadly that is what the GOP has become. In the quest for power, it’s leaders has adopted the tactics of hate and intolerance. This isn’t new, but the Trumpian takeover of the party has amplified this repugnant practice to new heights.

    Policy should be our battleground not race, gender or other difference. Furthermore, that battle should be fought on truth and facts, not hate.


  38. - Norseman - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 11:25 am:

    Grammatical apology - should read “it’s leaders have adopted.”


  39. - Annonin' - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 11:25 am:

    Silly Skilly is a goofball Perhaps some prosecutor with jurisdiction could buzz over to his cave to collect evidence.
    BTW any official condemnation of his conduct and where was Shaw, CommandoIves, Durkie and NoTaxBill


  40. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 11:27 am:

    - Moe Berg -

    You are right and just pointing out - Dance Band on the Titanic -‘s comments, and this too;

    ===This is no joking matter and Skillicorn should not be simply dismissed as a goofball.===

    What has happened is Skillicorn, the Eastern Bloc, folks sowing discontent and division aren’t the goofballs, they are the ones driving the party content by thinking smaller, in racist, regional thoughts, pandering to those “like me”

    Good stuff all around.

    The party needs to be better than ALL this.


  41. - ZC - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 11:30 am:

    A shout-out to new Lake County board member Adam Didech for catching this and flagging it early, before it really blew up social media. Certain members of Lake County GOP owes him a favor for helping to drag them into 21st century.


  42. - Responsa - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 11:41 am:

    =A shout-out to new Lake County board member Adam Didech ==

    His brother, state representative Dan Didech is prone to overdoing the rhetoric in his meetings and mailings as well. It all just needs to stop.


  43. - Louis G. Atsaves - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 11:58 am:

    ===*you* look for others to be, rightly, held accountable.===

    I thought I was being pretty clear here. You in the meantime are merely condemning.


  44. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 12:02 pm:

    Oh - Louis G Atsaves -

    ===Anything less than pressing forward with significant and honest overview of how this occurred, and what will be done going forward is sadly passively supporting the Post, no matter what lip service others think is helping.===

    Saying “fire them” or condemning, the goal needs to be not only pressing forward to how this happened, but going forward, what *will* happen, including personnel changes, and the removal of those responsible, seen not as just a quick fix, but a turning of the what the party stands for after this.

    You should ask Mr. Shaw yourself, aren’t you both in the same congressional district?


  45. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 12:04 pm:

    Oh, and - Louis G Atsaves -…

    ===Anything less than pressing forward with significant and honest overview of how this occurred, and what will be done going forward is sadly passively supporting the Post, no matter what lip service others think is helping.===

    If they think keeping the folks responsible going forward, they better be able to explain why.

    Narrator: it won’t go well. Can’t explain keeping them on as good.


  46. - Dotnonymous - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 12:09 pm:

    These old men are afraid of powerful women…and the fire down below.

    A pump shotgun…a .45 caliber pistol…and fire…are symbols of danger…and fear…and power.

    Unwittingly revealing…indeed.


  47. - JoanP - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 12:12 pm:

    The fact that someone in a position to post this thought that it was appropriate to do so says a lot.


  48. - Louis G. Atsaves - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 12:44 pm:

    OW: You’ve completely lost me here. I want all responsible for this mess gone. They deserve to go. I called their behavior indefensible. I thought I was pretty clear about that, but you seem to disagree, or seem to remain critical of something or another, perhaps you are critical because that statement came from me, and you enjoy stalking me and making up things about me, or even worse, you seem to be upset that I am making such a demand on our party officials.

    Get a grip, man.

    I know you love to argue but what are you arguing about?


  49. - Dotnonymous - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 12:44 pm:

    This level of sophisticated propaganda would make Goebbels envious.

    Something wicked this way comes…or…is this it…yet?…is this wicked enough to open eyes as to where this type of organized hatred ends…every single damned time?…I wonder.


  50. - Lt. Guv - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 1:04 pm:

    Moe Berg, thank you for voicing my concern. When I saw that Skillicorn comment, I was flabbergasted. Not shocked mind you, but flabbergasted.


  51. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 1:06 pm:

    ===You in the meantime are merely condemning.===

    I’m clarifying, not arguing for it’s sake.

    K? K.

    You’re not a victim.


  52. - Louis G. Atsaves - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 1:10 pm:

    ===I’m clarifying, not arguing for it’s sake.===

    Clear as mud again. Never said I was a victim. Never thought I was a victim. Just another OW distraction from the issue presented.

    Prattle on. My original comment stands and needs no clarification.


  53. - Morty - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 1:18 pm:

    Skillicorn is on a real roll lately.

    He also tweeted support for rand Paul’s move to block funding for the 9-11 responders


  54. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 1:20 pm:

    Lemme know how that discussion with Shaw goes.

    Is this how Rauner saw all this working when he bought the brand - Louis G Atsaves -, working to appease Ives and Shaw?

    You want folks to forget, - Louis G Atsaves -

    Raunerism begat Shaw.


  55. - Louis G. Atsaves - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 1:38 pm:

    OW: I repeat and stand by my original comment.

    Why is that so unclear to you?


  56. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 1:48 pm:

    - Louis G Atsaves -

    lol, after Raunerism you embraced so lovingly, including political moves by the Mr. Rauner, any attempt to seemingly be “offended” is Onion-Like.

    You may not like that, but choices have consequences.

    Like choosing Shaw, to appease, and now the frustration of something like this happens. The Onion-type irony is… interesting.

    Doubling down as you are doesn’t remove the irony.


  57. - Skeptic - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 1:53 pm:

    They way I see if, if you wear an “R” on your sleeve, as long as those wackos also wear an “R” on their sleeves, y’all are on the same team.


  58. - Roadrager - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 1:58 pm:

    ===Go step on a commuter train from Naperville, look at the folks on that train and ask ‘Does this sort of stuff appeal to them? Would this get them to vote for our candidates?” I think the answer is going to be kind of obvious.===

    The move these days is to ask “Hey, remember how the crowd on this train used to look? Wasn’t everything a whole lot better back then?,” but in a way that can’t be directly attributed back to you.


  59. - Last Bull Moose - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 2:09 pm:

    So do I stay and fight for the soul of the Republican Party or give it up as a lost cause? Increasingly it looks like time to go.


  60. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 2:15 pm:

    ===Hey, remember how the crowd on this train used to look? Wasn’t everything a whole lot better back then?“===

    - Roadrager -

    Well said, as that post kinda speaks directly to that observation.


  61. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 2:17 pm:

    I don’t think the message is meant as much for the people who step on and off commuter trains in Naperville but more for those from rural areas, where Confederate and hyper-patriot merchandise is sold in gas stations.


  62. - Nick Name - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 2:19 pm:

    It’s sadly hilarious that even in a racist hit piece, they can’t hide their schoolboy crush on AOC.


  63. - Henry Francis - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 2:28 pm:

    Nick Name, I noticed that too. They really made her hot.


  64. - ike - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 4:19 pm:

    Henry Francis - “They made her hot”. Quite literally, her dress is on fire. Lol.


  65. - Dotnonymous - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 4:42 pm:

    Q, - At long last…who’s in charge of these young women?

    A. - They,themselves…and isn’t that the real problem?


  66. - Dotnonymous - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 5:20 pm:

    @L.A.

    If you ask others to wear ‘em…BBP’s…you gotta wear’em when it’s your turn.


  67. - leonard - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 8:06 pm:

    from the 1860s to the 1930s our political parties switched it is time that the party of Lincoln be switched to democrat the current republican party has nothing in common with what Lincoln believed some of the same things can be said of Ronald Reagan also an Illinois native


  68. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 8:10 pm:

    ===from the 1860s to the 1930s our political parties switched===

    … welp, the obvious “switch” if we want to go there, was after the passage of LBJ’s “Civil Rights Act”

    Once those Dixiecrat Dems became GOP members in the Congress… and Nixon’s southern strategy pounced on that new alignment… that’s the line of change. That’s the Genesis of Trump, and 2019 America.


  69. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 8:13 pm:

    ===Ronald Reagan===

    … who became a Goldwater Republican… in 1962… was also pro-labor, using “Reagan Democrats” to propel his two victories, his re-election included winning every single state… less Minnesota.


  70. - leonard - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 8:30 pm:

    willy the words spoken by Lincoln and some by Reagan do not reflect the current republican party


  71. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 8:43 pm:

    ===the words spoken by Lincoln and some by Reagan do not reflect the current republican party===

    (Sigh)

    Let’s look at that 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    The Dixiecrats were angered the Hubert Humphrey and (gasp) Everett Dirksen, from Illinois, and a Republican, delivered the Senate for the bills passage.

    Here’s where you need to think; The Dixiecrats are so angered by this passage, and the “liberal Dems”, they flipped parties to become Republicans, who actually made the margin for the passage of the bill possible.

    Ronald Reagan, a Goldwater conservative, in 1962, understood labor wasn’t a Dem thing, but an economic thing, and the Reagan Revolution was an economically driven (through the way it was rolled out) not a racial dividing to force anger towards other Americans.

    The point in this exercise is from the middle 60’s on, the GOP enjoyed the hidden and seedy at times racial support the Dems in the “South” enjoyed until LBJ’s signature.

    As the National Archives notes in their two part study of the Act;

    ===The night that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, I (Bill Moyers, a former aide to LBJ) found him in the bedroom, exceedingly depressed. The headline of the bulldog edition of the Washington Post said, “Johnson Signs Civil Rights Act.” The airwaves were full of discussions about how unprecedented this was and historic, and yet he was depressed. I asked him why.

    He said, “I think we’ve just delivered the South to the Republican Party for the rest of my life, and yours.”===

    The idea isn’t *either* party is more or less racist, the idea is the racist try to find the best party to help in normalizing their racism.


  72. - leonard - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 9:24 pm:

    willy I was never a Reagan fan never voted for him but he did say several good things I rember the news from 1964 and also the food pantries that he started Lincoln on the other hand said a house divided can not stand and we have the eastern bloc I know where you are coming from and understand all you said and agree but this is 2019 not 1964 things have changed and not for the good I love this state and the union we live in but I am sure both Lincoln and Reagan would roll over in their graves if they knew what was going on in their home state of Illinois and the nation that they led


  73. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 9:30 pm:

    ===this is 2019 not 1964 things have changed and not for the good I love this state and the union we live in but I am sure both Lincoln and Reagan would roll over in their graves if they knew what was going on in their home state of Illinois and the nation that they led===

    Trump is not a Republican, Trump is an opportunist who knew the GOP could be manipulated to his brand of “angry-white” racial divide that the Dems, post 1964, couldn’t harbor.

    It’s critical. It’s important.

    It’s critical and important to realize how we got here, how this all happened, and how an opportunist who believes all these awful things he says… found the party where his “like minded” folks use, to hide… but now feel embolden to speak so ill too.


  74. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Jul 23, 19 @ 8:56 am:

    Ask the air traffic controllers if Reagan was pro labor OW


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