John Kelly

Many fine people, on both sides

He [Robert E. Lee] was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state which in 150 years ago was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days. Now it’s different today. But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War. And men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had to make their stand.

– White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly, October 30, 2017, arguing that people “of good faith on both sides” couldn’t compromise over the issue of slavery, leading to the Civil War

Sebastian Gorka

Black African crime

You do not make legislation out of anomalies. Our big issue is black African gun crime against black Africans. It is a tragedy. Go to Chicago, go to cities run by Democrats for forty years, black young men are murdering each other by the bushel.

– White nationalist and actual Nazi Sebastian Gorka, October, 2017, using the time-tested dog whistle of urban crime to promote more policing of black “African” communities

Roy Moore

Slaves and gays

In 1857 the United States Supreme Court did rule that black people were property. Of course that contradicted the Constitution, and it took a civil war to overturn it. But this ruling in Obergefell is even worse in a sense because it forces not only people to recognize marriage other than the institution ordained of God and recognized by nearly every state in the union, it says that you now must do away with the definition of marriage and make it between two persons of the same gender or leading on, as one of the dissenting justices said, to polygamy, to multi-partner marriages.

– Conservative Republican Roy Moore, 2016, comparing the Dred Scott Decision, which made African Americans could not be citizens, to the Obergefell Decision, which legalized gay marriage

Tucker Carlson

Peurto Ricans are white, so it’s not racist

As a factual matter, Puerto Rico is 75 percent white, according to the U.S. Census. So, I’m not sure how it’s — I’m reading the Census numbers. I’m not sure how that’s racist. I mean, maybe he doesn’t like Puerto Ricans or maybe he did a bad job, that’s all fair, but racist?

– Conservative pundit Tucker Carlson, October 29, 2017, appearing to not realize that census racial demographic data is self-reported and that most Americans don’t consider Puerto Ricans white

Tucker Carlson, Uncategorized

Diversity and civil war

Wendy Osefo: Well it’s beautiful that the first Muslim and the first South Asian actually won an award for acting yesterday and that is the diversity we need in this country.

Tucker Carlson: I think looking at the world like that gets you to civil war actually. I think you should look at people first as individuals. What did this person do? What does he believe?

– Conservative Pundit Tucker Carlson, September 18, 2017, arguing that diversity leads to civil war

Donald J. Trump

Real catastrophy

Every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died and you look at what happened here with, really, a storm that was just totally overpowering.

– President Donald J. Trump, October 3, 2017, telling Puerto Ricans that their hurricane wasn’t a real catastrophe

Kris Kobach

Breitbart as THE mouthpiece for white supremacy

I think appeals to anyone who is Republican or conservative in any way. It appeals to a broad spectrum of conservative readers.

– Phony Voter Fraud Committee Chair and Republican Kris Kobach, August, 2017, describing an openly white-supremacist website

James Inhofe

Sanctuary cities cause mass shootings

Tara Golshan: So you are just saying it’s [gun violence] not something that Congress can solve or even work toward?

Senator James Inhofe: There’s a cultural problem. There are a lot of problems in this country having to do with permissiveness. Having to do with — what about all these states that have laws that protect people who break laws? I mean, the cities that support [a culture of permissiveness] — that is something that certainly has a profound impact on people’s behavior. You can go ahead and break a law and you can come to a sanctuary city, and they wouldn’t enforce the laws.

Golshan: So you’re saying the presence of sanctuary cities is perpetuating the culture of the Las Vegas shooting?

Inhofe (talking over question: I’m saying we’re inundated with permissive laws — that has a lot more to do with it than gun [ownership] laws. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. That’s what I’m saying.

– Republican Senator James Inhofe, October 3, 2017, blaming immigrants and sanctuary cities for mass shootings two days after a white man shot hundreds of people, killing 58, in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is not a sanctuary city (or county; or state)