jsf wrote: "is there a whites only caucus?"72.4% of the US
population is white, as is 77% of Congress 62% of Democrats in
Congress are white 93.6% of Republicans in Congress are whitealso49.2% of the US population is male, as is 76.2% of
Congress 61.6% of Democrats 92.4% of RepublicansThere's your "white caucus": white males who are over-represented
in Congress and the republican party.How about a "Christian"
caucus?69% of the US population is "Christian," as is 81.5%
of Congress 73.1% of Democrats 91.2% of RepublicansThere's your "Christian" caucus: White male Christians who are
over-represented in politics and especially the GOP!What about
Mormons?1.6% of the US population is LDS, as is 1.7% of Congress 0.4% of Democrats 3.2% of RepublicansThere's your
Mormon caucus: White male Mormons who are over-represented in the GOP.All the whining and complaining... give me a break. Try being atheist!
Where's the atheist/non-believing caucus?7.1% of the US
identifies as "non-religious" (defined as agnostic or atheist), as
does: 0.2% of Congress 0.4% of Democrats 0.0% of
RepublicansIn our 2-party system, that is a "religious test"
for political office!
Senator Romney needs to show that same kind of action for this President.Senator Romney hasn’t set up communications to reach him. He may
be new but is not wanting our input.
President Trump has once again passed up an opportunity to show positive
leadership in denouncing racism--by denouncing the comments of Rep. Steve King
in the same manner they were denounced by Senator Romney and Congressman
Stewart. It seems unlikely that, as President of the United States, that Donald
Trump is not aware of the statements of Rep. King--when everyone else in
Washington D.C. is aware of such statements. By his failure to make a statement
denouncing the racist statements of Rep. King, President Trump has shown
leadership on the racism issue--but it was the wrong type of leadership.
Herb Gravy- Should both be accepted? If both were apologies, yes. Clinton
apologized quickly on her own, realizing her mistake. King didn't. She has
no history of racist talk. He does.After his comment, King defended
himself by saying he was "defending Western civilization" aka whiteness.
He knows the terminology perfectly well. He chose to use it.Days later, he
said, "I reject white nationalism..." It isn't an apology if your
arm has to be twisted. That's the difference between the two.There
is no place in our government for white supremacists. They're trying to
create a home within the Republican party--not the Democrats. To use their
terminology is to align with what is deplorable. So is anarchy on the Left or by
anyone. Violence. Hating the other American side. Refusing to see any good in
them whatsoever. Insults--"Libruls, Demo-rats." Siding with an
adversarial foreign government over your own fellow Americans--whether in
elected office or as a citizen. A government that works to undermine our
democracy. Wearing, " I'd rather be Russian than a Democrat"
shirts. Having no shame. Yes, that's being deplorable--whether Mitt says
it, I say it or Hillary says it.
The RINOs and the progressives are bound and determined to prove to us that
America never was really great. That way they won't have to explain the
greatness of dead white men.American exceptionalism and manifest
destiny will be as rare as statues of Civil War heroes.We're
gonna need a larger memory hole.
@mezSorry, but your comment about "deplorables" is
incorrect. Hillary Clinton said "half" if Donald Trump's
supporters belonged in a basket of deplorables.Of course, nothing
even close to HALF of his supporters behaved in the manner you indicate.She later apologized for using such a high percentage.I
believe Representative King also apologized for his intemperate remarks.Should both apologies be accepted?
Great Mitt, let's attack your own party when there's an ongoing
vicious campaign from the ultra-liberal democrats.
When something is wrong, you call it out regardless if it's in your same
political party, your same religion, your same university, your same sports
team, etc. Romney did the right thing. Clinton used the term
"deplorables' to refer to those at Trump rallies acting out violently.
Yes, that is deplorable wherever it happens. It's deplorable when democrats
get in the faces of people in public places and don't let them eat dinner.
Is it all democrats, no.All Trump supporters aren't deplorable unless
they act it. Has Trump done deplorable things? A huge yes. Now he wants to us
to get out of NATO. That's a national security threat. Or do you suppose
all republicans should stand together for no matter whata republican wants
jsf wrote 2:59 PM:"Calling white republicans deplorable is the
racism you espouse. Calling people deplorable for objecting your politics is
bigoted."jsf wrote 12:53 PM:" In 2016 Hillary
proclaimed half the white republicans were deplorables."jsf
wrote 12:44 PM:"Get the racism in your comment about who Hillary
called deplorables."You know, if someone called me
"deplorable", I'm sure I would laugh it off. I would not let it
ruin my day. It would not damage my psyche. My family and friends know who I am
and I know who I am. That's good enough. It will always be good enough!Three years later, would I be able to remember someone called me
"deplorable"? No, because there would be no reason to remember a comment
like that. There would be no reason to be bitter or angry, not on social media,
not on newspaper forums, not anywhere!That's the beauty of
going through life not over-personalizing things. It's pretty fabulous!
Romney might as well be a Democrat. Republicans don’t care what people
say they care what people do. Democrats don’t care what people do they
care what people say. That’s why this country is going down the drain.
Liberal Democrats put Illegal Aliens ahead of US Citizens. What a pathetic
concept . Trump is the only hope this Country has.
Mitt yet again is a huge embarrassment to the state of Utah. Mitt
- blindly fighting for social justice! Completely ignoring the context of Rep
@Herbert Gravy "Are we going to ask for the resignation of every
politician or government official who makes a statement about "white
privilege", etc, etc.?"I would hope so!
Third is right, immoral words and ACTIONs are equivalent. King and those
congress persons should be censured and voted out by their constituents, but it
will never happen. We are too quick to forget and party takes precedence over
decency. Good for Stewart and Romney for doing the right thing and calling out
one of their own.
Love your baseless assumption of support for racism as you go on with the racist
narrative you are promoting. Calling white republicans deplorable is the racism
you espouse. Calling people deplorable for objecting your politics is bigoted.
Mitt, please leave the microphone alone! Go and do something to get those
thousands of federal workers in Utah who do not have a paycheck, so they can get
back to work. As a non-white minority, I am glad Mr King said what he said. It
tells me the First Amendment is alive and well. Let the voters of Iowa decide
his fate in the next election or force a recall election for him. The
group who call themselves as White Supremacists or White Nationalists do exist.
I do not care what they think of me, but It bothers me that they are given free
publicity each time the news crews are out there publicizing their existence.
Ignore them and they will disappear. When they act on their words, prosecute
them like any criminal activity.
@WETHEPEOPLE"Mitt did nothing more than weaken his Party. He
might as well be helping the Adversary."Adversary with a capital
A as in "The Devil"?
WeThePeople said:"What happened to the days when
Republican's were loyal to one another? Only by working together is their
any hope of Making America Great Again!Mitt did nothing more than
weaken his Party. He might as well be helping the Adversary."Proving once again that the extreme right is all about party before country.
That is why they are mad at Mitt for calling out a racist republican. Perhaps a more apt username would be 'We the Republicans' ?Boberino opines: "Free speech is a constitutional right. Even if it
is dumb free speech. I find it troubling to see our government officials calling
on someone to resign for exercising a constitutional right."Freedom of speech does not now nor has it ever meant freedom from consequences
for that speech. Steve King is free to say all the racist things he likes. His
colleagues are free to sideline him, ignore his requests, request he resign, and
not appoint him to positions.
jsf - Centerville said: "Sorry Platy, being white isn't a choice
either. Attacking people just because they are white is also racist. Making
allegations that being white is some how a choice is the reeking of racism. if
you can't see that then that's on you."Your reading
comprehension is your enemy, since I never implied being White was a choice, I
said being deplorable was. Nice try at spinning it though.Not sure why your trying to protect racism as a right? I don't care if
it's a right to be racist, I will not sit quietly while a politician or
anyone else espouses these backward beliefs.
Despite your charming attempt to mid nderstand there is really no moral
eqivelency between taking at trip and the types of racist beliefs that led to
innocent people being mowed down by a racist zelt, people because no linched,
slavery and segregation to name a few.
In the south during the 90 years after the civil war there were about 4600
lynching's. About 1,300 of these were white republicans lynched by the KKK
founded by Democrats. Because the republicans supported Blacks participating in
politics. In 2016 Hillary proclaimed half the white republicans were
deplorables. And they have worse terms for black republicans. When Hillary
espoused her position of being a Wilsonian Progressive Democrat, she was
admitting the Wilsonian racism was part of her beliefs and positions.
Sorry Platy, being white isn't a choice either. Attacking people just
because they are white is also racist. Making allegations that being white is
some how a choice is the reeking of racism. if you can't see that then
that's on you.Yesterday we celebrated the man who said we
should judge a man on his character not the color of his skin. Calling or
implying your hate for someone because of their skin, their political opposition
to your position, their religion, is bigoted. Apparently Democrats feel there
is only one group worse than white women who voted against Hillary, white men.
Get the racism in your comment about who Hillary called deplorables.
Sen. Mitt Romney, Rep. Chris Stewart call for Iowa Republican congressman to
resign over white supremacy comments======= 1st question
-- Rep. Steven King has vomiting this same racist bander for years - so, why
does Rep. Chris Stewart only NOW say something about it?2nd question
-- Donald Trump has been quite the same things -- Why the silence? Why the
Can Romney and Stewart now call on Trump to resign? For the good of the
Congresspeople are not "basking in the sun" in Puerto Rico.They are attending a conference on Latino and Puerto Rican issues surrounding
the post-hurricane recovery, botched by the Trump "Administration."
Thomas Thompson - Salt Lake City, UT---I'm surprised that Sen.
Romney, Rep. Stewart, and Sen. McConnell spoke out so quickly against a fellow
Republican whose support for racist values is nothing short appalling. We owe
each of them a debt of gratitude for doing so.---For years now
conservatives, whether private individuals, or well known radio and TV
commentators, have been complaining about 'political correctness'.
Yet, when a conservative, now freed from the bondage of political correctness,
expresses their true sentiment, all of a sudden there's a wave of
censure.I think it is a case of "The lady doth protest too
much".The Republican party needs to prove in demonstrable ways
that they are not condoning 'racism' or various forms of
'superiority', rather than calls for censure or resignation.Such calls are just empty words without corresponding acts.
Even Ted Cruz is on the bandwagon, saying "‘white supremacism,’
‘white nationalism’ is hatred, it is bigotry, it is evil, it is
wrong.”Sounds good, even noble, except for one minor
detail:Which is, King has been saying stuff like this for at least
the last ten years. Remember his claim that for every Dreamer who was a
valedictorian, there were a hundred who had calves as big as cantaloupes because
they spent their days packing 75 lb bales of marijuana across the desert?Knowing all this, Cruz chose King to lead Cruz's campaign in Iowa
and to co-chair his national campaign in 2016. And not a peep about
King's rhetoric until this, two years later.
Tolstoy: Now we are talking about racism and capitalism? The real problem is
with the rich, privileged Democrats pointing their hypocritical fingers at
others whom they deem unworthy of the same privileges they flaunt! If you live
in a glass house, its unwise to throw stones! As we see every day, Democrats are
excellent at stone throwing! First remove the beam out of your own eye, and
then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye.
Thid Barker - Victor, ID---It seems the left's outrage is very,
very selective! Not seen in fake news, anywhere: Some 30 Democratic lawmakers
left the government shutdown behind Friday on a chartered flight to Puerto Rico
for a winter retreat with 109 lobbyists and corporate executives during which
they planned to see the hit Broadway show “Hamilton” and attend
three parties including one with the show’s cast. Had enough of
Democrat's double standard? Me too!---Sounds like
something similar to 'revive' tourism to New York City after 9/11.
Having visited a little over 30 days after the attack, there were a number of
incentives for tourists, such as reduced hotel accommodations, some shows were
less than fully booked, etc.Trump has suggested that he siphon off
relief funds from Puerto Rico for The Wall, a waste of money and effort, whereas
relief to Puerto Rico will help US Citizens directly with rebuilt housing,
infrastructure and restore the 'quality of life', one item of which
may be basking on the beaches in the sun.
@RiDal:Of course he has freedom of speech. But so do we, and
it's perfectly fitting to urge a bigoted Congressman to resign.
Trump would make him Attorney General just because.
Maybe we could get the two to comment on Senators and congressman supporting the
BDS solution of a one state solution in Israel. The complete genocide of Jews
from the west bank to the sea. Rashida Tlaib has taken her anti emetic
views to the point of removing Israel from the map in her office. Note she
identifies as a Socialist Democrat. Another Socialist Democrat has
announced that she is targeting white people in power and seeks to have them
removed. . Ocasio Cortez stands as an excellent example of the very kind of
racist that she pretends to be fighting against.The Congressional
Black Caucus was founded in 1971 by 13 Black members of congress and in its 40
or so-years of existence it has never allowed a White Congressman, Congresswoman
or Senator to become a member.Stephen I. Cohen of Tennessee, a White
man who represented a 60 percent Black district. Shortly after being sworn in
on January 2007, however, Cohen’s bid for membership was turned down and
he heard from several Black Congressional Caucus members that “whites need
not apply.”Is there a whites only caucus?
worf said: "Crazy! Many of our offended folks weren't upset when half
our American people were called deplorable."Being deplorable is
a choice, not being white isn't, if you can't tell the difference then
that's on you.I appalled at the white supremacy contingent in
America, and will use my free speech to expose then wherever they are,
don't care if it hurts the racists feelings at all, it's backward
thinking and has no place in a civilized country.
Attempts to force a resignation are misguided. He has freedom of speech. If
the voters do not like his speech, they can vote him out.
Resign?Let the citizens of Iowa determine that topic when they vote
next time.Mr. king has been politically defanged by stripping him of
committee assignments.He has his First Amendment Rights like all
Americans to say whatever is on his mind. Mr. king has learned that
the Right also carries consequences.
@thid While I detest the privilage that comes with power (speaking of
hypocrisy I finally it strange that a stonch capitalist would think to call
anyone out on the basis of privilege) I just don’t think you can argue
with a straight face that, that type of poltical privliage is anything bordering
on an eqivelency with the severe damage created by racism that includes but goes
well beyond providing privilege.
@ Mainly Me"Trump campaigned for King in Iowa last year."DN just couldn't help itself with this dig.Yes, and a
lot of people don't dig facts.
@ Thid (1/15/19, 7:35 a.m. comment)That was awesome. And I take
heart that you felt the need to try to change the subject. That gives me hope.
Toolstoy: "That was quit (sic) a stretch to come up so short with a false
eqivelency (sic)". Not false equivalency at all! How many of
their constituents (those who voted for them and are paying their salaries) are
privileged enough to go with their mostly white, male Democrat congressmen to
the warm beaches of Puerto Rico and relax in the sun and hang out with the very
privileged rich and famous? Me neither! This is just another example of how the
privileged Democrats are ruling the underprivileged via gross hypocrisy!
Maybe he should step down, maybe not. I don't think so if it's just
for that. Perhaps his effectiveness as a legislator should be the determining
factor. There is nothing wrong with being proud of your race. We have black
history month, the BET channel, The NAACP, and much, much more and everyone
seems to be fine with that. I'm white and very proud of that fact. That
does not make me a racist. But I get labeled a racist if I even think of
something like "white history month."
In my opinion, Mitt Romney is absolutely wrong in attacking fellow Republicans
or anybody for referring to folks who were born white as somehow morally
inferior. Skin color is and should be regarded as a complete irrelevancy in
judging the character of a man. And why does Mitt find it necessary to attack
@Mainly MeYes, President Trump campaigned for King in Iowa. And, of
course, he knew that King was going to come out with these off-the-wall comments
this very week, right?I am sure this was all "orchestrated"
Steve King is no worse than Donald Trump - remember the "good guys" in
Charlottesville? Republicans are doing nothing more than cherry picking. King
was an easy scapegoat. Wake me up when Republicans demand that Trump resign.
@thidThat was quit a stretch to come up so short with a false eqivelency.
First the facts about the shut down. House Democrats passed a bill (the same
bill the senate previously passed) to open the government before Mitch decided
to take of early and not allow a senate vote. Second there is no moral
equivalency between taking a political trip and King’s blatant racism.
I haven't made it a career to find out what and in what context Rep. King
said or didn't say. Sounds to me like the speech police are out in
force. The left can free wheel with offensive speech but let the
right utter anything and it's Katy bar the door.I'm
thinking of the immortal words of Col. Sherman T. Potter. "HORSE
@mainlyme--that wasn't a "dig", it was a fact. trump supports
others who are of his crass ilk-@Justmythoughts...Mitt is doing
what's right and trying to solve problems. King is a HUGE problem.@justonevoice---helping to drain the swamp is indeed a solution.@wethepeople--Blindly support the GOP just because of the party is ruining
America.And don't worry..Mitt is not weakening the party--he is only
exposing it for the disaster that is. It is already weak--- and disintegrating
all by itself.
Mr. Stewart, Why the sudden outrage now? This has been going on for years,
Steve King has been elected to Congress nine times. He is no overnight
sensation.The bottom line seems to be this is a bad time for Steve
King to be making public statements. Steve King went unchecked for
sixteen years by his Republican colleagues.
It seems the left's outrage is very, very selective! Not seen in fake
news, anywhere: Some 30 Democratic lawmakers left the government shutdown behind
Friday on a chartered flight to Puerto Rico for a winter retreat with 109
lobbyists and corporate executives during which they planned to see the hit
Broadway show “Hamilton” and attend three parties including one with
the show’s cast. Had enough of Democrat's double standard? Me too!
I'm surprised that Sen. Romney, Rep. Stewart, and Sen. McConnell spoke out
so quickly against a fellow Republican whose support for racist values is
nothing short appalling. We owe each of them a debt of gratitude for doing so.
Regardless of political party, it is vital for each of us to recognize the
substantial -- indeed, even critical -- contributions to our society and our
culture that have been made and are continuing to be made by people of color.
Things like this always remind me of a great quote I heard “you are free
to make choices (including how you speak) but once you make that choice the
consequences (people calling you out on your comments) takecontrol. It’s
time to end this new redicous and dangerous way of thinking that calling
someone out for their racist hate speech is somehow bad.
Steve King for President.
@Boberino, King represents more than one group here. Iowa first and foremost,
but also the Republican delegation. Maybe they shouldn't ask for him to
resign, but could they remove him from the party? I'm really not sure what
the better answer is.
Reverse racism!Everyday we are told how bad white males are. But if
someone says anything contrary to what the media and mainstream America deems
'correct', "Off with their heads"! I believe in
the first amendment for everyone...even those I do not agree with.I'm tired of band wagon politicians trying to appeal to everyone! I will think twice about voting for these two next time.
Not sure that some folks understand how free speech does and doesn't work.
Are we going to ask for the resignation of every politician or government
official who makes a statement about "white privilege", etc, etc.?As long as we are calling for resignations, let's include everyone
who makes derogatory comments about other races in groups.
"Trump campaigned for King in Iowa last year."DN just
couldn't help itself with this dig.
What happened to the days when Republican's were loyal to one another?
Only by working together is their any hope of Making America Great Again!Mitt did nothing more than weaken his Party. He might as well be
helping the Adversary.
Charlottesville...... shooting? Care to re-check your facts and make an edit?
I am not for white supremacy or racism of any kind. But I am for free speech,
including Romney’s and King’s and Stewart’s. Condemn what
Congressman King said if you must, but let the people of Iowa decide whether or
not they want him in office. Free speech is a constitutional right. Even if it
is dumb free speech. I find it troubling to see our government officials
calling on someone to resign for exercising a constitutional right.
Mitt IS solving ptoblems.
Mr. Romney has shown Moral Courage. Where are the rest of them?
Crazy!Many of our offended folks weren't upset when half our
American people were called deplorable.
"I wish freshman senator Romney would concentrate on offering solutions to
our national problems instead of offering his opinion on everything. SOLUTIONS
!!"I for one think honesty, civility, and fighting against
blatant racism is something worth fighting for and working towards solutions.
It's okay to be white.
Good grief, why does Senator Romney feel the need to comment on every politician
in Washington. Couldn’t he maybe spend some time working on solving a few
@just one voice:Suggesting that King resign is, in fact, a solution;
it's a first step to repudiating bigotry in our nation's political
discourse. For many of us, that's an important issue and we applaud Romney
for taking a strong stand.
just one voice:Mitt Romney just condemned racism and nationalism, which
many Republicans have been reluctant to do. Are they not problems facing this
country? Can this country ever be healed without the abandonment of racist
views and practices? Senator Romney is doing his job.
I agree that there is no place in our country for racist comments by our
politicians. Let’s hope Mitt has the courage to call out racially
biased statements from all points along the political spectrum, left right and
I wish freshman senator Romney would concentrate on offering solutions to our
national problems instead of offering his opinion on everything. SOLUTIONS !!
MItt is a good man. Thank you for taking a stand and condemning this horrendous
conduct. Unfortunately, the leader of our country will not condemn this conduct.
Thank you, Mitt. For doing what any decent Congressperson should do. If there
were more of you, I wouldn't have left the Republican party.
Why is Mitt just asking for the congressman' s resignation when he just
may be one of the very fine people on the one side our President defended not
Good for Mitt, he is showing real promise.