Reaction: Critics pounce on RNC chairwoman’s tweet denouncing Kanye West and Fuentes

By Lee Cleveland - December 2, 2022

Yesterday, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said via Twitter:

“Kanye’s remarks are abhorrent. I completely condemn them and anti-Semitism in all of its forms. There is no place for Kanye, (Nick) Fuentes, or their views inside the Republican Party.”

Ever since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president in 2015, the Republican Party has been plagued with heavy accusations of racism which were, again, justified last week when Trump met with anti-Semite Kanye West and Nick Fuentes, an anti-Semite, white supremacist, and homophobe.

Damage control, indeed.

GOP leadership has tried to play both ends against the middle as it relates to racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and homophobism. They realize they’ll lose a lot of support from moderates and independents if they don’t condemn hate at all, but fear alienating a strong, loyal sect of Republican voters if they denounce hate sentiment emphatically.

Unlike previous GOP presidential nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney, who sharply condemned hate and helped keep toxicity fringe, most Republican leaders seem to simply look the other way these days, thereby giving hatemongers a platform. And, as Leslie stated above, allowing hate back in the mainstream has paid off a bit for the GOP.

Yes, Trump/MAGA has seen some success in getting a lot of people with marginalized views, who previously didn’t vote, to the polls. Nevertheless, it’s 2022 and not 1922, and the vast majority of Americans don’t share their views.

Did Ronna McDaniel win anyone over with her rebuke of Kanye and Fuentes?

Her detractors were not impressed, insisting Mr. Trump’s name was missing from her tweet and that the GOP has seemed comfortable condoning hate since Trump’s political rise.

Norman Ornstein made a fine point, above, because some GOP party leaders continued to embrace West long after his initial hate-spewing.

… And some still embraced Fuentes, who the Anti-Defamation League describes as a white nationalist and hardcore racist, long after his name was synonymous with white supremacist.

Let’s face it, without the help of rank-and-file GOP politicians, Fuentes would be a nonentity.

And let’s not forget, Ms. McDaniel has been quite unAmerican herself by spreading lies and conspiring to overturn the results of a legitimate presidential election.

Please share your thoughts on McDaniel, her comments, and the state of the GOP below.


Tags: hate, MAGA, racism