Monday, November 10, 2014

Supposedly Racist Tea Party Helps Elect Three Black Republicans To Congress

Mia Love
Last week saw the election of three black Republicans, all of which were supported by the supposedly racist Tea Party.

In Utah, Haitian-American and Mormon, Mia Love won an open House seat previously held by a Democrat who had narrowly defeated her in 2012.

Will Hurd
In Texas, African-American Will Hurd defeated a Democratic House incumbent.  Hurd, had defeated a more moderate establishment candidate in the primary.

Finally,  Tim Scott won his race for the U.S. Senate.  Scott was appointed
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
in 2013 to replace Sen. Jim DeMint who vacated his position to become President of the Heritage Foundation..  Scott easily won the 2014 special election for his seat with over 61% of the vote.    In winning his race, Scott became the first African-American U.S. Senator elected from the South since Reconstruction.

All three candidates were strongly supported by the Tea Party.

Democrats will undoubtedly say that this doesn't prove anything as these candidates did not hold traditional Democratic views like most African-Americans. But that actually is an argument against the claim that the Tea Party is racist.  If the Tea Party is deciding whether to support black candidates based on the views they hold rather than their skin color that by definition means the Tea party is not racist.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

No doubt, the GOP and the Tea Party have some high profile non-white candidates, and that is great. But, the reality is that still today, 90% of Republicans in the U.S. House are white, non-Hispanic, straight, Christian, males. That is awfully bizarre in 2014, supposedly decades after the country moved past its bias in favor of that particular group. After all, only 23% of the country falls in that particular group.