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2016 Republican Presidential Candidates are being supported by White Supremacist Group

soulbrother LORD WRECKAMembers Posts: 2,897 ✭✭✭✭✭
per AP:

Rick 🤬 , Rand Paul, and a Senator Ted Cruz have received over $65k from Earl Holt III who is the leader of the white supremacist group: Council of Concervative Citizens...

This is the same hate group that the terrorist in the South Carolina church murders referenced in his manifesto...


  • Plutarch
    Plutarch A Tribe Called Fresh Philly, PA, by way of Ca$hville, TNMembers Posts: 3,239 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Obviously, this isn't anything new. This happens regularly during elections. I'm not saying that it's irrelevant though. We should definitely do our research, but I don't think that we should rush to commit the fallacy of blindly assuming that 🤬 , Paul, Cruz, and others are racist because they have racist supporters.

    I don't dislike AP, and I don't like 🤬 , Paul, or Cruz either, but the media works this tactic in their agenda all the time:

  • janklow
    janklow god's lonely man. Members, Moderators Posts: 8,613 Regulator
    but to be fair:
    Political candidates who received donations from the head of a group cited by accused Charleston, S.C., gunman Dylann Roof moved quickly Monday to refund the contributions or donate them to a charitable cause.

    The rush to unload the donations was one of many signs that the Charleston shootings -- with its attendant questions about race, guns and extremism - had raised sensitive issues for potential presidential candidates and others.

    The donations in relatively modest amounts came in recent years from Earl Holt, the president of a group called Council of Conservative Citizens, which has been identified as "a white supremacist organization" by watchdog groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    A spokesman for the group, Jared Taylor, denied the suggestion that the organization holds supremacist views and suggested that politicians rejecting the group's fund s were "grandstanding," adding that "the pressure on them must be intense."

    Holt made thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to prominent Republicans since 2012, including four seeking the GOP presidential nomination.

    There is no evidence that the campaigns, including those of former Pennsylvania senator Rick 🤬 , Sens. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin were aware of the group's past statements on race related issues.

    Cruz's campaign was the first to announce that it would return money it had received.

    Cruz's early announcement was followed quickly by statements from the Paul and Walker campaigns saying that they would donate funds to support the families of victims of the Charleston shooting through the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund. Later in the day, a Cruz spokesman said the money would not be refunded but would instead be donated to the same charity. 🤬 issued a similar statement.

    "Rather than put more money back in the pockets of such an individual, my 2012 campaign committee will be donating the amount of his past donations to...support the victims of this tragedy," 🤬 said.

    According to the records, Holt gave $8,500 to Cruz and the super PAC Jobs Growth and Freedom Fund, which supports Cruz, between 2012 and 2014. He gave $1,750 to RandPAC, a group supporting Paul, between 2012 and 2013, and an additional $1,500 to 🤬 , Federal Election Commission records show. Walker had received a total of $3,500 in contributions, according to Wisconsin press reports.

    [Campaigns distance themselves from white supremacist leader's donations]

    In addition to donations to the three presidential candidates, FEC records show that a Longview, Tex., donor named "Earl Holt" or "Earl Holt III" contributed to numerous congressional campaigns, including the successful 2014 Senate campaigns of Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Joni Ernst of Iowa. In addition, he gave to the most recent campaign of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). All said Monday that they would reject the donation, either returning it or donating it to charity.

    "We have initiated a refund of Mr. Holt's contribution," Cotton said in a prepared statement. "I do not agree with his hateful beliefs and language and believe they are hurtful to our country." Flake and Paul said that the funds from Holt would be donated to the Emanuel AME Church charity.

    Federal Election Commission records also showed Holt had given to the campaigns of Mia Love and Allen West, two African American House candidates.

    The rejection of the donations suggests"that candidates can gang up on someone and stifle their free speech," said Taylor, the spokesman for the Council. He denied suggestions that the group favored white supremacy and reiterated Holt's repudiation of Roof's violent acts.

    "The most most important thing for us is how to prevent something like this happening in the future, Taylor said. "...The result of this horrible act is going to be a ratcheting up of the idea that race relations in this country are a one way street and that whites are guilty and no one else is responsible for anything." He said that he feared "that if this message is redoubled and repeated there will be young white southerners who cannot control their anger."

    The Council of Conservative Citizens was largely unknown until the late 1990s.

    At that time, The Washington Post and other news organization revealed that powerful elected officials, including then-Sen. Trent Lott (R) of Mississippi, had spoken to the group in the recent past. Bob Barr, then a Republican congressman from Georgia, delivered the keynote speech at the CCC's national convention in June 1998. He later said he had "no idea" what the organization stood for.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center at the time referred to the organization as a "hate group" that denigrated blacks as "genetically inferior," complained about "Jewish power brokers," called 🤬 people "perverted sodomites," and accused immigrants of turning America into a "slimy brown mass of glop."

    Neither Holt nor the Council of Conservative Citizens responded to requests for comment Monday. However, the group's Web site includes a posting from Holt saying it "is not surprising" that Dylann Roof credited the organization's website for his knowledge of black-on-white violent crime, but denying any culpability for the shooting.

    "The CofCC is one of perhaps three websites in the world that accurately and honestly report black-on-white violent crime, and in particular, the seemingly endless incidents involving black-on-white murder," the note attributed to Holt said. "The CofCC is hardly responsible for the actions of this deranged individual merely because he gleaned accurate information from our website."
  • zzombie
    zzombie Members Posts: 11,280 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Let's keep it real All politicians have racist supporters
  • The_Jackal
    The_Jackal Members Posts: 3,628 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Plutarch wrote: »
    Obviously, this isn't anything new. This happens regularly during elections.

  • (Nope)
    (Nope) NawfNawfMembers Posts: 2,746 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 2015
    Is anyone surprised all those contributions were made on the right? To Zombie's people. (Zombie, that's some real unnatural-🤬 🤬 .)
  • Ajackson17
    Ajackson17 On the shoulders of Giants and Elders in history UniverseMembers Posts: 22,501 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Um, a lot of big time racists have a lot of money and will support who will support their agenda. Nothing new.
  • phukkyou2
    phukkyou2 Members Posts: 2,050 ✭✭✭✭
    I wish my Brothaz and Sistaz would form a Secret Society and hire Snipers and other Destructioners to get at some of these Crackers and wipe em out.

    Lord knows if I had an Assault Rifle and Locations I'd be killin em. Free of charge
  • Melqart
    Melqart Epistemophilic Pronounced Malk-artGuests, Members Posts: 3,679 ✭✭✭✭✭
    white nationalism=breeding ground for domestic terrorism.
  • blackamerica
    blackamerica Members Posts: 2,897 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Abraxas wrote: »
    white nationalism=breeding ground for domestic terrorism.
    They ain't listening
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