The Kentucky GOP Has a Widespread Racism Problem
Kentucky Republicans continue to double down on white nationalist candidates and racism, social media posts show from several individuals — including State House candidates, a former State Senate candidate and a former field staffer for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell who has appeared in ads for Congressman Andy Barr and Paul Ryan’s Super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund.
Two-time State Representative Nominee Everett Corley is a White Nationalist
Everett Corley, the current Republican nominee for the 43rd State House district, appeared on a White Nationalist show in 2014, where he said “we should maintain our people and our culture as much as anyone else…”
Additionally, Corley said: “…Interracial marriage is just like — is on the same par as what the gay agenda would be. Interracial marriage actually, Mr. Johnson, is an insignificant — at least in Kentucky, is insignificant, it’s two, one and a half, two percent, just as the gay thing is one and a half, two percent, and it attracts enormous attention but at the end of the day, and I’m not trying to be positive, but 95 percent of people who are white, marry within their own people.”
First District Congressman James Comer attended a fundraiser for Corley the same year Corley appeared on the show.
In 2016, Corley joined an effort to stop the removal of a Confederate statue on the University of Louisville campus. He called University of Louisville professor Ricky Jones, who advocated for removing the statue, “a damn dirty black bastard” on Facebook.
The Republican Party of Kentucky still promotes his candidacy on their website.
“The Republican Party of Kentucky should ask Everett Corley to withdraw as a candidate. His voice should be purged from our politics,” McNee said. “Additionally, Congressman Comer should explain his views and why he stood next to a noted White Nationalist and racist and whether he shares Everett Corley’s views.”
Recent McConnell Staffer Uses N-Word in Tweets, “Hates Mexicans”, Appeared in Ads for Andy Barr and Congressional Leadership Fund.
On August 8, 2018 the Congressional Leadership Fund featured Hannah Thornton in one of its ads attacking Lt. Col. Amy McGrath, the Democratic nominee in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional district.
She was also featured in an ad for Andy Barr this year.
Thornton, according to her LinkedIn page, is a former field staffer for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell having only recently left the Senator’s office.
Thornton twice used the n-word on Twitter and proclaimed to “hate Mexicans in tweets from 2011 and 2012.
“Congressman Barr and Senator McConnell have some serious explaining to do. These tweets were public, and easily found in just a basic search of her social media,” said McNee. “How did she end up working in the office of the Senate Majority Leader and then appearing in ads for Congressman Barr?”
State Rep. Phil Moffett dog-whistles his way through major moments.
State Rep. Phil Moffett, who represents the 32nd House District, has a lot of thoughts on pivotal moments this year. He shared an article that says “it is entirely a fiction that the American political system has produced monolithic white majorities that rule at the expense of so-called “discrete and insular minorities.” Whites as a class have never constituted a majority faction in the nation.”
The article also questions whether the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act are important to our nation. Moffett shared that article on the anniversary of the white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Va.
Moffett is also interested in the stock price of Nike, the apparel company that recently released an ad featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick is known for kneeling during the national anthem to bring attention to racial injustice.
“Phil Moffett can act as if he’s a neutral bystander soliciting thoughts, but it’s clearly perfectly timed dog whistles about African-Americans,” McNee said. “The fact that Phil Moffett would share an article questioning the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act is worrisome.He needs to come forward and make his thoughts completely clear.”
ICYMI: Former State Senate Candidate Weighs In
As reported by the Courier-Journal, former Republican state Senate candidate Alex White also expressed his thoughts this week on the Nike ad with Kaepernick, calling the former player a “racist” for kneeling. The Facebook post, now deleted, was condemned by the leader of the Louisville Urban League.
“Racism has no place in our state or our politics at all. The Republican Party of Kentucky needs to purge these people from their party instead of giving them a platform to share their disgusting views,” said Marisa McNee, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Democratic Party.