Hateful, xenophobic rhetoric have become the norm amongst the Right. Trump has been fanning the flames of fear and vitriol since before he was elected. He treats women, especially female reporters, disrespectfully and encourages violence toward the free press. He’s denigrated Jews, Muslims, Hispanics, African Americans, the disabled and members of the LGBTQ community.
In the past two weeks, we’ve seen horrific events unfold in the U.S. A Trump supporter mailed bombs to people and organizations that Trump has bashed, a white supremacist killed two elderly Black people in a grocery store and an extremist massacred 11 Jewish Americans at a synagogue.
We’ve all seen Kemp’s ads where he worships guns and threatens to round up “criminal illegals” in his truck. We’ve seen him complain about “registering all these minority voters” as he’s attempted to strip away the voting rights of minorities. And now we’ve seen Brian Kemp get cozy with a white nationalist.
At a recent campaign event, Kemp posed for a picture with a vile racist who has called for people to kill Black men, women and children. And Kemp is more than happy to have to his support. To paraphrase Andrew Gillum, we’re not saying Brian Kemp is racist. But racists sure do love Brian Kemp.
James Stachowiak, who is wearing a T-shirt that reads “Allah is not God, and Mohammad is not his prophet,” is an anti-Islam, alt-right racist who has a video blog on which he talks about killing Muslims and Black people while pointing his rifle at the camera. He’s threatened Stacey Abrams campaign staffers (Kemp still hasn’t denounced that act of violence), called Islam “the death cult of Satan and the Antichrist,” and trespassed onto the property of a mosque to destroy a copy of the Quran. All of this, of course, while pledging his support to Trump and Kemp.
Even if Kemp didn’t know all of that about Stachowiak, he still chose to take a photo with a guy wearing an Anti-Islam shirt and thank him for his support.
We need to loudly reject Kemp, Stachowiak, Trump and anyone else who wants to continue embracing hatred and encouraging racist violence.
We need to vote like our lives — and the lives of our neighbors, friends and colleagues — depend on it. Because at the rate this is going, they probably do.
Vote. And bring those friends, colleagues, family members and neighbors with you. Commit to being a Power Voter and ousting these racists from power today.