Republicans took it personally when Joe Biden condemned white supremacy

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I didn’t cover President Joe Biden’s inauguration speech, but I didn’t overlook it or anything. His speech was very good and very “Joe.” He said nothing about malarkey or shenanigans (it was implied) but he did make some very matter-of-fact statements about race, racial justice and white supremacy, including the explicit denouncement of the “racism, nativism, fear, demonization” which led to the Capitol siege. He also said: “A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us. A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”

All of which was expected and welcome. After the past four years (five, if we’re counting the 2016 campaign), we’ve seen a lot of white supremacy, racism, nativism, fear-mongering and yes, domestic terrorism, almost all of it promoted, incited, nurtured and empowered by Donald Trump and the current Republican party. So it’s a bit weird to hear Republicans go on the record saying variations of “Joe Biden called all Republicans racists!” Dude, why are you raising your hand?? Here’s Karl Rove getting personally offended when someone is like “white supremacy is bad.”

Again, white supremacist terrorists laid siege the Capitol, murdered a cop, erected gallows, smeared feces on the walls and tried to murder Speaker Nancy Pelosi and VP Pence. We’re allowed to condemn them and the hateful ideologies which empowered them. Sen. Rand Paul was another one who raised his hand when Biden talked about racists:

It’s not “innuendo.” Pres. Biden said flatly that there’s a rise in far-right extremism and white supremacist ideology. And Rand Paul, Karl Rove and other Republicans all said “HEY HE’S TALKING ABOUT ME.” Is… is this how they’re going to play it now? Whenever Biden says anything about racism, Republicans willfully conflate that with the GOP writ large? I mean… maybe they’re not wrong! But still.

One of my favorite comedians did a bit on this:

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  1. Darla says:

    I missed that video, even tho I follow her on Twitter. That is hilarious. Yeah they’re always telling on themselves. These are the kind of people who snitch-tag themselves on Twitter.

    • Jellybean says:

      That really is funny. She is utterly clueless. And is her child called Freemason? I am proud to sat that both my husband and father were invited to join the Freedmasons and they turned them down.

      • Genevieve says:

        She’s a comedian, those are not her real views. She gives her kids different silly names in all her videos. (I don’t even know if she actually has any children in real life).

      • Darla says:

        No she’s a satirist! I first discovered her when Sarah Cooper retweeted her.

      • Jellybean says:

        Thank you, I have never heard of her. I assumed she was a reality TV star of YouTube -so I guess she is good at her job.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        Lol that she’s calling her kid Freemason!

        And it’s hilarious that they (GOP)are basically raising their hands and pointing directly at themselves, but some racists are so willingly blind -the poor and (yes stupid)white people in this country who are so full of hatred that they don’t see they are spreading more hatred with their denials.I know people who are like “I do not have a problem with non white people I just wish they could *act* better aka act white is what they mean.Racism tells on itself.

      • BW says:

        I don’t find her funny because she’s TOO on the nose. It’s hard to tell the difference between the comedian and a real MAGA loony.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        I follow Rachel Vindman @natsechobbyist (Alexander Vindman’s wife), and she had to POINT OUT that it’s satire…TOO many comments took it as real! Hysterical!!

    • FancyPants says:

      Yeah if he condemned pedophiles or serial killers and you said that was “thinly-veiled innuendo” and took it personally, I would have some serious questions about what you are doing in your spare time.

    • Ripley says:

      “Freemason” killed me. Laughed so hard, I cried.

      The sad bit is I know people like this… I grew up with people like this. Some of my cousins are like this (weird as their parents, my aunts and uncles, are super liberal). I have difficulty comprehending how they don’t see their behavior as racist…. It’s why people don’t realize it’s satire, because there are an awful lot of people out there saying this from the heart and full on agree with everything she is saying.

      • Esmom says:

        The kid names she comes up with always kill me, they are spot on MAGA batsh^t every single time. And yeah, it’s really sad people can’t see that she is eviscerating them.

    • Snappyfish says:

      If the hood fits

      • Betsy says:

        Lol, I was thinking “a hit dog hollers” but “if the hood fits” is even more fitting.

      • Golly Gee says:

        Good one! I was going to see if it ruts like a pig and squeals like a pig
        … but yours “fits” better!
        Also, no offense to pigs. You are far superior beings to many Republicans in office.

  2. Soupie says:

    Out of all those Republican hacks who actually ran the Presidency when W was in, I despised Karl Rove the most and still do. I don’t give a damn what he says. You know what? If you’re offended that’s because it’s true buddy! But you’ll never get a grip because you’re evil to the core. Crawl back in your closet and stay there. I’m so glad I don’t have to listen to you anymore since I don’t watch Fox News.

    And Rand Paul: you DON’T tell the truth! except to foolishly expose the truth about yourself.

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      I know, I hate that Rove and Chaney are crawling out of the woodwork to try to rehabilitate the party after Trump — it isn’t that they believe differently than he did, they just are slightly (very slightly) more subtle about it.

    • waitwhat says:

      Yeah, I love when he says “we’re united against racism and nativism”…okay old white dude.

    • The Other Katherine says:

      I think Rand Paul is both actually offended and also telling on himself. I don’t think Rove is offended — I don’t think he gives a single solitary crap what Joe Biden thinks about him. I think he sees this as an opportunity to stoke anti-Democrat sentiment among mainstream Republican voters, now that Trump is safely sidelined, via thinly veiled appeals to their unacknowledged racism.

      • Golly Gee says:

        Interesting point. It’s either that or they want to eradicate public perception that racism is entrenched in the Republican party by the time the next election comes around. It could actually be both at the same time. Racist Republican voters will be appealed to as will non-racist voters who don’t see past the rhetoric.

    • Sid says:

      Rove led a smear campaign against Ann Richards to get the idiot Bush the Texas governorship. I have despised him ever since.

  3. Teresa says:

    Of course they took it personally. It’s their people. The “party of Lincoln” really hates people of color.

  4. BearcatLawyer says:

    So they are more disturbed by President Biden *calling out* their abhorrent beliefs than the fact that many of them hold said beliefs and act accordingly? They should be ashamed of themselves, but they won’t be.

    • Esmom says:

      This is the talking point in the social media thread of the MAGAs I know — that even as he calls for unity, Biden is calling half the country white supremacists. All politicians suck, blah blah blah. It’s like they cannot or will not understand context, they just latch onto certain words and repeat them endlessly.

      I fear this sh^t will never, even end. People like Karl Rove and Rand Paul should know better but instead they use every chance they get to keep stoking the division. Nice work as*holes.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        WELL… If it walks like a white supremacist, and talks like a white supremacist, it probably IS a white supremacist!

        Just because they don’t “like” the title, doesn’t diminish the trait.

      • Golly Gee says:

        Don’t give them credit by saying they should know better. They DO know better. They know exactly what they’re doing.

    • Spicecake38 says:

      Lol that she’s calling her kid Freemason!

      And it’s hilarious that they (GOP)are basically raising their hands and pointing directly at themselves, but some racists are so willingly blind -the poor and (yes stupid)white people in this country who are so full of hatred that they don’t see they are spreading more hatred with their denials.I know people who are like “I do not have a problem with non white people I just wish they could *act* better aka act white is what they mean.Racism tells on itself.

  5. kgeo says:

    When I was in college, a republican professor called a politically aspirational student slightly right of Carl Rove…as an insult. Funniest shit ever.

  6. Chill says:

    “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Thank you Shakespeare.
    This says it all. They know themselves.

  7. Amy Bee says:

    Hit dog will holler.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yup, exactly.

    • Anna says:

      Exactly. I was so glad he said this in this first speech, like the actual words “white supremacy” and “terrorists” in the same breath. Folks needed to be put on blast. This wasn’t as “blast” as he could have gone but the message was clear.

    • Just A Thought says:

      Yep, and they don’t believe everybody should vote. If we don’t pay attention they are planning a come back. In my part of Texas the Trumps/MAGA signs are still flying.

  8. Miss D says:

    Karl Rove should know about being racist. He created the whole “John McCain has a black love child” campaign in South Carolina.

  9. Sarah says:

    If the mere suggestion of racism offends you, you are a White supremacist. The good news is that you can start unlearning and unpacking your shit today. Get to work.

  10. Oatmeal says:

    Hit dogs holler

    They can spare me with their pearl clutching
    These types are the worst, at least Trump was loud proud and upfront with his racism , not cowardly and mealy mouthed with the faux outrage

  11. agnes says:

    So the President condemns white supremacy and racism without calling any names.
    And these fuckwits think, he was talking about them?
    In Germany, we have the saying: “Getroffene Hunde bellen.” which translates to something like if the shoes fit, I think.

    But sure, let them be offended. *eyeroll*

  12. Merricat says:

    Karl Rove is still alive? Decrepit old racist.

  13. Sam the Pink says:

    Well Karl should take it personally. He is the guy who smeared John McCain by alleging that his adopted South Asian daughter was in fact, black and the result of an extramarital affair. He has no qualms being racist. He should take personal offense.

  14. Ann says:

    I seem to recall a certain president who went on daily rants about how all democrats are evil, rapists, child molesters, all various forms of bad. Every single day. For 4 years. So this new president saying the one time racism and white supremacy is bad isn’t pinging with me. Aholes like Rove and Paul deserve a dose of their own medicine but dems are giving it to them with lots of sugar and they still can’t handle it. So ridiculous. The entire republican party is utterly ridiculous.

  15. rrabbit says:

    Those poor, oppressed racists. SAD.

  16. TheOriginalMia says:

    All this pear clutching over Biden’s comments when he never called them racists. He didn’t have to. Their actions for the last 30 freaking years has shown them to be the party of racists, homophones, misogynists and conspiracy theorists. The damn shoe fits!

  17. EllieK says:

    of COURSE they’re upset: they still haven’t figured out that we all bleed red. Don’t get mad when Biden calls a duck a duck.

  18. Sandra says:

    Ham Rove is still alive?

  19. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?

  20. Laugh or Cry says:

    From an abundance of the heart the mouth speaks… Well this and hit dogs holler.

  21. MissMo says:

    I mean, if the (racist) shoe fits…

    If I rolled my eyes any harder they’d fall right out of my skull.

  22. DivorceLawyerNY says:

    Hillary called it 5 years ago. They are deplorables. Why didn’t anyone listen to her?

    • Betsy says:

      Because it’s been fashionable for thirty-ish years to mock Hillary, to always use the GOP’s framing and messaging in the mainstream media. They didn’t like that she was aware in the 1990s that there was a vast right wing conspiracy against her and her husband, and they still don’t like that she’s situationally aware still.

      • Lady D says:

        I know I’m probably among the few here, but I have nothing but admiration for Hillary Clinton. She is beyond people smart, incredibly educated and she has devoted her entire life to making life better for other people. I could literally spend three weeks with Hillary just asking her questions about her resume. I’d listen to that lady talk anytime, anywhere.
        I’m sure 70,000 people can probably fill me in on what a horrible person she is, but she also dedicated her life to educating herself to make life better for people with less.

      • Riley says:

        @Lady D –
        One of the few also…I would love to hang with Hillary some time.

  23. emu says:

    Yeah you’re not offended unless they’re talking about you! It’s not all Republicans. It’s not all men. It’s not all white people. But if you are taking offense when ppl call you out on your sh*t then take a look in the mirror bud because you’re not getting it. If someone says white supremacy is bad and then a white person gets upset they need to really understand that it doesn’t mean white people are bad, it’s people who think white people are better than everyone else is bad! GAH! Everyone needs to read me & white supremacy, white fragility, the whole shebang. Preaching to the choir tho

    • schmootc says:

      I’m a white person and I was definitely not offended, because I know what he said is true. And I know I need to work on my preconceptions and prejudices and privilege, same as a lot of other people.

    • Abby says:

      Exactly. I don’t understand why anyone could be offended by what he said. I thought it was great he called out these things.

      I could see how people get triggered at talking about white *privilege* (Even though it can be explained a million times what is meant, and YES it’s a real thing) but how can you get offended at him calling out white supremacy? He didn’t say “Republicans are white supremacists” so…. they’re calling attention to themselves here.

  24. KhaoManee says:

    I 💘 Blaire Erskine! As for these Nazi Republicans, the truth hurts, don’t it?

    • Bettyrose says:

      First I’d heard of her, but it’s a funny bit. I recently ordered those eye glass frames from Warby Parker so I hope those are her real glasses and not part of the persona. 🤓

  25. Leah says:

    If the white hood fits…