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The Republican Mob

Reader comment on item: "Republican Mob" Was Once an Oxymoron, Now It's a Reality

Submitted by Michael Cavallo (United States), Jan 15, 2021 at 10:13

Good column, but the Republicans have been appealing to elements of the mob for your entire political life; it's more that you are beginning to perceive that (with you becoming one of their targets), than that it's something new.

The mob that allied with those who murdered Goodman, Schwerner, and Chaney, for their peaceful voter registration work, voted Republican in Presidential elections beginning in 1964. Murder is not polite.

The crowds of rageful people screaming at little black girls trying to attend local public schools were certainly yelling obsenities and worse - credible death threats. Civility? This was also the ugly face of the mob, worse even than the attack on the Capitol because the vitriol was directed against innocents too young to defend themselves. Both parties have long catered to elements of the mob. It's just that, until now, you'd been having a blind eye when it came to one of them.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

First, you are wrong: southern Democrats, not Republicans, who fought the Civil Rights movement.

Second, in so far as conservatives resisted that movement, they long ago repented the error. For a recent example see Matthew Continetti's review at https://www.aei.org/articles/a-uniquely-american-conservatism/, where he writes:

"Perhaps the most damaging failure ... was the conservative movement's opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This stand delegitimized conservatism in the eyes of many Ameri­cans. It limited the movement's appeal. And it contributed to the Right's on­going confusions and difficulties in addressing matters of race and identity with sensitivity and tact."

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