"This is what it means to shift to a politics of identity."
Chairman of the American Conservative Union Matt Schlapp appeared Thursday to make a blatantly racist appeal to conservative voters
with an image of three senators of color.
Schlapp retweeted a photo of
"Look at this photo conservative voters in WV, ND, IN, FL, MO, MT, MI, TV, AZ, NV," he wrote alongside the image,
Look at this photo conservative voters in WV, ND, IN, FL, MO, MT, MI, TN, AZ, NV https://t.co/qcKAUj7R5b— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) September 27, 2018
The tweet quickly sparked charges of bigotry.
Looks like Matt Schlapp is graduating from racist dog whistles to bullhorns. Yikes. https://t.co/ItoOvOcU1x— Charlotte Clymer️ (@cmclymer) September 28, 2018
Many liberals accused Schlapp of espousing a blatantly racist message in an attempt to rally white, conservative voters.
Matt Schlapp thinks these states have racist voters who can be manipulated by pictures of people who are not white. He epitomizes everything hateful, closed minded, anti-human, and just plain wrong with what is called "conservative" today. #Conservative https://t.co/tqEI3ucW80— Jessica (@yesimrite) September 28, 2018
Some conservatives also accused Schlapp of appealing to bigotry.
This is the head of the American Conservative Union, whose spouse is a senior staffer in the Trump White House, making what surely seems to be a straight-up appeal to bigotry. https://t.co/6YyZ0UPeOm— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) September 28, 2018
Stanford political scientist Francis Fukuyama characterized Schlapp's tweet as an example of identity politics, presumably white identity.
This is what it means to shift to a politics of identity. https://t.co/5m0QvueK8w— Francis Fukuyama (@FukuyamaFrancis) September 28, 2018
However, on Friday Schlapp denied the inflammatory tweet had anything to do with race and claimed he was merely referencing senators who "tried to destroy" his friend judge Kavanaugh with sexual assault allegations.
I retweeted a photo of senators who tried to destroy my friend. If the photo had included Feinstein it would have been even better. https://t.co/2TWdBksYfy— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) September 28, 2018
Germania is a staff writer at Pluralist.
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