3 Ways Republicans Managed to Insult Practically Everyone But White Christian Males this Week
The GOP is trying to shake its image as a political party of old white men, knowing that America's changing demographics are going to make it difficult to keep power with such a reputation.
But this week will not go down in history as a great one for Republican attempts at minority outreach. Here are two instances of the GOP insulting the very groups it's trying to woo: women and African Americans, and an egregious, ignorant insult to people of Muslim faith thrown in for good measure.
1. Women: In a baffling political advertisement, College Republicans courted women voters by creating a spoof ad featuring young women choosing a wedding dress that was supposed to represent Democratic and Republican party candidates for office, essentially making the case that voting is just like shopping for a wedding dress. Watch the advertisment:
2. African Americans: Republicans promoted the hashtag #IamARepublican to try to promote the idea that there are nontraditional Republicans – minorities and women – too. Here's one of the images they used:
The problem, as the Daily Banter points out, is that this woman is apparently a lot of other things too, because she's a stock photo:
3. Muslims: In Georgia's 12th Congressional District, local Muslims planned to host a debate with incumbent Rep. John Barrow, a Democrat and Republican challenger Rick Allen at the local Islamic Community Center. After Allen objected to the venue, it was changed to a smaller government office instead. “It is interesting that the only two standing shoulder to shoulder on this topic are John Barrow and a Muslim cleric who are attacking Rick Allen together,” said a statement from an Allen spokesman claiming he never agreed to the Islamic Center venue in the first place. At the debate, Barrow said he thinks we should treat “every law-abiding citizen alike....And I think, frankly, that the manner by which we came here today reflects a concern that some folks have about the way in which folks are treated in this country.”
Apparently, the Republicans in the room did not get the message. Afterward, one of the Muslim organizers, Dr. Hossad Fadel, tried to shake the hand of Dewey Galeas, the GOP county chair for Columbia County, and Galeas refused. Actually, he did more than refuse: he fled. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jim Galloway spoke to Galeas later, writing:
“I made every attempt to avoid the man. I walked by (Fadel), acknowledged him, thanked him for his hospitality, and then I walked on,” Galeas later said. Fadel pursued and offered Galeas his hand. The county GOP chairman refused. Galeas said it wasn’t Fadel’s Muslim religion that motivated the slight, but his own “deep religious conviction over abortion.”
To explain: Fadel was brought to Augusta to establish a new specialty at the medical school called maternal fetal medicine. It concerns the management of high-risk pregnancies, which do not always end well. Fadel declined to speak of the incident, except to say that Galeas later emailed him an apology, which he has accepted.
So, all in all, good work on the whole outreach and inclusion thing, GOP. No doubt we can look forward to more of the same.