According To Bill Clinton, The South Is Voting GOP Because Of Racism

by John Hawkins | December 18, 2002 8:39 pm

According To Bill Clinton, The South Is Voting GOP Because Of Racism: Well, well, well…Bill Clinton has finally weighed in on the whole Trent Lott controversy and he’s not hesitating to play the race card…

“How do they think they got a majority in the South anyway?” Clinton told CNN outside a business luncheon he was attending. “I think what they are really upset about is that he made public their strategy.”

He added: “They try to suppress black voting, they ran on the Confederate flag in Georgia and South Carolina, and from top to bottom the Republicans supported it.”

Asked if Lott should be removed, Clinton said, “That’s up to them, but I think they can’t do it with a straight face.”

The former president then said, “He just embarrassed them by saying in Washington what they do on the back roads every day.”

He accused Republicans of “trying to run black voters away from the polls” in states such as Arkansas, Louisiana and Florida. Clinton also cited recent gubernatorial elections in Georgia and South Carolina, won by Republicans.

…”I think the way the Republicans have treated Senator Lott is pretty hypocritical since right now their policy is, in my view, inimical to everything that this country stands for,” Clinton said.”

To begin with, isn’t it amazing how the South is once again full of bigoted rednecks who’ll vote en masse for whoever they think the biggest racist is now that the GOP has won in a lot of Southern states? I certainly don’t remember Clinton talking about what a cesspool of racism the South was when Democrats were controlling a much bigger portion of it. But, I suppose that now that the GOP is making gains in the South we get to see what the bigwigs in the Democratic party really think of the South.

Then Clinton went on to the Confederate flag issue in Georgia and South Carolina. Now I find it funny that Clinton would bring that issue up for a couple of reasons. I’ll let David Horowitz[1] explain the first one…

“Forget all the arguments about the Confederate flag. The question is this: Is the flag a symbol of regnant racism? Are the gubernatorial mansions or the legislatures of states where flags incorporate the Stars and Bars bastions of Confederate diehards who want to keep blacks down? Don’t make me laugh…. Elements of the Stars and Bars are incorporated into the flags that fly over many state capitols. Among them is Arkansas, which flew the dreaded symbol during the entire twelve years that Bill Clinton was governor.”

That puts things into a different perspective doesn’t it? Also, if Clinton claims supporting the flag is evidence of racism then what does he call the following…

“When he was the governor of Arkansas only two decades ago, Bill Clinton routinely issued proclamations, with the usual rhetorical flourishes, commemorating the birthdays of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis[2]?

That seems to be quite the inconsistency on Clinton’s part doesn’t it?

Then there is Clinton’s claim that, “their (the GOP’s) policy is, in my view, inimical to everything that this country stands for.” But, if Clinton is implying that the GOP is full of segregationists & racists, how can it be that so many Americans are voting Republican? So now Clinton has in a round about way, Clinton has called more than half of the country racists who want to return to the bad old days of segregation.

Coming from a guy who gave a Presidential Medal of Freedom to his mentor, William Fulbright, that’s quite a claim. Let me give you a little background info on Mr. Fulbright. Fulbright signed the “Southern Manifesto”, voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act., & voted against the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This is a man of whom Clinton said,

“It doesn’t take long to live a life. He made the best of his, and helped us to have a better chance to make the best of ours….The American political system produced this remarkable man, and my state did, and I’m real proud of it.

So what was Clinton proud of? Fulbright’s vote against the Civil Rights Act? Perhaps it was Fulbright’s fight against 1965 Voting Rights Act? He could try to say that he supported Fulbright’s strong stand on defense but that didn’t work out too well for Trent Lott when he tried it.

After taking all this into consideration, you’ll have to excuse me if I don’t think Clinton has a lot of credibility on this issue…

  1. David Horowitz:
  2. Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis:,E&p_text_date-0=2001&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no

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