Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin offered her fellow Republicans some incredibly simple advice on how to not seem racist.
Rubin lauded CNN's Amanda Carpenter, a fellow conservative commentator, for her "straight talk and zero tolerance for racism" she exhibited when calling out Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) for "joking" about attending a public hanging.
"There’s no explanation for it. It’s a racist thing to say," Carpenter said on CNN after Hyde-Smith's comments came to light. "I’m not from the South, but I’m pretty sure joking around about going to a public lynching is not something people say.”
Her condemnation was "exceedingly rare," Rubin wrote.
It's "obvious" why Republicans often fail to repudiate racism, the commentator continued: because the GOP under Donald Trump has turned "white grievance" politics into the primary motivating factor for turning out their bases.
Instead of putting racism in its place, GOP politicians and pundits "try to harness not only the winks, nods and overt statements of solidarity with the alt-right (including fondness for Confederate statues and emblems) but also the reaction this generates from those whom their base scorns — the media, urban elites and civil rights groups," Rubin added.
"To crib from Carpenter," the commentator wrote, "if Republicans want to quit being accused of being 'anti-immigrant,' they have to stop saying anti-immigrant things."
That rhetoric includes the comments Trump made about the Latin American "migrant caravan" that stopped being mentioned after the midterms: "calling [immigrants] 'animals,' talking about an infestation, making up a crime wave purportedly caused by immigrants."
"Republicans bring criticism on themselves when they talk and act in ways that are factually wrong and morally indefensible," Rubin concluded. "It’s a big reason that voters who care about facts and public morality won’t vote for them."