African American Republican strategist Shermichael Singleton had harsh words on Wednesday for the “hypocrites” in his own party, telling MSNBC the GOP had “no moral authority” to call for the resignation of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar after she made comments critical of AIPAC.
Host Hallie Jackson noted that Omar’s response to President Donald Trump’s call for her resignation highlighted the president’s own long history of racial and religious bigotry, and asked if the Republicans were guilty of double standards. Singleton didn’t hold back.
“Of course it’s a double standard,” he said, saying the party was indulging in “a fallacy we call a tu quoque, it’s an appeal to hypocrisy.”
“The Republicans are saying ‘you shouldn’t do this, therefore this person should resign,'” he said, saying the party was quite content to tolerate the likes of Steve King (R-IA) and Cindy Hyde Smith, both of who have been cited for racism, including making jokes about lynchings. “It’s difficult for Republicans to say ‘Democrats, you need to clean up your house’ when our house is a complete disaster.”
“The reality is the Vice President and many of these Republicans in the House and in the Senate who are calling for her to resign, I should say, they lack the moral authority to do so,” he said. “Let’s be honest here. The president of the United States is someone who has at least most certainly played around with racism, and Republicans by and large have remained quiet out of fear of retribution from the base. They have no grounds to speak on this.”
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