Republican Ted Howze, who is running for Congress in California’s 10th congressional district, once described 95 percent of black voters as “political slaves” in a racist Facebook post unearthed by Politico this week.
In a Facebook post from July 2016, Howze attacked the Black Lives Matter movement and questioned why the vast majority of black voters support Democrats over Republicans.
“As a culture 95% percent of you vote in lock step for the same political party who held you as physical slaves and now wish to keep you as political slaves unable to effect (sic) any real change for the better,” he wrote.
Other posts uncovered by Politico revealed that Howze frequently made disparaging comments about Muslims and even insinuated that former President Barack Obama was himself a Muslim.
“Could it be because Obama’s father is Muslim?” he wrote in a post questioning why Obama wanted to admit Syrian refugees into the United States. “Or that his step father Lolo Soetoro is Muslim? Could it be that during his time living in Indonesia, which doesn’t allow dual citizenships, that Obama’s school records identify him as Barry Soetoro, an Indonesian citizen of Muslim faith!”
In addition to this, Howze also wrote posts accusing Hillary Clinton of being a mass murderer and said that the Clinton family had “a trail of bodies as long as the Mississippi River behind them.”
After some of Howze’s more recent racist Facebook posts were uncovered, the candidate claimed that his account had been used by other people to post “negative and ugly ideas” on his behalf.
After being shown screenshots of even more racist Facebook posts, however, the campaign responded by attacking the media.
“It’s the policy of the campaign to not comment on fake news or redundant stories by the same insider online blog,” it said.
Trump’s angry words and Coronavirus surge darken Independence Day weekend in America
The United States marked an unusually somber Independence Day on Saturday, with President Donald Trump bashing domestic opponents and China -- but praising the country's coronavirus response, despite a record surge in cases.
Across the country, virus fears dampened or nixed Main Street parades, backyard barbecues and family reunions on a day when Americans typically celebrate their 1776 declaration of independence from Britain.
Instead of adopting a unifying tone, Trump -- facing a tough re-election and eager to mobilize his political base -- railed against protesters demanding racial justice after unarmed African American George Floyd was killed by a white police officer.
‘Spoiler’ Kanye West mocked for running for president against his pal Trump: ‘2020 never fails to disappoint’
President Donald Trump appears to have lost the support of one of his most well-known Black supporters as Kanye West announced on Saturday that he is running for president.
“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States,” West posted on Twitter, with the hashtag #2020VISION.
The musician was mocked for his presidential bid, here's some of what people were saying:
Trump pal Kanye West announces 2020 presidential campaign in 4th of July message
Kanye West announced a 2020 presidential bid on Independence Day.
West infamously referred to his red "Make America Great Again" hat as his "Superman cape" and dropped an F-bomb in the Oval Office while voicing his support for the president.
West's White House antics were mocked by NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in the show's cold open.
But West is now apparently running against Trump.