Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin explained Thursday that she's certain the Republican Party has abandoned any previous attempts to conceal their racism. While many elected Republicans refused to endorse birther conspiracies against former President Barack Obama, polls from 2011 revealed 45 percent of GOP voters believed that the former president wasn't born in the United States.
"It's not hard to find the pattern," Rubin tweeted. "Take a woman of color who is an outspoken advocate for her views. Call her dangerous, radical, disloyal. Find some scrap of something that proves nothing and contradicts enabling of a racist disgraced ex-president."
It is not hard to find the pattern. Take a woman of color who is an outspoken advocate for her views. Call her dang… https://t.co/ArDmHL7QNd— Jennifer 'pro-reality' Rubin (@Jennifer 'pro-reality' Rubin)1614279375.0
Writing for the Washington Post, Rubin went on to note that Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-LA) got defensive when Judge Merrick Garland used the phrase "implicit bias" during his confirmation hearing. Garland explained to Kennedy that the term "implicit bias" is something that is part of the human condition.
"In retrospect, Garland's right response may have been: If the shoe fits, senator," Rubin wrote.
Ironically, just days later Kennedy attacked President Joe Biden's Budget nominee Neera Tanden, claiming her "allegiance is not to America and it's not to President Biden, it's to Secretary [Hillary] Clinton." The implication being that as an Indian American, her loyalties can't possibly be to America.
"That is a message that many Republicans have been telling us about women of color, although not always as overtly," wrote Rubin. "The Post reports, "Many of the president's Black, Latino, Asian and Native American nominees are encountering more political turbulence than their White counterparts, further drawing out the process of staffing the federal government."
"When someone like Tanden is treated so differently — accusing her of disloyalty and making up a new standard never employed for Republicans or White males (mean tweets) — that 'turbulence' becomes indistinguishable from racism," Rubin explained.
Justice Department appointee Vanita Gupta is another woman of color who has been attacked by Republicans during a Senate committee hearing. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) misquoted and mischaracterized an editorial by Vanita Gupta from her editorial opposing the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Kristen Clarke, is yet another woman of color being attacked by Republicans, saying that she's anti-Semitic because when she was 19 years old, she invited an anti-Semitic author to speak at Harvard. She has said she regrets this decision."
While the GOP rails against so-called "cancel culture," Rubin explained that that's exactly what they're attempting to do to Biden's women of color.
"Clearly, Republicans' opposition to [Clarke] is not about some newfound concern about antisemitism. It's about making a woman of color, whose qualifications are beyond question, into a scary, radical figure," she wrote.
"It is not hard to find the pattern," Rubin closed. "Take a woman of color who is an outspoken advocate for her views. Call her dangerous, radical, extreme, disloyal. Find some scrap of something that proves nothing and seems to contradict their enabling of a racist, disgraced ex-president. It is as blatant as their attempts to disenfranchise Black voters, their refusal to disown white-supremacist groups and their lionization of Confederate imagery. Forget the "Party of Lincoln"; this is the party of Jim Crow."