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US politics post-shame era: how Republicans became the party of hate

US politics post-shame era: how Republicans became the party of hate


US politics post-shame era: how Republicans became the party of hate

Republicans were in trouble. Mitt Romney, their US presidential nominee, had been crushed by Barack Obama. The party commissioned an "autopsy" report that proposed a radical rethink. "If we want ethnic minority voters to support Republicans," it said, "we have to engage them and show our sincerity."

Ten years after Romney's loss, Republicans are fighting their first election since the presidency of Donald Trump. But far from entering next month's midterms as the party of tolerance, diversity and sincerity, critics say, they have shown itself to be unapologetically the party of hate.

Perhaps nothing captures the charge more eloquently than a three-word post that appeared on the official Twitter account for Republicans on the House of Representatives' judiciary committee - ranking member Jim Jordan - on 6 October. It said, simply and strangely: "Kanye. Elon. Trump."

The first of this unholy trinity referred to Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, who has recently drawn fierce criticism for wearing a "White Lives Matter" T-shirt at Paris fashion week and for antisemitic messages on social media, including one that said he would soon go "death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE".

The second was billionaire Elon Musk, who published a pro-Russian peace plan for Ukraine and denied reports that he had been spoken to Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin.

The third was former president Donald Trump, who wrote last weekend that American Jews have offered insufficient praise of his policies toward Israel, warning that they need to "get their act together" before "it is too late!" The comment played into the antisemitic prejudice that American Jews have dual loyalties to the US and Israel.

It was condemned by the White House as "insulting" and "antisemitic". But when historian Michael Beschloss tweeted: "Do any Republican Party leaders have any comment at all on Trump's admonition to American Jews?", the silence was deafening.

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