Given that we have a presidential election coming in less than 80 days, perhaps our expectations shouldn’t be too high for the sort of candor our politicians will exude right now. Maybe we’ve been spoiled by the well-spoken, tactful versions of leaders that we see on television, which are a far cry from the self-serving, lobbyist-teat-suckling swine who work on Capitol Hill these days.
In either case, the closer we get to an election of significance, the more vile and ridiculous things we are forced to hear from our political ruling class.
Take the latest from Beto O’Rourke, a flash-in-the-pan candidate in the early stages of the 2020 Democratic primary, who recently made a very bold claim about what lies in Donald Trump’s heart.
At the Democrat National Convention (DNC) on Monday evening, failed Democrat presidential primary candidate Beto O’Rourke suggested that President Trump is more racist than presidents who owned slaves.
“You had the most destructive, hateful, racist president in the history of this country who is literally tearing apart the fabric of the United States of America,” O’Rourke said during a clip at the DNC.
Maybe Beto, or “Robert Francis”, as he was named, is forgetting a key fact here:
Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James Polk, Zachary Taylor, Andrew Johnson, and Ulysses S. Grant are reported to have each owned slaves at one point.
Similarly, presidents such as Lyndon B. Johnson reportedly used racist slurs against black Americans. Biographer Robert Caro said Johnson used the N-word in conversations with Southern senators and referred to the Civil Rights Act of 1957 as the “n***er bill.”
Something tells me that “Beto”, whose nickname has been appropriated from Hispanic culture, might want to rethink that.