Republicans Accept Money from Charleston Church Shooter Inspiration

This is dedicated to the memory of the Charleston Nine: Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton, Clementa C. Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman and Myra Thompson.

In my last few articles, I’ve been making the case that the Republican and Libertarian parties have become infested with white nationalist hate groups. It is a very serious accusation no doubt, but it is an accusation that the media can no longer justify ignoring. We now have elected a racist, misogynist, anti-immigrant bigot for our president. He in turn is filling his cabinet with more white supremacists, anti-LGBT activists, anti-immigrant proponents and misogynists. The following is just another example of how the Republican Party can longer claim to be the party of Lincoln when it comes to civil rights as it has been gradually evolving into the white nationalist party for decades.

It is entirely possible, and I would not condemn you for this as the media is busy covering every Trump tweet, that you are not aware that Dylann Roof, the accused murderer of nine innocent souls, was just deemed fit to stand trial. In case you’ve forgotten, Roof entered the Charleston, South Carolina Emanuel Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015 and murdered nine Bible study members simply because they were black. Roof maintained a website where he wrote that his attempt at starting a race war was inspired by articles he discovered on the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) website.

 

“The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these black on White [sic] murders. At this moment, I realized something was very wrong.” – Dylann Roof

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So what is the CofCC? It turns out that the CofCC is a large organization with many chapters throughout the United States. They not only maintain connections with similar hate groups in America, but with ones in Europe and various other countries. They are recognized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Oddly enough, the CofCC considers both of these groups to be hate groups because they are intolerant of their intolerance. A sort of “I know you are, but what am I,” philosophy.

In fact the CofCC is the modern day KKK. They are the more genteel KKK in that they do not burn crosses or wear ridiculous costumes. They look like everyday white citizens yet they still espouse the same hateful anti-anything not white Christian bullshit heard from their KKK ancestors.  To be sure, they love the N-word and share the same ideology, but they are more inclined to use the system and make more subtle arguments to win over whites.

And this is where you start to notice the similarity of ideas and policies with our modern day Republican and Libertarian Party platforms. Even their conservative bruja mouthpiece Ann Coulter has stated that she does not find the CofCC to be a racist organization. Really? Yes, really. Notice how many of their beliefs are espoused by Trump and other republicans. This was taken from the CofCC newspaper the Citizens Informer from Vol. 45, #3, Sept.-Dec. 2012. Yes, 2012!

  • “America First” – “…no need to maintain political and military commitments to allies made during the Cold War…we cannot continue to support their defense budgets, guarantee their security, fight their wars or finance their governments and economies through foreign aid.”
  • “America First Trade Policy” – only policies that benefit the U.S. will be considered.

Now look at the rest of their platform. Notice the similarities with the 2016 Republican platform.

  • The U.S. is a Christian country. Its public leaders, government and people at all levels must be Cristian. Prayer must be allowed in schools and all public places.
  • They oppose all immigration that comes from non-white, non-western countries. All non-whites are to be returned to their countries.
  • They oppose any policy that would put a non-white above a white such as affirmative-action, the Civil Rights Voting Act of 1964 and desegregation.
  • There is to be no mixing of the races.
  • Only the traditional family of a Christian man and woman is to be recognized.
  • Homosexuality should be illegal.
  • All “hate crimes” are non-existent, not recognized as crimes.
  • Any justices that do not uphold Christian values are to be impeached and replaced.
  • Abolish the U.S. Department of Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Development, etc.
  • There is to be no social welfare for the poor, disabled or sick and elderly.
  • States rights.
  • Oppose all gun control.
  • Abolish political correctness and sensitivity training.

 

The CofCC is the new White Citizen Council from the 1950’s. They simply took the mailing lists from old groups and formed a group with a shiny new, not so racist sounding name. It is the most prominent white supremacist group for that reason; you can be a racist and not seem like one when KKK is not in your group’s name. But let me be clear in this, there is no valid argument for any politician to claim such ignorance. None. They have known who these bigots are for quite some time because both Republican and a few Democrats have been exposed as supporters or even members of this group for almost 20 years now.

In 1998, Bob Barr, former federal prosecutor, Georgia Republican U.S. Representative, 2008 Libertarian presidential candidate and 2014 Georgia Republican congressional candidate was outed by Thomas Edsall of the Washington Post as being a repeat offender for speaking at CofCC conferences. Edsell followed up his report with another bombshell, then Mississippi Republican Senator Trent Lott was actually a member. In 1993, Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate agreed to speak at a CofCC conference but had a scheduling conflict. He sent a video of his speech instead. In 1994, after the media discovered he was once again the keynote speaker, he bowed out. Old Democrats such as Strom Thurmond and Dick Gephart were CofCC favorites too. And the list gets longer when you look at state and local officials. Each and every one of these men claimed to not know that the CofCC was a white supremacist organization. Apparently, we were born yesterday.

After the Charleston shooting, the media once again discovered that the CofCC had political connections via political donations. Elected officials had become smart enough to not show up at their conventions but still loved that money. Their president, Earl Pendleton Holt III, had given over $65,000 to many current and former Republican office holders. These included state and federal congressional members, state supreme court justices and even presidential candidates. In an effort to distance themselves from the avowed racists of the CofCC, some of these politicians stated they would either donate these tainted contributions or return them to Holt. Of course, they once again claimed ignorance as to the group’s racist rants.

Some, not all but some. I not only wondered if those some did as they promised, but which ones did not promise at all and why not. This also made me curious as to why only the donations by Holt. Surely there were other members of the CofCC that had made political donations.

I discovered that Republican and Libertarian PACS, committees and candidates have taken over $165,000 from known CofCC leaders. This does don’t include money donated to PACS that are legally allowed to hide their donors, AKA dark money. Most favored elected officials include Ted Cruz, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker, Michele Bachmann, Steve King and The Arkansas Republican Party. Perhaps you are thinking that $165,000 is not that much money considering the size of some political contributions. True. But if it’s not that much, then why not return or donate it?

Granted, I don’t expect politicians to be aware of every donor’s level of racism. I don’t even expect them to know every member of the CofCC. I do expect them to know the leaders and not accept donations of any kind. I do require that they denounce them. I insist that they refuse to speak at their events. It would only take a request to the SPLC and/or the ADL from the Republican Party for a list of names. In turn, those logging the donations for campaign finance recording could return the checks of known racists and anti-Semites. How hard is this?

I will gladly assist those seeking public office in identifying the leaders of the CofCC that like to donate to elected officials . The following is a list of their leaders obtained from tax filings with the IRS and their information as provided by the SPLC and the ADL:

  • Earl Pendleton Holt III – President. Lives in Longview, TX. Hosts the radio show Right at Night in St. Louis, MO and writes for The Blaze and Citizen Informer. Has stated that black people “are the laziest, stupidest and most criminally inclined race in the history of the world.”
  • Katherine Cook Holt – Director. Longview, TX. Wife of Earl Holt.
  • A.J. Barker – Board Member. Clemens, N.C. Owner of A.J. Barker Window and Siding Company. Once organized a protest at a Tyson chicken factory in North Carolina because he thought they were hiring undocumented workers.
  • John and Brenda Casteel – Board members. Newport, AR. Owner of Casteel Insurance Company. John was Jackson County’s Republican Chairman but was forced to resign for racist comments.
  • Sam G. Dickson, Esq. – Board member. Atlanta, GA. Editorial advisory board for Citizens Informer.
  • James Edwards – Board member. Bartlett, TN. Host of right wing radio show Political Cesspool.
  • Arthur and Betty Furniss – Board members. Horn Lake, MS. Betty is now deceased.
  • Roan and Cheryl Garcia-Quintana – Board members. Mauldin, S.C. Although Roan is Cuban born, he is rabidly anti-immigrant and is director of Americans Have Had Enough. He served in the Reagan Administration and with South Carolina’s Republican Governor Nikki Haley’s campaign committee. She fired him once Democrats discovered he was a CofCC member but she kept his $100 donation. She is currently a Trump cabinet appointee.
  • David Macko – Board member. Solon, OH. Macko is a politician himself running as a Libertarian. He has been the Secretary and Treasurer for the Ohio Libertarian Party. He is also a member of the John Birch Society and the Oath Keepers.
  • Martin Ray – Board Member. Trinity, AL.
  • Robert L. Slimp – Board member. Columbia, S.C. Slimp is a retired Army Chaplain and joined the Dixiecrats under Strom Thurmond. He writes for the Citizens Informer, “If this state of affairs continues, a majority of the U.S. population will be non-European aliens, and then our country will be gone forever.”
  • Phillip L. White – Board member. Sebring, FL.
  • Leonard R. Wilson, Esq. – Board member. Townley, AL. Wilson has a long white nationalist history. He’s the Alabama state commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and a member of the White Citizens Council of Tuscaloosa. He also served on both the Republican and Democratic State Committees and was an Alabama delegate in five Republican Conventions.
  • Ron G. Wilson – Board Member. Easley, S.C. Ron is the former leader of the sons of Confederate Veterans. He is also a member of The League of the South, another modern day White Council group. He was an Anderson County, S.C. Board of Education member and owner of Atlantic Bullion and Coin. Through his company, he stole $60 million from investors and was sentenced to twenty years in prison.

 

Now obviously there are tons more, but these are just some of the main players of the CofCC. So, elected officials, if you receive a check from these people and you accept it, you are accepting money from a known white supremacist whose organization influenced Dylann Roof to murder nine innocent persons simply because of the color of their skin.

In the next post, I will list all their donations to local, state and federal politicians. It is incumbent upon these elected officials to return or donate all of the blood money they have received from the CofCC.

 

 

Sexual Predator-In-Chief

I have numerous reasons why Trump should not be sworn in as our commander-in-chief. Every day there is a new reason. The racist remarks about Muslims, Mexicans and blacks, sexist comments about any woman who dared disagree or confront him, suggesting supporters should shoot Hillary Clinton, lying about everything, failing to disclose taxes, failing to disclose ties to Russia, not allowing freedom of press, encouraging supporters to attack the press, talking about the size of his dick during a debate…

But the thing that sticks with me, the issue I can’t seem to get past is that he admitted numerous times to being a sexual predator. Bragged about it even.

In response to Stern holding up pictures of women Donald Trump had slept with, Trump stated:

“Actually, some of the ones on the chart were not victims.”

Howard Stern Show – 2004

This is not to mention over a dozen women who have come forward to say that Trump did exactly those things he bragged about to them. Every day there’s a new story, another woman coming forward, another video or audio of him bragging. Trump and his minions react the way predators always do, they attack their victims. Assaulting them all over again. The women who claim to have been assaulted by Trump are deemed liars, not attractive enough to sexually assault or trying to get fame. Why had they waited so long Trumpians asked.

“And when you’re a star, they just let you do it. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,” Trump said to Billy Bush.

Access Hollywood 2005 video.

This is all very personal to me as it is to many women. In the mid 1990’s I was a federal agent. One night during the 4 month long academy, I was walking to my housing when a classmate offered to walk with me. I said I was fine but he insisted. Once home, he attempted to rape me. Pushing me against a wall he punched me in the face and began tearing at my jeans. I punched back but it had no impact as he was twice my size. I felt swallowed by him. I could not get out from his grasp; his hands were large like baseball gloves.

I remember the smell of his sweat and cologne. The smell of beer on his breath as he tried to kiss me. The pockmark scars on his face. His dark, bristly moustache. Writing this, hearing Trump’s comments takes me back there, I feel weak and defenseless again, vulnerable and disgusting. I franticly kicked and punched until I thought my hands would break. I was able to escape only when one of my blows hit him in the groin. I ran to my room and locked the door. Crying uncontrollably I stayed up all night afraid he’d come back and kick the door in. We had no phones or cell phones. There was no one to help. It was not until the next morning that I realized I had come away with a cracked rib, black eye, bruises all over my body and scratches from the brick wall on my back. I did not report the incident.

When we first arrived at the academy, they separated the men and the women. They told the women we were to get training on proper grooming. The men were given a talking to, as I later discovered, about how women will file EEO against them whether sex was consensual or not. Meanwhile, though the one female agent at the academy did cover grooming standards with us, her main topic was about how we should never file EEO. That meant that if we were ever sexually assaulted, we should never file a complaint. She then went on to tell us how the all male staff would use this to fire us during our probationary period. There were plenty of examples of women being fired from the academy for academic or physical fitness reasons and plenty more for having filed EEO complaints. No more than 2 women ever graduated in a class. Less than 2% of the force were women and that was counting the civilian employees, secretaries and such. I needed this job. I had school loans to pay and nowhere else to go. So I did not file.

I saw my abuser every day. I sat in the same classrooms with him. I did my best to avoid him until a week later I was forced to fight one on one in defense tactics with my abuser. He was 6’4″ and over 200lbs. I was 5’5″ and roughly 130lbs. I was not allowed to use my legs, hit him in the eyes or groin; all tactics that women use because men are simply biologically stronger in their upper bodies. He threw me into the walls over and over while the instructors laughed. Each time he whispered in my ear, “Fuck you cunt!” Then I would fly through the air, hit a wall and slide down only to be told to attack him again. In the women’s locker room, the other women saw my bruises and urged me go forward. Something was obviously up. I was set up for this and we all knew it. Still, I did not file.

“It’s locker room talk, and it’s one of those things,” Trump said.

One man out of over 60 of my classmates went forward. He told the staff that my abuser had gone into the locker room and bragged saying, “That fucking bitch will never say no to me again. I fucking showed her!” Only one man came forward to tell of my abuser’s “locker room talk.” One classmate. One out of over 60. Men I had studied with for over 3 months. Classmates I’d worked out with. I knew many of their wives, their children and yet, only one. When I asked them why, they stated that they were told not to trust women, that we make up stories of sexual abuse. They’d remembered the lies their male instructors had told them. The following day, the supervisor stood before us and told everyone that he was not going to listen to any more whining. That if any of us women had a complaint, we should file EEO or shut up. I did not file.

They still tried to fire me. I was the only female at my station. I was written up because, “Her facial expressions give me the impression she does not like me.” Porn was left in my station mail slot. Back up would not arrive when I called for it. The men at the station spread rumors that I was sleeping with a supervisor, though I never even dated another  agent. Plus, I was and am gay. Though once I came out, that still didn’t stop the rumors.

I eventually, found other agents, male agents who respected me. Agents who knew that the rumors were lies. I won accommodations and became a well respected agent. But that did not stop the rumors. Any promotion or detail I earned was because I’d either slept with someone or because the all male superiors were afraid I’d file EEO on them. The week I left, a superior said to me, “I’ve always wanted to know…did you file EEO and then fuck Davis to keep your job?” I turned and walked out without a word.

“Donald seriously. You know about sexual predators and things like that,” Stern said. “You are one,” yelled Robin Quivers.

“That’s true. That’s true,” said Donald Trump.

Howard Stern Show – 2006

So you see, for me that “locker room talk” is much more. I understand that men and even some women will brag about sex or comment on physical attributes of others. That is locker room talk. Bragging about sexual assault is not. Trump’s locker room talk is traumatic for me. But what I find even more traumatic are the attacks that his supporters, both men and women, are committing against these women. Just like I was, they have been called liars and threatened. This is why we don’t come forward.

When we do dare to come forward, we become the villains. We become the punching bags. We lose our jobs, our self esteem, our faith in humanity. We are victimized again and again. We learned from Anita Hill that when we come forward, our accuser will become a supreme court justice. We learned from the Clinton accusers, yes I believe their stories too, that he will become president. We learn in our own lives and other women around us that nothing happens to these men. Should they even see the light of a court room, chances are they won’t be convicted and if they are, they will do very little time. Just look all the rapes that occur on college campuses and the male judges who then sentence these young perpetrators to little time over and over again.

We women get it. That’s why we don’t file. That’s why we try to just move on with our lives. That’s why when another man trying to become president is found to be a sexual predator, we become enraged. We start to stand up. When Trump had the nerve to use Clinton’s accusers to say he wasn’t that bad of a predator, I lost it. Once again he was using women for his own purposes. He abused those women again.

I don’t know what hurts more, Trump doing those things or that millions of Americans can look past it and make him president. It says to those of us who have been victims of sexual assault that our pain does not matter. Worse, it says to those who will be victimized in the future that they are better off keeping their mouths shut.