Act for America responds
The controversial booth with the racist poster at Friday’s “Republicans Take the Rotunda” event claimed affiliation with Act for America. The Southern Poverty Law Center considers ACT for America to be an anti-Muslim hate group because
it pushes wild anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, denigrates American Muslims and deliberately conflates mainstream and radical Islam.
If you examine the poster, the SPLC description would seem to be a perfect fit. However, even that group is distancing itself from the anti-immigration group at the rotunda. Yesterday, ACT for America released a statement disavowing themselves from the Charleston group:
While we find many of the views and actions of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to be reprehensible, the display in the Capitol rotunda would have never been approved or endorsed by our National Office.
Any publications claiming or implying that this was in fact an ACT For America approved and endorsed event is expected to issue an immediate retraction. ACT For America will pursue legal action against any publications claiming otherwise and misrepresenting the facts.
(Of course, this could just be the national group covering their behind.)
How could Republicans and their leadership not notice?
It wasn’t like the poster was hidden in the back corner where no one would see it.
Reading a number of press reports, I’m left with the feeling that Republicans knew what was on display but didn’t react until the Democrats and others reacted and then they were “shocked, shocked, that racism was on display at the Capitol rotunda.” In the picture, note that the only item larger than the poster is a Trump Pence sign. And yet, no Republican noticed the racist poster?
And what took the chairwoman of the Republican Party, Melody Potter, so long to respond? I would think that she was the person most responsible for “Republicans Take the Rotunda” and yet she waited until Saturday to respond. Additionally, she still has not responded to this tweet from Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter, Jake Zuckerman:
Local House of Delegate’s Democrat Shawn Fluharty summed all this up nicely on Friday: