Meghan McCain: Young Republicans ‘Turned Off’ by Tea Party’s ‘Innate Racism’
February 10, 2010
(ChattahBox)— The first-ever Tea Party Convention held in Nashville last week exposed the usual extreme right-wing mix of racism, hate, ugly nativism, birtherism and other assorted nutty conspiracy theories. And surprisingly, Sen. John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain, during a stint as co-host on “The View,” took aim at the teapartiers’ “innate racism” and Sarah Palin’s hypocrisy regarding her recent Facebook missive demanding that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel be fired for uttering the phrase, f****** retard” during a private meeting last summer. But when Rush Limbaugh used the same word in an offensive manner Palin gave him a pass, saying the bloviating talk show host was using the word as “satire.”
Meghan McCain pointed to former Congressman Tom Tancredo’s opening night speech, in which he declared that illiterate minorities voted Obama in office, as particularly offensive. Tancredo brought up the insidious specter of literacy tests and poll taxes, used in the segregated South to deny African Americans the right to vote. “People who would not even spell the word vote or say it in English put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House… named Barack Hussein Obama,” said Tancredo to wild applause.
McCain denounced Tancredo’s ugly nativism as “innate racism,” noting that young conservatives are repulsed by the tea party’s white middle-aged racists and assorted kooks:
“It’s innate racism, and I think it’s why young people are turned off by this movement,” McCain said of Tancredo’s remarks. “Revolutions start with young people, not with 65-year-old people talking about literacy tests and people who can’t say the word vote in English. It’s ridiculous,” said McCain.
And regarding Palin’s R-word controversy McCain said it represented “exactly what is wrong with politics today.” “We can’t placate and say Democrats can say one thing and Republicans can say another thing,” she said.