You know how Republicans are forced to denounce every unsavory person that has ever said they like them? David Duke says he likes Trump and the media immediately demands that Trump denounce him or else he must agree with Duke’s white supremacist views. It’s nonsense. They never hold Democrats accountable for anyone that endorses them in fact the media doesn’t even care who Democrats associate with. Obama can pal around with Jew hating Farrakhan and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and no one on the left even blinks. But, if a Republican gave a speech 10 years ago at the same event as someone liberals don’t like then that’s a career ender.
It’s a remarkably unfair double standard.
That double standard reared its ugly head when a sitting member of the United States Senate praised a former KKK member.
From Real Clear Politics:
Montana Senator Jon Tester called former Senator Robert Byrd “great.” Robert Byrd was a West Virginia Senator from 1959-2010. Byrd was controversial as being a former member of the KKK which he joined at age 24. In 1964, Byrd along with several other Senators filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
From Washington Free Beacon:
“We can continue to have the debate about the best way to secure the border, but it should not be done holding the American people hostage. It should be done by having the debate that this body, the most deliberative body in the world I was told before I got here — got to serve with great senators, got to serve with Robert C. Byrd and Richard Lugar and Kennedy and Baucus, the list goes on and on. We don’t debate. We don’t even vote,” said Tester.
Byrd, who served as a West Virginia senator from 1959 to 2010, joined the KKK at age 24 and led his local chapter in the rank of Exalted Cyclops. In the 1940’s, Byrd refused to join the military because he feared serving with “race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds,” according to a letter he wrote at the time.
Just think about that for a second.
Imagine the media firestorm that we’d see if someone like Ted Cruz went up to the podium and talked about how “great” a KKK member was. The sky would fall down.
We all understand Tester wasn’t praising racism but he was praising a racist and that’s something that is supposed to be frowned upon today.
It doesn’t matter how effective Byrd was as a senator or how nice he was to people like Hillary Clinton. The guy was a member of the KU KLUX KLAN and pretty proud of it for a lot of years. No one is saying he doesn’t deserve forgiveness if he changed his ways at the end but can we agree we shouldn’t be talking about how great he was on the Senate floor?
As expected, the media is giving Tester a pass.