Here’s the deal…if Chip Saltsman can honestly spin this whole flap by saying that those who called him out for his racially insensitivity are simply pandering to the national press, well, the GOP has truly become the party of clueless white people.
Four days after news broke that the former Tennessee GOP chairman had sent a CD including a song titled â€œBarack the Magic Negroâ€ to the RNC members he is courting, some of those officials are rallying around the embattled Saltsman, with a few questioning whether the national media and his opponents are piling on.
â€œWhen I heard about the story, I had to figure out what was going on for myself,â€ said Mark Ellis, the chairman of the Maine Republican Party. â€œWhen I found out what this was about I had to ask, â€˜Boy, whatâ€™s the big deal here?â€™ because there wasnâ€™t any.â€
Alabama Republican Committeeman Paul Reynolds said the fact the Saltsman sent him a CD with the song on it â€œdidnâ€™t bother me one bit.â€
â€œChip probably could have thought it through a bit more, but he was doing everyone a favor by giving us a gift,â€ he said. â€œThis is just people looking for something to make an issue of.â€
â€œI donâ€™t think he intended it as any kind of racial slur. I think he intended it as a humor gift,â€ Oklahoma GOP Committeewoman Carolyn McClarty added. â€œI think it was innocently done by Chip.â€
Yes, the leaders of the Republican party are claiming that as long as you use a racial term in a joke…it’s okay.
“What? Can’t you take a joke? Don’t you have a sense of humor? Jeez, everything’s so politically correct these days.”
Somebody please save these people from themselves.