Rep. Mark Walker, who represents part of Guilford County — thank you for the gerrymander, GOP legislature — retweeted this last night.
If @POTUS said what he's accused of, I'll not defend or excuse it. 2 Senators @TomCottonAR and @sendavidperdue say @realDonaldTrump didn't say. But if Durbin was so offended, why didn't he say something to @POTUS face in mtg rather than find his courage when cams on?
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) January 12, 2018
At this point, it’s the closest thing to a public comment he’s made on President Trump’s racist, reprehensible remarks about immigration from poor countries. Please note that Huckabee isn’t condemning the remarks. Please note that Cotton and Perdue said they didn’t hear those words, not that Trump didn’t say them. Please note that he’s attacking the lone Democrat in the room for publicly condemning the president’s racism.
Update & correction: Rep. Walker was interviewed on TV yesterday. He didn’t condemn the president’s sentiments, or, really, his language. “I believe that God loves people from Haiti, or El Salvador, or any other country as much as he does Americans. We have worked on these different mission trips, we love the people from all countries. But, at the same time I take an oath, and that is to make sure we are protecting the people of the United States of America, and there is a lot of trafficking, a lot of things going on at our borders that need to be more secure,” said Walker.
What seems like an easy thing to condemn has befuddled my state’s GOP legislators. Here’s a tip: Begin with “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”
Neither Sen. Burr nor Sen. Tillis have spoken publicly about Trump’s comments that I can find. *
From WSOC, Rep. Pittenger of Charlotte said of Trump: “I think he’s a realist,” Pittenger said. “I think he has an unconventional way of communicating. As I said, he’s a diamond with a number of rough edges.”
Pittenger told Channel 9 that he recognizes that people are upset, but doesn’t think the president was attacking immigrants.
“You have to look at the context,” Pittenger said. “Was he talking about people, or was he talking about governments? I think he’s looking at these countries ruled by despots.”
Rep. Ted Budd, who also represents Guilford County, was on Capital Tonight last night. I didn’t see him, and the website isn’t updated, but a friend on Twitter said this about what he said: He said he wouldn’t use the president’s language, but he is serious about border security.
Yes, well. There is that.
I get this is political, and elected representatives don’t like to criticize the leader of their party. But to me, it’s a matter of character. When the leader of your party goes beyond the pale and shows himself to be racist, a person of character is expected to rise up and object. Strongly. Immediately.
As many philosophers and theologians have written, evil triumphs when good people remain silent. Partisanship doesn’t change that. Their silence is shameful.