Republican gubernatorial candidate and State Rep. Jeanne Ives' (R-42nd) new attack ad has attracted criticism from both sides of the aisle as being divisive and insensitive. The ad includes an actor portraying a transgender woman, as well as depictions of a black Chicago Teachers Union member, a woman in a pink "pussyhat" and an immigration advocate. They address Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, saying, "Thank you for betraying Illinois Republicans." In a statement released Saturday, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider said the ad does not reflect the views of the Republican Party. He said Ives should pull the ad and "apologize to the Illinoisans who were negatively portrayed in a cowardly attempt to stoke political division." read more
Breitbart News on Monday deleted an overtly racist tweet from its account, saying that it "did not meet" the publication's editorial standards. The tweet, published late on Super Bowl Sunday, imagined a future conversation between a Muslim grandfather and his grandchild. "Grampa, what's a Super Bowl?" the tweet began. "Well, lil Muhammad, back when the kuffar ran things, they stitched up filthy pig skins, moved them around painted lines, and shoved each other. There was secular music and alcohol -- A very haram affair!" Breitbart additionally attached a photo of New England Patriots players kneeling in the tweet.
Former congresswoman and presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann said in January that she had asked God whether she should run for former Sen. Al Franken's (D-MN) seat. On Monday, she announced his answer: No. Or rather, no answer. "It became very clear to me that I wasn't hearing any call from God to do this," she told Jan Markell, president of Olive Tree Ministries, in an interview flagged by Minnesota Public Radio. According to Bachmann, God instructed her to run for Congress in 2006 and for the Republican nomination for President in 2012 (she placed sixth in the Iowa caucuses and dropped out of the race soon after).
White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah touted the release of the Access Hollywood tape as "justice" and referred to Donald Trump as a "deplorable" during the lead-up to the 2016 election, messages acquired by New York Magazine reveal. As a Republican National Committee employee during the election, Shah, who previously worked with a political action committee that spawned numerous Jeb Bush staffers, reportedly notified a colleague of the existence of a CNN clip where Trump praised then-president-elect Barack Obama in December 2008. Andrew Hemming, the coworker Shah discussed the clip with, also left the RNC to work at the Trump White House. When discussing the Access Hollywood tape, Shah suggested to Hemming that he experienced schadenfreude watching Trump get criticized for his comments. "I'm kinda enjoying this, some justice. I honestly don't think it's the worst thing he's done but he somehow got passes for the other acts," he wrote. "Trump is a deplorable."
White supremacist propaganda on college campuses across the U.S. has triped in 2017, according to new research. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a report this week that showed a dramatic surge in reported white supremacist flier distribution between 2016 and 2017. Only 41 incidents were recorded during the fall semester of 2016, a number that sharply rose to 147 in the 2017 fall semester. "While campuses must respect and protect free speech, administrators must also address the need to counter hate groups' messages and show these bigoted beliefs belong in the darkest shadows, not in our bright halls of learning," Greenblatt said in a statement issued alongside the report. "There is a moral obligation to respond clearly and forcefully to constitutionally protected hate speech."