PA GOP Hosting “Watermelon at the Mercy of Blacks” Governor for Lincoln Day Dinner

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If you thought it was bad last year when the Pennsylvania GOP selected “Confederate History Month” Governor Bob McDonnell (R-Virginia) as the keynote speaker for their Lincoln Day Dinner, then you’re in for a real treat this year.

This year, the PA GOP has chosen former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour to keynote the January 31st event celebrating President Lincoln’s legacy. Governor Barbour, like McDonnell, is a more-than-questionable choice given the name of the dinner.

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Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour

In an interview with the Weekly Standard, Barbour recalled his life during the civil rights movement, saying “I just don’t remember it as being that bad.”

As ABC News reported, Barbour “went on to credit the Citizens’ Council, a group that has been viewed as pro-segregationist, with helping to peacefully integrate the public schools in his home town, Yazoo City, Miss.”

Later in the Weekly Standard interview, Barbour reflected on an event he attended where Martin Luther King spoke, saying “We just sat on our cars, watching the girls, talking, doing what boys do. We paid more attention to the girls than to King.”

And it’s not like this is just an example of an interview gone bad.  In fact, Barbour’s proclivity toward racially charged remarks dates back as far as 1982, when, according to The Daily Beast, Barbour chastised one of his aides who made a racist remark by saying that if the aide “persisted in racist remarks, he would be reincarnated as a watermelon and placed at the mercy of blacks.”

So, well done PA GOP. Once again, you’ve shown a unique ability to commit unforced errors and a complete insensitivity to the voters you’ll need to have any chance at gaining electoral ground in the Keystone State.

About Jake Sternberger

Jake Sternberger is a recovering/relapsing political professional who has been a contributor to Keystone Politics since 2011. Sternberger covers campaigns and elections for KP, drawing from his experience working on local, county, congressional, and statewide PA races doing field, oppo, comms, and as CM. He is currently a law student. Email: jakes@keystonepolitics.com Twitter: @JakeSternberger
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7 Responses to PA GOP Hosting “Watermelon at the Mercy of Blacks” Governor for Lincoln Day Dinner

  1. Quote You Missed says:

    “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side … Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”
    — Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV), in a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS)

  2. Quote That You Missed says:

    You missed the first half the quote from the weekly standard I asked him why he went out.

    “We wanted to hear him speak.”

    I asked what King had said that day.

    “I don’t really remember. The truth is, we couldn’t hear very well. We were sort of out there on the periphery.”

  3. Julieann Wozniak says:

    Way to polish up your party’s image among those of us who aren’t white, male, or old. Well, I am a bit long in the tooth, but I’m no bigot.

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