A Wall Street Journal reporter tweeted pictures of a frighteningly familiar sight from Quicken Loans Arena where the Republican National Convention is getting set up.
— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) July 16, 2016
The New York Daily News reports that the signs are quickly being removed, but not before enough people saw them and took notice.
“The Jim Crow-esque signs were seen in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, where thousands of Republican delegates, politicians and supporters are expected to formally nominate bombastic businessman Donald Trump as their party’s presidential pick this week.”
No word has been given on who hung the signs or who approved them, but the horrifying sight cannot possibly do much to improve the GOP’s image, already seen by many as a party of racism.
The party’s presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, polled very badly with millennial voters this week according to a GenForward poll. As one young voter told ABC News:
“I think if you want to be a moral young person, you can’t support Trump,” said Miguel Garcia, 20, of Norwalk, California…”It’s really hard to back anything Trump does…He just says prejudiced stuff.”
The poll revealed some dismal numbers for the Trump campaign.
“A mere 6 percent of young African Americans, 10 percent of young Hispanics, 12 percent of young Asian Americans and 27 percent of young whites see Trump in a favorable light, ratings that suggest the celebrity businessman faces a staggering task this summer to win their backing in his bid for the White House.”
It isn’t hard to imagine why so many would feel this way. Trump first announced his bid for the presidency in the same speech in which he called Mexican immigrants drug dealers and rapists. Trump has not only called for a ban on Muslims immigrating to the United States, he’s found a running mate willing to walk back his criticism of that policy as “offensive and unconstitutional” to come out in full support of it now that he’s the VP pick. At more than one rally for Trump, white supporters were filmed attacking and beating protesters of color with Trump’s full support and encouragement. When the KKK’s David Duke and other white nationalists came out in support of Trump, he refused to disavow them until the backlash grew too much for even the Donald to handle.
No, it isn’t difficult to imagine why people may see the GOP as the racist party. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise to see a Jim Crow era sign hung with the GOP logo at their convention.
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