This week, Michigan Democrat Party Chair Lavora Barnes made inflammatory comments in light of the tragic and unnecessary death of George Floyd, calling all those who support President Trump “racist.”
Barnes then doubled down on her comments Monday night, but after enduring days of criticism, the embattled Democrat chair sought to walk back the comments on Thursday. When asked whether she thought the millions of Michiganders who supported the President were racist, Barnes responded, “I don’t. And what I said, very clearly, is that if you’re supporting this Donald Trump, who is engaging in racist activities, then you are a racist. I was not in any way suggesting that having voted for him in the past makes you a racist.”
The comments from the Michigan Democrat Party Chair come despite President Trump’s historic record of achievement for the African American community, and the Democrat party’s presumptive nominee, Joe Biden, making racially insensitive comments just days earlier. This was no surprise, however, as Joe Biden has a long-standing record of completely out of touch comments that the Michigan Democrat Party has glossed over.
- In 1977, then-Senator Joe Biden worried that de-segregation would cause his children to grow up “in a racial jungle.”
- In 1987, Presidential Candidate Biden boasted about receiving an award from George Wallace and said Delaware was on the South's side in the Civil War.
- In 1994, Senator Biden was on “the front line” of advocating for policies that led to mass incarceration and referred to black youths as “predators.”
- In 2012, then-Vice President Biden fanned racial tensions by saying Republicans were going to put African Americans “back in chains.”
Barnes’ comments come on the heels of Biden stating, “There are probably anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the people out there that are just not very good people,” – a close mirror to 2016 Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment about Trump supporters.
“Lavora Barnes and the Democrat Party’s double-standard is a textbook example of them trying to pit Americans against each other.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman “The President and Republicans across our nation are committed to having a meaningful dialogue and ushering in sweeping reforms in regard to race and police brutality. Whether it be Lavora Barnes or Joe Biden, dishonest comments that try to portray Republicans as bad people do nothing more than add fuel to the fire.”