By Michelle Martin, PhD, MSW
I began collecting Republican quotes some time ago because it seemed like every time I heard about some outlandishly sexist or racist comment made by a politician or other community leader, it always turned out to be a Republican, and just as often, a self-identified Christian (of the Evangelical kind). So whenever I heard or read about such a comment, I added it to a Word document I kept on my laptop.
Soon, the list was getting long, with 10, 15, then 20 outrageous comments, that if one didn't know better, might assume were a part of either a propaganda plot, or a misguided piece in the Onion. But no, after thorough vetting the comments, (which most often involved going to the direct source and reading the comment for myself) the majority (99.98%) were accurately reported. I've posted the list on Facebook and Twitter, and I go back periodically to update the list as new comments emerge.
This list does not necessarily reflect the attitudes and perspectives of all Republicans, but I do believe they reflect the increasing shift of the Republican party toward the political Right. Perhaps the GOP has always had sexist and racist strains, particularly due to the party's commitment traditionalism, or perhaps the Republican party has been hijacked by right-wing populism. Regardless, I present to you members of the GOP:
Dr. Michelle Martin is a social worker, policy specialist and Assistant Professor at California State University, Fullerton in the Department of Social Work, where she teaches social welfare policy, and researches dynamics related to immigrants, political asylum-seekers, refugees and other displaced populations.