Unfortunately for Americans, the Trump era and racism go hand in hand. Trump made it clear that he supported his racist base when he refused to condemn the white nationalist community following the Charlottesville terrorist attack earlier this year.
Rev. O’Neal Dozier is a now-former prominent African-American Republican, who was the co-chairman of far-right former Senator Rick Santorum’s 2012 presidential campaign.
Rev. Dozier just announced that he is leaving the Republican Party all thanks to Donald Trump. Rev. Dozier wrote an op-ed for the South Florida Times in which he explained the reason behind his decision.
“For the last 30 years, I have been a faithful and dedicated member of the Republican Party, but now, I am announcing that I am leaving the Republican Party to become an Independent because I can no longer with good conscience remain a member of a political party that is headed by President Donald Trump.”
He continued, “One of the main reasons I have decided to leave the Republican Party is President Donald Trump’s refusal to unequivocally denounce the white supremacist groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), Neo-Nazi and other white hate groups. He refuses to denounce these hateful groups because he believes they are part of his voting base and they helped him to become president. President Trump needs to do what other Republican presidents have done and that is unequivocally denounce white supremacist groups and tell them that he does not want their support and there is no place for them in America.”
Rev. Dozier then shifted to Trump’s war on NFL players:
“President Trump picked this fight with the NFL players in order to throw red meat to his base. He will feed his base anything he thinks they like in order to keep them on his plantation. He knows exactly what they like and don’t like. You can say that he is a master politician without wisdom, which makes him a dangerous man. He thrives on division and chaos. He is a great divider-in-chief, even much more than former President Barack Obama.”
“President Donald Trump has widened the racial divide, even more so than former President Barack Obama, since he became president one year ago. President Trump’s refusal to unequivocally denounce white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, did much to heighten racial tension and the potential for a race war in America,” he concluded.
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