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“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin’s claim that being a black Republican was an “oxymoron” and that she didn’t “understand” that black or Latino Republicans sparked outrage among members of the party on Friday, with accusations of racism and calls for an apology.
Hostin, after guest host Lindsey Granger said she was a Republican on Friday, cut her off during ABC’s daytime gabfest, saying, “I feel like that’s an oxymoron, a Republican black.” The panel became visibly uncomfortable when she went on to say, “I don’t understand any of you,” referring to her and co-host Ana Navarro, who remains a Republican despite her staunch support for Democrats. Hostin then said, “I don’t understand black Republicans and I don’t understand Latino Republicans.”
The remarks sparked online outrage from the right, and lawmakers and politicians who spoke with Fox News Digital uniformly condemned his comments.
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Republican candidate for Congress from Texas, Mayra Flores, said Hostin’s comments were racist and called on her to apologize immediately.
“That’s what you call racism,” she said. “That’s racism right there, when someone tells you because of the color of your skin, because of where you’re from, you have to think a certain way.”
“She owes us a huge apology,” she added. “Left people told me I should go back to Mexico. They called me all kinds of names because I’m running as a Republican. [The media] are completely silent about it because it doesn’t fit their agenda. She owes all of us an apology. It constantly disseminates disinformation, constantly disrespectful of our values. Honestly, shame on her and shame on “The View”. »
Flores, who was born in Mexico and is seeking a House seat in Texas’ 34th District, said she was raised with conservative values and would not give them up, while Hostin “doesn’t understand obviously not our culture”. Hostin, who is Afro-Latina, is an outspoken supporter of Democrats and doted on Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in the show’s interview with her on Friday.
“Honestly, I think it’s disrespectful for her to speak that way because she obviously sold her values,” Flores said. “[Democrats] continue to make promises to us. We’ve been taken for granted here in South Texas…They want to pretend we don’t exist…. God, family and hard work is what we are in the Hispanic community.”
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Dr. Ben Carson, who ran for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and served as President Trump’s housing and urban development secretary, likened Hostin’s logic to a “relic of Jim Crow.”
“Freedom is the freedom to pursue happiness of one’s own free will,” Carson told Fox News Digital in a statement. “The impudent behavior of telling others how they should think, feel and live is a relic of Jim Crow and disgusting. Conservative ideals like faith, freedom, community, and life transcend race, gender, and religion. awareness and that’s why the left is so scared.”
Republican National Committee spokesperson and director of black media affairs Paris Dennard also condemned Hostin’s comments.
“The millions of free-spirited, independent-minded Black and Latino Americans who are part of the Republican Party should continue to ignore the personal attacks and attempts at intimidation by liberals like Sunny Hostin,” he said. he told Fox News Digital in a statement. “The RNC’s view is that all minority Republicans are valued, appreciated and respected and we look forward to welcoming even more to the GOP and seeing the record number of black and Latino Republican candidates for Congress win in November. “
Jennifer-Ruth Green, a candidate for Congress from Indiana, tweeted in response to the clip, “Hi Sunny, I’m black and a proud Republican. I was raised to love America and appreciate the tenets of faith, family, personal responsibility and service to the country I just wanted to introduce myself.
Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., suggested “The View” invited him over so he could explain why he was a black Republican, and Cassy Garcia, US House candidate for Texas’ 28th District, tweeted: “Wow. Luckily we don’t need of your approval Sunny.”
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The offices of Sen. Tim Scott, RS.C., the only black Senate Republican, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is Cuban-American, declined a request for comment. Scott was the target of racist attacks from the left last month for failing to support the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, who will become the first black woman on the court when she takes over. of retired judge Stephen Breyer.
Such sentiments against right-wing minorities are not new to left-leaning media. Last year, MSNBC host Joy Reid compared Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a staunchly conservative Cuban-American, to the traitorous house slave Stephen in the movie “Django Unchained,” and she also refers to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as “Uncle Clarence”, a reference to the derogatory term “Uncle Tom” for black people seen as deferential to white people.
Asked to comment on Hostin, Cruz’s office pointed to his tweet criticizing Hostin for the “blatant racism” displayed.
“It’s not hard to understand,” he wrote. “We love low taxes, a secure border and free speech; we want to protect life, we want school choice and we don’t want socialists in charge of the economy – the list goes on! “
Last year, California Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder was dubbed the “dark face of white supremacy” in a Los Angeles Times column, and last month the far-left correspondent for The Nation’s Elie Mystal wrote that Republican Senate candidate from Georgia Herschel Walker was “a lively caricature”. of a black person drawn by white conservatives… The Walker campaign exists as a political minstrel show: a blazing rendition of what white Republicans think black people look and sound like.
Walker, the favorite to win the GOP nomination to face Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., this fall, responded on “Hannity.”
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“[W]What’s strange is that he doesn’t tell everyone that the Democratic Party left behind the browns and the blacks,” Walker said. “They forgot about us all, and they didn’t leave us behind. only forgotten, you look at current politics, which has nothing to do with color.”
A spokesperson for “The View” did not return a request for comment.