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Hate in the Mainstream

Quotes from the Right

“Just like termites, they managed to get some of their people in key positions.”
DAN RAMOS, chairman of the Bexar County, Texas, Democratic Party, in comments later denounced by the head of the Texas Democratic Party, describing gays inside the Democratic Party in a March 11 interview with the San Antonio Current

“Yup and his mouth is open, his glasses are off, he’s ready, little fag Jew boy.”
— Schuyler County, Ill., Sheriff DON SCHIEFERDECKER, replying on March 17 to a Facebook comment, “Look, I found a fag,” posted under a picture of one of his co-workers

“[W]e are now awash in the disastrous social consequences of people who rut like rabbits.”
— American Family Association official BRYAN FISCHER, in an April 7 blog post on how welfare “destroyed the African-American family” and “incentivized fornication”

“Now you know why no birth certificate.”
— Orange County, Calif., Republican Party Central Committee member MARILYN DAVENPORT, in remarks later condemned by the county GOP chairman, in an April 15 E-mail to friends containing a picture depicting President Obama as a chimpanzee

“And now the Homosexual Lobby is out there spreading wall to wall perversion about ‘cross dressers’ and ‘transvestites.’”
EUGENE DELGAUDIO, head of the conservative lobbying group Public Advocate of the USA, in an April 26 communication to his followers complaining about activists highlighting a recent attack on a transgender woman

“I’ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.”
— Republican Oklahoma state Rep. SALLY KERN, explaining on April 27 why she thinks a high percentage of prison inmates are black while defending a proposal to end affirmative action in state government

“[I]f someone is attending speeches … promoting the violent overthrow of our government … they should be deported or put in prison.”
— U.S. Sen. RAND PAUL (R-Ky.), in remarks on profiling terror suspects on the May 27 edition of Premiere Radio Network’s “The Sean Hannity Show” that ignored constitutional guarantees of free speech and assembly

“They’re aborigines.”
— Republican Alabama state Sen. SCOTT BEASON, referring to black people who go to casinos during a taped conversation with other GOP legislators that was played on June 15 during a corruption trial in which Beason is a government witness

Quotes on this page were compiled from media accounts, web pages, e-mail groups and media matters for america, a group that monitors the far right.