Former Virginia governor and senator George Allen is the last person who ought to be accusing others of "insulting and demeaning" behavior.
Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie has been running a racist campaign from the beginning.
He not only defended Confederate monuments to white supremacy in the wake of the violent neo-Nazi riot in his state — he also fundraised off that offensive stance. And the Virginia Republican Party took up sides with him, lashing out at his Democratic opponent, Ralph Northam, for his support of removing those monuments.
Gillespie added to his overt bigotry by unleashing a vile anti-immigrant campaign ad that disturbingly hearkened back to the infamous Willie Horton ad from 1988. Unsurprisingly, Gillespie’s racist ad won him the endorsement of Donald Trump.
And alongside all of that, Gillespie welcomed former Virginia governor and senator George Allen to his campaign team, a man best known for using a nasty racial slur at a campaign event of his own back in 2006.
At the rally, Allen repeatedly referred to a young Democratic volunteer of Indian descent as “macaca,” pointing him out in the crowd to engender laughter from his own supporters. As the Washington Post noted at the time, “Depending on how it is spelled, the word macaca could mean either a monkey that inhabits the Eastern Hemisphere or a town in South Africa. In some European cultures, macaca is also considered a racial slur against African immigrants.”
Allen later tried to apologize, excuse, and explain away his remarks all at once, saying he didn’t know the word had a derogatory meaning and thought it was akin to “mohawk,” a similar hairstyle to what the Democratic volunteer wore.
Allen’s long history of racial animus put the lie to those excuses then and now. A prolific user of the N-word in college who kept a noose in his law office hardly has room to insist that there was no racist motivation behind such an obvious slur.
And yet Allen is back to his twisted version of reality, this time to prop up Gillespie’s flailing, racist campaign.
At a rally for Gillespie, Allen took to the stage to ramble on with some bizarre football analogies before offering the stunningly hypocritical complaint that it is the Democrats in this election who have “fumbled and made mistakes and [have] insulted and demeaned a lot of people.”
He even dropped his pledge to be a governor for “all Virginians” from his stump speeches, making it clear that it is the white nationalists in the state whose support he truly about and wants to win.
And he ran crying to Fox when his racism was called out by activists.
Gillespie surely agrees with Allen that it is the other side in this election that has “insulted and demeaned” people, but that stance itself is insulting and demeaning to the intelligence of anyone paying attention.
Being called out as a racist is not insulting, but whining about it certainly is — especially when it comes from people like George Allen and Ed Gillespie.