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GOP Lawmaker Outed as a Leader of a White Supremacist Hate Group
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=15321"><span class="small">Josh Israel, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 12:58

Israel writes: "An Oregon-based alt-weekly has exposed that state Rep. Mike Nearman (R) is the vice president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform - an SPLC-designated anti-immigrant hate group with ties to a prominent white-nationalist eugenics advocate."

Oregon House Rep. Mike Nearman. (photo: Daily Beast)
Oregon House Rep. Mike Nearman. (photo: Daily Beast)

GOP Lawmaker Outed as a Leader of a White Supremacist Hate Group

By Josh Israel, ThinkProgress

11 September 18

Racists and xenophobes are welcome in the Trump GOP.

n Oregon-based alt-weekly has exposed that state Rep. Mike Nearman (R) is the vice president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform — an SPLC-designated anti-immigrant hate group with ties to a prominent white-nationalist eugenics advocate.

Nearman denied to the paper that he holds the vice president position, but concedes he is an officer of the organization, which lists him as VP on its website.

Nearman is currently pushing to repeal Oregon’s protections for undocumented immigrants.

In the aftermath of President Trump embracing racism and xenophobia and welcoming the “very fine people” on both sides into his party, the revelation about Nearman is the latest in a string linking white-nationalist and anti-immigrant groups to Republican officeholders around the country.

Since winning the Republican nomination for Florida governor, former Rep. Ron DeSantis has drawn attention for his racist dogwhistle attacks on his Democratic opponent (who is black) and New York state Congressional nominee Alexandria Ociasio-Cortez (who is of Puerto Rican decent), for his history of giving speeches at racist events, and for having served as a moderator of a far-right Facebook group used for posting racist memes (a spokesperson has claimed DeSantis was not aware he was a moderator).

Other moderators of that group included Virginia GOP senate nominee Corey Stewart, Montana Auditor and GOP senate nominee Matt Rosendale, West Virginia Attorney General and GOP senate nominee Patrick Morrisey, Texas GOP Congressional nominee Daniel Crenshaw, Nevada GOP Congressional nominee Danny Tarkanian, and former Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward (R).

After Rep. Rod Blum’s (R-IA) apparent involvement in the Facebook group came to light in recent weeks, he tweeted out an AP reporter’s cellphone number rather than respond directly to an inquiry about the group.

Meanwhile, his fellow Iowan, Rep. Steve King (R), has drawn no rebuke from GOP leadership despite years of promoting racist propaganda.

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-2 # Cowboy 45 2018-09-11 16:08
Once again more information for the sheep. Here is the description of the organization on their website. What about this makes them white supremacists or a hate group?

Welcome to Oregonians for Immigration Reform - OFIR!
Oregonians for Immigration Reform works to stop illegal immigration as well as reduce legal immigration to a more environmentally , economically and socially sustainable level here in Oregon and across the United States. Does OFIR view immigration as an attack on American sovereignty? Not at all! Immigration built the foundation and wove the fabric of our sovereign nation. Yet OFIR is concerned about the utter disregard for existing United States immigration laws, illegal trafficking of people and drugs across the US border, and the environmental, economic, and societal consequences of mass immigration into the United States. A sovereign American nation has both the right and the responsibility to limit immigration and control its borders.
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-12 06:20
On another thread --

Benign Observer 2018-09-10 08:02

BOTH parties are utterly corrupt. That is why there is no meaningful resistance to the GOP.

Besides, we only have the ability to reform our own party.

We should take Benign's comment to heart. Trading corruption stories with republicans does absolutely nothing to advance the cause of the social democrats (i.e., true progressives) in the democratic party. In that way, it makes the democratic party a loser and keeps republican in power.

We don't need any more stories like the one above. Rather we need to read articles like the recent one from Paul Craig Roberts (a republican BTW):

"Out of its hatred of Trump the left has united with the forces of evil and war that are leading to conflict with Russia. The left’s hatred of Trump shows that the American left has totally separated from the interests of the working class, which elected Trump. The American left has abandoned the working class for the group victimizations and hatreds of Identity Politics. As Hillary put it, the working class comprises the “Trump deplorables.” The Democratic Party, like the Republicans, represents the ruling oligarchy."

We need to understand where we are as social democrats and where our leaders have positioned up. We need to change that. We can change our party but we can't change the republicans.
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-12 06:27
So the republican party is filled with shitheads. Did we not know that already? The problem is we don't know who democrats are and what they stand for. How do we deal with the facts raised in this --

“We Love the CIA!” — or How the “Left” Lost Its Mind"

By Ann Garrison
Global Research, September 08, 2018
+3 # Citizen Mike 2018-09-12 07:54
Eugenics? Isn't that an intellectual dodo, like phrenology? Not explained in the article, I'd like to know more.