It’s Time For Chuck Schumer To Resign Like Trent Lott Was Forced To Do

The Democrats are caught up in quite the political maelstrom. Prominent Democrat officials were caught doing something decades ago for which they are being pushed to resign now.

If that’s the case, Chuck Schumer should have to step down as well.

The world knows of the troubles of the Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and the Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. Some thirty years ago they donned “blackface” and/or were with someone who wore a Klu Klux Klan Halloween costume. Northam first admitted to doing it but not denies it. Herring said Northam should resign before Herring admitted wearing blackface himself.

In 2002, Republican Senate Leader Trent Lott went through similar political trouble. At the 100 Birthday Party of Strom Thurmond, Lott said:

”I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.”

At the time Thurmond was running for President, he was a segregationist. The Dixiecrat platform he supported opposed ”social intermingling of the races.” Two weeks after making the remarks, Lott resigned his Senate leadership position over the controversy.

Fast forward to 2010 – just over 8 years ago. In that year, Robert Byrd died. Byrd had a long career in politics and rose to the Senate Majority leader for the Democrats. Of course, Byrd, was also in the Klu Klux Klan.

Robert Byrd in Klu Kluz Klan garb

Byrd actually started a chapter of the Klan and purportedly recruited 150 of his friends. Byrd rose in the Klan and at one point wrote:

“I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side … Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.” Robert C. Byrd, in a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS), 1944.

Those comments were no costume. They were not make up. They were pure, ugly racism.

In 2010 – just over 8 years ago, upon his death, now Senate Leader Chuck Schumer wrote of Robert Byrd:

“I can’t help but feel privileged to have served with a man whose name will go down in history beside those men as one the greatest in history . . . The most important thing we should all remember about Robert Byrd is his life story, for it truly embodies the American dream. “

Byrd was not wearing a costume like Northam or Herring. Neither of them, that we know of, made racist comments. Byrd was in the Klan. Byrd made hideous racial comments.

Being in the Klan does not embody the American dream. Indeed, it stands in total contradiction to it. Schumer’s comments were disgraceful and made just over 8 years ago – not in the 80’s.

If Tent Lott was made to resign, so should Chuck Schumer. No more double standards.

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