As everyone in the blogosphere is posting lately, Trent Lott revealed himself for the utter asshole he truly is when he gave a small speech at Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday party.
Senate Republican leader Trent Lott of Mississippi has provoked criticism by saying the United States would have been better off if then-segregationist candidate Strom Thurmond had won the presidency in 1948.
Speaking Thursday at a 100th birthday party and retirement celebration for Sen. Thurmond (R-S.C.) in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, 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.”
Thurmond, then governor of South Carolina, was the presidential nominee of the breakaway Dixiecrat Party in 1948. He carried Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and his home state. He declared during his campaign against Democrat Harry S. Truman, who supported civil rights legislation, and Republican Thomas Dewey: “All the laws of Washington and all the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, our schools, our churches.”
On July 17, 1948, delegates from 13 southern states gathered in Birmingham to nominate Thurmond and adopt a platform that said in part, “We stand for the segregation of the races and the racial integrity of each race.”
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a leader of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, said yesterday he was stunned by Lott’s comments, which were broadcast live by C-SPAN. “I could not believe he was saying what he said,” Lewis said. In 1948, he said, Thurmond “was one of the best-known segregationists. Is Lott saying the country should have voted to continue segregation, for segregated schools, ‘white’ and ‘colored’ restrooms? . . . That is what Strom Thurmond stood for in 1948.”
Read the whole piece, as it’s very enlightening regarding the once and future Senate Majority Leader. I want to see the Pugnicans try and whitewash this one, like they do everything else.