Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Brett Hulsey announced Thursday that he will be handing out white Ku Klux Klan hoods to Wisconsin state Republicans as a means of highlighting what he deems their racist policies. And so the Democrats' "Republican War on Minorities" campaign rolls on.
After having failed to garner enough attention with a planned Republicans = Secessionists stunt, Hulsey decided to raise the stakes Thursday. As the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal reports, Hulsey had announced earlier this week that he would portray Republicans as Confederate soldiers and parade outside the GOP convention being held this week in Milwaukee. When Hulsey failed to get the press he wanted, he ramped up his tactics, trading Confederate uniforms for Klansmen hoods.
Hulsey announced his new stunt Thursday at the state Capitol press room where he proudly showed off an example of the white hoods he had made using his daughter’s sewing machine. His plan: to hand the hoods to Republicans when they gather Friday as part of the state GOP convention.
State Republican executive director Joe Fadness called the Democrat candidate’s latest campaign move a “reprehensible, vile stunt.”
Hulsey is a state representative from Madison who is running against a far better-funded, more widely popular Mary Burke. In 2011, Hulsey was one of the Democrats who led the take-over of the Wisconsin Capitol. (Here's footage of the event.)
The concerted effort by Democrats to paint Republican policies as guided by racism was launched in earnest by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) in April, when both ascribed House Republicans' refusal to take up immigration reforms to racism in the Republican base. On CNN's State of the Union, Rep. Israel said, "To a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism. And that's unfortunate.”
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder also leveled charges of racism against Republicans last month. In his remarks at Al Sharpton's NAN conference, Holder insisted that racism played into his harsh treatment by Congress earlier that week, asking, "What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?"
H/T Legal Insurrection.