To add to the ugly, hateful rhetoric plaguing our political system, along comes this Republican U.S. Representative from North Carolina who commented on the large protests in Charlotte, N.C. that have broken out over a police shooting of a Keith Lamont Scott.
According to Rep. Robert Pittenger, people are simply protesting because they’re racist against white people. Pittenger appeared on BBC Newsnight to say:
“The grievance in their minds – the animus, the anger – they hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.”
To add to that awfully racist comment, Pittenger went on to criticize people on state assistance:
“It is a welfare state. We have spent trillions of dollars on welfare, and we’ve put people in bondage, so they can’t be all they’re capable of being.”
The ignorance and insensitivity level here is astounding. The executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party, Kimberly Reynolds, came out in a news release to call Pittenger’s rhetoric “racist”:
“These comments are inexcusable. At a time when we need calm and understanding while we learn more about the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, Congressman Pittenger is fanning the flames of hate with his racist rhetoric. This sort of bigotry has become all too common under the party of Donald Trump. Our great state should not be represented by someone who would make such hateful comments.
“Congressmen Pittenger must apologize, and Governor McCrory and every Republican leader in this state should denounce this hateful rhetoric immediately.”
His fellow congressman also tweeted out their disgust with their colleague:
— Rep. Grier Martin (@GrierMartin) September 22, 2016
@RaleighReporter I agree with you, Grier, and I'm afraid it wasn't a misquote.
— Rep. Chuck McGrady (@ChuckMcGrady) September 22, 2016
The people of NC and CLT deserve better than devastatingly ignorant and divisive comments, @reppittenger. We must move forward together.
— G. K. Butterfield (@GKButterfield) September 22, 2016
Pittenger then issued a half-hearted apology, saying he had merely echoed what he had heard from protesters in TV interviews:
“What is taking place in my hometown right now breaks my heart. My anguish led me to respond to a reporter’s question in a way that I regret. The answer doesn’t reflect who I am. I was quoting statements made by angry protesters last night on national TV. My intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African Americans because of failed policies. I apologize to those I offended and hope that we can bring peace and calm to Charlotte.”
Pittenger is up for reelection in North Carolina’s 9th District this coming election. Pittenger strongly opposes the practice of legally requiring businesses to hire more minorities and women, wants taxes on the wealthy to remain low, and is strongly in favor of stricter punishments to reduce crime. In essence, Pittenger helps culminate the very environment that hurts the black community and then has the audacity to go on TV and claim they hate white people’s success and love welfare.
Vote him out.
Here’s his interview:
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) September 22, 2016
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