A Republican official just shared a racist meme on Instagram, sparking outrage

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If you needed any more evidence of how unashamedly the Republican Party and its operatives are embracing Trump’s disgusting white supremacist dogwhistles and paranoid delusions, look no further than this Instagram post from the North Carolina GOP’s vice-chair.

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This graphic is so disturbing it’s hard to know where to begin. On the “JOBS” and “REPUBLICAN” side of the image, a hand is making a white power symbol popularized by white nationalists on 4chan, contrasted with the raised fist of the black liberation movement and the word “MOBS.”

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You don’t have to be a dog to hear that whistle; the image fairly obviously states that Republicans represent whites and white interests while the Democrats represent threats from people of color to white supremacy and white America’s ill-gotten socioeconomic dominance.

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The text at the bottom promises prosperity and “unity” from the Republicans while accusing the Democrats of “violence,” “hypocrisy,” and…”globalists,” which is a term used by white nationalists as a stand-in for “Jews.”

Every piece of text and image on this graphic is either a stunning lie or deliberately designed to appeal to a right-wing voter’s worst prejudices, and so it’s a terrific summary of what the modern Republican Party really is — but also a terrifying glimpse into the battle we have ahead of us.

As the President of the United States openly spreads preposterous conspiracy theories how about ISIS terrorists and MS-13 gang members are crossing the border and neo-Nazis are flooding election states with racist robo-calls, it’s clear this upcoming election is going to be the nastiest the United States has seen in decades — and it’s imperative that we emerge victorious.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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