A Republican lawmaker just landed in hot water after he defended slavery in Facebook posts

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As President Trump continues to dominate headlines with his revolting racism, it’s worth remembering that his entire party is absolutely riddled with bigotry. The GOP didn’t just happen to end up with a man like Trump, he’s an accurate reflection of the warped soul of their party.

For proof, one need look no further than a new report in The Hill. State Representative Werner Horn of New Hampshire, a Republican, is taking flack for an incredibly racist Facebook post.

Horn has since deleted the message, but it was made in response to a story about how Trump has tied the reviled (and thankfully late) President Andrew Johnson for the ignominious title of “most racist president in history.”  Horn wrote that “owning slaves doesn’t make you racist.”

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Horn later tried to defend the truly stunning post in an interview with HuffPost by claiming that it was not supposed to telegraph “support for either slavery or racism,” although of course, it was clearly, implicitly support for both.

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While he admitted that it’s “never OK to own another person,” Horn immediately undermined his message by claiming that slavery was “an economic decision” and that race was not a factor. Obviously, even the most cursory glance at a history book debunks this idiotic contention. The only reason to push such a patently false view is to obfuscate and shield contemporary racism.

“Unless you’re going to try to tell me those plantation owners were so in the dark ages that they delighted in being also sexist and ageist — practicing age discrimination and sex discrimination when they bought slaves — I don’t see how you can say they’re being racist because they bought black slaves,” Horn said.

Horn’s ignorance wasn’t done there.

“Unless you’re going to try to tell me those plantation owners were so in the dark ages that they delighted in being also sexist and ageist — practicing age discrimination and sex discrimination when they bought slaves — I don’t see how you can say they’re being racist because they bought black slaves,” he went on.

But wait, there’s more:

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“My comment specifically was aimed at a period of time when that was how you survived, that’s how you fed your family,” the lawmaker went on. “It wasn’t ‘I want to own a black person today.’ It was, ‘I need to feed my family; I need five guys who can work stupidly long hours in the sun without killing themselves,'” said Horn.

It should go without saying, but this man has no place in American government. These disturbing and incredibly inaccurate views are actively harmful and need to be condemned by all. Horn is a disgrace and his constituents must vote him out of office the moment they get the chance.

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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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