Republicans Condemn The SPLC, A Leader Of The Modern Civil Rights Movement
The Republican National Committee approved a resolution over the weekend that condemns the Southern Poverty Law Center and characterized the organization as "a far-left organization with an obvious bias."
- USA Today reported that the RNC adopted the resolution ahead of its national convention, which began on Monday.
- The resolution says, "The SPLC is a radical organization, and that the federal government should not view this organization as a legitimate foundation equipped to provide actionable information to DHS or any other government agency.”
- The SPLC, an organization that conducts investigations and engages in civil rights litigation, responded to the matter with a statement from CEO Margaret Huang in which she called the resolution “an attack on the SPLC’s definition of hate groups in order to excuse the Trump administration’s history of working with individuals and organizations that malign entire groups of people — such as Black Lives Matter advocates, immigrants, Muslims and the LGBTQ community — with dehumanizing rhetoric.”
- Huang continued:
“While the Republican Party approved this resolution, notably, it did not denounce organizations that promote antisemitism, Islamophobia, neo-Nazis, anti-LGBT sentiment or racism. It only criticized the SPLC for challenging hate groups that have found a place in the Republican Party.
“From the moment that Donald Trump ran for president, he welcomed the support of hate groups like the Family Research Council and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Once in office, Trump actively hired and consulted alumni and allies from FAIR, an anti-immigrant hate group that has ties to white supremacist groups and eugenicists. They include Julie Kirchner, Kris Kobach, Jeff Sessions, and most notably Stephen Miller.”
- USA Today reported that the RNC also “approved resolutions defending the federal celebration of the Christopher Columbus holiday; condemning "cancel culture" and reaffirming its support for President Donald Trump. The RNC chose not to adopt a platform for the 2020 election.”