One thing about social media — if you make a claim that’s not supported by evidence, you’re going to get called out. When, for instance, the official Republican National Committee Twitter account quoted Ronna McDaniel to call the Republican party the party of freedom and opportunity, it didn’t go unchallenged.
For July 4th, the RNC’s official account, @GOP, tweeted a quote from Chariwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel. In it, she declares the Republican party to represent “the spirit of 1776” by exemplifying freedom and opportunity.
This didn’t sit well with many Twitter users, who responded to point out:
1) 1776 was widely invoked in reasoning for the January 6th attempted insurrection;
2) “freedom” as espoused by the GOP seems to come with an unspoken ‘some exclusions apply’ condition;
3) Republicans have fought to limit ‘opportunity’ for some Americans (and refugees).
They brought up the minimum wage, voting rights, and other efforts for freedom and opportunity that the GOP still seeks to suppress or limit.
— Aaron, #EXTREMEMasker (@flyfishcedarci1) July 4, 2021
— Magill (@Nancy79387938) July 4, 2021
January 6th pic.twitter.com/STBU7FcfzA
— Liz Johns (@josh_icloud) July 4, 2021
Romney and her sheep literally stuck a flag pole in someone’s eye at the Capitol, but ok.
With a link to donate. https://t.co/Kg6LlvWhKr
— PoliticOhMyGawd (@PoliticOhMyGawd) July 4, 2021
This you? pic.twitter.com/8JMEvijRqz
— jonny umansky (@jonnyumansky) July 4, 2021
The election lies promoted by Trump and perpetuated by his fans in the Republican Parrty, and the voter suppression that has followed, were a major theme.
And what about the freedom to vote?
— melthis (@maxjax191) July 4, 2021
— Jeffrey Theall (@jeffrey_theall) July 4, 2021
If that’s true, why do you keep infringing on people’s constitutional right to vote?
— Ms. Jen (@JustJenn_2) July 4, 2021
The GOP’s definition of freedom = no taxes, no highways, no police, anarchy, zero protections for society’s most vulnerable or the environment, & freedom to bully & threaten with guns.
— 🌊🌼🌹 Sue Romulus 🌻🌺🌊 (@SueRomulus) July 4, 2021
And yet federal min. wage remains $7.25 an hour.
I put a down payment on a roast yesterday..
— Rweornot (@RWerthe) July 4, 2021
Of course, plenty called out Republicans’ apparent antipathy toward marginalized groups, and anyone fighting for progress.
This is the same Spirit of 1776 that defines "all" as "white landowning" I gather.
— Customer Disservice (@CstmrDisservice) July 4, 2021
As long as the people asking to use our freedoms and seek opportunity are not young, or women, or any color other than white.
— Lauren Down South (@LaurenDownSouth) July 4, 2021
Unless, of course, you happen to be black, native, poor, or pretty much anything but a white wealthy male.
— MITTY (Ntchwaidumela) (@Mitumba10) July 4, 2021
— Angela Skelton (@DisneyCosmo) July 4, 2021
Oops. So, is the Republican Party the party of freedom and justice for all, the party of opportunity and a spirit of equal access for all Americans? According to Twitter users, it’s more like the party of exclusion, sedition, insurrection, and autocracy.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com