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Twitter Blasts RNC Chair for GOP’s Brazen Juneteenth Hypocrisy

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel got hammered by Twitter on Saturday for posting about Juneteenth – the anniversary of the abolishment of American slavery – while the GOP continues its assault on civil rights voting rights across the country.

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McDaniel posted a series of tweets early Saturday morning attempting to paint the Republican Party as a champion for Black Americans:

Today, we join all Americans in celebrating #Juneteenth, a joyful and momentous day commemorating the end of slavery in our country.

Although Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation more than 2 years earlier, it wasn’t until this day in 1865 that Union General Granger was able to get to Galveston, Texas to let those remaining enslaved Americans know the Civil War was over and all slaves were free.

The Republican Party will always be proudly connected to #Juneteenth because of President Lincoln’s leadership, and we enthusiastically welcome its adoption as our newest national holiday after President Trump called for it last year. 

Mindful of the special importance Juneteenth has for Black Americans, it should also be a source of pride for Republicans and every American.

On #Juneteenth, we vow to never forget the evils of slavery while we continue the work of perfecting our Union. Our new federal holiday is a reminder of what we can achieve when we appeal to our nation’s highest ideals and come together as Americans. 

The tweets are below:

 

Former President Donald Trump, for his part, had no idea what Juneteenth was as recently as last year. But what really has the internet irked is the opportunistic, self-serving hypocrisy of the GOP under McDaniel’s leadership. Republican-led states have gutted civil rights, voting rights, and have even stripped struggling Americans of their unemployment benefits as we crawl our way out of the economically devastating COVID-pandemic.

Republicans have also come out in staunch opposition to the teaching of critical race theory, which they incorrectly view as racist because it teaches the dark history of how whites have treated Blacks in the United States – for the purpose of crafting a better future.

Thus, Twitter saw right through McDaniel’s undeserved claims to history.



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