Joe Kent is one of a long list of candidates running to represent Washington’s 3rd District in Congress. He’s a Republican, and in a recent appearance, he explained how he would need a “white special interest group” to “be very careful about the way they couch” their position, so he’d be able to support them openly.
White supremacist groups are historically pretty good at being “careful how they couch” their intentions and purposes. They’ve claimed that they’re for “western values” or “Christian values,” or that they support “America first,” for example. To throw out a single specific case, the SPLC documents that the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has tried to rebrand itself as a “white civil rights” group, specifically suggesting that people of other ethnic groups don’t sufficiently conform to “Christian principles,” and claiming they’re about “heritage.”
Is that the kind of “couching” Kent means when, in the clip below, he explains that he “do[esn’t] think there’s anything wrong” with a “white people special interest group” but that for him to openly support them as a candidate, he’d need them to “be very careful” about how they portray themselves? He doesn’t get quite so specific as to say, or to define what a “white special interest group” might be.
Republican House candidate Joe Kent voiced support for creating a “white people special interest group.” pic.twitter.com/uumbjIwXfl
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“Obviously in terms of messaging and in terms of actually getting credibility…as a candidate, running out there and saying like, this is all about white people like that, just does not seem like a winning strategy.”
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