Consultant Steve King, Diamond, and Silk.

Consultant Steve King, Diamond, and Silk.
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Iowa Republican and white supremacist U.S. representative Steve King unveiled the “Diamond and Silk Act” on Wednesday. Officially dubbed the Cease Sanctuaries and Aid Our American Homeless and Veterans Act, the legislation seeks to redirect federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities — jurisdictions that decline to abet federal authorities arrest and deport undocumented immigrants — to programs that motivate homeless of us and veterans.

The act’s unofficial title is inspired by its unofficial co-sponsors: Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, better identified by their stage names, Diamond and Silk. Collectively, the pair hosts a conservative video collection on YouTube geared toward ridiculing Democrats and boosting Republicans, especially President Donald Trump, for whom they left the Democratic Occasion to enhance in 2015.

Diamond and Silk’s allure to Republicans — the overwhelming majority of whom are white — is that they are sad women folk willing to exonerate the GOP of its racism. They conducted themselves accordingly on Wednesday when they joined King on Capitol Hill to voice their partnership. Reporters asked what they even handed the congressman’s retweeting white supremacists. “I’m bored with you all taking half within the dash card,” Hardaway retorted. “It’s time to launch working for Individuals. And cease calling each person a racist.”

In King’s case, “racist” is less a slur than a straightforward descriptor: He has overtly praised a long way-honest right European Islamophobes bask in Geert Wilders and individuals of Austria’s Freedom Occasion; promoted The Camp of the Saints, a racist French fresh about feces-drinking, brown-skinned immigrants invading Europe; overtly disputed the cultural worth of nonwhite of us; and bemoaned, in a Current York Cases profile, the very fact that phrases bask in “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” are even handed “offensive.”

The last observation precipitated individuals of the GOP to rebuke him, stripping him of his Dwelling committee assignments in January and decrying his comments as at odds with their values. This claim is dubious, desirous about that King’s views enjoy been definite all the diagram in which thru his 16-year tenure in Congress and his Republicans colleagues had talked about nothing. However his newfound unpopularity imbues with a build of perverse common sense his decision to promote a invoice alongside the hosts of a YouTube minstrel hide whose label is reassuring white Republicans that they save now not appear to be racist.

It marks basically the most fresh in a severely peculiar partnership between the 2 parties: King has invited Diamond and Silk to be his traffic at a Utter of the Union deal with and to testify sooner than the Dwelling Judiciary Committee relating to the alleged digital censorship of conservatives by Google, Facebook, and YouTube. And it’s a mutually actually handy one: The pair will get a platform from which to promote their label and showcase the depths they’ll plumb in protection of white bigots, and King will get whatever plausible deniability of racism accompanies being co-signed by two sad women folk.

However their alliance illustrates a theme within the GOP’s response to allegations of bigotry more on the total. Over and over, Republican political figures enjoy called on sad conservatives to cowl themselves as bodily proof that a celebration forged within the “southern strategy,” birtherism, and Trumpian hostility toward denizens of so-called shithole countries in Africa, the sad Caribbean, and Central The US is now not racist. Consultant Designate Meadows paraded Trump hire Lynne Patton, a sad HUD dependable, sooner than a Dwelling Oversight Committee listening to in February to physically refute Michael Cohen’s testimony relating to the president’s bigotry. Rashida Tlaib rightly called her a “prop.” And in April, Republicans on the Dwelling Judiciary Committee summoned Candace Owens — one other sad conservative YouTube personality — to trivialize the menace of homegrown white-nationalist terrorism.

King’s motive for taking the identical reach is evident, desirous about his invoice has little hope of surviving the Democratic-managed Dwelling of Representatives: He too desires to carry that he’s now not racist. The irony appears to be like lost on him that he’s attempting to fabricate so toward a within the same diagram bigoted stop — punishing cities for helping undocumented immigrants from south of the U.S.-Mexico border, whom the congressman has in most cases vilified and as soon as described as possessing “calves the scale of cantaloupes” from smuggling treatment.

It remains unclear how for a lot longer Republicans will persist within the charade that allegations of racism would possibly perchance perchance be waved away by the contrarianism of any random sad person. However King appears to be like willing to query how a long way this is able to perchance perchance well also simply carry him. The dishonesty underlying this reach is something of a turnaround from the openness with which he broadcast his white supremacism within the Cases profile earlier this year. However if nothing else, it suggests that he learned his lesson from the Republican fallout: You are going to be in a local to also be a white supremacist as prolonged as you lie and claim you are now not one.

Steve King’s Unholy Pact with Diamond and Silk