POLITICIANS SAY THE MOST RACIST THINGS: In Donald Trump's America, why even bother to pretend? If you're racist and you know it, clap your hands--or open your big mouth, as the case may be. Here are some recent examples of things said by office-holders and aspirants around the country.


STEVE WEST, winner of the August 2018 GOP primary for a seat in Missouri's House of Representatives, commenting the year before on a radio show. He was defeated in the fall general election.

Bonus: West has also warned about "Jewish cabals" that are "harvesting baby parts" through Planned Parenthood.

Term used earlier this year by MARY ANN LISANTI, a white Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, to describe an area where a white colleague campaigned. Lisanti, who apologized for using an "insensitive and hurtful word," has refused calls to resign, saying "quitting is easy, but not the road to redemption."

Bonus: Lisanti offered this defense to The Washington Post: "I'm sure I have [used the slur]. I'm sure everyone has used it. I've used the f-word. I used the Lord's name in vain."

THERESA KENERLY, the mayor of Hoschton, Georgia, purportedly explaining to city council members in March why she would not hire a black applicant for city administrator. She said initially, "I can't say I said it or not said it," and later that she couldn't recall.

Bonus: Kenerly's comments were defended by city council member and mayor pro tempore Jim Cleveland, who told the press, "I'm a Christian and my Christian beliefs are you don't do interracial marriage," adding, of course, "I have black friends."

STEVE KING, nine-term Republican Congressman from Iowa, in an interview in January with The New York Times. It led to King being stripped of his...

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