Repub­li­can roots

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Last time we checked in with House Ma­jor­ity Whip Rep. James E. Cly­burn, the South Carolina Demo­crat had just re­ceived the “Bar­rier Breaker” Award from the NAACP for hav­ing at­tained the high­est-rank­ing po­si­tion of any black in Congress. That was in March.

Now we read:

“My fa­ther was a Repub­li­can,” de­clared Mr. Cly­burn, when ques­tioned by a re­porter for the Orange­burg (S.C.) Times and Demo­crat about the “Martin Luther King Jr. was a Repub­li­can” na­tional bill­board cam­paign launched by the Na­tional Black Repub­li­can As­so­ci­a­tion (NBRA) in Orange­burg, the con­gress­man’s home­town.

“Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cly­burn’s stun­ning ad­mis­sion is a tes­ta­ment to the suc­cess of our bill­board cam­paign thus far,” re­acts NBRA Chair­man Frances Rice. “We are mak­ing great strides with re­cap­tur­ing the Repub­li­can Party’s civil rights her­itage and [. . .] [find­ing] some signs of progress with our ef­fort to get Democrats to apol­o­gize to blacks for the Demo­cratic Party’s hor­ren­dous racism.”

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