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Republican Establishment Mobilized Black Mississippi Voters With Race-Baiting

If there were ever any doubt the Republican establishment will do and say anything to stay in power, look no further than Mississippi.

In a sign of desperation, the establishment outrageously used race card tactics to defeat Senator Thad Cochran’s challenger Chris McDaniel in the recent Mississippi Republican primary.

While race card antics is the norm for Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, it’s shocking that the Republican establishment would stoop to an all-time low by mimicking the actions of left-wing activists.

Robocalls sent out by Cochran supporters implied the Tea Party and Chris McDaniel were racists. The recording told voters to “say no to the Tea Party and their disrespectful treatment of the first African-American President.”

Flyers were also sent out claiming Tea Party activists would try to stop black Americans from voting in the primary.

The New York Times reported on black Cochran supporters:

Roger Smith, a black Democrat who said he was being paid to organize for Mr. Cochran, said, “I don’t know too much about McDaniel other than what McDaniel’s saying: that he’s Tea Party, he’s against Obama, he don’t like black people.”

“You’re going to get one of the white guys in there,” he said. “You got to make a choice.”


Kino Sintee, 17, and three black friends waved “Thad” signs on a street corner in a black Hattiesburg neighborhood. They said the preacher from Mount Olive Baptist Church asked them to help out.

“They’re talking about taking everything away from us,” he said. “People still need stuff.”

Tragically, the Republican Establishment tactics worked. Cochran beat McDaniel because of black turnout. Instead of allowing grassroots conservative Mississippians to decide on their next senator, Democrats determined the Republican nominee.

Using the race card reinforces the negative image of the Tea Party and it will do lasting damage to the reputation of Republicans within the black community.

But then again, the Republican Establishment is only concerned about power today and not the future of the party or the country.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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