Nebraska state Sen. John McCollister (R) made headlines over the weekend, when he went on a Twitter tirade saying his own party “is enabling white supremacy.” On Monday, the head of the Nebraska GOP offered to assist him in changing his affiliation.
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In what is now a pinned tweet displayed proudly at the top of his Twitter feed, McCollister wrote Sunday, “The Republican Party is enabling white supremacy in our country. As a lifelong Republican, it pains me to say this, but it’s the truth. I of course am not suggesting that all Republicans are white supremacists nor am I saying that the average Republican is even racist.”
“What I am saying though is that the Republican Party is COMPLICIT to obvious racist and immoral activity inside our party,” the senator continued. “We have a Republican president who continually stokes racist fears in his base. He calls certain countries ‘sh*tholes,’ tells women of color to ‘go back’ to where they came from and lies more than he tells the truth.”
He added, “The time is now for us Republicans to be honest with what is happening inside our party. We are better than this and I implore my Republican colleagues to stand up and do the right thing.”
On Monday, Nebraska Republican Party Executive Director Ryan Hamilton issued a statement in reaction to McCollister’s condemnation, saying:
John McCollister has been telegraphing for years that he has little if nothing in common with the Republican voters in his district by consistently advocating for higher taxes, restrictions on Americans’ Second Amendment rights, and the pro-abortion lobby. His latest false statement about Republicans should come as no surprise to anyone who is paying attention, and we’re happy he has finally shed all pretense of being a conservative.
I am happy to send a change of voter registration form along to his office so he can make the switch official and start, for once, telling the truth to voters in his district.