North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Hasan Harnett twice compared Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to the Ku Klux Klan on social media, reported WRAL. This is race-baiting at its very worst.
In the tweets, Harnett appropriated the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag while including #ChrisitanLivesMatter. The tweets feature photos of Clinton next to an old photo of the KKK during a cross burning ceremony. He told his conservative followers to “Say NO to the #Democrat Lies” and the “#Liberal Agenda.”
— Hasan Harnett (@HasanHarnett) July 22, 2015
— Hasan Harnett (@HasanHarnett) July 23, 2015
Harnett was reached for comment by various news outlets but declined to speak about the tweets. Todd Poole, state Republican Party Executive Director, issued a statement to WRAL.
“The chairman isn’t going to comment or give interviews on tweets, but as the first black chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, he believes we have to learn from history and move past it,” he said.
Harnett is race-baiting. He appropriated the mantra of black Americans who are still fighting racial inequality and turned it into a punchline and a political cheap shot.