The Republican Party has whined about Democrats’ identity politics so much that the GOP nominated and elected President Donald Trump simply because he was a loud, racist, straight white male asshole.
But here is a little reminder, courtesy of The Halfway Post, that Republicans invented identity politics.
The GOP’s power base became the South after 1965 when Democrats passed the Civil Rights Act aiming to end Jim Crow laws, which of course were intentionally designed to block the electoral power and human rights of black people. Democrats, in contrast, have imperfectly worked to help black communities and promote black political issues simply because Republicans positioned themselves as the antithesis of racial equality, accompanied by decades’ worth of dog-whistle politics on issues like drugs, crime, housing, public transit, and voting rights.
The GOP has also held a monopoly on Evangelical Christian voters since the Religious Right became a major electoral source of power in the 80s. Democrats, in contrast, look out to protect the social privileges of religious minorities, such as atheists and Muslims, like the Constitution states that America ought to do. Only when Christian Republicans attempt to force Christianity upon non-Christians do Democrats try to defend the separation of church and state.
The Halfway Post doesn’t believe we must go into depth on LGBTQ issues to understand that Republicans are the identity-politic villains on gender and sexuality issues.
Republicans have also promoted a patriarchal world view at the expense of women. Republicans are against women’s right to choose on the issue of abortion (some even if a woman will die during childbirth), Republicans are against equal pay for equal work for women, and Republicans have objectively terrible and sexist healthcare ideas about women’s health. Democrats aren’t pro-women nearly as much as Republicans are anti-women, to the point that many Republicans could be accurately described as American Taliban fundamentalists.
So remember, Democrats didn’t create identity politics, Democrats are merely defending the victims of Republicans’ white, Christian straight male identity politics. And Republicans are so obsessed with identity politics that it really upsets them when Democrats look out for society’s underprivileged. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
(Photo, which isn’t photoshopped at all, courtesy of Paul Ryan’s Instagram account… and Republicans say Democrats have the identity-politic issues. Lol.)