Target: Keith Downey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota
Goal: Withdraw the endorsement of Ali Jiminez-Hopper in response to her condemnation of a biracial and lesbian candidate.
A politician recently attacked an opposing candidate on the basis of her race and sexual orientation. Ali Jiminez-Hopper’s Democratic opponent, Erin Maye Quade, is a biracial lesbian who celebrated a lifestyle that does not correspond to the restrictive vision of her Republican opponent. Consequently, Jiminez-Hopper blasted her opponent on the basis of daring to publicly love her family and for embracing her heritage. In a convention speech, she began a tirade with “[Erin Maye Quade] brings up that she is half black and she uses that as a strength. She brings up that she is in support of LGBT and that lifestyle and puts out pictures on twitter of her and her wife.” before going on to insinuate that Ms. Maye Quade could not “[hold] true to our values as a Christian and as a mother,” or even to integrity and honor.
That attack on the basis of race and sexuality demonstrates a distinct lack of the very values of integrity and honor that Ms. Jiminez-Hopper ascribes to herself. Despite her unprincipled attack, Ali Jiminez-Hopper received the Republican party’s endorsement immediately after delivering her offensive speech. If the Republican party wants to make any claim to integrity and honor, it should withdraw its endorsement of Ms. Jiminez-Hopper in response to her bias-motivated attacks on her opponent. Otherwise, it must recognize that it is, as ThinkProgress reports some have called it, a party of “outright racist and discriminatory statements and tactics.”
Sign below to call on the Republican party of Minnesota to disavow racism and homophobia. Demand that it withdraws its endorsement of Ali Jiminez-Hopper in response to her discriminatory attacks on her opponent.
Dear Chairman Downey,
In a convention speech, Republican candidate Ali Jiminez-Hopper attacked her opponent on the basis of her biracial heritage and her sexuality. Ali said that “[Erin Maye Quade] brings up that she is half black and she uses that as a strength. She brings up that she is in support of LGBT and that lifestyle and puts out pictures on twitter of her and her wife.” and followed up with the insinuation that Ms. Maye Quade could not “[hold] true to our values as a Christian and as a mother.”
Hearing such blatantly bigoted remarks in a public, political context is startling. As Ms. Maye Quade herself told ThinkProress, “This isn’t a Republican or Democrat thing, it’s basic human respect and it’s shocking to hear from anyone.” Rather than acting on the principles to which your party aspires and repudiating Ms. Jiminez-Hopper’s remarks, your party responded by offering her its endorsement.
Correct that error in judgment. A candidate who believes that celebrating one’s family is cause for attack simply because that family does not look like her own is not a real “family values” candidate. A politician who believes that heritage cannot be a source of strength if that heritage is black has no place in the party. Withdraw the Republican party’s endorsement of Ali Jiminez-Hopper.
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