Erstwhile Never-Trumper David French has the perfect example of a Republican politician who proves that racism plays no role in Southern conservatism:
Last summer, the conservative writer David French wrote an essay for Time defending the political culture of his native South. While northern liberals believed “race is still the dominant political and cultural factor of Southern political life,” French argued, that was “too simplistic.”
French had in mind a case study for his theory: a Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate named Brian Kemp. Here was a “truly Southern man,” which meant he was “skeptical of elites” and never “ashamed of his faith.”
Of course, it’s not just southern Republicanism that is defined by racism. North Dakota’s nullification of the 15th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act will be allowed to stand.