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The Party of Lester Maddox


Lester Maddox became governor of Georgia after threatening black students with violence if they tried to eat at his restaurant. Well, the GOP is taking over that mantle and it’s hardly surprising this guy is from South Dakota, which as we discussed the other day, is shockingly racist and yet doesn’t receive much attention for it because the target is mostly Native Americans.

A South Dakota lawmaker on Monday said businesses should be able to turn away customers based on race.

In a Facebook comment, state Rep. Michael Clark, a Hartford Republican, said business owners should have the final say in who they serve.

Clark later pulled the Facebook comment. And an hour after the Argus Leader published a story about the comment, he issued an email apology to a reporter.

The comment elicited outrage from constituents and calls to withdraw the lawmaker from Democrats running to replace him.

Clark’s initial comment came in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrow decision Monday siding with a Colorado baker that refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding.

“He should have the opportunity to run his business the way he wants,” Clark wrote. “If he wants to turn away people of color, then that(‘s) his choice.”

I see little reason to believe this won’t become open Republican dogma in the next few years.

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