Eric called it right. This is so over the top that it needs little comment. We can simply let this ideologue Democrat official race-baiter sink himself. (I red-highlighted Atkins' worst offenses)
Anyone in Ventura County who questions the Redistricting Commission's proposed plan is a racist and a Ku Klux Klan member, according to a top Ventura County Democratic Party official.
Responding to citizen testimony at the commission's public forum Wednesday night in Oxnard, Democratic Party Vice Chairman David Atkins let loose a racially tinged tirade on his Twitter account, alienating approximately half the population of the county:
It's so clear that most of these old white people from East Ventura are terribly afraid of brown people in Oxnard/LA.
Amazing. You'd think that people, especially party officials, would have more discretion on Twitter in the post- Weinergate era. Not Atkins, who then used an arguable racial epithet against Caucasians:
Elton Gallegly really has his people in force tonight to save his lily-white district. Sorry Folks!
But it's Republicans who are racist, Atkins said, adding:
So tired of GOP using racial codewords "culture" "lifestyle" "political interest". Just put your white hoods on already.
Does "lily-white" county as a racial codeword?
Atkins continued to let the vitriol fly, posting that he was with the hearing with "a bunch of white-flight racists from Simi."
Citizens respectfully voicing their opinions to the Redistricting Commission are not racists, Mr. Atkins--people who use racial epithets in hate-filled rants, on the other hand, are.
The irony gets better; writing about the forum on Calitics, Atkins stated, "the pros and cons of the process were painfully evident--as was the (lack of) character of what passes for the Republican party in much of Southern California."
In psychology they call that projection--the only lack of character that was exhibited at the forum came from a fuming leader of the Democratic Party.
By comparing Republicans to a hate group that lynches minorities, by using racist language, and by smearing half the county with vitriol, Atkins' actions crossed the line of civility in a major way. Why he is allowed to serve as a Democratic official is a mystery, and a stain on his party.
Who knows, maybe the rest of the county party leadership agrees with him. I'd be interested to hear their reaction to his tirade.