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Racist, anti-Semitic comments by 9 Democrats who went unpunished

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As much as Democrats want to claim the GOP is the party of racism, members of their own ranks should take a good, long look in the mirror.

“I don’t think either side has a monopoly on this,” former Senate Republican Conference Chief of Staff Ron Bonjean said of politicians saying racist things.

Bonjean, speaking Monday with CNN “Out Front” host Brianna Keilar, rattled off a couple of examples, but here are nine major statements by Democrats that went almost unnoticed by the mainstream media:

1. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla.

He's the Florida congressman you love to hate. In October 2013, Grayson sent out a fundraising e-mail equating the GOP with the Ku Klux Klan and even included a burning cross.

Which is kind of odd considering it was Democrats who kept electing Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. -- an actual former KKK member -- to office.

But of course, all he had to do was say he was mistaken and all was forgiven since he had that magical “D” next to his name.

2. State Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Ala.

During a debate in March over a bill to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat was detected, Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes claimed white Republicans would be fine with aborting mixed-race grandchildren.

“Ninety-nine percent of the all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion,” Holmes said, according to audio of his remarks.

“On the other hand, 99 percent of the whites who are sitting in here now, if their daughter got pregnant by a black man, they are going to make their daughter have an abortion.”

3. Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y.

Earlier this year, New York Rep. Charlie Rangel got into some hot water when he claimed the Tea Party was made up of “mean, racist people.”

“Now why do I say that? Because in those red states, they’re the same slave-holding states. They had the Confederate flag. They became Dixiecrats; they had the Confederate flag. They’re now the Tea Party; they still got the Confederate [flag]. I don’t think that’s a coincidence,” Rangel said.

“There is nothing the president can do – not love of country, not love of party – that they’re not prepared to kill themselves to get to him.”

This isn't surprising coming from a man censured by the House after being found guilty of 11 ethics violations, including the use of his rent-controlled apartment in Harlem for campaign activities.

And this isn't the only time Rangel has equated Republicans with Confederates (who, by the way and for the record, were Democrats). In November, he said "there's a Confederate general" in every Republican living room.

4. State Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Mo.

Anyone who dares make unions more transparent must be a Nazi, right? That's what Missouri State Rep. Jeff Roorda accused Republican Holly Rehder of being when she sponsored legislation that would prohibit public-sector unions from using their fees for political purposes without annual written consent from members.

As quoted in the Springfield News-Leader:

In remarks that drew a rebuke from Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart, suggested Rehder was following the example of the Nazis in the lead-up to World War II.

Roorda read a quotation from Martin Niemoller that includes the famous line: "Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew."

"Who are you coming after next, lady?" Roorda said to Rehder after reading the quotation.

Yup, making sure union members who don’t want their dues used for political purposes are granted that protection is akin to attempting to help murder an entire race of people.

5. Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill.

You could try to claim that state representatives and well-known congressmen are small potatoes when it comes to racist remarks, but you can’t deny the notoriety of a governor.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign tweeted and retweeted a link to a Chicago Sun-Times column from Neil Steinberg that compared black Republicans to Jews who helped the Nazis.

“As a general rule, individuals will sell out the interests of their groups in return for personal benefit,” Steinberg said. “It isn’t just a black thing. Jews collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go.”

6. Jay Stamper, South Carolina Senate candidate

Apparently, South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Jay Stamper thinks racism will play well in a state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter.

“Ironic but what would the GOP do w/out African Americans? Racism seems to be the one thing they rely on to hold their party together,” Stamper said in a tweet that was eventually deleted.

Chalk it up to an overzealous aide, but someone in Stamper's office thought that tweet was a winner.

7. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.

Still living in the early 1990s, apparently, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson decided to rehash the old claim that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was an “Uncle Tom.”

“It’s almost to the point saying this man doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black,” Thompson added.

Oh, and just for good measure, Thompson claimed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was “racist” for not supporting Obamacare.

8. Belleville, New Jersey, mayor candidate Marie Strumolo Burke

Even small-town Democrats get in on the racist action, as evidenced by Belleville, New Jersey city council chairwoman and mayoral candidate Marie Strumolo Burke.

In an undated audio recording obtained by NJ.com, Strumolo Burke is heard saying her town is descending into a “F---ing n----- town.”

Strumolo Burke was apparently unhappy with changes to the city’s tax code. Not sure how tax code = racism but that's what she said.

9. State Rep. Brett Hulsey, D-Wis.

State Rep. Brett Hulsey, who's running for governor in Wisconsin, told supporters in early May that he was going to hand out KKK hoods at the Republican state convention.

Hulsey didn’t find his plans offensive, and instead insulted Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans.

“What I find offensive is Gov. Walker and the Republicans' racist record. They’re the ones considering the resolution to leave the United States,” Hulsey said.

So to combat that he was going to do something even more racist?

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