11th District Republican Committee Officially Repudiates the Alt-Right

Republicans are frustrated and angry following the terrible events in Charlottesville this past week. We are angry, as all Americans should be, at the racism and violence that was on display. In no way do we support or excuse the actions of White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, racists and bigots or so-called members of the Alt-Right.

Many of us have spoken out about this before, and have called for them to be unequivocally rejected by Republicans and Conservatives, a call that meets near universal agreement within our ranks. Yet we are frustrated because these despicable people choose to associate themselves with the GOP, and therefore we are forced to constantly defend our party, and even ourselves, against unfair charges of racism.

Non-Republicans are angry too, as we all should be, yet instead of seeking unity, their anger, and in many cases I suspect their opportunism, has led them to turn on our Republican President and to anyone associated with Republicans or Conservatives. This leaves many asking, “Is there anything we can do?”

Clearly nothing we say or do will mollify the left. That’s a blog for another day. But our party is our party, and we have to take action to clean up our own backyard.

Many people forget that political parties are voluntary organizations with no control over who declares themselves to be a “member.” If you declare yourself a Republican, then you are a Republican.

Some states have party registration, but the party has no control over who checks their box. Being a “registered Republican” is a personal choice, and registered voters alone decide what party to join.

In the Commonwealth of Virginia we do not even have party registration, so basically if you say you are a Republican, you are. One area where we can control membership, however, is in the Republican Committees, where membership is earned by nomination and, depending on the particular unit or committee, by election. So it was good to see one such committee take substantive action this week to officially repudiate the Alt-Right and their fellow travelers. In the coming weeks and months, I’m confident many others will do likewise.

This past Monday the 11th District Republican Committee of Virginia unanimously passed a resolution that said, in part, “Be it resolved that the 11th District Republican Committee denounces and repudiates white supremacy, ‘white nationalism,’ neo-Naziism, and the philosophy of the ‘alt-right;’” as well as “candidates of any party who knowingly seek the support of” those same groups. The full resolution is shown below.

Kyle McDaniel, Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee Representative from the 11th Congressional District, was the author of the original resolution, which then had contributors from across the ideological spectrum within the committee, as well as several “friendly amendments” proposed during debate on the resolution.

I spoke with Mr. McDaniel today and asked him why he felt moved to draft the resolution. He explained that he was watching a live stream of the events in Charlottesville on Saturday, and got caught up in it for an hour and a half. “It was like a car crash, you didn’t want to watch, but you couldn’t help it.” He was upset and frustrated, and recognized immediately that this was a problem for the Republican Party and Conservatives in general, and that it was “up to us to fix it.”

The 11th District’s regularly scheduled meeting was Monday, so it was “providence,” according to McDaniel, that they had the opportunity to speak out so quickly in this official and powerful way.

McDaniel made the motion at the meeting held at the Prince William County Republican Headquarters on Monday night, and it was seconded by Stephen Spiker. The resolution was then debated for about an hour and half, with multiple committee members offering “friendly amendments” to clarify and improve upon the original text.

While the debate was extensive, it was respectful. Committee Chairman Paul Prados ensured proper parliamentary procedure was followed, even though that might have slowed down the process, to let all voices be heard. Clearly the committee wanted to do this right, and the resolution reflects the care they put into the statement.

McDaniel had alerted his social media community about his resolution over the preceding weekend, and distributed a draft to committee members prior to Monday. He also distributed the final resolution widely via social media and email following its passage. While there was discussion and comment, he did not feel that he was attacked by anyone for his initiative, either before or after the meeting.

“Eighty-five percent of the feedback has been very positive,” McDaniel offered, although “a few brought up ‘why didn’t you call out BLM or Antifa?’ ” He believes that the provision in the resolution that “calls on all political parties and organizations … whether of the left, right, or center — to purge themselves” of any organization that uses “violence as a form of political activity,” was sufficient.

“Anything else was deflection,” he said, and “what the Democrat party does with their bad apples [i.e. Antifa], that’s not my job as a member of the State Central; that’s their job to figure out.”

McDaniel plans on bringing a substantively similar resolution to the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Meeting in September.

We should be under no illusion that actions like this will satisfy Democratic Party activists, the media, or the far left. They feel they have an issue they can run with and truth or reason be damned, they are going to run with it. Still, it is right and good that the 11th District spoke strongly to this issue, as many have done, by officially rejecting White Supremacists and the Alt-Right.

The Party of Lincoln has never been the party of racism. We are proud of our history of fighting for the rights and liberties of all Americans. We reject the narrative, spun dishonestly by the Democratic Party and leftist activists, that we are a racist party. We have never been, and no Republican I know wants to start now.

Our President has been described in various ways as basically a one-man wrecking ball against “political correctness,” a trait many feel is sorely needed in our country today. Standing up to PC Culture and the anti-free speech movements does not make you a racist.

Similarly, just because some Alt-Right members might like that about him too, does not mean Republicans, including the President, agree with any part of their platform or ideology. Like the President has done repeatedly, we reject them, denounce them, and repudiate them. Republicans should take every opportunity to cast them out of our ranks.

Good work, 11th District Republican Committee of Virginia. Good work, Kyle McDaniel.

  • Jonathan Erickson

    Shit, is there a photo op for Comstock to attend with these grandstanders who accomplished nothing with their resolution?

    • Jay McConville

      They did what they could do, to effect what they control (affect?).

      • Jonathan Erickson

        no one will remember on Friday.

        • mezurak

          They could remember Monday.

    • Stephen Spiker

      If this gets widely adapted, there will be consequences. Several candidates have sought out the support of the alt-right in the past. Being denounced by the state party will have them think twice.

      As the resolution notes, Jason Kessler organized the event, and he’s currently a member of a GOP Committee. If adapted widely, he would be subject to removal as being “alt-right” is not in accord with the principles of the Republican Party. So would others with clear ties to alt-right or white nationalist organizations.

      These our powerful and consequential outcomes. We in the 11th did what we could; its on leaders in the party across the state to join us in order to make it happen. There’s a process to work within the party to affect real change. This is that process. It’s not as dramatic as punching Nazis in the face, but if successful, it will have a more lasting impact.

  • Glad to see this. Surprised it was unanimous given some of the folks on that Committee.

    • Jay McConville

      9-0 (but not 14-0).

      • Jay McConville

        Did I do “fake news?”

        • Stephen Spiker

          There are only 10 voting members on the Committee, and one of them (a proxy) was out of the room at the time of the vote.

          • Jay McConville

            Thanks – not fake news ?

  • mezurak

    Ah so that’s what Leahy is babbling about. This isn’t about keeping Nazis out of the party. It’s getting rid of tea party or anyone else who doesn’t toe the incumbent protection team’s line in the party sand box. Good luck on reelection.

    • Stephen Spiker

      The Tea Party doesn’t drive cars into crowds.

    • The Tea Party I know and love is about conservative principles, not racial supremacy.

      • mezurak

        It doesn’t matter in this environment. The tea party is just one more”right wing nut jobs” causing problems. Gotta cull the GOP herd to save the good Republicans. Slating didn’t work. Drastic times, drastic action.

    • No, it’s about getting rid of the Nazis.

  • frankoanderson

    I’m glad to see this Mr. McConville and I thank your committee for taking a stand.

    To address the reason why, as you you say, this won’t “satisfy” your opponents, I think it’s because the President is being ambiguous, engaging in false equivalence, “both sides/many sides” talk, “whataboutism,” and is thus giving cover to the white supremacists (who thanked him for it). He even said some of them were “very fine people.” I’m sorry but if you’re marching in a crowd that’s chanting “Jews will not replace us,” you’re not a fine person.

    Mick Staton at TBE actually had a good point: “By making this morally relativistic argument, we are painting our party
    as sympathetic to the Nazis, whether we mean to or not, and it is
    damaging our party and the cause of Conservatism with it.
    “Just like the cover up being worse than the scandal, the hedging of
    condemnation and the moral relativism is keeping this issue alive and on
    the air. ”

    Many leading Republicans have rebuked the President but he is who he is,
    and will not change. It’s totally unacceptable to me that someone that morally repugnant is in the White House, and that is why we will continue to oppose
    him. I wouldn’t expect any Republicans to actually do anything about the Trump problem unless it becomes politically impossible to avoid. But hopefully you understand that unless you condemn political leaders like the President who excuse, minimize or apologize for the behavior of the white supremacists, your statements don’t go far enough.

    • Jay McConville

      I have to respectfully disagree with your assessment, but thank you for being civil in the way you brought it forward. If only we had more of that.

      I honestly don’t think that the President ever made an assertion of moral equivalency between White Supremacists and Nazis and the people who visited violence on them from the counter protest. He said that we have had political violence on both sides for far too long – long before Trump or Obama. That is what he said, and that is an indisputable fact. He was lamenting the violence. He then clarified his earlier statement, multiple times, to clearly state that he denounced and repudiated White Supremacists, Nazis and the rest. What is going on here is that opportunists and frankly, Trump-haters, will take whatever he says and spin it in the worst possible interpretation to satisfy their desire to paint him, as you did, as “morally repugnant.” It is convenient way to justify your continued #resistance towards our elected leader. Fine. As I said in my article, I don’t expect you to stop. If the President says “A,” you say A=B, even though he disagrees with that interpretation. Then you go around yelling that the President said B. Its a tactic, I get it. He was angry that this tactic was being used so aggressively against him, and he said so. He NEVER defended any White Supremacist or Nazi groups. If you think he did, show me the tape.

      All I want is the truth, and the truth is that we now have multiple groups that believe we are nearing some kind of civil strife in which violence is acceptable in furtherance of their aims. I don’t care if they are from the left or the right or the center, I’m against violence. Rejecting violence by all is not defending some. We on the right have clearly spoken against it. We would like to hear if the left agrees. Do you reject violence from all groups, or only the ones you disagree with?

      • Frank Anderson

        Trump did read some prepared remarks condemning the racist groups but he severely undermined himself by what he said right before and right after that. If you are looking for proof that he is trying to minimize and excuse the actions of the white supremacists, look no further than his Tuesday press conference where, as I noted, he said there were “very fine people on both sides.” One of the sides, mind you, which believes white people are superior to other races.

        That’s just one example. You could read this article by conservative author Robert Tracinski https://thefederalist.com/2017/08/16/donald-trump-needs-to-not-be-president-yesterday/ in which he outlines how Trump multiple times came to the defense of the torch-wielding mob of last Friday — and it was never really about the statues.

        Is it just the work of Dems and the liberal media, that Trump’s former supporters are abandoning or repudiating him in droves? Is it also just a coincidence that almost every white supremacist supports Trump?

        “Right now there are otherwise good people who, out of partisan habits or long-borne outrage at biased media, are trying to concoct excuses for why Trump’s Q&A wasn’t so bad and all the criticisms of it are just fake news,” writes Tracinski. Are you one of those people, Mr. McConville?

        If it needs to be said, I do reject and condemn violence by any group. Not only is it wrong, it doesn’t even accomplish much and can often backfire.

        I got my start as an activist protesting against war. I saw the “black bloc” types in action, those on the front lines who view themselves as warriors but usually only manage to cause chaos or property damage. The truth about them is that while they may be liberal, they don’t care for the two major organized parties and I haven’t seen them among the ranks of the Democrats.

        No matter how much you or Sean Hannity may want to believe it, “the left” is not a singular, organized, cohesive movement. You were a local party chair so you understand it’s also somewhat true for the right (although I’d argue that conservatives by their nature are more responsive to authority figures and are better at falling in line with what the leadership wants).

        My point in saying that is that while we must call out the various bad actors in the political sphere, it’s impossible to ignore the elephant in the room — a US President who, whether he’s personally racist or not, has gotten to where he is now by getting racists really excited. From the “birther” movement, to retweeting known white supremacists like Jack Posobiec, to the hiring of characters like Miller, Bannon and Gorka, and up to this latest scandal, it’s no longer justifiable to cast Trump as the victim. It’s abundantly clear that this is self-directed. And Republicans at all levels have been along for the ride this whole time.

        • Jay McConville

          I did not write my blog to defend the President. I don’t know if there were plain old regular folk (as in not-Nazis, etc) at the events either day. He clearly thinks there were. If there were not, then he shouldn’t have said that. (It bears noting that even Neo-Nazis, if protesting non-violently, should not be subjected to violence.) But even then, and here was one reason why I DID write it, to translate that into “the Republican Party is racist” is totally unfair.

          So yes, I guess I somewhat reflexively react to the predictable feeding frenzy that accompanies any opportunity, regardless of how obtuse, to further the lie that Republicans are racists. Frankly the unfair way we are treated on this subject, by Dems and by the media, puts me on the defensive. Excuse me for not running to the mic to apologize every time the Democrats concoct some scandal that finally, they think, proves their bias.

          You and Tracinski got me…I am not motivated to nod in agreement at attacks against a Republican president – especially given the conduct of the #resistance movement since the election. That boy has been crying wolf for a long time now. I am of the opinion that the left (yes, sorry, a generalization) will never stop its attacks, exaggerations, protests, wailing and gnashing of teeth until they drive Trump out of office, and that is a shame and hurts America.

          As for Antifa, they are a violent revolutionary group dedicated to the overthrow of our system of government and capitalism. BLM has, unfortunately, devolved into the same thing. That you can’t criticize either without being tarred as a racist is surreal.

          So I’m glad to hear you reject violence. Would like to hear more of that from your leadership. I’m not sure your views are widely shared.

          (As for Republicans “falling in line,” check your bias, because that’s pretty rich coming from the side of the aisle where uniformity in narrative is a fetish.)

          • Frank Anderson

            First of all, please don’t talk about fetishes, that’s just gross.
            Secondly, are you seriously leaving it open to possibility that some of those torch-bearing protesters were “plain old regular folk?” Sorry but I think many others have made it clear that whether you call them Nazi, white supremacist, KKK or Alt-Right, it doesn’t matter: they are all driven there by white resentment and they are not good people.
            But just because Trump is suggesting those are “fine” people, you feel the need to waffle on the issue as well.

          • Jay McConville

            Fetish is a word in regular usage, and does not only apply to sexual deviations. [“an inanimate object worshiped for its supposed magical powers”]

            I didn’t imply anything, but said that the President did, and if he was wrong, shouldn’t have. I wasn’t there.

            But from your response it appears that yes, in fact, you do think it’s ok to use violence, as long as it is against those you define as “not good people.”

            At least we know now.

    • Cam

      The antifa democrats are way worse.

      There are couple of pics floating around, one of which is attached below, that appear to show antifa attempting to murder a handicapped elderly man in the street. The old man has two canes and no visible “nazi” or “white supremacist” regalia.

      An antifa thug knocks him to the ground and then appears to strike him in the back of the head with an attempted kill shot.

      While disavowing “nazis” is a fine approach, that should be taken. It should also be accompanied by aggressively calling out Terry McAuliffe for setting the stage … https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/957a128130060d3f3b77e2024414ea051b95aa8acde58643eb744f7345886bca.jpg

  • old_redneck

    You say: “. . . Our President has been described in various ways as basically a one-man wrecking ball against “political correctness,” . . . ”

    Actually, Trump was described — accurately — as not stable and incompetent. And that was by a Republican Senator who was on Trump’s VP short list.

  • Jim Portugul

    Six days of this non-productive BS is enough. Can we now move on to the next non-productive media ratings created disaster?

  • Rob Blackstone

    So right wing virtue-signaling is becoming a thing?

    Great.

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