Friday, December 06, 2013

Know Your Conservative Heroes

The non-intern-paying New Republic has more on wingnuts who supported apartheid and attacked Nelson Mandela:
Reagan called the ANC “notorious terrorists,” and, as late as 1988, called apartheid "a tribal policy more than ... a racial policy."

It wasn’t just Reagan. Moral Majority leader Jerry Fallwell called [Desmond] Tutu a “phony” who didn’t speak for South Africans blacks. He even urged Americans to support the Pretoria government. North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms filibustered the sanctions bill. Strom Thurmond and Phil Gramm likewise opposed it. And future vice-president Dick Cheney called Mandela a terrorist, saying in 2000 that he didn’t regret his position. Pat Buchanan called Mandela a “train-bomber.” The Heritage Foundation said America should stop calling for Mandela’s release from prison. Pat Robertson, Grover Norquist, future Tea Party leaders, and current Republican Senators—all were on the books supporting the Apartheid government. When 35 House Republicans broke with the Reagan administration, the National Review called them “uppity,” and Human Events called them a “lynch mob.”
Of course, these attacks are only in the past because Mandela retired from public life -- and some of the wingnuts are no longer alive.

Here's a bonus wingnut hack attacking Mandela more recently.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to picture Falwell saying the word "phony," with that smarmy mothers-I'm-just-protecting-your-babies-from-evil cluck-cluck he showed up with on TV.