This year’s RNC may be a grand old segregated party.
Republican National Convention organizers are scrambling to replace signs labeling a bank of elevators the “white elevators.”
The Jim Crow-esque signs were seen in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, where thousands of Republican delegates, politicians and supporters are expected to formally nominate bombastic businessman Donald Trump as their party’s presidential pick this week.
Byron Tau, a Wall Street Journal reporter who first spotted the signs, said RNC staffers were replacing them “for obvious reasons.”
The “white” banners are eerily similar to the signs that once kept America segregated: Everything from bathrooms to restaurant entrances were labeled for “white” and “colored” use until segregation was abolished in 1964.
Earlier this year, David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, backed the real estate mogul, telling his white, bigoted followers that not voting for trump was “treason to your heritage.” Trump eventually disavowed the endorsment — but only after repeatedly refusing to, claiming he didn’t know anything about the white supremacist group.
The RNC kicks off Monday and runs through Thursday night, when Trump is expected to speak as he formally accepts the party’s nomination.
During the convention’s four days, the party will vote on its platform, a draft of which calls for building Trump’s proposed Mexico-U.S. border wall, putting Bibles in public schools and cracking down on the “public health crisis” that is pornography. Delegates will also vote on Trump’s candidacy, potentially making the presumptive GOP nominee the official party pick.
Speakers include four people Trump beat out during the primary season: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and retired brain surgeon Ben Carson. At least six Trumps will also make speeches: The Donald himself, his wife, Melania and four of his kids.
Source: NY Daily News