NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Suggests One Token Minority President Is Enough (VIDEO)

At the National Rifle Association’s annual convention, the group’s vice president, Wayne LaPierre, told Americans not to vote for someone like President Obama or Hillary Clinton¬†– and not because of the content of their character.

In a surprising turn of events, LaPierre managed to out-racist Ted Nugent and out-crazy Sarah Palin, both speakers who work hard for those distinctions during their own talks during each year’s convention.

During LaPierre’s talk, fear-mongering and hyperbole were on full display. According to LaPierre’s view, the next 650 days are “the most dangerous days in history for the Second Amendment” because, even while Obama has seized roughly zero guns so far in his tenure as president and in fact there are more guns now than ever before, Obama is always just on the cusp of destroying the right to bear arms.

After warning once again that Obama is going to turn America into a country that “you and I won’t recognize” (*yawn*), LaPierre switched gears towards attacking Hillary Clinton. When LaPierre suggests Clinton may be elected president, the crowd loudly boos and one person screams “Never!” LaPierre grimaces at the thought:

“I have to tell you, eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.”

“Demographically symbolic”? LaPierre just stood before tens of thousands of people and accused the president of being a token black guy. Following this logic, Hillary would be the token woman. LaPierre makes it obvious that what he wants is a return to less diverse times.¬†The overwhelmingly white, overwhelmingly male crowd seems to agree, interrupting LaPierre’s speech with enthusiastic cheers.

LaPierre’s remarks are the latest bold attempt by the conservative movement to reject Obama and Clinton based solely on the fact that they are members of minority groups (in Clinton’s case, not in number of women, but in their disenfranchisement) and therefore don’t constitute a true representation of what right-wingers believes a president looks like: white, male, and donning an American flag on their lapel.

It was a popular refrain throughout Obama’s presidency to suggest that he didn’t “deserve” to be in the White House because minority voters overwhelmingly voted for him. The idea that they may have voted for him because the other side seemed to have little interest in their concerns never occurred to conservative political thinkers.

Sadly, it looks like with the ascent of Clinton – and with good odds that she may, in fact, win the election – the right-wing have pivoted seamlessly to criticizing her for the exact same reason.

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