Wayne LaPierre on Hillary: “Eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough”

It must be tough being Wayne LaPierre. After seven years of insisting that Barack Hitler Stalin Hussein Obama is coming for your guns, and probably your kids, he’s still got to go on stage once in a while and remind everyone that no, really, for serious this time, Barack Hitler Stalin Hussein Obama is coming for your guns, and probably your kids.

But with the time horizon on his prediction fast approaching, LaPierre took the opportunity at the National Rifle Association’s annual conference in Nashville to qualify that if Obama doesn’t get your guns (don’t worry, he will), he’ll just pass the tyrannical gun-hating torch on to Hillary Clinton.

And, of course, to remind his audience that the only reason anyone would ever vote for Hillary or Obama in the first place is because of affirmative action:

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You heard him right: “Eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.”

Setting aside for the moment the fact that Hillary Clinton ran to President Obama’s right on gun policy in 2008, keep in mind that this is the explicit version of what the Right will usually know better than to say directly for the next year and a half: we’ve had our political rumspringa, but in 2016 it’s time for America to come back to its white, male home.

Yesterday, I was pretty meh on Hillary’s announcement. Today, I’m a bit closer to getting on board. Not because I think Hillary will be a better president today than I did yesterday, but because for all of my reservations about her as a candidate, people like this need to be told (again) to take their white male supremacy back to the 1950s:

The symbolism of a President Hillary Clinton, as with the symbolism of a President Barack Obama, has nothing to do with the nuts and bolts of her administration and everything to do with the centuries of oppression that America is still trying to overcome. This makes LaPierre’s crass sexism, in and of itself, a justification for Hillary’s candidacy — and in its own small way adds to the symbolic weight of every vote cast in her favor.

It doesn’t take any special kind of courage to say something racist and misogynist to a room full of racists and misogynists — and you’ll notice in watching LaPierre’s speech that the audience in Nashville ate the applause line up — but in the 21st Century it takes some serious cojones to run on a racist, misogynistic platform. If GOP base’s reaction to Hillary’s announcement is any indication, Republicans are going to make Hillary Clinton’s gender an issue in 2016, and it’s going to hurt them in a big way.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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