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June 9, 2020

Racist, homophobic rants damage Republicans, nation

Greene County resident Eddie Dean rails against “queers” and “strange people.”
By Greg Schumacher
Fauquier Republican Chairman

A video clip showing racist and homophobic comments from Eddie Deane, a key supporter and delegate recruiter for congressional candidate Bob Good, surfaced on social media last Sunday. Mr. Deane said minorities “will not be satisfied” after the presidency of Barack Obama and referred to LGBTQ people as “a bunch of queers” and “strange people” among other comments.

As is the nature of such things, it was shared and circulated and culminated in a local Charlottesville CBS 19 report Thursday, June 4, followed by an article in The Hill later that day.

As with most revelations like this, it will be used by different people and different groups in different ways, to include political purposes. That’s just the reality of our system, and I will address that. But what is far more important is that we use an example like this to prompt self-examination in each one of us, to remind ourselves as both individuals and as society that there will always be work to do to combat racism and bigotry, and that our focus needs to be on solutions and improvement moving forward.

The main takeaway here transcends politics. When I saw this clip, I was shocked and horrified by the content and the tone. We often look around ourselves and tend to think all is well, but this is a reminder that it is not. For everyone I know who saw it, their reaction was disbelief. But as I reflected on it further, my shock and unbelief morphed into grief. Grief over being confronted with the reality that folks still harbor racist and bigoted attitudes toward groups of people, and when squeezed, the juice comes out.

I was grieved to realize that this was not a James O’Keefe secret video of an individual. This was an individual sharing openly on Facebook live with about 60 viewers. Were any of them shocked? Did any of them confront the speaker?

It’s easy to point fingers, but then my grief turned inward as I reflected on things I have said in the past, or the way I said them, or jokes I told, that I’m now ashamed of, and will never say or tell again.

This example should drive us beyond just finger-pointing to self-examination for things we have thought and said, and to consider how they might not only offend, but hurt. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have our own beliefs, principles and convictions that we stand on and fight for, but it does mean that we need to speak to each other with language and tone that doesn’t demean or attack others simply because of who they are.

That said, there is an inescapable political impact to this revelation. Realizing that the individual in this clip is a known Republican, and a key supporter and delegate recruiter of one of our congressional candidates, I was struck by how things like this set back our very real and sincere efforts as Republican individuals and party organizations at all levels to build bridges to and to welcome people not historically associated with us. Our efforts to do so are hindered by stereotypes perpetuated by Democrats and the media, but revelations like this certainly provide fodder to feed the stereotypes.

If you are an African-American or a gay person, to the extent you think this clip represents the Republican Party is the extent to which you will stay clear or be very wary. So what do the overwhelming majority of Republicans committed to building an inclusive, caring and “big tent” party do when isolated instances like this emerge?

First, we have to swiftly repudiate them in the strongest of terms to reinforce that this is not who we are. As chairman of our Fauquier County Republican Committee, I denounce Mr. Deane’s comments in the strongest of terms and emphatically state that such comments have no place in our party or in our society. Other Republican leaders need to do likewise, if not proactively, certainly if asked.

That said, I pray that Mr. Deane is able to learn and grow from this experience and to admit how wrong it was. There is not one of us free from past sins and the need to repent and move forward. When we hear or read these kinds of comments, each of us has a responsibility to confront the person, attempt to educate and persuade, but if necessary, to repudiate and distance. We have a special responsibility to do this within our own party and to police ourselves.

As of this writing, a week since the clip was out on social media, and three days since local and national stories appeared, to my knowledge, Mr. Deane simply says his remarks were taken out of context, and Bob Good has “no commented” on these stories and remains silent. This is unacceptable for all of the reasons stated above and particularly for one aspiring to be a Republican standard bearer. To not repudiate the remarks, or to have any comment at all, especially with all that is going on in the country right now, is the height of political tone deafness at best, and at worst, shows the lack of moral courage to take a stand against something that so obviously needs to be stood against.

The second thing we need to do to overcome these stereotypes about our party is to act. Words are cheap if not followed through with actions. The most important thing we need to do is to reach out to diverse communities and to listen, learn, love and grow in mutual understanding as a starting point for all the subsequent work we hope to do together for our communities and our country.

There are deeply embedded aspects of the back experience and associated fears that white people will never fully appreciate or understand. Conversely, there are aspects to white experience that blacks will never fully understand. The key word is “aspects,” some of the key differences and perspectives that form the lenses through which we see life. Understanding these does not mean one person or the other is always right, but such understanding is foundational to building trusting relationships and to solve problems together.

We have by no means arrived – not locally, not statewide, not nationally – and we never will. When we learn of injustice, identify needs or see tangible ways that we can help build these bridges and improve from where we are, we need to have the moral courage to both speak and act. There is always be room to learn and grow and to do more, but I’m thankful for the good people in our Fauquier County Republican community who are walking the walk and committed to doing just that.

A retired U.S. Army major general who lives near The Plains, the writer has served as chairman of the Fauquier County Republican Committee since 2018. The 5th District Republicans at a June 13 convention will choose freshman Congressman Denver Riggleman or challenger Bob Good as their nominee in the November election.
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Jeffersonian American · June 20, 2020 at 10:25 am
How curious of our champion of local investigative journalism, FauquierNow.com, has not found the time or space for any feature articles or even a news brief during the past 7 days on Candidate Bob Good's recent significant 5th Congressional District Republican victory? Yet they can find the space to leave posted a deeply misguided, outdated, Big Government, Deep State, Republican Establishment oriented political smear?

I look forward to improved performance by all journalists and political party leaders involved.
Rover 530 · June 17, 2020 at 3:31 pm
The Republicans in this district wanted this and they used a rigged "convention" to get what they deserve.
DonkeyFarmer · June 15, 2020 at 10:58 am
That's too bad, I liked Riggleman. He has a refreshing Libertarian streak in him, that is probably why he officiated the gay wedding even though it was against the platform. Unfortunately, that was not a good political move on his part. Whether or not it played a big role in him losing the election, I don't know.

I am however glad that the smear attempted against Bob Good right here did not work. Unfortunate that this op-ed was even written.
FairandBalanced · June 14, 2020 at 11:36 pm
Rep. Riggleman ousted in Va. GOP convention after presiding over same-sex marriage
Denver Riggleman’s loss to former Liberty University fundraiser Bob Good put the seat within reach of Democrats for the first time in more than a decade.
FairandBalanced · June 14, 2020 at 10:24 am
Vote. Democrats of this fine county. VOTE!
Jeffersonian American · June 14, 2020 at 8:33 am
I believe the actions of one misguided supporter, and his plain-speaking personal beliefs, do not detract from the larger message of Republican Candidate Bob Good or his critically important Virginia and American Constitution-Conservative principles he will champion for all Fauquier citizens heading into our November 5th District Election, and beyond, in our U.S. Congress.

Fauquier County and the rest of our 5th District Virginia citizenry deserve to have our voices added to the very important Freedom Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives to best represent all races, backgrounds and creeds during the difficult days ahead for our District, our State and our nation.

Bob Good states unapologetically, “The government exists for the people and the power belongs to the people. I have a proven record during my time in Campbell County of applying conservative principles to the local government and those are the same principles I will apply in Washington.”

Read more about the beliefs and principles of Candidate Bob Good at his website (linked below) and note the character and integrity of his official endorsements from Virginians of all races and backgrounds united in our Constitution-Conservative principles. Let us all work together to unite, vote, and clean out the old two-Party system of political corruption and Deep State oriented, hand-picked candidates among elected officials who, once in office, then ignore their sworn Oath of Office and duty to uphold our U.S. Constitution or to champion traditional American Judeo-Christian values.

I believe General Schumacher and candidate Bob Good- honorable men in the public arena who both stood with our Fauquier citizens at the Warren Green Hotel last winter to defend our Second Amendment Rights before our County Board of Supervisors and our elected Sheriff- our most important constitutionally-sanctioned local elected official- can find enough common ground to lead us to victory in this critical upcoming November election to save our rights and our liberty against the new tyranny we face, a tyranny far more insidious from within than anything we endured under King George III.

Virginians of the 5th District now have a refreshing new Republican candidate for U.S. Congress who speaks clearly to upholding those principles enshrined in our founding American documents including our Declaration of Independence, our Bill of Rights, our Virginia Declaration of Rights, and our Virginia and U.S. Constitutions.

I join others looking forward to enthusiastically supporting him in the critically important 5th District Virginia Congressional and national election this coming November.

And not a minute too soon, my fellow Fauquier Compatriots of all races and backgrounds who understand we must stand together to preserve and champion our hard-won freedom and liberty built by the many sacrifices of those who came before us- Lest We Forget.

https://www.bobgoodforcongress.com/
Pierpont · June 11, 2020 at 6:59 pm
Jim - Have you seen what the Mad Madge Eicher and Dispicibale Dave Willis wing of the GOP does to people who oppose them? Let's just say they put their Christian values aside when it comes to politics. No wonder people are afraid to use their real names.
Jim Griffin · June 11, 2020 at 3:33 pm
Pierpont: Appreciative for the perspective, which is new to me. Agreed those extremists are destructive voices who ignore the Rule of Law. Pinning names and tails on the donkeys is especially helpful. If everyone who posted was accountable with their own name we'd read a different comment section more representative of our fine community.
Pierpont · June 11, 2020 at 8:35 am
I have been repeatedly told at GOP meetings in Fauquier that you can determine the character of a person by the people he surrounds himself with.

In Greg's case, he is the chosen one of Rick Buchanan and Cameron Jones, two extremists in the Virginia Tea Party Movement, who oppose gay marriage abortion at any point and completely oppose any accommodation for transgender people.

Greg's group of supporters also includes David Willis and Madge Eicher. You only need to read their letters to the editors and comments on this site and at fauquier.com to see how intolerant they are of anyone - including fellow Republicans - who do not agree with them 100% of the time. In fact, they are willing to destroy people's lives to get their way, if that is what it takes. Disgusting.

Finally, look at Greg's friend Adam Cassandra, an anti-abortion fanatic and complementarian who doesn't think a woman has any rights over her own body and works for a direct mail company that spews hatred on behalf of many conservative causes.

That is Greg. Instead of chastising other people for their dumb mistakes, maybe he should take a long look in the mirror first. Unfortunately, not many "Christians" do that before throwing the first stone.
FlickerV · June 11, 2020 at 7:40 am
Sonny, thought so. Which means you are incompetent here. Like most white guys, you think you have an opinion that matters on everything, and that matters MORE than others. Welcome to the permanent minority, Sonny. The queer-hating GOP (2016 platform is against gay marriage, etc.) hasn't won an election in VA since 2009. Keep it up. Love the good work you do for Democrats!
FlickerV · June 10, 2020 at 1:58 pm
Sonny Day, do you know any queer people?
Jim Griffin · June 10, 2020 at 12:03 pm
"Boldness and ruthlessness must be accompanied by strong leadership and tempered by sound judgment. Without these qualities, boldness can become recklessness, and ruthlessness can be distorted into cruelty."

US Marine Corps, Tactics, 1997
Demosthenes · June 10, 2020 at 8:07 am
Schumacker's response to this kind of hate is appropriate.

Republicans today have somehow morphed into a party of hate. Look at the attacks on here towards Schumacker from what appears to be other Republicans in the county.

Don't make comparisons to democrats or other distractions. All Republicans should just ask themselves whether the party today really represents the morals and decency that the Republican party once stood for.
FlickerV · June 10, 2020 at 7:00 am
The Virginia GOP was in power for how long? Virginia businesses can refuse service to me or my black neighbors until July 1. That is because you are now in the permanent minority in Virginia. The Virginia GOP is the party of death for LGBTQ people.
FairandBalanced · June 9, 2020 at 10:18 pm
WTF? Double talk! Nonsensical! How did this guy reach the pay level and now retirement pension he and his enjoy?

*There are deeply embedded aspects of the back experience and associated fears that white people will never fully appreciate or understand. Conversely, there are aspects to white experience that blacks will never fully understand.*

West Point Mafia! Send them to prison and let them slice garlic on Sundays in their cells with a shiv while cooking stolen spaghetti in a plastic bucket.

Remember Mike Flynn. Worthless MF and his retarded kid. LOCK HER UP!
DonkeyFarmer · June 9, 2020 at 9:46 pm
This op-ed is obviously a political hit-piece, nothing more. Attacking a political candidate because one of his supporters said bad stuff. Politics at its worst.
DonkeyFarmer · June 9, 2020 at 9:42 pm
Jim Griffin, are you accusing me of being a boogie boy? I assume DF is short for DonkeyFarmer... Because I happen to disagree with you on some issues I am now a white supremacist?
Jim Griffin · June 9, 2020 at 8:15 pm
Schumacher is a fine leader and a good man but his Fauquier Republicans are a drinking club with a political party problem, namely that Virginia Republicans haven't won a single statewide election for over a decade and are losing votes fast here at home and redistricting is on the way.

This is how these losers -- and they are a sore bunch of losers -- act when the statehouse has slipped from their hands. Imagine the acting out ahead when these Boogaloo Bois lose the White House. And the July 1 enforcement date for the new gun laws is right around the corner.

Worse name calling and lying, no doubt -- Let's have a contest and guess how many screen names per person for these sophomoric losers. The sky's the limit!

Fortunately for them, they've elected to gang up on one of their own, our current decent Republican Congressman Denver Riggleman, and they attack here their own chair, Greg Schumacher. Fortunately for them, when it's Republican against Republican, they'll have a Republican victory! Picking fights with Democrats hasn't gone well for them.

Bottoms up, Boys! Or is that Bois? Pete? AP? DF? GATD? JA? SD? BP? Joan Smith (or is it Observer?). Can't tell the Boogaloo Bois without a scorecard and their Hawaiian shirts.
Pete Nowotny · June 9, 2020 at 3:07 pm
Talk to democrats, they got no morals. Just look at Jim Griffin.
AmericanPatriot · June 9, 2020 at 12:28 pm
Judge stops black face baby murderer's evil plan to erase democrat history.

Good on him.
AmericanPatriot · June 9, 2020 at 11:28 am
There will always be the jims in the world.

Bless his heart.
Jim Griffin · June 9, 2020 at 9:51 am
Mr. Schumacher:

Great respect for your fine example of quality discourse and reasoning. Especially thankful for your outreach on behalf of our congressman, Denver Riggleman.

If all Republicans were like you, I might be one. Bring back the big tent.
BiggerPicture · June 9, 2020 at 9:19 am
I am in total agreement with American Patriot; Mr. Schumacher's commentary is one of the most disingenuous pieces I have read in a long time. Black Lives don't Matter when blacks murder blacks, which happens every hour of every day in this country - primarily in cities with Democrat mayors and Democrat majority city councils. No one says a word about that. It is only when whites are accused that Black Lives Matter. And when that happens, the rule of law goes right out the window. How damned interesting that is.
AmericanPatriot · June 9, 2020 at 7:33 am
Whats shocking, Mr Schumacher, is the utter silence from people like you when 5 year old white children are thrown from 5 story balconies by a black, or when a white woman named Justine Damond is murdered by a somali policeman, or when a retired black policeman is shot dead in a 'protest' by a black felon, or when tens of thousands of blacks are shot in places like Chicago by other blacks - and THIS is all that prompts you to come out of your cocoon and comment, as if you are trying to out virtue signal nancy pelosi kneeling in her halloween outfit on the floor of the house.

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