The Republican National Committee voted yesterday to censure Michigan Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema for what Chair Reince Priebus deemed a “history of harmful and offensive rhetoric [that] has no place in our party.”
MLive has a thorough examination of that history. In 2013, he posted an article on Facebook which claimed gays are promiscuous and responsible for the spread of AIDS and are also pedophiles. Last January, he posted some blog post on Facebook asking, “Have you ever seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of life?”
And just weeks ago, he posted another link to his Facebook page to an essay from a white supremacist publication arguing, “Blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses well.”
Priebus has been calling for Agema to resign from his leadership position since last year, but he’s still in control. Scott Walker joined the chorus of Republicans calling for Agema to step down, but for now the RNC just went ahead and censured him.
Agema defended himself in a length Facebook post earlier this week, saying he got the link from Allen West and only agreed with West’s commentary on the piece, not the piece itself. Here’s his full explanation:
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