Salon’s Joan Walsh points out today that Rick Tyler, the former Newt Gingrich communications director who now runs the candidate’s Super PAC, touted a theory popular among the fringes of the anti-abortion movement on The Rachel Maddow Show last night.
According to Walsh,
Maddow asked Tyler about some of Gingrich’s racially coded attacks on President Obama, and Tyler went off. He began by comparing the Republican and Democratic platforms of 1856 and finding the Democratic platform was racist, and that was about the last true thing he said. From claiming Democrats “abort [black] babies” to charging that African Americans need the movie “Red Tails” because they don’t have any positive role models, it was the GOP id unleashed.
Tyler said that the Democratic Party should get away from “race baiting,” because Democratic policies have been worse for the African-American community.
In the past couple years, there has been a concerted effort among anti-abortion activists to link abortion to racist aims. Groups have been touting the “Black Genocide” conspiracy in an effort to convince African-American communities to oppose abortion.
Watch the Tyler segment here: