Leftist news outlet Mother Jones suggested that speakers at the Republican National Convention (RNC) wished to "say the n-word," pointing to the speech made by Mark and Patricia McCloskey on Tuesday evening, who had their St. Louis property invaded by Black Lives Matter protesters in late June.
Mother Jones reported that the first night of the RNC "was the 'I'm not racist, and my Black friend says so' portion of the RNC, featuring speeches from Tim Scott and Herschel Walker, among others, and a lot of predictable talk about 'opportunity zones' and the Democratic 'plantation.'"
The Post Millennial contributor Chad Felix Greene tweeted out in response to the Mother Jones piece, saying that the outlet was simply dismissing black voices by assuming that these individuals weren't speaking their own minds.
"Notice how they dismiss black voices. "Tonight was the 'I’m not racist, and my Black friend says so' portion of the RNC, featuring speeches from Tim Scott and Herschel Walker, among others, and a lot of predictable talk about “opportunity zones” and the Democratic 'plantation.'"
Inez Stepman of The Federalist simply said it was "psychotic."
Mrs. McCloskey was then charged with "sounding a dogwhistle" that is apparently discernible to "suburban right-wingers" when she made this statement:
"They are not satisfied with spreading the chaos and violence into our communities. They want to abolish the suburbs all together by ending single-family home zoning. This forced rezoning would bring crime, lawlessness, and low-quality apartments into now-thriving suburban neighborhoods. President Trump smartly ended this government overreach, but Joe Biden wants to bring it back."
Mrs. McCloskey was referring to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule—an Obama-era provision designed "to put an end to single family zoning, while also pressing suburbs to build high-density low-income housing that would be occupied by residents of nearby cities... AFFH will also press suburbs into 'transit oriented development,' construction of dense apartments and business districts around transportation hubs, with limited parking."
Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), when Obama first issued the rule, said that "this new regulation is designed to give unelected, anonymous bureaucrats in Washington the power to pick and choose who your new next-door neighbor will be. If they don't believe your neighborhood is 'diverse' enough, they will seize control of local zoning decisions—choosing what should be built, where, and who should pay for it—in order to make your neighborhood look more like they want it to."
Trump tweeted that he was looking into AFFH in late June, tweeting: "At the request of many great Americans who live in the Suburbs, and others, I am studying the AFFH housing regulation that is having a devastating impact on these once thriving Suburban areas. Corrupt Joe Biden wants to make them MUCH WORSE. Not fair to homeowners, I may END!"
The White House echoed this sentiment on August 17 through a tweet: "Americans of every background work hard to live in safe, thriving suburbs. President @realDonaldTrump stands against federal overreach that threatens to ruin peaceful, secure neighborhoods with poor planning and policies."
Trump, in late July, tweeted again about the AFFH, saying that home-owners would not have to worry about low-income housing being built in suburban neighborhoods: "I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood," adding that "your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule. Enjoy!"
Mr. McCloskey was accused of using a "hard 'r'" when he pronounced "Marxist": "The Marxist, liberal activist leading the mob to our neighborhood stood outside our home with a bullhorn screaming, 'You can’t stop the revolution.' Just weeks later, that same Marxist activist won the Democrat nomination to hold a seat in the US House of Representatives… That Marxist revolutionary is now going to be the congresswoman from the first district of Missouri."
Mother Jones concluded their piece by saying that "tonight's RNC message: We love Black people so long as they're nowhere near our front yard."