On Display at CPAC: Racism, Homophobia, Misogyny, Climate Denial – Who’da thunk it?

March 17, 2013

Young attendees at CPAC conference asked to respond to the idea of climate change.

Compare to another young attendee’s views on race.


ThinkProgress spoke with Terry, who sported a Rick Santorum sticker and attended CPAC with a friend who wore a Confederate Flag-emblazoned t-shirt, about his views after the panel. Terry maintained that white people have been “systematically disenfranchised” by federal legislation.

When asked by ThinkProgress if he’d accept a society where African-Americans were permanently subservient to whites, he said “I’d be fine with that.” He also claimed that African-Americans “should be allowed to vote in Africa,” and that “all the Tea Parties” were concerned with the same racial problems that he was.

At one point, a woman challenged him on the Republican Party’s roots, to which Terry responded, “I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”

He claimed to be a direct descendent of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Huffington Post:

“I’m embarrassed to call myself a Republican right now,” Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder and president of the gay conservative group GOProud, said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday. The gay Republican was referring to GOProud’s exclusion from participation at CPAC for a second year in a row, banned as an official sponsor. LaSalvia attended CPAC as a guest of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a sponsor of CPAC which hosted a panel Thursday on which LaSalvia appeared, “A Rainbow on the Right: Growing the Coalition, Bringing Tolerance Out of the Closet.”

At the packed panel, attended by younger CPAC members, including quite a few conservative gays and lesbians, conservative commentators and activists on the panel who support marriage equality, including CNN pundit Margaret Hoover and Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, made the case for gay marriage as a conservative value. Earlier in the day Senator Marco Rubio, criticized those who would call him a “bigot” for not supporting same-sex marriage, underscoring the tension the issue continues to cause among conservatives. LaSalvia, for his part, however, agreed with Rubio, making a similar statement during the panel discussion and getting applause from the audience


30 Responses to “On Display at CPAC: Racism, Homophobia, Misogyny, Climate Denial – Who’da thunk it?”

  1. MorinMoss Says:

    Peter, that’s a bad spell of misogyny.

  2. daveburton Says:

    What a remarkable spin you put on it, Peter. I do encourage everyone to actually watch the videos.

    Watching the 2nd video, didn’t you see the shock and disbelief from the rest of the audience, at “Terry’s” outrageous remark? Look at that girl on the aisle, her mouth literally wide open in astonishment!

    The reason for that reaction is that views like those of “Terry” are virtually unheard of in the Republican Party and the conservative movement. That guy was actually defending slavery and the prerogatives of slaveholders! He’s probably a Democrat or Libertarian. Such views are antithetical to Republicans. The Republican Party was founded, 150 years ago, for the purpose of emancipating slaves. The Democrat Party is the ancestral home of Jim Crow and the KKK, and protecting the prerogatives of the privileged.

    Not much has changed since then: The Republican Party still stands for liberty and justice for all, and the Democrat Party stands for micromanaging your life, and abusing the common people to support the prerogatives of the favored elite — using your money to pay for Sandra Fluke’s contraceptives and abortions, and Tesla Roadsters for the super-rich.

    In the Cold War, the Republican Party stood strong for liberty, while too many Democrats played patty-cake with communists.

    Standing up for what’s right, and speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves, is the core of what it means to be a Republican. It’s who we are. Today the Democrat Party is the party which stands for killing inconvenient babies, euthanizing the feeble, and forcing medical professionals to participate against their will. The Republican Party stands for life, and the rights of people of Faith to live according to the dictates of their consciences.

    Do you remember the Democrat National Convention in Charlotte? We saw in Charlotte that what appears to be a majority of Democrat delegates are hostile to, not only to the lives of defenseless babies, but even to the Giver of Life, Himself. How that would sadden Thomas Jefferson, who founded the predecessor of the Democrat Party, so long ago, and wrote that the teachings of Jesus are “the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.” Today, the Democrat Party is openly hostile to that code of morals.

    As for the first video, I admit that that last guy was goofy, but most of the others had thoughtful answers. 😉

    • rayduray Says:

      The GOP stands for liberty?

      That’s rich. Reflecting on the Think Progress interview with one CPAC attendee named Terry… let’s ask the grandchildren of the American slave if they are free to praise his master for kidnapping and exploiting him.

      “Everybody Knows….
      the deal is rotten….
      Old Black Joe is still pickin’ cotton
      for your ribbons and your bows.”

    • greenman3610 Says:

      Bless your heart. I knew that would get your attention.
      I think the overt and covert “dog whistle” messages that were standard fare in the last presidential campaign(and continue today), and which, according to the election results, thoroughly alienated black people, hispanic people, young people, women, gay people, and anyone that believes in science, speak for themselves.
      The “dog whistle” campaign, of course, is not new for the GOP

      The reason the party is panicked is because people like “Terry” are the ones that show up in primary voting, which is why GOP candidates can’t stop pandering to them. The reason the “Terry” video has gone viral is because so many people believe it shows something real about how a once grand tradition has gone off track.
      In fact, former GOP chairman Ken Mehlman famously apologized to the NAACP for
      GOP candidates history of trying to “benefit politically from racial polarization”.
      Mehlman, who after leaving the office, came out as gay, also apologized for gay baiting political strategy in the 2004 campaign.
      and even a leading contender for future office has pleaded with his fellows to stop being “the stupid party”.

      recommended reading, especially the first one here, —

      It’s not me you have to convince. Good luck.

    • daveburton Says:

      For what it’s worth, I tried to look up “Scott Terry” in the NC Voter database. The only one I found is an elderly African-American man.

      So maybe “Scott” is a nickname, or middle name, or pseudonym. Or maybe he’s not registered to vote. Or maybe he’s an actor, employed in a Democrat disinformation ploy.

      • rayduray Says:


        Try to defend this GOP voter suppression initiative:


        And please do defend GOP voter caging efforts:


        Please tell us how you are defending liberty by stealing it from others.

        • daveburton Says:

          You can’t seriously be citing Florida, where Al Gore sent an army of lawyers to disenfranchise as many active-duty servicemen as possible??

          That Wikipedia article should be entitled, “Voter Fraud Suppression.” Here in NC, the county Boards of Education are supposed to clean up registered voter roles by mailing to registered voters’ addresses “address correction requested” first-class letters. Unfortunately, some counties do it better than others, and there are still huge numbers of phantom voters on the roles, which creates a tremendous opportunity for voter fraud.

          The reason Democrats strenuously oppose efforts to stop voter fraud is that they know stopping fraud will hurt them in the elections.

          • rayduray Says:


            I’m a huge fan of the Australian system where voters are fined if they fail to vote.

            What a refreshingly more sensible and small-d democratic idea than our constant scheming by a corrupt and self-serving right wing who obsess with finding ways to take away the vote from people they don’t like, used to enslave, constantly imprison on bogus charges or otherwise don’t think should get a fair break in America’s ridiculously race-driven system of corrupt politics.

            I’m pretty sure that a visitor from outer space, looking the voter suppression efforts of the crazies like Hans Von Spakovsky and his delusional “voter fraud” bull-droppings finds your views nasty, indecent and preposterous.


            Von Spakovsky is one of the most delusional, dishonest, demented, devious and completely selfish a$$hats in the nation. Do you really think, Dave, that you are doing yourself any favors by associating yourself with such scoundrels?

            One thing about America is that the scum also rises.” -Anon.

          • daveburton Says:

            I’ve never heard of “Hans von Spakovsky,” but I can see why you’d want to require people to vote. What a great way to increase the turnout of low-information voters.

    • daveburton Says:

      It turns out that Scott Terry and his companion, one Matthew Heimbach, are from a white supremacist organization called the “White Student Union” which Heimbach founded at Maryland’s Towson University. (Perhaps I couldn’t find Terry in the NC voter database because he’s registered in Maryland?)

      They aren’t conservatives, and they were clearly at CPAC just to cause trouble.

      It is possible that they’re registered Republicans, though. Their White Student Union web site cheers for Ron Paul (not Santorum, BTW!), and there are a lot of Rontard RINOS (Republicans In Name Only) who switched from Libertarian or Unaffiliated to Republican to vote for Ron Paul in the primaries.

      Some wag said, “Not all Ron Paul supporters are nuts, but all the nuts seem to be Ron Paul supporters.” (Well, except for the hard-left nuts, like Chomsky and his buddy, Mike Mann, of course.)

      I remember fondly the days when all the nuts were on the Left. There’s nothing I’d like better than to purge the GOP of its Rontard & Bircher wingnuts. Ever since Bill Buckley passed, the nutters have been crawling out from behind the woodwork. It’s infuriating.

      • rayduray Says:


        Re: ” Ever since Bill Buckley passed, the nutters have been crawling out from behind the woodwork”

        You have a lot of blinders on Dave. The nutters were the ones who created the Great GOP fiasco of 1964, the Barry Goldwater flop. Lots of John Birchers came out to support Goldwater. Heck, even Hillary Clinton was working for him. And we know what a nutter she is.

        The GOP has always been the home of nutters. Do you recall JCS Chair Lyman Lemnitzer? He was a Republican leader that no one condemned for his devious, asinine and deplorable Operation Northwoods scheme to put the Mafia back in control of Cuba:


        This was no Johnny-Come-Lately nutter. He was nutter before your mommy was born.

        Dave, keep posting. I’m having a great time pulling the worst of GOP skeletons out of your closet. 🙂

        • daveburton Says:

          Nobody condemned Lemnitzer’s goofy, rejected Northwoods” proposal because nobody knew about it. It was secret.

          Goldwater was no Bircher, though. I do recognize that there were Bircher nuts running around 50+ years ago, but Goldwater, himself, blasted JBS founder Robert Welch, as part of a coordinated effort with Bill Buckley and National Review to tamp down the JBS nutters. Bill Buckley wrote a fascinating account of the affair 46 years later:

          • rayduray Says:

            Re: “Nobody condemned Lemnitzer’s goofy, rejected Northwoods” proposal because nobody knew about it. It was secret.”

            Apparently President John F. Kennedy did. Which led to Kennedy attempting to fire Lemnitzer for general insubordination. Instead, Lemnitzer was demoted to being the head of NATO where he joined in a conspiracy to perpetrate a coup d’etat. Which was effectuated on November 22, 1963. True story. Often obfuscated.

          • daveburton Says:

            rayduray says, “Lemnitzer… joined in a conspiracy to perpetrate a coup d’etat. Which was effectuated on November 22, 1963. True story. Often obfuscated.”

            So Lemnitzer killed Kennedy. And fluoride is a gov’t plot to poison you and keep you docile. And the reason you can’t fuel you car with water is that Big Oil and Detroit conspired to suppress the technology. And Rummy and Cheney were crawling around in the Twin Towers on 9/10/2001, wiring them with explosives. And the next 100 ppm of CO2 will cause meters of sea level rise, even though the last 100 ppm didn’t cause any at all.

            “It’s not what you don’t know that hurts you, it’s what you know that isn’t so.” -Will Rogers (or maybe Mark Twain or Josh Billings)

    • daveburton Says:

      Well, what do you know? It turns out that Scott Terry has a web site, and he is, indeed, a Rontard:

      • Wes Says:

        Last I checked, Ron Paul was a Republican. And as for sending a troll army to stir up trouble at events like CPAC, all we have to do is show up with cameras and your party happily supplies all the nut cases, racists and low information interviews we need. I left the GOP 15 years ago (or it left me). Those folks on the tape are your people. Why are you still in it if you don’t agree with them?

        • daveburton Says:

          Ron Paul is currently registered as a Republican, but in the past he has run as a Libertarian, and he’s really an unabashed RINO. In both Presidential elections Ron Paul sabotaged the real Republicans, by refusing to endorse the Republican candidate for President. He actually appeared on a stage with Cynthia McKinney (Ghadaffi chum, and onetime D-Oz) and several other third-party candidates, and urged his supporters to vote for any of them over McCain.

          • uknowispeaksense Says:

            So not only are you blind to the overwhelming evidence for human-induced climate change, employing the usual suite of wilfully ignorant tactics, but you are now also applying the same tactics to the overwhelming evidence that the party you support is full of racists, misogynists and nutcases. It’s pathological.

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  4. daryan12 Says:

    I sometimes wonder if Republicans are creating a self fulfilling prophecy. They worry that only “big government” can solve AGW, thus they must oppose it.

    I would counter by pointing out that voices as diverse as G W Bush and Greenpeace have talked about companies and the markets playing some role (to varying degrees) in dealing with AGW. However the window of opportunity for this class of solutions is rapidly closing.

    On the other hand if we DONT take action on AGW now, then in the future it could, like the sub-prime crisis, build into a problem beyond the ability of corporations or individuals to cope with. Indeed even individual governments could be overwhelmed.

    In such a future scenario only international bodies will have the authority and scope to bring about a solution and the measures they’ll likely be forced to take will be fairly harsh (given that we’ll be firefighting a planetary crisis).

    In short by their very actions they could be creating the very scenario they fear the most!

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