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Tom Steyer Defends His Comparison That Republicans are Neo-Nazis

"There is an undercurrent of racism to an awful lot of [the Republican Party] agenda," Tom Steyer said.

By NTK Staff | 05.14.2018 @2:28pm

Billionaire and liberal activist Tom Steyer defended an ad released by his political organization, NextGen America, that compared Republicans to neo-Nazis during an interview with ABC News on Monday.

ABC’s Rick Klein asked Steyer about an ad titled “Mother’s Day,” that NextGen America released last week, which compared Republicans to the neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia last year and whether Steyer is comfortable with comparing Republicans to neo-Nazis.

“If you look at what the Republican Party has been doing, and if you look at what people said in elections last year who were running for state office, for governor, we saw an incredible amount of overt racism,” Steyer said.

Steyer then told Klein that he thought the ad was funny.

“If they don’t want to be called racist, tell them to top being racist,” Steyer said. “They are putting up with it. They are supporting it. They are courting it.”

“When they start denouncing Trump’s racist remarks, then they can say, ‘We’re clean,'” Steyer said.

Steyer then accused the Republican Party of courting racists.

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl interjected and asked Steyer whether he was calling half the country neo-Nazis and told Steyer that he found the ad to be offensive.

“You’re comparing Republicans to the tiki-torch-carrying protestors in Charlottesville,” Karl said to Steyer about the ad.

“I think there is an attempt here to gloss over what’s going on, which there is an undercurrent of racism to an awful lot of their agenda,” Steyer said.

Karl pushed Steyer on the ad again, saying that he would argue that comparing half the country to neo-Nazis is not funny.

“I will say this. If you have a party that pursues a set of policies that have an undercurrent of racism, if you have candidates, including the head of your party who say overtly racists things repeatedly, then I think, in fact, you deserve that ad,” Steyer said.

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