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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

GOP Congressional Candidate Says Opponent Pretending To Be Black

Nevada Congressional candidate Danny Tarkanian made a historically clumsy attempt to play racial politics this week, when he claimed that he could attract black voters through his involvement with a basketball program — then “defended” himself by accusing his African-American opponent Steven Horsford of pretending to be black.

Tarkanian, a Republican, first got in trouble when told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he relates to the black voters in his district because of his basketball academy.

“My basketball academy, which is very close to the district, has a lot of players and families in that district that are in our academy now for 10 years,” Tarkanian said.

His comment upset black Democrats, who accused Tarkanian of promoting stereotypes.

“Danny Tarkanian’s use of patronizing stereotypes has no place in American politics today,” read a statement issued by the Democratic party. “Like all communities, Nevada’s African-American community will support candidates who focus on creating jobs, cracking down on the abuses of Wall Street and protecting Social Security and Medicare — not the kind of rhetoric of centuries past. Danny Tarkanian should immediately apologize for his offensive remark.”

In Tarkanian’s defense, his clumsy attempt to pander did appear to be genuine. The son of legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, Danny Tarkanian is well known for his basketball-related community service in the Las Vegas area.

His response to Democratic statement, however, is pretty much indefensible.

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  • tranz2deep

    Danny Boy seems to have learned all the wrong lessons on the way to this Mongolian Charlie-Foxtrot.

  • I wouldn’t have parsed Tarkanian so closely. It sounds 50/50 at least: that he was puzzled, being criticised for not going out and pretending to be black, not that he was criticising Horsford for pretending anything.

    Sad days in US politics when every syllable of every political figure is subject to an exegesis worthy of something done by a Dead Sea Scroll decipherer.

  • Where does the GOP find characters like Tarkanian? I guess they attend a lot of hate rock concerts…what a moron!

  • They have the nerve to say something about Joe Biden when he is right the republican party in every way wants to put chains on the blacks again. This article just proves Joe is right.

  • bigspender7

    This has got to be a first. Imagine a republican complaining of his opponent just “pretending to be black”. It’s like Danny Tarkanian pretending to be a congressman. That’s the real joke here.

  • onedonewong

    Is there a point here??? Is the author saying that blacks don’t flock to basketball or fried chicken ??

    • r u trying to be funny cause your not onedonewong

      • onedonewong

        Its a statement of fact

    • I’m really getting tired of your bullshit.

      • onedonewong

        Its hard to compete when you come to a gun fight with a stick

    • highpckts

      You are an ASS!!

      • onedonewong

        You only need to stop at a Fried chicken outlet and count the crowd. I have and its never less than 70% black