In case you haven’t fully gotten the message, African-American Democrats are really angry with any African-American Republican that embraces President Trump. Then, if an African-American Republican runs for an elected office, well, the racial slurs fly… from the Democrats. The race for Kentucky’s Attorney General is no different – just ask Daniel Cameron.
Daniel Cameron is an African-American Republican candidate for attorney general in Kentucky. He came under attack by Dawn Elliott, a liberal female African-American lawyer and co-host of a political talk radio show, this week. Cameron is running against Democrat Greg Stumbo, a 67-year-old white Democrat who is a former Attorney General of Kentucky and long-time state lawmaker.
Cameron, a former general counsel for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, proudly announced his endorsement by President Trump — and that didn’t sit well with Ms. Elliott. She told Cameron to “stop eating the coon flakes”. Yikes! In the mind of Elliott, Trump is “trying to destroy” black people. Hyperbole, much?
But Dawn Elliott, who said Cameron needs to “stop eating the ‘coon flakes’ the White House is serving,” isn’t backing down. The outspoken radio show host said the association with Trump is a slap in the face to African Americans and that Cameron needs to explain his position to black voters.
“To sit there and be so proud of someone who is an open racist is shameful,” said Elliott, an attorney who co-hosts a political talk show on WLOU 1350 AM. “Why would anyone of color want to side with someone who is trying to destroy us?”
Daniel Cameron explained he is a life-long Republican and doesn’t need to be told what to think by Democrats, thank you very much.
Yesterday, a liberal attorney said I should stop eating "coon flakes" in a @CourierJournal interview. I am a proud lifelong Republican, part of a diverse @KYGOP ticket, and yes I support @realDonaldTrump. It's time to stop telling black Americans what we're allowed to believe
— Daniel Cameron (@djaycameron) August 7, 2019
Republicans in Kentucky haven’t held the Office of Attorney General since World War II. If elected, the former University of Louisville football player would be the first African-American to hold the seat. It sounds like maybe Ms. Elliott is a bit nervous that in Trump-friendly Kentucky, Cameron may have a shot at victory with Trump’s endorsement. Her ugly talk speaks more about herself than it does about Mr. Cameron.
The Republican Party of Kentucky is publicizing the fact that they have three non-white candidates running for state-wide offices while the Democrats have none. Ms. Elliott’s concern may be justified in her concern if more African-American Democrats look to electing a candidate based on his race rather than his political party affiliation.
Louisville sports radio host Raashaan Myers, a Democrat, said he is keeping an open mind about Cameron’s historic bid.
“Anytime you can have a first and have an African American have an opportunity to do something new, it’s motivating and I love it,” said Myers, who is black. “You can still be excited for Daniel whether Donald Trump likes him or doesn’t like him. I’m not going to allow Trump to tell me who I should or shouldn’t support.”
During an interview with guest host Brian Kilmeade on “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, Cameron addressed a political flyer distributed by his opponents with an Old West-style theme. The “Most Wanted” poster is of McConnell and Cameron with a reference to Big Pharma. He said he’s seen worse.
“This is not about me,” he said. “Enough is enough. The black community is told day in and day out they have to speak with one voice and that is the voice of the Democratic Party.”
Continuing to respond to the criticisms, Cameron said Democrats preach “tolerance” but appear intolerant when it comes to political viewpoints that run counter to theirs.
We’ll see what happens on Tuesday, November 5 when Kentucky voters go to vote.