In the midst of some of the most divisive, hateful racial rhetoric this nation has known in the past 50 years, a Republican governor from the middle of the country is speaking up.
“Diversity is a true strength,” Indiana governor Eric Holcomb said on my show just now. I had asked him what he wanted to say to northwest Indiana, which has the highest proportion of minorities in the state. I didn’t expect him to be so direct.
“I want to be a state that works for all.”
Why is this important?
Think about it. Like most Americans, you are watching the Twitter wars and soundbite battles between President Trump and the four minority Congresswomen. Trump said they should leave and go back to their countries of origin. The four women charge racism. These are extraordinary times.
“When I served in the Navy, you looked to your left, you looked to your right, chances are – they don’t look like you. You’re dependent on them… Every person is as important as the other person in carrying out the mission.”
Yesterday, Congress voted to censure President Trump for his comments. Democrats voted yes. All but four Republican congressmen voted no. We are as divided as we can be about racism. Few Republicans are speaking up. This is why it was, as I said during the interview, “refreshing” to hear Governor Holcomb speak as he did. Let’s hope others follow.
Go to nine minutes into the interview that’s posted above… When I get done working out, I’ll cut out his sound bite. Bye.