Conservative activists and tea party groups throughout the country might have been unhappy with Tuesday’s Senate Republican primary runoff that saw thousands of Democrats crossing party lines to choose incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran as a GOP candidate, but longtime Democrat seat-warmer Eleanor Holmes Norton apparently wasn’t happy about it either.
Norton is the delegate who represents the District of Columbia in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is a “non-voting” delegate because the District really has no representation in Congress – by design of the Founders – so she really has no responsibility at all, other than to collect the $174,000 salary she’s paid for doing nothing.
But when she’s not making a six-figure income for parading around the House, Norton can make headline with Twitter posts like this one — that seemed to criticize Mississippi blacks for having the temerity to vote their won economic interests by supporting a white Republican.
Here’s what Norton, a civil rights movement veteran, had to say.
Returned this weekend to Miss for Feedom Summer the week that Black Msians used the vote we fought for to save the seat of a whte senator.
— Eleanor H. Norton (@EleanorNorton) June 29, 2014
Whatever Norton intended literally, the words don’t leave a warm impression. The Twitter blowback was fierce and visceral:
@EleanorNorton Which you hate deeply because you’re obviously, scorchingly racist.
— Thought Criminal #1 (@Revenant0202) June 29, 2014
@EleanorNorton so, you think ‘black people’ squandered their freedom to give a ‘white person’ the senate seat?
— The Right Pfeil (@Cowboy__Country) June 29, 2014
@EleanorNorton what does this mean? are u suggesting because RACIST? if so, explain.
— psl (@SkePatt) June 29, 2014S
@EleanorNorton You appear to be an extremely hateful, small-minded racist. I can only feel sorry for you & pray God will heal your hate.
— R McCombs TX Mom (@rpmccombs) June 29, 2014
Some Twitter users made the same points without the vitriol, pointing out for instance that Cochran’s opponent in the primary was also white.
Not only are McDaniel and Cochran white, so is virtually the entire United States Senate, including all but two of the 53 Democrats in the Senate. Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina is also black, it it’s doubtful he counts to Norton. Norton’s comment did bring out some bitter humor along with the bile, though.
@EleanorNorton I vote you stop drinking before tweeting.
— Cliff Williams (@chesepioc) June 29, 2014
Maybe this guy doesn’t know what Norton does to “earn” her paycheck.
She might just drink out of boredom — immensely well paid boredom.
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