Republicans firmly reject candidate who campaigned on being a ‘smart and white’

A North Carolina Republican candidate sparked immediate backlash after declaring that she was “smart, white, traditional” in a Facebook post.

The chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party condemned the now deleted post by Charlotte mayoral candidate Kimberley Paige Barnette, The Charlotte Observer reported.


“Any suggestion that a candidate is more or less qualified for political office based on their skin color alone, is offensive to North Carolina Republicans and we condemn it,” GOP Chairman Robin Hayes said in a statement Tuesday. “This type of suggestion has no place in our public discourse.”

The 53-year-old candidate, who is running in the Sept. 12 primary against Gary Dunn and city council member Kenny Smith, reportedly deleted or disabled her Facebook page after removing the words “smart,” “white” and “traditional,” from the post.

“We believe that bringing people together starts with the Republican belief that government should deliver critical government services in a colorblind way,” Hayes continued in his statement, “and in a society that judges all people by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin.’’

Rival candidate Smith called Barnette “a fringe candidate” and said her post “adds to the divisiveness we’ve seen.”

“She is boosting name ID with sort of absurd campaign tactics,” he said, according to the Observer.

Barnette had raised eyebrows in a mayoral debate last month.

“I don’t think we should encourage more lower-income people to (come to) Charlotte… We should attract higher-income people,” she said.

The candidate did not respond to requests for comment from Fox 46 TV which said it reached on on social media, called and went to her apartment.

Barnette defended herself in an email to LGBT newspaper, Q-Notes.

“I’m not prejudice. I do not judge other people. Other people judge me. What is the difference?” she wrote.  “I say I’m white. Others describe themselves as example transgenders. Are they labeling themselves? I’m also a divorced mother of two adult children. I accept others as who they are. I have traditional conservative views when it comes to family and friendships.”

Barnette was blasted on social media though a few Twitter users did defend her based on “equality.”

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Frieda Powers


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