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RNC Attacks Tim Kaine For Being A Lawyer In 'Willie Horton' Style Ad

One day before the vice presidential debate, the Republican National Committee released an ad attacking Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine for his time as a criminal defense attorney.

Today, the RNC tweeted a Roll Call story that compares the ad to the Willie Horton ad, which was widely viewed as an example of racist dog whistle politics when it aired in the 1988 presidential campaign. The RNC later deleted its tweet.

RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer also tweeted the article but later deleted it.

“Long before Tim Kaine was in office, he consistently protected the worst kinds of people,” the narrator intones ominously before describing several cases that Kaine worked on when he was a pro bono attorney for defendants in death penalty cases. “Tim Kaine—he has a passion for defending the wrong people,” the narrator says.

When Kaine ran for governor of Virginia in 2005, he faced similar attacks, and Hillary Clinton has also endured criticism for representing a man accused of rape when she worked as a defense attorney in Arkansas.

The fact that the RNC would tout its ad’s similarities with the racist Willie Horton ad is bad enough, but the attack also strikes at the heart of the Sixth Amendment guarantee that in “all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial” and “have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”

It seems the RNC believes that people accused of crimes, or at least vicious ones, simply shouldn’t have legal representation and/or that defense attorneys should not zealously represent their clients.

The RNC probably would have put together a great ad attacking John Adams, the lawyer who represented the British soldiers implicated in the Boston Massacre.

Michael Savage: Trump Is The 'Savior' Of White People

Far-right radio host Michael Savage interviewed Donald Trump yesterday, repeatedly hailing the GOP presidential nominee for embracing many of the ideas that he has promoted over the years.

Savage, a longtime Trump cheerleader, spent the rest of the broadcast attacking Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, and was particularly upset about recent remarks Kaine made at the National Progressive Baptist Convention.

Kaine, while talking about his experience as a member of a predominantly black church, said that white people have “got to put ourselves in situations where we’re in the minority and come to understand a reality that’s different than the one that we just take for granted every day” because “if you’re in a majority, you can go through your whole life and not have to learn the ways of anybody other than you.”

“And one of the beautiful things that has been transformational about my church is that by being there, I’ve had to grapple with, understand, listen to, learn from, confront realities that are not necessarily the ones that were my own but over time have become more a part of me,” Kaine added.

A number of conservative outlets distorted Kaine’s remarks and falsely reported that the Democratic vice presidential nominee demanded that white people literally become a minority group in the U.S.

Savage, explaining that he found the clip on Alex Jones’ website InfoWars, claimed that “this weirdo, Kaine, Kaine, Kaine, Kaine, the Caine Mutiny Court Martial” said “that whites must become a minority to atone for racism.”

Complaining about Kaine’s “squeaky voice,” Savage said: “This guy is a vampire. He is a vampire who hates his own race. He is a vampire who wants to enslave you by turning you into a minority in your own country. Is that who you want in the White House? I don’t.”

While speaking with a caller, Savage explained that when he and others, such as Donald Trump, talk about “the forgotten people,” he means “the white people,” “the white family that is targeted by Hillary Clinton and Kaine, who says that you have to become a minority in your own country to know what they’re suffering.”

“It’s a matter of survival,” he said, before adding: “There’s a war coming in this country. They’re not taking my gun and they’re not taking any more of my money. I’ve had enough of this crap and I don’t think I’m alone. I think that Donald Trump represents the last great savior of western civilization. Let me be very clear, there’s a battle for western civilization going on now. You’ve got world civilization, you’ve got Islamic supremacy and you’ve got those attacking white people around the globe.”

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