Perspectives on Lott and His Democrat detractors.(LETTERS)
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The Democrats have some nerve attacking the entire Republican Party on the basis of race ("GOP defends Lott's intent," Page 1, Thursday).They decry Sen. Trent Lott's praise for Sen. Strom Thurmond as a "salute to bigotry." What about their own transgressions and hypocrisy on the subject of race?
We must not forget to look at how the Democrats have treated Sen. Robert C. Byrd's behavior, past and present. Mr.Byrd once wore a hood and sheet as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. A few years ago, he used a racial epithet on television. Yet the Democrats and the press basically looked the other way.
What about that place called "Hymietown"? When Jesse Jackson so dubbed New York City for its Jewish population, he offended me. However, the Democratic Party swept that hateful comment by the shakedown artist from Chicago under the rug. It's an outrage.
Though I am not a fan of Trent Lott's, I feel compelled to respond to the selective outrage regarding his comments at Sen. Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday. On May 5, 1993, The Washington Post quoted former President Bill Clinton's comments at an 88th birthday ceremony for former Arkansas Sen. J. William Fulbright at which Mr. Clinton bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on the man he described as a "visionary humanitarian, a steadfast supporter of the values of education, and my mentor."
Of course, the man Mr. Clinton was praising had been a rabid segregationist. In 1956, Mr. Fulbright was one of 19 senators who issued a statement titled the "Southern Manifesto. …