Apostle Claver of the Texas-based Republican organizing group Raging Elephants told Tea Party members that associating with non-believers and people of different faiths is a threat to their own faith. “If you compromise with a murderer, you end up with genocide,” he said. “If you compromise with a tyrant, you end up losing your God given liberties.”
But while Claver told Tea Party members the Bible commands them to “purify” the Republican Party of moderates, he also expressed the need to simultaneously diversify the racial base of the Republican Party. “We aren’t racist, Democrats are racist,” Claver added.
Claver, who is African-American, went on to accuse several leading black Democrats and progressives of racism, including U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn. “We need to have the courage to go into their neighborhoods and tell them the truth about the party of Jim Crow, the party of the KKK, the party of Dred Scott, the party of segregation,” Claver added.
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South Carolina’s first Tea Party Convention is being held today and tomorrow at the Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach. Palmetto Public Record will be blogging and live-tweeting throughout the event, so watch our Twitter feed for updates as they happen.
Update: Claver also said that it would be better if nothing gets done in Congress this year than for the Republican Party to compromise. Leading that obstructionist movement will be South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who discussed the chapter of his book called “No Compromises” today on CBS.