‘I am not a racist,’ Conservative contender Kellie Leitch says
2016/11/15 Leave a comment
Breaks one of the basic rules of political communications: don’t repeat the accusation and thus draw more attention (for the record, I don’t believe Leitch as a person is a racist but she and her campaign are deliberately stoking xenophobia and racism in their identity politics):
Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch says her enthusiasm for Donald Trump does not make her a racist.
During an exchange on CTV’s Question Period, rival candidate Michael Chong suggested Leitch was importing the divisive style practised by the U.S. president-elect.
Leitch proposes screening newcomers for Canadian values, and says she shares some ideas with Trump on immigration.
The exchange comes as candidates for party chief prepare to debate today at a conference centre just south of Ottawa.
They sparred earlier this week in Saskatoon over immigration, carbon pricing and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Twelve people are running to be the next Conservative leader, who will be chosen in May.
Leitch has attracted headlines – and some barbs from other leadership contenders – for her immigration screening proposal, which she has yet to flesh out. She denies endorsing the controversial Trump.
“I am not a racist,” Leitch said during the CTV segment aired today. “I am not a person who’s out groping other individuals. I do not do those things and I don’t think that the Canadians who support the ideas I’m talking about do those types of things.”