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Susan Wild, Racism, and “Real Americans”

Last Tuesday, President Joe Biden traveled to Atlanta to deliver a fiery speech about race and voting. His message? If you don’t support his election reform proposals, you are a racist.

Biden’s speech has been widely criticized as cheap and divisive. “Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?” he bellowed.

Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, a member of Democratic Party leadership, said Biden “went a little too far.” Apparently, even some progressives thought it was over the top.

But not Susan Wild. Our congresswoman from PA-07 is fundraising off Biden’s message, calling it “a powerful speech” and repeating its most offensive lines in an email to supporters. She also blasts her Democratic colleague, Senator Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona, suggesting that she is in the “wrong party.”

Susan Wild wrote, “I am sick of Democrats like Kyrsten Sinema who don’t act like Democrats and who put their personal agendas ahead of the priorities of real Americans.”

So, what is Kyrsten Sinema’s big offense? She actually supports President Biden’s election proposals. But she also refuses to change longstanding Senate filibuster rules to force them through Congress.  

Here’s what Senator Sinema said, “And while I continue to support these bills, I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country.”              

There are two takeaways from this episode for voters in PA-07.

First, Susan Wild is not who she claims to be. She regularly presents herself as a bipartisan moderate to her constituents in the Lehigh Valley. Yet she consistently votes to ingratiate herself with her far-left colleagues in Washington. And now, as her reelection prospects worsen, Susan Wild seems to have caught the “disease of division” that wiser Democrats have warned her against.

There are a lot of Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema Democrats in the Lehigh Valley. To you, I say this: Susan Wild has made it clear that you are not welcome in her party. If you want a representative that puts our families and communities ahead of liberal ideologues, then I welcome you to join our team.

Second, this idea of tirelessly linking race to policy is now an established part of the progressive playbook. It’s why things that have nothing to do with race are racially charged. When progressives cannot win arguments based on the merits, they resort to calling people names. And the worst name of all is to be called a racist.

Don’t fall for it. These election reform bills are simply bad policy. The first piece of legislation is the so-called Freedom to Vote Act, which would mandate at least two weeks of early voting and require no-excuse mail-in ballots nationwide. The second is the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would require local jurisdictions to get federal approval prior to making certain election law changes.

Americans overwhelmingly support strong voter identification laws and don’t want the federal government meddling in their local elections. Similar provisions were ruled unconstitutional just a few years ago. We can confidently oppose this legislation without engaging in a contrived debate about race.  

Eventually, Susan Wild may realize that no amount of campaign cash is worth selling out the people she represents. Lehigh Valley voters shouldn’t feel guilty about opposing bad legislation. This kind of ridiculous rhetoric only diminishes the real conversations we need to have on policy.

I think the people of the Lehigh Valley want to be represented by someone who treats them like adults and doesn’t pander to extremists. In contrast, Susan Wild’s racial insinuations against moderate Democrats and Republicans may become her “deplorables” moment. That’s when mainstream Lehigh Valley voters finally figure out what Susan Wild really thinks of them- that they are not “real Americans.”

Cooler heads will prevail. Please help me get to Washington and Keep America Free.



Kevin Dellicker, from Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County, is a Republican running for United States House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 7th District. He owns a technology company and is a 26-year veteran of the United States Armed Forces. To learn more about his campaign visit www.dellickerforcongress.com.  

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