‘A country that liberated slaves.’ Hawley minimizes racism’s role in US history

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley pushed back against the national reckoning over systemic racism in a speech Friday, presenting the U.S. as a nation that had “liberated slaves” and positioning himself as leader of a new nationalist movement. Hawley addressed the American Conservative Union’s annual CPAC conference in Orlando and urged the crowd to embrace “a new nationalism” during a speech likely meant to serve as an audition for a future presidential run. He launched a critique of the reckoning that has taken place nationwide in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis last year….

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