Abramoffgate: What a Top Movement Conservative thought about Native Americans
UPDATE: Jane Hamsher (see her related post here) notes in a email that this has been reported earlier - for example, see this Washington Post article: "Abramoff had, in released e-mails, referred to some of his Native American clients as "monkeys," "troglodytes" and "morons."". What I want to emphasize here is that Democrats should be pointing this out repeatedly to emphasize the fact that the tribes were the victims and that one of the GOP's top guys was using derogatory terms to refer to Native Americans. This is important - to remove negative portrayals of the tribes by the media (which will affect their causes negatively) and to emphasize that simply being recipients of funding from American tribes is not a crime.
I just started going through this PDF file from the Senate website, which has lots of emails between Republican criminals Jack Abramoff, Michael Scanlon, and others. Here are a couple of emails indicating what Abramoff - one of the GOP's top slush fund operators and a top movement Conservative tied at the hip to the who's who of the Republican party - really thought of Native Americans (bold text is my emphasis).
From page 11 of the file:
From: Abramoff, Jack...
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2002 8:39 PM
To: 'Mike Scanlon'
Might be better to meet after we see [REDACTED]. I think it's essential that you take Otto to dinner tomorrow night. Can you do it? I have to meet with the monkeys from the Choctaw tribal council. You need to close the deal with him. I set it up tonight.
From page 12 of the file:
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2002 12:32 PM
To: Mike Scanlon
Choctaw did not yet pay us for [REDACTED]? Shoot! Should I call [REDACTED] on this? We need to get $ from those monkeys!!!! As to Ralph, go ahead and pay him so I can get him off my back. we'll get the Choctaw money soon though.
Question: When is Tim Russert going to ask his Republican guests whether they agree with Abramoff (and his pals) that Native Americans are "monkeys"?