Today, Minnesota Republicans announced the “Opportunity in Action” outreach initiative in an attempt to extend the appeal of the GOP beyond its current base of mostly older, white men. In a press release, Senate Minority Leader David Hann spoke of the need for “integrating them [minority groups] into our policy and political activities.” In an attempt to showcase their appeal as a party of diversity, the Minnesota GOP also held a press conference that seemed to include a disproportionate number of white men.
It makes sense that Minnesota Republicans want to change the notion that they only care about their corporate backers, but attempting to “integrate” “them” [minority groups] with a press conference probably isn’t the best way to change hearts and minds. It might be more convincing if Republicans embraced policies that have a tangible impact on people of color instead of prioritizing big businesses and the wealthy.
Actions speak louder than words, GOP.