Their evidence was George W. Bush, who refused to pass hate crimes legislation in Texas.
In 2004, Democrats said the same thing, but had different reasons now. Now, the GOP was Islamophobic and reducing Americans to skin color caricatures.
In 2006, the same.
In 2008, if you didn’t vote for Barack Obama, you were racist and probably a fascist because John McCain was a war hero bigot.
In 2010, the tea party was racist and the proof was the union protestors who dressed up as Nazis to smear the tea party groups.
In 2012, Mitt Romney was a Mormon and everyone is supposed to know Mormons are bigots , racists, and creepy. Oh, and he is a Republican and Republicans are racist.
In 2014, the same.
In 2016, Donald Trump is a racist. Never mind that he did better than Romney with both Hispanic and black voters.
In 2017, a number of Democrats have begun admitting that they cried wolf for years and years. They inappropriately labeled other Republicans racist and fascist and in 2016 no one believed them about Trump.
Looks like they really learned nothing at all.
It is worth pointing out that the Tea Party, not the GOP establishment, pushed the election of Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Allen West, and others. Before them, the progenitors of the tea party rallied to a guy like Bobby Jindal.
But, of course, we should concede that the white nationalists and the President’s bungling of Charlottesville make this all easier for Dean to say and the media to repeat. It just does not make it true and is further evidence the Democrats learned nothing from 2016.