Lawmaker Argues that Owning Slaves Does Not Make You Racist

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A New Hampshire Republican claimed in a Facebook comment that owning slaves does not make a person a racist. State Representative Werner Horn was responding to a post by former state Senate candidate Dan Hynes to defend President Donald Trump’s racist comments. 

“This is why no one believes the media. If Trump is the most racist President in American history, what does that say about all of the other Presidents who owned slaves,” Hynes wrote, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. 

“Wait, owning slaves doesn’t make you racist,” Horn replied to Hynes’ post. Hynes responded in his since-deleted post that he guessed enslaving people did not make you a racist, adding, “Which is surprising since everything else makes someone a racist. I have been called a racist plenty of times by Democrats.” 

Horn continued, “It shouldn’t be surprising since owning slaves wasn’t a decision predicated on race but…

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