In 1838, Democrat Presidents Andrew Jackson and his successor Martin Van Buren herded Indians into camps, tormented them, burned and pillaged their homes and forced them to relocate with minimal supplies. Thousands died along what is now known as the Trail of Tears.
In 1860, the pro-slavery faction of the Democrat Party responded to Republican Abraham Lincoln’s presidential election by seceding from the union. This led directly to the Civil War.
In 1865, Democrat Nathan Bedford Forrest and 5 other Confederate Democrats formed the first Ku Klux Klan.
In 1868, Democrat President Andrew Johnson became the first of only two American presidents (both Democrats) to be impeached. He was acquitted by the Senate, falling a single vote short of the necessary 2/3 needed to remove him from office. < Alert Reader Hubby pointed out I got this one way wrong and should just delete it as, for anyone who knows American History, it’s not a good example anyway. I’m glad one of us did not snooze through American History!
In 1868, Democrats in Opelousas, Louisiana killed nearly 300 Blacks who tried to foil an assault on a Republican newspaper editor.
In 1917 and following: The Democrat Attorney General of the U.S. boasted that the American Protective League (a Democrat-founded and Democrat-sponsored group of private vigilantes) provided him with “several hundred thousand private citizens … keeping an eye on disloyal individuals and making reports of disloyal utterances.” In the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan recruited members from the Southern branches of the APL.
From 1919-1921: Under Democrat President Woodrow Wilson and his Democrat Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, hundreds of foreign citizens were rounded up in and deported for allegedly being political threats to America.
In 1922, a Republican introduced a bill in Congress that would have made lynching a federal crime. Filibustering Senate Democrats killed the measure.
From 1947-1972, Democrats in Alabama knowing withheld penicillin from Black participants in the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. As a result, a number of the subjects needlessly infected their loved ones and died, after they could have been cured.
In 1942, Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order that led to more than 100,000 Japanese Americans being put into bleak, remote internment camps surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards for the duration of World War II.
In 1950, Alger Hiss was proven to have been a Soviety spy. Hiss had helped advise FDR at Yalta and was strongly defended by Left-wing liberals until the Verona papers proved conclusively he was guilty.
In 1960, the West Virgina Democrat primary was rigged by John F. Kennedy. The Wall Street Journal investigated, found proof that Kennedy had bought the votes he needed to win the nomination, then buried the story for decades.
In 1961, after training a Cuban militia to overthrow Castro, Democrat President John F. Kennedy got cold feet and didn’t give the men all the air support they were promised. As a result, they were easily defeated by Castro’s men at the Bay of Pigs. The failed invasion strengthened the brutal regime of the anti-American dictator Fidel Castro.
In 1963, Democrat Bull Connor used attack dogs and fire hoses on children and teenagers marching for civil rights. Democrat George Wallace declared his commitment to “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”
In 1964, Democrat President Lyndon Johnson dramatically escalated our troops’ presence in Vietnam while he simultaneously put political restrictions in place that made the war unwinnable. As a result, 58,000 Americans died in a pointless conflict.
In 1969, the Democrats’ beloved “Liberal Lion” of the Senate, Ted Kennedy ran off the road into a tidal pool with passenger Mary Jo Kopechne in the car. Kennedy swam free, leaving Mary Jo trapped inside the car, where she suffocated slowly. Kennedy spent the next 9 hours plotting how he would spin the accident to the press and save his political career.
In 1975, Democrats abandoned our allies in the elected government of South Vietnam, which was quickly overrun by the dictatorial Communists in the North.
From 1979-1981, after Democrat President abandoned our ally in the Shah of Iran, radical Islamists took over the government and held 52 Americans hostage. Carter made only one disastrous rescue attempt. The hostages were not released until one minute after Republican Ronald Reagan replaced Carter as POTUS.
In 1996, Democrat President Bill Clinton turned down the opportunity to capture Osama Bin Laden, although he knew that bin Laden planned to commit crimes against America.
In 1998, Democrat President Bill Clinton became the second of only two American presidents (both Democrats) to be impeached. The Senate was split 50-50, so failed to achieve the 2/3 needed to remove him from office.
In 2011, the United States received its first less-than-AAA credit rating in nearly 100 years.
UPDATE TWO: Alert Mormon Reader Angelaisms emailed this bit of history previously unknown to moi:
A lesser known but still important addition to this list: The persecution faced by the early members of the LDS Church was decidedly illegal — raping, pillaging, murdering, assaulting, false imprisonment, etc. Appeals to local governments were largely fruitless. I think it was after the LDS people had been chased out of Missouri by (Democrat) Gov. Lilburn Bogg’s Extermination Order (which, incidentally, was repealed with apology… in 1979) and had settled in Illinois that Joseph Smith took his case to Washington DC, begging President Martin Van Buren for help — my timeline is a little sketchy.
But I do know that, when that went down, Van Buren turned a deaf ear to his pleas. Joseph Smith was eventually jailed in Illinois on and murdered in prison by a mob of men with painted faces; the mob was later exonerated in a kangaroo court, and the LDS people had to flee the United States for the Mexican territory (Utah) shortly thereafter. So, well done President Van Buren.
Surely the persecution faced by the Mormons in Missouri had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the fact that they were abolitionists. /sarc Don’t get me wrong; there were jerks on my side too. But even if they were ALL jerks, they still deserved the protection of the law.
H/t Pistol Pete.