For those of you born yesterday, Trent was tossed out of the party leadership back in 2002 for expressing his nostalgia for the days of lynching and segregation. This is what he said:
I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either.And what were the fine white people of Mississippi endorsing back in 1948 when they supported old Strom? Good question. Here, via Atrios, is Mississippi's sample ballot from that election. Pay close attention to the fine print: [If Truman wins] anti-lynching and anti-segregation proposals will become the law of the land and our way of life in the South will be gone forever...
Well, I can't say there isn't a virtue in honesty.
Update: It's been remarked that I should go easy on poor old Trent. The man did recently lose a beach house, after all.