Did Rick Scott just send a RACIST dogwhistle to our? ‘Ragtime liberals are stealing our election.'

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    What the hell does this mean?

    Rick Scott launches voter fraud lawsuit based on conspiracy claim that ‘ragtime liberals’ are stealing Florida Senate election


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    Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R). Image via screengrab.

    Florida governor Rick Scott is launching a lawsuit based on the claim first floated by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) that Democrats are trying to “steal” the state’s election.

    “No ragtime group of liberal activists or lawyers from DC will be allowed to steal this election from the voters in this great state,” Scott said in a press conference where he announced his voter fraud lawsuit against Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes for the county’s slow-going absentee ballot counting.

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    “Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward counties,” the governor and Senate candidate said.

    Rick Scott launches voter fraud lawsuit based on conspiracy claim that 'ragtime liberals' are stealing Florida Senate election
     
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    I think he means liberals are on the rag.
     
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    I don't think "ragtime" is racial. "Ragtime" is just something an old dude would say. :lol:
     
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    "Ragtime"?

    First time I've ever heard "ragtime" applied to politics but it's as interesting an expression as "monkey up".

    "Ragtime" comes from the concept of "ragged time", referring to the syncopation inherent in the sensibilities of African musical rhythms. "Ragtime" piano, blues, jazz, evolving at the turn of the 19th>20th century very commonly moved an accent to an off-beat, in contrast with European music which (up to then) never deviated from the on-beat.

    So yes it's definitely an African reference.
     
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    Well, for what it's worth, I think Scott is whistling past the graveyard with his 'conspiracy' blurb, but I don't think his reference to 'ragtime' is racist either. There is some blatant racism around, but not as much as charged. I don't like the idea that people jump at the chance to cry racism when there is questionable doubt. As I have said before, my old custom of saying..'not a Chinaman's chance' can be taken as racist, but was never meant to be so.
     
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    What could "ragtime" possibly mean if it's not a reference to race?

    Is he commenting on drumming styles? Does Bill Nelson even play drums? :dunno:
     
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    Everything is a racial reference. That's how liberals think they will shut the opposition up.

    Democrats absolutely intend to steal elections all across the country.
     
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    Go ahead and give the class some explanation of what ragtime can possibly mean that doesn't refer to race, specifically African.

    We'll wait here.
     
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    So he's saying that jazz enthusiasts swayed the election. It's a kinda weird claim, but I wouldn't call it racist. :dunno:
     
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    Ragtime definition, rhythm in which the accompaniment is strict two-four time and the melody, with improvised embellishments, is in steady syncopation.
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    Ragtime definition is - rhythm characterized by strong syncopation in the melody with a regularly accented accompaniment in stride-piano style. rhythm characterized by strong syncopation in the melody with a regularly accented accompaniment in stride-piano style.
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