Trudy Busch Valentine, an Heiress to Anheuser-Busch, Reportedly Won the “Whites Only” Crown in the 1970s
The Left cannot escape their past racism, from former Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in blackface, to a new scandal with a senate candidate competing in a whites-only beauty pageant. And yet, they use the term so lightly for their opposition.
From the New York Post:
An heiress to the Anheuser-Busch brewery fortune who is running for the Democratic nomination to the US Senate from Missouri was crowed queen of a whites-only beauty pageant in the 1970s
Trudy Busch Valentine, who is running for Roy Blunt’s vacated seat, apologized for her past actions regarding the racist pageant while also calling for “healing racial divisions.” The would-be-senator did not simply make a one-time, ignorant mistake. The St. Louis Veiled Prophet Ball where she won her crown openly banned Jewish people and racial minorities, and the titular veiled prophet reportedly dawned a Klan hood for the ceremony.
Ellie Kemper, who played “Erin” in “The Office,” apologized and denounced the pageant last June after it was revealed that she won the same crown.
“The century-old organization that hosted the debutante ball had an unquestionably racist, sexist, and elitist past,” Kemper said at the time.
Kemper is also a leftist. Her Instagram post that congratulated Kamala Harris for being installed as America’s next VP, says: “As a mom, I feel relieved today.” The comments on her post from Instagram users are brutal.
While Kemper claimed ignorance of the organization’s history, two civil rights protesters were arrested for demonstrating against the ball the year Busch Valentine won, the Intercept reported, adding that the event went off under extremely tight security.
Busch Valentine apparently went back to the ball at least twice after winning the Queen of Love and Beauty crown, including once in 1990 despite years of protests from civil rights advocates.
Again, this is not a one-time mistake. Trudy Busch Valentine can attempt to apologize for it, or she can attempt to downplay it, but the simple truth is that a Republican candidate would never be allowed to get away with this, and neither should she.