Admittedly this is a sample of one, but you can imagine that variations on this pattern happen with some regularity throughout the land. The reporting comes from the Franklin County [PA] Journal:
You can read about the demographics of Franklin County before going on, but if I tell you that this Deep Red county in rural Pennsylvania is 95.33% "white", you'll get the picture.
Franklin County is located in deep red South Central Pennsylvania, with a population of approximately 160,000 people. Franklin County is Trump country, giving the former President over 70% of the vote in the last two Presidential elections. One might ask how a radical group like BLM becomes dominant in a place like Franklin County. The answer is both complex and simple at the same time. Republican voters in deep red counties such as Franklin get complacent and usually don’t even bother to follow local politics. They elect and re-elect the same people, who often run unopposed, term after term. These politicians spend years in the centers of power, whether it be the county courthouse or the state capitol, and become corrupted by the power and money that comes with the territory. After awhile, they cease to serve the interests of the complacent voters and work only for those who write them big checks. Their goal of public service, if that were ever their goal, is quickly replaced by their overwhelming desire to stay in office forever. Let’s face it, most of these cats would never do as well in a private sector where it takes actual results to keep your job, let alone move ahead.
Recently, the self-serving Republican District Attorney of Franklin County, Matt Fogal, who has literally never been opposed in any election, went the predictable route and sold out those who elected him by both publicly embracing BLM’s big lie of “systemic racism” and by condemning then-President Donald Trump. Fogal who had previously and unsuccessfully lobbied for a federal post, no doubt felt that his prospects for such would be better under a Biden administration. Fogal joined forces with local leftist groups and specifically Linda and Marvin Worthy, who have become professional race activists by establishing an organization called Racial Reconciliation, a radical 501(c)(3) “charitable” group that solicits tax-free donations. As with all left wing groups, the name “Racial Reconciliation” belies the group and movement’s real purpose, which seems to be constant race-baiting and the acquisition of political power while promoting the twin Big Lies of “systemic racism” and “white privilege”. Mr. Worthy, who is not coincidentally a Democrat candidate for Mayor of Chambersburg, has along with his wife become the darling of the leftist media, who have written endless inaccurate articles which have falsely painted local white residents as racist ogres.
You might think that local Republican leaders would be standing up for the citizens of Franklin County, but you would be wrong. Other than conservative Franklin County Republican Party Chairman and Chambersburg Boro Councilman Allen Coffman, no one has stepped up to the plate. Last year, Chairman Coffman, after two local party executive committee meetings issued an official reprimand of DA Fogal, a move that has earned Coffman retribution from his fellow council members.
How many Republican politicians rose through the ranks by going along to get along? A system like that ends up recruiting and advancing morally pliable people who are out for their own interests. I wish I could tell you what the solution is. The only one that comes to mind is a virtuous, informed, engaged, and active citizenry. That's the weakness of democracy.