Publicly, the SD leadership has condemned and even removed members for the use of derogatory language. But email exchanges among top party members reveal a pattern of racist language and internal discussions about which words are appropriate and which are not.
Björn Söder, former party chair and a current deputy speaker in parliament, was one of the worst offenders. In one email, he wrote “We might as well put down the party and join the Liberal Party and Center Party if we are so afraid to call things by their correct names?”.
Söder said that he now avoids using certain racist terms but does not believe the words are offensive.
“They can call each other (these derogatory names) which is why I think it is strange that they could be offensive,” he told the newspaper.