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August 9, 2018

Stereotyping Republicans

Conservatives are fond of using one person as a “poster child” of everything wrong with laws and policies that they hate. The anecdotal myth of the “welfare queen” came from one person who supposedly saw food stamps used to purchase lobster. In her rant against “illegals” on her show, Laura Ingraham played a clip from “Travis from Nevada” who reported that her brother was hit and killed on his bicycle by an “illegal alien” who was “doing 60 miles an hour on a side street.” Ingraham responded with appropriate shock and said, “I didn’t see any news coverage of this story and track all of these stories.” When the caller said the news did not cover the story, Ingraham agreed. “He’s right,” she said.” She then played a clip from Dictator Donald Trump (DDT):

“The media doesn’t talk about the American families permanently separated from their loved ones because Democrat policies release violent criminals into our communities.”

Like DDT, Ingraham uses this report to push her ideology that all undocumented immigrants are horrifying, vile people who must be ejected from the United States. The man driving the car was drunk, but Ingraham said nothing  about the problem of drunk drivers. She needed Travis’s claim about the man to support her narrow position.

In accord with this system of vilifying a large group of people by using one example, I choose Steve West, GOP primary winner for the Clay County seat in the Missouri House by almost 25 points, as an example of all Republicans. Hosting a show on KCXL, he raves about “Jewish cabals” that he says are “harvesting baby parts” through Planned Parenthood and other wacko conspiracy theories. On his YouTube channel, he wears a wig and fake beard to become “Jack Justice.” Front-page articles on West’s website include “The Coming Battle with Islam,” and his links to archives of his radio show promote anti-Semitism, anti-vaxxing, the “assassination” of Antonin Scalia, and pedophilia in liberal circles.

“Looking back in history, unfortunately, Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it,” West said on his January 23, 2017 show. Asked about this statement, he first denied it and then claimed it had been taken out of context. West stated that he believes all men are created equal, but not all ideologies are equal. He specifically criticized Islam and Judaism, accusing Islam of trying to create an autocratic theocracy in the U.S. West wants Islam stripped of all benefits and rights given religion by the law and the U.S. Constitution.

More of West’s quotes:

“Islam is a problem for America. … It is a political movement masquerading as religion and should not receive the benefits we provide religious institutions as well as access to our prisons.”

“Many parents and students don’t want to have to deal with alternative sex ed, and the LGBT clubs and staff at all the public high schools today.”

The Missouri Republican Party has disavowed connection with West, but he got 1,485 votes, almost as many as the three runner-ups combined. West refused to be interviewed by the Kansas City Star, but he did explain that “Jews today are a remnant of the tribe of Judah that rejected Christ.” Asked about Jewish people in Missouri, West said, “Well, maybe they shouldn’t vote for me.”

West’s platform can be found on his election website.

If just one person isn’t enough to prove an anecdotal perspective on Republicans, I’ve provided a few more examples of GOP candidates on this year’s ballots:

Arthur “Art” Jones, U.S. representative—Illinois: White supremacist, Holocaust denier, founding member with his wife of the neo-Nazi America First Committee.

John Fitzgerald, U.S. representative—California: Anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist, defender of Holocaust deniers, anti-Israel, believer in chem trails poisoning people and FEMA internment camps for U.S. citizens, supporter of falsehood that Planned Parenthood is working in concert with the United Nations to “sexualize” the nation’s public school children.

Joe Arpaio, U.S. Senate—Arizona: convicted of criminal contempt, refused to investigate child abuse while county sheriff, operator of brutal detention camps for undocumented immigrants, interviewed with white supremacist Holocaust denier, birther.

Paul Nehlen, U.S. House of Representatives—Wisconsin: white supremacist, anti-Semite, candidate for House Speaker Paul Ryan’s district.

Corey Stewart, U.S. Senate—Virginia): Admirer of Paul Nehlen (above) for anti-Semitic and white supremacist positions and of Ian MacDonald, supporter of American Nazi Party founder George Lincoln Rockwell.

Seth Grossman, U.S. House of Representatives—New Jersey: White Supremacists with these quotes: “Diversity leads to Muslims killing Christians,” and “Kwanzaa is a fake holiday made by black racists to divide America.” Other positions: faithful Muslims cannot be good Americans; Islam is a cancer; and gay men with HIV should have been quarantined in the 1980s. [His local GOP chairman said, “The man doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.”

Russell Walker, North Carolina State House of Representatives: There is “no such thing as equality” because of the “superiority” of white people. Jews are descendants of Satan.

Bryan Feste, Hawaii State House of Representatives: Expelled by the GOP, Feste stays on the ballot after his racist language.

To “prove” with anecdotal evidence that all Republicans are non-patriotic Communist supporters, I provide this photograph of DDT’s rally audience.

[Note: Rationally, I believe that one or a few crazies cannot be used to tar an entire group. Now I would ask that conservatives espouse a rational perspective and look at statistics rather than using a few people to denigrate everyone who fails to fit their ideal sense of humanity.]

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