Domestic abuse? Poverty? Same sex marriage and rape? The Republican party has been weighing in on pretty much every controversial topic out there this week, and as a result, they have put out some pretty amazing statements. Whether they are rallying against the poor or women or homosexuality, the party continues to show that if you can’t say something nice, well, you may have a role as a Republican leader.
Here are five things we can’t believe they said this week.
1) When it comes to domestic violence, “Don‘t get your dad busted.“ Faced with a question about threatening a spouse with a loaded weapon, televangelist Pat Robinson is right about one thing — it really shouldn’t be the child’s job to make sure that his or her mother is safe. But when he starts out his advice to a kid who wants to know what to do when it comes to his father threatening his mother with a gun, Robinson’s initial wording falls flat. “Well, again, you don’t want to get your father busted, but you could,” Robertson said, according to Raw Story. “You ought to go to your mother and say, ‘Mom, this thing is scaring me, and I ask you please to get my father to have some help.’” Painting the issue as a matter of one parent’s safety versus another parent’s freedom encourages a child to keep the event a secret, something that could become dangerous for the entire family if the woman won’t — or can’t — get help on her own.
2) “Hispanics and African Americans aren‘t ‘traditional‘ North Carolinians.“ North Carolina is not a diverse place, at least, not ‘traditionally’ according to state House Speaker Thom Tillis, who is running for Senate against Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. To be fair, this statement was actually made years ago, but when it came up again this week, Tillis doubled down and said it was completely accurate. In 2012, he stated: ”The traditional population of North Carolina and the United States is more or less stable. It’s not growing. The African-American population is roughly growing but the Hispanic population and the other immigrant populations are growing in significant numbers. We’ve got to resonate with those future voters.” Apparently those growing populations referenced aren’t “traditional” Americans, in Tillis’s view.
3) “If evolution is real, obviously there is no such thing as rape.“ This gem was thrown out by Darek Isaacs, creationist advocate. The idea was apparently some sort of gotcha: either you admit that the world is only 7,000 years old and the dinosaurs powered the Flintstones’ cars, or you have to let rape no longer be a crime because really it’s just a biological imperative.”You have to start asking questions: Well, if evolution is true, and it’s just all about the male propagating their DNA, we had to ask hard questions, like, well, is rape wrong?” Isaacs asked, according to Blue Review. “According to the evolutionary worldview, [if] that male is strong enough and he had wonderful genes, he should propagate his DNA as much as possible so that the species can progress. So it redefines everything about our society.” The glaring issue with the argument, beside being utterly crass, is that humans evolved conscience and morality, both of which keep us from acting like animals. Well, all of us but Isaacs, apparently.
4) “Why can‘t we just let the poor ‘wither and die‘ already?“ Wither. That’s so poetic. Which makes it an even more insulting way to refer to starving people to death, as John Johnston, an Indiana candidate for a state Senate seat. “No one has the guts to just let [the poor] wither and die,” Johnston said on Facebook when discussing “handouts.” “No one who wants votes is willing to call a spade a spade. As long as the Dems can get their votes the enabling will continue. The Republicans need their votes and dare not cut the fiscal tether. It is really a political Catch-22.” On follow up, Johnston claims he was just being hyperbolic and doesn’t really want to starve people.
5) “But they are lazy pigs.“ Arizona state schools superintendent John Huppenthal isn’t fond of the poor, either, which is apparently why he likes to berate them under a cloak of anonymity on blogs. Of course, IPs can be tracked, which is how it was learned that he had posted thousands of comments over the years, including accusing the president of “rewarding the lazy pigs with food stamps (44 million people), air-conditioning, free health care, flat-screen TV’s (typical of ‘poor’ families).” Whoops. Huppenthal said he was misunderstood and was really just making a literary reference to “The Little Red Hen.”
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