Idiots Say The Damndest Things

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Oh, Hey, Look, More Racists

« April 2018 »

Memo to Ryan Zinnke, Scott Jones, and Ryan Williams’ colleagues: YOU ARE RACISTS.

In these troubled times, with so many things going wrong in this world, and so many of those things going wrong the direct fault of Donald Trump, it’s important to remember that even if you ignore Trump, we’re surrounded by, and ruled by, racist IDIOTS who SAY THE DAMNDEST THINGS!

“How could ever saying ‘good morning’ be bad?” - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, asking a question I am fully qualified to answer.

Let’s start with where Zinke put the word “ever” in that sentence. That shit is one of the most unacceptable things Ryan Zinke has ever done, and remember, this guy commissioned a custom flag to be raised whenever he’s in the office. Second, his pronunciation of “good morning” was a bit off. He pronounced it “konnichiwa”, and he said it to a Japanese-American lawmaker in response to her request to continue funding for education about Japanese internment camps. SO yeah, it ever can be very fucking bad, dickweasel.

Plus, he didn’t say “good morning”, he said “hello”, and the lawmaker, Hawaii’s Colleen Hanabusa, had to correct him and tell him what “good morning” actually is in Japanese, and I know that a long time ago we used to get upset every time Congress would vote themselves a pay raise, but there’s no fucking way Hanabusa gets paid enough to put up with this racist bullshit or the disingenuous “who, me” bullshit that followed it.

”Unfortunately, in many protests that have developed to this scope, there are professional protesters and professional instigators that infiltrate the protest for their own purposes, as well as participants from out of the region that inflame and antagonize the event," - Sacramento sheriff Scott Jones, providing the only possible explanation why people might be upset about yet another killing of yet another unarmed black man.

For some reason, the problem of rampant police violence, excessive force, and straight-up murder of the African-American community hasn’t improved any since Donald Trump became President. We’ve had the Alton Sterling ruling, the Stephon Clark shooting, and just yesterday, a man murdered in Crown Heights for the crime of carrying a shower head.

And here we have the Sacramento County sheriff spouting the same kind of conspiracy theories about “paid protestors” that you see from people who also advocate using their cars to mow down protesters who spill into the streets or block roads. In a totally unconnected incident, an as yet unnamed and uninvestigated member of the Sacramento County sheriff’s department hit a protester with his car when they spilled into the street and blocked traffic. There’s no possible way there could be a problem with our police departments.

“The bill's caption was too narrow and couldn't be amended to incorporate additional feedback gathered from our members over the past couple of days.” - Tennessee Republican Ryan Williams, explaining why his resolution failed to be advanced by his colleagues.

The resolution was Williams’ second attempt to get the Tennessee legislature to condemn neo-Nazis and white nationalists. The first failed because Tennessee Republicans objected to linking these very fine people to domestic terrorism, but the second failure came with only the vague explanation above. So, allow me to wildly speculate based on what I know of Pigfucker Nation.

If I were a betting man, I’d bet that the “too narrow” phrasing means that Williams’ colleagues insisted that any resolution condemning neo-Nazis also condemned Black Lives Matter. I don’t know this, of course, but it’s consistent with everything I know about political racists in the Trump era. And even if I’m wrong, there’s still no denying that twice now, Republicans in Tennessee have objected to condemning neo-Nazis, because they need neo-Nazi votes. Assuming they’re not neo-Nazis themselves, which is never a safe assumption.

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