Tennessee congressional candidate appeals to his white supremacist base


#1

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#2

I Tennessee it, but I can’t Tennebelieve it.


#3

With Trump having already shown that explicit appeals to bigotry are more effective than dog whistles, is it really any surprise that the others of his ilk are following suit?


#4

sadly sundown towns still exist in that part of murrica. i keep hoping that as a country we have grown past it but nope. on the plus side the connected world means this shit gets called out publicly and never stays just local anymore.


#5

I thought this was satire, but…


#6

“(The) Leave it to Beaver time when there were no break-ins; no violent crime; no mass immigration,” he told the news station.

That statement confirms what I have long suspected; tv ruins a person’s entire perspective of reality.

That world where there were no break-ins or violent crimes never existed… except in fictional towns populated by imaginary people.


#7

I’m just reminded of this, back from when John Oliver was on the Daily Show, on the power of nostalgia:


#8

Trevor’s cute and all; but damn, I miss Jon Stewart.

Good share; thanks.


#9

Some day politicians will wax poetic for the time of Friends, when even a waitress or an unemployed actor or a hippie massage therapist could afford a huge apartment in Greenwich Village. (Also: Manhattan was populated almost exclusively by attractive white 20somethings who spent big chunks of their day sitting around in coffee shops.)


#10

Well there’s a big problem right there. Just because you can find other racist/bigoted/reactionary people who share your views doesn’t make your crazy and stupid any less crazy or stupid. That just means you have crazy and stupid friends too.


#11

And they never locked their doors, despite living in the heart of NYC, don’t forget that part.


#12

Wow. No dog-whistle for this guy. He’s just lettin’ it right out there. David Duke circa 2016…

Indeed: Let’s hope this loses him more votes than it gains him. (Please)


#13

White supremicist base = people who frequent stores that sell “hell no I ain’t fergettin’” bumper stickers. (They exist, trust me. I live in Alabama.)


#14

Shouldn’t those also be fitted with some race blinders?


#15

EXACTLY!!! These right wing individuals are not great historians.

They talk of returning to a glorious past. But in reality they are trying to create a new, horrible future.


#16

Forget what in particular?


#17

Oh, I believe.

I’ve lived in Ohio and Florida; I know such folks exist.

*shudderz

Oh, that’s an older, near obsolete model; I’m sure upgrades have been made by now.


#18

I hate to introduce people to new ways to lose faith in humanity, but…

Oh, Hell, who am I kidding. I love doing just that.


#19

Allow me to add some precipitation to your personal parade, then:


#20

My first job was at a tourist attraction called Confederama near Ruby Falls/Rock City, which sold these in spades. I swear I was 15 yrs old and just trying to avoid working at Taco Bell!!!