9 Right-Wingers Who Said and Did Colossally Stupid Things This Week
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New Jersey’s vindictive governor may have grabbed all the headlines this week, but that doesn't mean other right-wingers failed to dish up their usual combo of inane and offensive statements.
1. Ohio politician not sorry at all for sending out racist email.
Apologies can be so very lame. It’s true. And they have such a variety of ways of being lame. There’s the non-apology apology, aka the faux-pology, which often starts something like, “I’m sorry if I offended you....” There’s the apology that has to be pried out of someone under duress, a last-ditch effort to salvage a situation that has gone very public and very south — witness Governor Christie this week. (He seemed much sorrier that he was caught or supposedly lied to than he was that millions were inconvenienced and possibly endangered.) Then there is the apologist who apologizes so easily and readily that the apologies are meaningless. To them we say, don’t apologize, just stop doing the wrong thing. Stop being an a**hole.
And then there’s the flat-out refusal to apologize, even when an apology is so clearly in order. That was the situation in Ohio this week. Bob Carleton, a 71-year-old city councilman from Norwalk, OH, fully admited he sent out a, shall we say, totally questionable holiday email in December. This week, the Toledo Blade brought that email to light, and when Carleton was asked about it, he said he just thought it was funny. That’s all.
The email was sent under the heading “Spelling Bee Champ.” Carleton did not make it up, so no points for creativity; the text of it has been going around the Internet for at least five years, and says: (Caution, unbelievably offensive stuff ahead):
My name be Eboneesha Hernandez, a African-Hispanic-American Girl who jus got a award for bein the bess speler in class. I gots a 47% on the spelin text and 38 points for being black, 10 points for not bringin drugs to class, 10 points for not bringin guns to class, and 15 points for not getting pregnut during the cemester. It be hard to beat a score of 120%.
White dude sit nex to me is McGee from Jaxon Mizipy. He got a 94% on the text but no extra points on acount of he have the same skin color as the opressirs of 150 years ago. Granny ax me to thank all dimocrafts and liberuls for suportin afermative axion. You be showin da way to true eqwallity.
I be gittin in medical skool nex an mabe I be yo doctor since Barrac takn over da healfcare in dis contry.
Hard to know where to start here, so we’ll just say, WTF is wrong with people?
Carleton found this hilarious. He apparently did not notice it was appallingly racist. And he felt no need to apologize.
Fortunately, not everyone on the receiving end agreed, and many immediately tried to distance themselves from it. Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan had a mixed reaction. He said it was “nothing we would condone or endorse.” At the same time, he added that he did not think Carleton would do something “malicious” and “intentional.”
Hmmm, we’re confused because we thought we knew what those words meant.
Read more here.
2. Art Laffer: 'The minimum wage is the black teenage unemployment act.'
Speaking of racism. Don’t you love it when conservatives fight against a morsel of social justice, like raising the minimum wage, by pretending to care about the plight of black teenagers? That’s the tack so-called economist Arthur Laffer took on his recent turn on Fox News.