Thursday, August 03, 2017

A Smorgasbord of Stupid


Welcome, welcome, one and all, to Uncle Skippy's Emporium of Batshit Crazy, where you can find incredibly dumbass things said by big-name Republicans ...

This is by no means an exhaustive list, just a sampling of the all-you-can-eat buffet of stupid that is the modern Republican Party. Feel free to add your own entries to the list in the comments, but please make sure they are legit and not the fevered imaginings of Al Franken's nightmares.

I would also like to offer a similar invitation to my conservative friends to provide examples of liberal dumbassery ... if you can find any.

That being said, a few caveats:
  1. If ya gimme a quote, ya gotta source it. We need to be able to corroborate, and if you have a link to audio or video of the actual quote that's even better ... that way we get to see the stupid in its natural habitat.
  2. If someone said something stupid, but later apologized/retracted/otherwise copped to it, it's probably good form to include this as well. You know, for balance and stuff. Either that, or just drop it entirely.
  3. Simple verbal gaffes that are obvious mistakes (a candidate getting the city he or she is in wrong, things like that) are probably not good examples of dumbassery. Everybody makes mistakes like this. For example, Dan Quayle mangling the motto of the United Negro College Fund, while jaw-dropping, is not a good example because he was trying to get it right ... he just failed miserably.

That's it with the rules. Below you will find a delectable sampling of empty-headed gibberish, ideologically-fueled misinformation, and outright lies, with a sprinkling of ridiculous balderdash thrown in for flavor. Bon appetit!

"A lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay." -- Ben Carson, CNN interview, 3/4/2015, http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/04/politics/ben-carson-prisons-gay-choice/

"Just because the Supreme Court rules on something doesn't necessarily mean that that's constitutional." -- Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK 1), interview with the Daily Caller, 3/10/2013, http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/10/rep-bridenstine-pushes-for-obamacare-fight-video/

"We know Al Qaeda has camps on the Mexican border. We have people that are trained to act Hispanic when they are radical Islamists." -- Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX 1), interview on C-SPAN, 4/17/2013, https://www.c-span.org/video/?312145-4/texas-representative-homeland-security-policy-post-boston

 "If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down." -- Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO 2), interview with the Jaco Report on KTVI in St. Louis, 8/19/2012, http://fox2now.com/2012/08/19/the-jaco-report-august-19-2012/

"If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it." – Don Yelton, North Carolina GOP Executive Committee member, on his state's voter ID law during an interview with the Daily Show, 10/23/2013, http://www.cc.com/video-clips/dxhtvk/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-suppressing-the-vote

"The oil and gas industry gets no subsidies, zero, nothing." – Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, whose industry gets $4 billion a year in tax breaks, in a "State of American Energy" speech in the Andrew Mellon Auditorium, 1/8/2013, https://www.c-span.org/video/?310261-1/state-american-energy

I gotta lie down.

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