Slavery…If We Must
Eighty or so years later, a Nevada Republican prooves how right Mencken was.
A Nevada assemblyman came under fire Monday after a YouTube video surfaced in which he told a Republican gathering he would vote to allow slavery if that is what his constituents wanted him to do.
“If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose … they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah,” Assemblyman Jim Wheeler told members of the Storey County Republican Party at a meeting in August.
Both Democratic and Republican politicians quickly condemned Wheeler for his comments to which Wheeler said, “There is absolutely no room in my life for any bigotry.” Also, as expected, Wheeler issued the standard “I was taken out of context” defense.
No news yet on when Wheeler points out that one of his best friends is black.