What Year is This? Lawmaker Would Allow Slavery
You have GOT to be kidding me!
No less than a week after some people thought it was okay to wear blackface during Halloween celebrations over the weekend, video of a Republican lawmaker has surfaced in which he stated he would, in fact, vote for slavery if his constituents wanted him to do it.
In the YouTube video Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler reportedly says, “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.”
Wheeler attempted to explain himself on his personal website (which clearly misspells explanation, might we add):
“During the meeting, I was asked how I would vote if I believed one way on an issue,and my constituents believed the opposite. I stated the truth that I believe, which isthat in a Representative Republic I’m hired by the people to represent their views. I used an over the top example of something that I absolutely do not agree with, andeven mentioned that to get me to vote for such a thing, my constituents would literally have to hold a gun to my head. In reality, that isn’t the case at all. If my constituents wanted to do something as outlandish as bring back an abhorrent system, then I simply couldn’t represent them anymore. They would remove me from office, or I’d have to resign.”
The legislator issues an apology at the end of the letter, but we are having NO parts of it.
Your Turn: Tell us what you think about Wheeler’s statement in the comments!