Steve King is not the only racist in the GOP caucus

I suppose my heart should swell with the news that the GOP minority in Congress (by the way — what sweet relief to write that phrase!) has moved to strip Rep. Steve King of committee assignments. But if Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wanted an Aegean stables moment, he needs to start immediately from the bottom up. Two congressmen hosted white supremacist Chuck Johnson to discuss racist twaddle like “DNA sequencing.” His brain is a rich, nutritious broth:

He also questions how many Jewish people were killed in the Holocaust, ran a crowdfunding site for white supremacists and neo-Nazis, said “anti-racist is anti-white,” was kicked off Twitter for threatening to “take out” a Black Lives Matter activist and suggested an Amtrak crash was caused by the engineer’s sexuality. He drew scrutiny last week when Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla) gave him a ticket to attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

My oy Gaetz, who has gotten a couple positive headlines after teaming with Governor Ron DeSantis about following the will of Florida voters regarding medicinal marijuana, has had one hell of a year, by the way.

As for DNA sequencing, this pseudo-science reminds me of phrenology and Lothrop Stoddard’s The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy, technological carapaces under which racism hides. Allowing this putatively neutral gobbledygook space in public discourse legitimates congressmen shouting “Go back to Puerto Rico!”

One thought on “Steve King is not the only racist in the GOP caucus

  1. ? DNA sequencing is just a technology, and quite a mature one. Interpretation of the resulting data is on-going by serious and respectable scientists. Misinterpretation of the data is something we can and do refute, but not stop, just as with climate change deniers.

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