That is what a leading republican (there is a shock) lawmaker in Tennessee must scream to herself every night before she goes to bed.
"Tennessee's House majority floor leader kicked off a scandal back home by calling for the creation of "a Council of Christian Relations and a NAAWP in this Country." But after the Facebook post came to light, Rep. Sheila Butt (R) said that her critics had it all wrong: "W" doesn't stand for White, it stands for Western!
Why people who live in the Western Hemisphere -- which includes everyone living in the United States -- would need a special-interest group wasn't addressed by Butt.
The comment was first flagged by alternative weekly newspaper Nashville Scene.
Her comment came in response to an open letter from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest Muslim civil liberties organization in the U.S., urging 2016 GOP candidates to engage Muslim voters and reject Islamophobia.
Butt later deleted her comment and replaced it with, “We need groups that will stand for Christians and our Western culture. We don’t have groups dedicated to speaking on our behalf.”
Many criticized Butt for using the acronym NAAWP, which various white supremacy groups have used in the past to mean the National Association for the Advancement of White People. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke founded an organization with that name.
Butt has responded to critics by saying her original comment was not intended to be racist and that she meant for NAAWP to stand for National Association for the Advancement of Western Peoples.
In an interview with Nashville-based political blog View From The Hill posted Thursday, Butt said she was not aware that the acronym was racist.
“That was an acronym that at that morning, I simply made up to say, ‘National Association for the Advancement of Western Peoples,'" she said. "I had no idea that had ever been used for that before. So that’s something that just came out of nowhere, actually."
Butt's comments sparked a backlash from CAIR as well as the Tennessee House Black Caucus.
Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s national communications director, told The Huffington Post they showcase “the overall level of ... bigotry” acceptable within the Republican Party.
“We’ve unfortunately had too many Republican Party leaders and lawmakers make such statements,” he said. “It’s really time that they address this issue as a party instead of just pretending that Islamophobia doesn’t exist within their ranks.”
He added that Butt's stated goal of advocating for “Western peoples” is not much better than advocating for “white people.”
“You almost end up with the same result even if you believe that explanation,” he said" [Source]
The only thing worse than a racist is a dumb and disingenuous racist.
Look, if you are going to be a racist I would respect you more if you were honest about who you are and what you represent.
Finally, it's another day, so time for another Bill O'Reilly lie.
This one involved nuns...oh wait, that was yesterday. Sorry. This one involves bricks and the LA Riots.
" Bill O'Reilly's recollections of various big events he’s covered continue to be questioned, as a new report out today featured several of his former Inside Edition colleagues disputing how O’Reilly has talked about covering the L.A. riots.
According to The Guardian, O’Reilly has talked on multiple occasions about being in direct danger during those 1992 riots while he was at Inside Edition, saying as recently as this week, “We were attacked by protesters, where bricks were thrown at us.”
However, other people who worked for Inside Edition while O’Reilly did and also covered the riots are not saying the same thing. One of them flatly states, “It didn’t happen.” Another says, “I honestly don’t recall watching or hearing about that. I believe I probably would have remembered something like that.”
There was, however, an incident some of them recall differently:
“It was one person with one rock,” said McCall, the sound man. “Nobody was hit.”
“A man came out of his home,” said Antin, who was operating the camera that was struck. “He picked up a chunk of concrete, and threw it at the camera.” Told of O’Reilly’s description of a bombardment, Antin said: “I don’t think that’s really … No, I mean no, not where we were.”
“There was no concrete,” said McKeown. “There was a single brick”.One of these individuals, Robert Kirkham, also said that O’Reilly was “being very insensitive to the situation” and got very confrontational with one resident who was trying to clear the wreckage.
Update — 10:45 p.m. ET: We should note, in the report Inside Edition filed on the riots, reporter Bonnie Strauss said rocks and bottles were thrown at the journalists covering the riots.
We have reached out to Fox News for comment on this story." [Source]
The biggest question I have is why Billo is still trying so hard to pretend to be a real journalist. I mean the guy is still kicking butt in the ratings. And unless he has sex with a sheep on live television while beheading babies with a vey large knife, he will always have his FOX viewers.
I guess he still wants to be accepted by the rest of us sane people. The thing is, though, we know a mad man when we see one, and Billo fits the definition to a tee.
Sorry Bill, we can't believe anything you say anymore. But it's alright. I am sure that those News Corp checks are not bouncing.