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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pols Saying Stupid Things

A North Carolina legislator used his Facebook campaign page on Wednesday to compare President Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler.

Cabarrus County Republican Rep. Larry Pittman posted the comment in response to a torrent of criticism over legislation he and two others sponsored in the General Assembly to restore a state ban on same-sex marriage.
Larry Pittman, a North Carolina Republican, wrote on Facebook that Lincoln was the “same sort of tyrant” as Hitler

In the lengthy thread, someone posted that “the Civil War is over. The Fed won. Get over it.”

In an apparent response, Pittman said, “And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort of tyrant.”

Pittman wrote on his page that Lincoln was “personally responsible for the deaths of 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional.”
Rep. Markwayne Mullin told his constituents Monday during a town hall meeting in Jay that it is “bull crap” that they pay his salary.

“You said you pay for me to do this (represent you in Congress). Bull crap. I pay for myself,” the third-term Republican said. “I paid enough taxes before I ever got there and continue to through my company to pay my own salary.
“This is a service. No one here pays me to go. I do it as an honor and service. This is a service for me, not a career, and I thank God this is not how I make my living.”
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI):
“Nobody’s got to use the Internet. … And the thing is that if you start regulating the Internet like a utility, if we did that right at the beginning, we would have no Internet. … Internet companies have invested an awful lot of money in having almost universal service now. The fact is is that, you know, I don’t think it’s my job to tell you that you cannot get advertising for your information being sold. My job, I think, is to tell you that you have the opportunity to do it, and then you take it upon yourself to make that choice. … That’s what the law has been, and I think we ought to have more choices rather than fewer choices with the government controlling our everyday lives.”

His press secretary, who has to use the Internet, tweeted this: