Lawmaker who said he would vote for slavery retracts statement

A Nevada lawmaker who said that he would vote to reinstate slavery if the public wanted it has retracted his statement.

Republican Jim Wheeler was speaking to a crowd in August when he said “If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose, I’d have to bite my tongue and they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah, if that’s what the citizens of the, if that’s what the constituency wants that elected me, that’s what they elected me for,” he said.

Jim Wheeler says comments about reinstating slavery out of context

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Last week, a North Carolina GOP official resigned after calling blacks lazy during an interview on The Daily Show. Not to be outdone, Nevada Republican Jim Wheeler said that he’d vote to re-institute slavery if that’s what his constituents wanted him to do.

When a video of Wheeler saying this surfaced, he said his comments were being taken out of context.

From Raw Story:

“If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose, I’d have to bite my tongue and they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah, if that’s what the citizens of the, if that’s what the constituency wants that elected me, that’s what they elected me for,” he said. “That’s what a republic is about.”