Jim Wheeler says comments about reinstating slavery out of context
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.
“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.”
Wheeler contends that his words were taken out of context, and “liberal operatives” made the video viral to tarnish his image.
Here’s part of a statement published on his website this morning:
“The media is having a good time with a clearly facetious statement I made in a town hall meeting earlier this year. They’re attempting to spin an extreme example I used about supporting my constituents to accuse me of being racist. Anybody that knows me knows that’s absurd, and anyone that views the comments in context understands that the whole point of the example is that racism of any kind is something that I find completely unacceptable. 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 is that in a Representative Republic I’m hired by the people to represent their views. “
Both Republicans and Democrats condemned the assemblyman’s remarks.
Out of all of the things that the American people demand, Wheeler would give in to slavery. Go figure.
Are Wheeler’s comments being taken out of context?
Should there be concern that Wheeler, and other elected officials, would vote for whatever his constituents wanted him to, even if it was morally wrong?
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