Nevada Republican Says He’d Vote For Slavery If His Constituents Wanted Him To
Proving yet again that venturing into hypotheticals is a risky proposition at the best of times for a wingnut. This clip from an August townhall made it to the internet yesterday, giving assemblyman Wheeler a major headache. Wheeler later told The Sun he was just exaggerating to make a point. "I don’t care if every constituent in (Assembly) District 39 wanted slavery, I wouldn’t vote for it. That’s ridiculous." Well, that may be, but who are you going to believe: Jim Wheeler or your lying eyes?
A Nevada assemblyman said he would vote in favor of legislation allowing for slavery if it was something his constituents wanted him to do.
Jim Wheeler, a Republican from Gardnerville, was talking to a crowd of Storey County Republicans in August he when said “yeah I would” vote for slavery if that’s what his constituents wanted.
“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. You elected a person for your district to do your wants and wishes, not the wants and wishes of a special interest, not his own wants and wishes, yours.”
Wheeler said today that he believes “liberal” operatives are trying to frame him as a bigot by spreading video of the statement on the Internet.