The 10th District of Georgia is a wild place. Housing both the University of Georgia and Athens, GA, a progressive hotspot, and, well, everything else in that district that makes it not-so-progressive, it has been represented by incredibly crazy Rep. Paul Broun (R) for several terms. Broun lost his race for Senate and will be retiring to hopefully some place outside of public life.
In the race to replace him are two Republicans — Jody Hice and Mike Collins. The runoff in the primary is July 22nd, just a few days away, and given that these primaries are dominated by a small set of extreme voters, their incentives are to dial up the crazy about as high as it can get.
Take this interview with Hice, a far-right evangelical who has called for Islam to be stripped of First Amendment rights, with Liberty Conservatives. Check out this exchange on both gun rights and the immigration issue (shortly before this excerpt they are specifically talking about the migrant children that have been in the news):
HOST: It’s an invasion, there’s really no other way to look at it. But we’re just being invaded through our Southern border. Yakknow, right into the land that people own and you know its people’s right to that property. Which really you know should make the people wake up, particularly those that are down in those border areas, but for everyone else throughout the country of the importance of our ability to protect ourselves and our property. You know, I know you’re an outspoken supporter of the Second Amendment. You’re endorsed by the National Association for Gun Rights PAC, you’re endorsed by GOA, which is one of my favorite organizations for gun rights, so this immigration issue that we have going on right now, I think it’s just, even more says to us we need to be able to defend ourselves, and defend ourselves however we choose to do so.
HICE: Absolutely, that is the reason we have the Second Amendment. Ultimately, it’s not about hunting and fishing and that type of thing. It is about our ability as individuals to defend ourselves, be it in our own private property, but most importantly ultimately it comes down to defending ourselves against tyranny should our government ever become a threat to our liberties. And when you’re talking about a government that refuses to secure our borders, you’re talking about a government that is not taking seriously its responsibility to defend us. So absolutely I couldn’t agree with you anymore, we have the responsibility both as individuals and as states, to step up in those areas that our federal government will not.
Listen to it (Start listening at 15:28):
The hysteria about the immigrant children is already bad enough when you have people like Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), my esteemed current congressman, openly scaremongering
about them spreading disease epidemics. Now we have a likely replacement to Broun encouraging armed individuals to repel the migrant “invasion” (in the words of the host) that the federal government won’t. As a pastor, Hice would do well to stop encouraging armed vigilantism that may result in harm or deaths of children and do well to listen to the tales of sojourners in the Bible — pro-tip: Jesus wasn’t for “closed borders.”
As of 2011, Georgia had the tenth-largest Hispanic population in the United States. With demographics growing the way they are, the Republicans promoting this kind of hate are digging their own electoral graves with this kind of rhetoric.