The Dumbest Politician Statements of 2013
As with every year, 2013 saw many a politician put their foot in their mouth, whether by gaffe or by poorly thought out statements. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has compiled a list of the dumbest politician statements of 2013 for us to look back and relive a year in boneheaded remarks.
No list of dumb statements would be complete with Iowa Congressman Steve King, a staunch opponent of immigration reform. Speaking to a crowd in Iowa this summer, King said “For every (illegal immigrant) who’s a valedictorian there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds — and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” What?
Every list of dumb statements needs to include at least one from a Republican who doesn’t understand the difference between the Bible and a science textbook. This year, that was provided by Texas Congressman Joe Barton who said “If you believe in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change. That certainly wasn’t because mankind overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy.” No, sir, no one would say a mythical flood that saw a man who lived to be 900-years-old round up two of every animal in the world onto one arc was an example of “climate change.”
Twitter has been a boon for politicians who want their gaffes seen by the entire world but rarely has it caught up an entire party. Earlier this fall, the Republican National Committee tweeted “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism.” The next day, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus had to admit that racism, in fact, was not yet “ended”.
Perhaps the dumbest statement of all, however, came from House Speaker John Boehner who reminded the nation of how backwards the government has become when he said “Congress should not be judged on how many laws we pass. Congress ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal.” Okay, fine, how many laws has congress repealed exactly? Either way you want to look at it, Mr. Speaker, 2013 was a big legislative FAIL.
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