Republican Says People With Obama Bumper Stickers are “Mentally Retarded”
According to ThinkProgress, Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County GOP Chair, Jim Roddey, received wild applause for calling an Obama supporter “mentally retarded.” Roddey joked: “I was very embarrassed. I was in this parking lot and there was a man looking for a space to park, and I found a space for him. And I felt badly — he looked like he was sort of in distress. And I said, ‘Sir, here’s a place.’ And he said, ‘That’s a handicapped space.’ I said, ‘Oh I’m so sorry, I saw that Obama sticker and I thought you were mentally retarded.’”
This sort of bad joke exemplifies what’s wrong with American politics. Each group sits around in their respective echo chamber and discusses how they’re so much smarter than the other. Meanwhile, politicians rob both groups blind; same old divide and conquer strategy.
Here’s a man who graduated from college, and has served on the boards of Turner Communication Corp and Rollins Communication Corp , just to name a couple, but all he can do is sit back and make r****d jokes. That’s what his politics are about, and that’s how he gets his crowd engaged. It all just makes you wonder about the types of people Americans are choosing to represent them on the state and national level.
For what it’s worth, families of people with mental disabilities should be offended at this more than Democrats. Some people, like Mr. Roddey, have no shame, and are perfectly willing to use the least among us as fodder for laughs. He should be ashamed, but he’s not. He’ll make that same tired joke because, like most politicians, he’s in it for the adulation from his electorate and peers. For him, every party needs a good r****d joke. Sad.
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