“You know the cleansing that the Orientals used to do where you’d put one person out in front and 900 people yell at them?”
Wait … what?
Asked by The Southern Illinoisan about his decision not to hold an in-person town hall, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.) described the raucous protests that have erupted at town halls across the country as “out of control.”
Fair enough. Agree or not, that’s a reasonable response.
Then Bost elaborated, spouting off something as puzzling as it was racist.
“You know the cleansing that the Orientals used to do where you’d put one person out in front and 900 people yell at them?” he reportedly asked the daily newspaper’s editorial board. “That’s not what we need. We need to have meetings with people that are productive.”
A’ight, then. Sounds about right.
Image note: Detail of Lucifer by Franz von Stuck, ca. 1890.
D’Angelo, Chris. “GOP Congressman Compares Rowdy Town Halls To Yelling Mobs Of ‘Orientals'”. The Huffington Post. 2 March 2017.