#10: “Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, and destroy capitalism.”
Pat Robertson isn’t a politician in the conventional sense, but he is active in many different political groups. He made this comment at the 1992 Republican National Convention. The delegates responded with tremendous applause.
#9: “As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border.”
Sarah Palin, when asked what to do about Russian spy planes. I don’t even think this really needs to be explained.
So equality is a negative thing? And you can’t have freedom if everyone else has a right to equality? That was the argument of U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. Apparently, Scott doesn’t know the Declaration of Independence, the second sentence of which reads “all men are created equal,” and upon which was this nation founded.#7: “You’ve got a duty to die and get out of the way. Let the other society, our kids, build a reasonable life.”
A Colorado governor was arguing for physician assisted suicide when this, ah, slipped out.
#6: “Wind is God’s way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it’s hotter to areas where it’s cooler. That’s what wind is. Wouldn’t it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up? I mean, it does make some sense. You stop something, you can’t transfer that heat, and the heat goes up. It’s just something to think about.”
Joe Barton offered this “wind is a finite resource” address at a March 2009 Congressional committee meeting supporting the oil companies in his state by attacking alternate energies with this bizarre claim.
#5: “Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter.”
George W. Bush during the G-8 summit meeting. America is the world’s second biggest polluter, George.
#4: “It’s a racist tax.”
At a 2013 meeting, a Florida representative claimed the affordable care act tax on tanning salons was discriminatory against whites. His evidence? He once met an Indian man who told him that he had never used a tanning booth.
#3: “We must make sure our child’s is educated.”
While discussing the state of the union, George W. Bush decided to talk about education. Better not to, right?
#2: “The problem is, the other side can do magic too.”
The Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge decided that he would say the most obvious thing he possibly could when asking why he couldn’t win a war. Generally, that’s a bad idea.