This Week in Stupid Politics: Slap Hillary, "Uncorked Animals," and "The Half-White Muslim"

Last week, a former Republican governor referred to Muslims as “uncorked animals” on his radio show. Elsewhere, multiple neocons on the news pushed the U.S. to return to Cold War-style brinksmanship with Russia. In Arizona, detractors of President Obama called him a “47 percent Negro,” while a Republican congressman in Florida likened tanning beds to JIm Crow policy. Oh, and a conservative super PAC posted an animation of Hillary Clinton being beaten on its website (and encouraged its users to take part).

In other words, it was a standard week on the American right. Here’s a round up of the craziness, in case you blinked.

What a Week for the GOP

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Last week, a former Republican governor referred to Muslims as “uncorked animals” on his radio show. Elsewhere, multiple neocons on the news pushed the U.S. to return to Cold War-style brinksmanship with Russia. In Arizona, detractors of President Obama called him a “47 percent Negro,” while a Republican congressman in Florida likened tanning beds to JIm Crow policy. Oh, and a conservative super PAC posted an animation of Hillary Clinton being beaten on its website (and encouraged its users to take part).

In other words, it was a standard week on the American right. Here’s a round up of the craziness, in case you blinked.

GOP Rep Insists Tanning Beds Are Racist

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Republican Representative Ted Yoho from Florida didn't stop by proclaiming this week that he actually wants the U.S. to default on our loans. He's also got a beef: A beef with tanning beds.

Yoho asserted that the tax on tanning booths contained in Obamacare is racist (because only white people use tanning beds, see). "I thought I might need to get to a sun tanning booth so I can come out and say I’ve been disenfranchised because I got taxed because of the color of my skin," Yoho said, with sensitivity to no one. On Thursday, he also said he would support a birther bill, which would totally not be racist.

Mike Huckabee Calls Muslims “Uncorked Animals”

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The affable, down-to-Earth, and reliably crazy ex-governor celebrated the coming end of Ramadan by warning that Muslims often get violent during their religion’s holy days (“If you’ve kept up with the Middle East, you know that,” he cites as evidence), and pondered why they just can’t behave themselves, like good little Christians.

“Muslims will go to the mosque, and they will have their day of prayer, and they come out of there like uncorked animals — throwing rocks and burning cars,” Huckabee said Monday. “I mean, when Christians get out of their Christmas services, about the worst thing they do is commit the sin of gluttony when they go to some Christmas dinner.”

Conservative PAC Posts ‘Slap Hillary’ Game On Website

The Hillary Project, an anti-Hillary Clinton PAC that dubiously claims to be the “only thing standing between Hillary and the White House,” made waves today by reposting a crude Flash "game" (too generous of a term) from 2000 wherein users slap Clinton as she’s speaking.

One of the guys behind the PAC, an operative named Christopher Marston, is connected to several GOP officeholders, including Virginia Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. Upon discovering the website, Cuccinelli demanded Marston resign from the super PAC, under the theory that being associated with an offensive flash game might make Cuccinelli look insensitive to women (as opposed to everything else he's done in his career as AG).

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Fox News Host Says U.S. Should Escalate Nuclear Tension With Russia

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Many felt the desire to punish Vladimir Putin after he granted asylum to Edward Snowden, but only a few felt that ramping up nuclear hostilities with Russia was the best way to do so. Those few would be Fox pundit Gregg Jarrett and former George W. Bush Ambassador John Bolton, both of whom advocated Cold War-style brinksmanship with Russia over the Snowden affair.

“Put the missile defense system back the Czech Republic and Poland,” Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett said Tuesday. “If you want to go really extreme, pull out of START [Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty].” Former Ambassador Bolton agreed, suggesting the U.S. build a missile defense system in Poland in order to “cause [Russia] real pain.”

Great plan guys.

Arizona Protesters Call Obama ’47 Percent Negro,’ ‘The Half-White Muslim’

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As Obama prepared to speak at Desert Vista High School in Arizona yesterday, those who didn’t agree with the merits of Obama’s policies as president let their voices be heard, calling to “Impeach the Half-White Muslim" (or the "47 percent Negro," depending on who you ask) and endorsing Sheriff Joe Arpaio for President. One of the more articulate protesters explained that Obama “is ruining the Constitution” and “needs to go back to where he came from,” while another simply said, with a bit more concision, “Bye Bye, Black Sheep.”