This week, nine Republican congressmen voted against renaming a post office in North Carolina after poet, author, and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou.
One of them, Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.), told her supporters on Tuesday that further investigation was warranted on the matter and suggested they google her.
I think people should investigate Maya Angelou a little bit, and I’ll suggest perhaps if you want to investigate a little bit further that perhaps you Google ‘Maya Angelou’ and look at other articles in places like the American Thinker or the American Spectator.
Instead, Gawker decided to google the lawmakers who blocked the renaming:
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) This guy promised that he would do “anything short of shooting [illegal immigrants]. Anything that is lawful.” He is absolutely convinced that there is a “war on whites.” He made the absurd accusation that Syrian refugees were only wanting to come to America for a “paid vacation.” He also said that Obama is the only reason the U.S. hasn’t been able to stop immigration, “a president of the United States who wants to change the way America looks.” More specifically, and offensively, he added: “A lot of it has to do with skin pigmentation. A lot of it has to do with religious values.” On top of all this, he officially endorsed Ted Cruz for President.
Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) When he was an assistant U.S. Attorney he was formally reprimanded and forced to attend classes on ethics after compromising a felony gun case by blabbing details of the case to defense attorneys. Soon after he abandoned his “promising career” “under a cloud.” As District Attorney of Weld, Colorado he was sued by the ACLU over a raid on a business, in search of illegal immigrants, that was ruled unconstitutional. He also once refused to prosecute a rape case, saying “a jury could very well conclude that this is a case of buyer’s remorse,” despite the fact that the woman said “no” several times and was unconscious. He believes homosexuality is a choice and vehemently opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” declaring,“I think it is a policy that makes a lot of sense.” He was also investigated after tweeting a picture of himself with an AR-15 at his office, which was in a federal building.
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) He is a former obstetrician who once argued in favor of a far-reaching abortion bill by claiming that fetuses can masturbate. He also got into a feud with a Florida congressman over whose state was crazier, Florida or Texas. (Tough call, I know.)
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) He compared illegal immigrants to vagrants and animals. He is a birther who is still demanding to see Obama’s long-form birth certificate. He voted to end federal funding for NPR. He also thinks climate change is bullshit.
Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) He assisted in the repealing of a wage gap law, arguing that women really do prefer to just be barefoot and pregnant. “In the long run, a lot of women like to stay at home and have their husbands be the primary breadwinner.” He firmly believes that Martin Luther King Day should not be a recognized holiday. He also said that Kwanzaa needs to be “slapped down once and for all,” because the founder of the holiday “was a racist and didn’t like the idea that Christ died for all of our sins, so he felt blacks should have their own holiday.”
He authored a bill that considers single parenting to be a factor in deciding whether a child is being abused or neglected. He believes homosexuality should not be covered in sex ed classes. He said Planned Parenthood is racist and also maintains that there is no need for PP because “as a guy,” he’s never needed their services. He is convinced there is a “war on men.” He also insists that life was better when homosexuals had to stay in the closet:
Did people even know what homosexuality was in high school in 1975? I don’t remember any discussion about that at the time. There were a few guys who would make fun of a few effeminate boys, but that’s a different thing than homosexuality. Homosexuality was not on anybody’s radar. And that’s a good thing.
Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) This guy, well, I’ll just leave the link to him creepily winking at his mommy here….
Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.V.) This winner lost elections in two other states until he finally moved to West Virginia, where Rep. Shelley Moore Capito was vacating her seat. He also believes that climate change is still “not a settled issue.”
Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Ala.) He voted against a relief bill to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
These are the men, the beacons of righteousness, that insist Maya Angelou, despite her history as a civil rights activist and the legacy of poetry she created, shouldn’t have her name on a post office? Seriously?
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