Will Republicans Offend Voters Enough to Lose the House in 2018?

A Republican congressman from Alabama says rocks falling into the ocean cause sea levels to rise. He and his GOP colleagues assert that “the Earth is not warming. The White Cliffs of Dover are tumbling into the sea and causing sea levels to rise. Global warming is helping grow the Antarctic ice sheet,” Science News reports.

A Republican congressman from Nebraska wants to slash food stamps and refuses to say that Americans are entitled to eat. In other words, it’s ok if they starve. A Republican candidate for Congress in Montana assaults a reporter but still manages to win a special election. Another declares that “nobody dies” for lack of health insurance, and that health care “isn’t a human right.” Still another says “bullcrap!” to constituents who remind him they pay his salary. Another asserts that Republicans in Congress work for Donald Trump, not constituents or taxpayers. And a GOP legislator from North Carolina equates Abraham Lincoln with Adolph Hitler.

Florida Congressman Ted Yoho could be in trouble after saying on TV that House Intel Chair Deven Nunes “works for the President,” not his constituents, the American people, the taxpayers, and is not obliged to conduct an independent investigation into the Trump administration’s Russia ties. He later said he “misspoke,” but this represents a basic misunderstanding of the American political system and separation of powers.

Yoho, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, is facing some tense town hall meetings, especially in Gainesville. He serves in the gerrymandered third district, redrawn for the 2012 elections, which he won with more than 60 percent of the vote.

Oklahoma congressman Markwayne Mullen snapped at constituents who reminded him that they pay his salary, according to The Hill publication. “You say you pay for me to do this? That’s bullcrap,” Mullin said at the town hall in Jay, Okla., according to a video of the incident.

“I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got here and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to go,” he added.

After constituents pushed back, Mullin reiterated that being a lawmaker is not “how I make my living.”

Mullen owns multiple plumbing companies and doesn’t have to settle for just the measly $174,000 a year plus generous benefits that a member of Congress receives.

Due to gerrymandering, Mullen — first elected in 2012 — won re-election with 70 percent of the vote in the last two elections. However, he has canceled several town hall meetings with constituents recently because he says they weren’t sufficiently respectful.

In North Carolina, Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus, near Charlotte) posted on Facebook that both Abraham Lincoln and Adolph Hitler were tyrants.  Pittman wrote that Lincoln was “personally responsible for the deaths of 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional.”

He has introduced legislation repealing a ban against secession in the NC Constitution, asserting that NC ought to have the right to secede from the US. Defying the Supreme Court, he has introduced legislation to ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina.

In 2018, after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Pttman posted on Facebook: “So many of these shooters turn out to be communist democrats, that I suspect they are doing these things to push for gun control so they can more easily take over the country.”

Pittman represents a solidly Republican district and won re-election handily. Will his incredibly divisive and neo-Confederate opinions be too much for even a solidly Republican district?

The 2018 Republican nominee for state legislature in North Carolina’s Scotland and Hoke counties, Russell Walker, says God is a white supremacist, U.S. soldiers are being poisoned by the government and Jews are satanic, Newsweek reports. Fortunately, he’s unlikely to win unless Democratic turnout in November is low — always a possibility when NC has no statewide elections.

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