On the Minnesota 7th District Republican Party's Facebook page, Republican congressional candidate David Hughes, who announced Monday that he'll challenge incumbent Collin Peterson again after nearly accidentially winning the seat, gives an "Angry" response to a shared photo with the caption:
YUP - the Black Caucus is still Left. And still there dragging other Black Americans down with them.
We've captured this special moment in Minnesota political social media in the screengrab at the top of this post.
For some reason, Bluestem doesn't think Hughes is angry about the homophone error, but the fact that the Congressional Black Caucus exists. As for "dragging other Black Americans down with them," we think that perhaps Hughes and the page administrator might not be the best folks to caption and explain this photo.
The photo is very similar to that taken by Associated Press photographer J. Scott Applewhite at a press conference in February. ABC News features a slightly cropped version of it on its website with this cutline:
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a leader of the civil rights movement, joins the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee in endorsing Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as prominent African-American Democrats rush to her aid ahead of the Feb. 27 Democratic primary in South Carolina, Feb. 11, 2016, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Perhaps the admin and Hughes have no idea who John Lewis is. This is unfortunate, as he's been much in the news of late. Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported in Rep. John Lewis’s National Book Award win is a milestone moment for graphic novels:
The trilogy, anchored by the 1965 march on Selma, is authored by Lewis, Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell. The Eisner-winning project was started because Aydin, the digital director in Rep. Lewis’s office, was a comic-book fan — a passion deeply appreciated by his boss. Sixty years earlier, a teenage John Lewis was inspired to follow a life of nonviolent protest after reading a comic about the Rev. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and “the Montgomery story.” . . .
The Guardian reported in Rep John Lewis tells National Book awards how he was refused entry to library because he was black:
Civil-rights campaigner and congressman John Lewis was in tears as he accepted America’s National Book award for young people’s literature in Manhattan on Wednesday night, speaking of how as a child he had been turned away from the public library for being black.
Lewis won the prestigious US honour for the third volume of his graphic memoir March, which tells of his vital part in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. “This is unreal. This is unbelievable,” said Lewis as he took to the stage with his visibly moved co-authors Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.
Recounting how he grew up “very, very poor” in rural Alabama, Lewis said there were “very few books in our home”, recalling a trip in 1956 to try and borrow some books from the library.
“I had a wonderful teacher in elementary school who told me: ‘Read, my child, read’, and I tried to read everything. I love books,” said Lewis. “When I was 16 years old, some of my brothers and sisters and cousins [were] going down to the public library trying to get public library cards, and we were told the library was for whites only, not for coloureds. To come here and receive this award this honour is too much. Thank you.”
Read Lewis's congressional biography here. Perhaps Hughes and the page admin might trying checking some books about the civil rights movement out of their local libraries if they fancy that Lewis is "dragging other Black Americans down."
However, the admin and Hughes' nincompoopery isn't just reserved for animus toward iconic civil rights giants like Lewis or for the ability of black members of Congress to form a caucus.
A Love Supreme?
There's their take on performance artist Vermin Supreme's presidential campaigns.
But another photo that the Facebook admin shares--and Hughes likes--suggests that perhaps these fellows aren't the brightest porch lights on the block.
We arrived at this conclusion upon viewing the inclusion of a screenshot of Vermin Supreme in an album of six photos that allegedly document Democratic (and the Left! And Hampshire College!* Oh Noes!) perfidy. The caption on this gem:
Yes, this is a Presidential Candidate speaking at Hampshire College. Looks very serious, doesn't he? But, he is a Democrat.
If you're not hip to Vermin Supreme, here are a few highlights from the "Performance artist, anarchist, presidential candidate, and activist's" Wikipedia entry:
Vermin Love Supreme (born c. 1961) is an American performance artist and activist who has run as a candidate in various local, state, and national elections in the United States. Supreme is known for wearing a boot as a hat and carrying a large toothbrush, and has said that if elected President of the United States, he will pass a law requiring people to brush their teeth. He has campaigned on a platform of zombie apocalypse awareness and time travel research, and promised a free pony for every American. . . .
Supreme campaigned in the New Hampshire Republican primary in 2008. He received 41 votes (0.02%) in the New Hampshire primary. According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), he also received 43 votes, nationally, in the general election. . . .
Supreme attempted another presidential run in 2016. He embarked on a tour of 20 cities to build support for his campaign and sought to qualify for matching funds from the Federal Election Commission (FEC). He filed as a candidate in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary on November 21, 2015, and received 259 votes in the primary on February 9, 2016, coming in fourth after Martin O'Malley. He was, however, not invited to return to the Lesser-Known Democratic Candidates Presidential Forum, due in part to him glitterbombing Randall Terry at the event in 2011. Shortly before the primary, he was observed questioning Republican candidates Chris Christie and Ted Cruz through a bullhorn. On March 4, 2016, he switched his affiliation to the Libertarian Party. He received the vote of a single delegate in the first round of presidential nomination voting at the 2016 Libertarian National Convention.
Like the late Minnesota state senator Charlie Berg, Mr. Supreme is all over the political map, but unlike the Chokio Republican, Democrat and independent, at least Vermin is just playing, or so it appears.
UPDATE: A reader using the name vermin supreme stopped by and left this remark in our comments section:
The photo they use was clearly taken at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, New Hampshire. It is clearly visible on the backdrop. It must have been the 'Hampshire' part that confused them. DERP
But perhaps the real topper is the headnote to the album:
The 2016 Election is over. Or is it? If you thought You Won, well you won parts of the Election, but there is still lots of work to do and hard challenges are going to come our way. Collin Peterson squeaked out a tight win this time, but he is still setting in Moorhead’s personal Congressional Seat, ignoring all his other constituents as usual. Mark Dayton, the “Advil Governor” is still Governor of Minnesota, as least if he can still escape meetings by walking his puppies. Yes, Republicans took control of their State Senate and Legislature. But we are still hampered in the Congress buy the likes of the white baiting Muslim Ellison and the left’s cutie-pie Klobuchar, who deflects all genuineness whenever she can and is overly fond of running and ducking away from her state constituents. And then there is the Left-Drum-Beating-Obama-Rubber-Stamp-Stump-Kissing Al Franken, you know, the California Senator they spine-chillingly gave to Minnesota using Chevy Chase’s Poker Winnings.
The Crazies are still out there, burning the Flag, disrespecting the National Anthem, calling the Flag a symbol of their imagined “terror”, allowing George Soros to float funding through left wing groups for protests and riots. Many of our Colleges are now creating “safe zones” for students who can’t handle any outcomes they don’t agree with. Hampshire College is just the tip of the ice berg. And many other colleges are teaching outright leftist socialism as the favorite choice of government over all others.
Yes, many professors are teaching their students to hate America, to hate work, to hate Capitalism, to hate its Flag, to hate its Founders and our country’s sacred documents, and in addition to all that, to even hate its mainstream people. That is, you, friend.
They have been and are still being taught to hate the-get-a-job-hard-work-lets-pay-the-bills-and-put-good-food-the-table-for-your-family-wage-earners-who-want-to-get-ahead-in-life. These professors praise the virtues of pure Socialism, Marxism, Stalinism, Castro, and Chavez, before Washington, Franklin, or any of the Founding Fathers. This crazy leftism has even turned on Jefferson. But, they have not gone away. They are disorganized right now, but – they are getting valuable camera time. They are still here and will soon regroup. And they are going to bitch and whine and they are going to hatch the wildest political and policy schemes, - we have not heard the end of this yet. They are already working to train and hoodwink our Youth so they can have their United Nations Utopia.
So, Get Ready! All hands will be needed on Deck. Your help will be needed. Your Support will be needed. Your vigilance will be needed. Your activism will be needed. We have come a long way to taking some of our county back, but we are not quite there yet. There is a lot out there that is just plain scary.
We couldn't agree more with the last sentence after reading that post. Okay then. It's no wonder people in the Seventh think Collin Peterson is a Democrat.
The Minnesota 7th District Republican Party's Facebook page gained national attention in 2015 for another post related to black Americans, Talking Points Memo reported in Minnesota GOPers Get Heat For Posting About Democrats' 'Negro Problem.'
See our recent related post: Swift Co Monitor editor considers fake news epidemic; CD7 GOP Facebook page shares some.
Images: Screengrabs from the MN07 Republican Facebook page. Yes, we live among people who share such notions on public Facebook pages.
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