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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5: Ted Yoho

Freshman representative Ted Yoho (R-FL), a Tea Party-backed veterinarian who shocked 12-term incumbent Cliff Stearns in the 2012 Republican primary, could best be described as “eccentric.

In an interview with Florida political blog The Shark Tank over the weekend, however, Yoho’s opposition to gun safety laws veered sharply into crazy territory.

“On guns, [my constituents] were saying that the sentiment, when you read the Second Amendment, is that the militia had the same equipment as the military to protect them against the tyrannical government,” Yoho said. “I think it’s more important today than ever that we uphold our Second Amendment.”

Of course, as Scott Keyes points out at Think Progress, the modern military features far deadlier weaponry than it did during the Constitutional convention — and there’s a very good reason that all citizens can’t have access to landmines, rocket launchers, and other deadly weapons. If you have any doubt, just imagine Ted Yoho with a nuke.