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Thursday, October 20, 2016

This Week In Crazy: Special AIDS Rings, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

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. Steve King

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Representative Steve King (R-IA), chairman of the GOP’s Cantaloupe Caucus, took a break from insulting immigrants this week to turn his attacks against a different undeserving target: the unemployed.

Speaking at an event in South Carolina, Congressman King explained his opposition to federal aid programs by saying that the millions of Americans who can’t find jobs are pretty much just spoiled kids.

“Now, what kind of a family, if you had six kids and a third of your kids would say, ‘I’m not doing the chores, mom’?” King asked. “If any of them say, ‘I refuse, I’m not going to participate, I’m not going to contribute to the American GDP,’ pretty soon those kids would be on the — you get to eat after you do the work! Not just in hopes that one day you might actually do the work!”

Putting aside the question of how the King family’s chores contribute to the American GDP, ripping the unemployed in South Carolina may have been a rare stroke of political genius from King. Hey, it worked for Newt.

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  • Dominick Vila

    For our pseudo Christians who revere the teachings of greedy imbeciles who are convinced that people afflicted by natural disasters deserve to get what they got because they signed a pact with the devil, or believe that there is a conspiracy to spread AIDS using contaminating rings when homosexuals shake hands with heterosexuals, to bizarre suggestions that children of certain cultures may refuse to do their chores because they don’t want to contribute to our GDP, what they say and do may seem to be perfectly normal, I doubt mainstream Americans will share their enthusiasm.
    Our best hope to keep control of the Senate in 2014 is to donate to the Tea Party zealots to ensure they continue to destroy what is left of Republican party credibility.

    • Elisabeth Gordon

      Where do I send my contribution? I’m in!

    • jointerjohn

      Another good use of our money and time would be to organizations who will get people their picture IDs in voter-suppression states, work on the young and minorities who show up great for presidential elections but then get lazy during mid-terms, educate and assist elder blacks to apply for their absentee ballots in time, etc.

      • RobertCHastings

        Sounds great! I know where my local Democratic Party headquarters is and they will use all the help they can get. Even volunteering at a church that does voter registration would help.

      • idamag

        yes. all of us need to protect everyone’s right to vote in any way we can.

    • Robert Haugh

      To tell you the truth, I wasn’t aware there was anything left to Republican credibility. It’s a contradiction in terms.

    • plc97477

      I don’t think they need help, they are doing a bang-up job on their own.

  • Elisabeth Gordon

    Why haven’t these people been institutionalized? Please! somebody call the guys in the little white coats…

  • Ed Daniels

    Devils are running things and have no respect for “Rght”.

  • howa4x

    It is almost like they hired comedy writers to do their speeches and talking points. I think the GOP sent them the memo but either they don’t understand it or think it’s really about them. Talk about oblivious!

  • highpckts

    Unfreakin believeable!!

  • Mortalc01l

    More and more of these Republicans are showing distinct signs of mental illness; seriously.. complete batshittery has infected the whole party.

    The paranoia, the complete belief in pure fantasy (the Pat Robertson Gay “death rings” is especially imaginative… paranoid, delusion, but inventive)… The blatant stupidity, lack of common sense, absence of fact and general lunacy is astounding.

    If the mainstream Republican party doesn’t get a handle on these loons, they will be out of power for a very long time.. maybe the party should be dismantled and split into it’s component parts;

    1. Mainstream Republicans
    2. Pretend Libertarians
    3. Tea Party loons
    4. Those significantly to the right of the previous 3.

    That way, the mainstream Republicans can be taken seriously once more and we can just ignore the other sub-moronic cretins.

    • RobertCHastings

      I honestly believe SOME Republicans would support your suggestions, except they realize without the other “sub-moronic cretins”, the Republican Party would constitute maybe 20% of the electorate. If you want to stay in office, that is not a very good base. Better to associate with morons, even be considered a moron, than to lose your seat in Congress on some silly principles.

  • Lovefacts

    These Christians are no more religious than those who led the inquisition. They’re sole objective is power. Over the last 2,000 years, people have used Christ’s name to justify wars, acts of hate, slavery, and discrimination. This includes trying to wipe God’s Chosen People the Jews from the face of the Earth. Interestingly, most Christians forget Jesus was born and died a Jew. It would help, if these righteous, religious thugs actually understood the Old Testament as written in the Jewish Tanakh. Oh, for those who love pointing out that the Bible says a man lying with a man is an abomination, two things should be noted. 1. It’s the action, not the individual that’s an abomination. 2. The Bible also states the following are abominations at the same level: eating pork, eating any and all shellfish, eating cat fish, a dirty house, and on goes the list.

    • Marilyn

      Knowing the Jewish scriptures may be beyond them. Apparently, they don’t know the New Testament very well. When Jesus said “When you do it unto the least of these .. . ” they must have thought he ended the statement with “just kidding.”

      • RobertCHastings

        Oh, girl, that was cold! But true!

    • idamag

      Ah, the Leviticus laws. It also says that if a woman is in her menses, she must be in solitary confinement for seven days. If a woman gives birth she is isolated from the tribe seven days for a girl and five days for a boy. You are also required to sacrifice animals on the altar as the smell of burning meat is pleasing to the Lord. You cannot eat any meat that does not have a cloven hoof. You cannot eat any fish that does not have fins and a tail. If a man rapes your daughter he is required to marry her.

  • geraldhoey

    What, did Glenn Beck die and I missed it? No way a week could go by without Beck doing something crazy to qualify for his usual spot.

  • Pamby50

    I keep thinking that they can’t get any crazier. Yet each week they find even more crazy people. That the people in Egypt are listening to Gohmert and thinking he talks for all Americans is scary enough. Pat Robertson with his secret AIDS decoder ring. That Curry thinks all black people should revert to being slaves.

  • RobertCHastings

    I am so glad to see Pat Robertson back on the public stage. I feared he had died. Well, I think at least part of him has. Keyes and Gohmert really are a pair, aren’t they. Al Jolson would be proud, and these guys don’t even wear makeup. I DO miss Bachman – this bunch just takes everything they say all too seriously. At least with her you had to wonder sometimes.

  • JDavidS

    Ya know, you could be bat-shit crazy, just escaped from an asylum and ax murdered half a state…but read this and you’re gonna feel pretty much normal as compared… Incidentally, Pat…love the “Aids ring” thing… Gotta get me one of them. Put it in my collection with my Tom Mixx Secret Decoder ring…Holy shit, lad…One of these days your brain is just going to explode and all that bullshit and stupidity is going to come spewing out.

    • plc97477

      Maybe we should start a rumor that the dems are passing out aids rings to people at the next republican convention. Could be funny.

      • neeceoooo

        That should be interesting

  • thirst4music
  • plc97477

    Just when you think they can’t get any crazier they pull out all the stops. It is getting surreal.

  • Erin Argast

    I love it when Repubtards show their true colors publicly. There goes the next election…the Dems will win again.

    BTW – Pat Robertson is an admitted Satanist. He publicly admitted-on TV-to serving “The Prince Of The Power of The Air”, and having “been given power over the airwaves to bring his message to you”.

    People who actually STUDY their Bibles know that The Prince Of The Power Of The Air is…SATAN.

  • Barbara Morgan

    Most Republicans especially these five and the others that make the crazy list each week had to been dropped on their heads more than once to say what they say and do what they do. Everyone of them needs to go and get an MRI to check and see how much of a brain they have left. They can’t have to much of a brain, you can tell that because of what they say and seem to think or do they think before opening their mouths?

    • plc97477

      I think you may have figured out their problem.

  • idamag

    This is so sad—that any voter would actually vote for these nuts.

    • BDC_57

      They can really talk the talk so these uneducated voters believe anything they say.

      • idamag

        That is a sad truth.