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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

WATCH: Senate Candidate Tommy Thompson’s Son Cracks Birther Joke

Tommy Thompson, the Republican candidate for Senate in Wisconsin, is doing damage control after his son was caught on camera saying “We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago — or Kenya.”

Jason Thompson, son of the former Wisconsin governor and Bush administration official, made the birther joke at a brunch hosted by the Kenosha County Republican Party on Sunday.

The quip was met with laughter from the audience, and one woman chimed in, “We are taking donations for that Kenya trip.”

After the younger Thompson’s comments went public, Tommy Thompson’s campaign released a statement saying that “the governor has addressed this with his son, just like any father would do. Jason Thompson said something he should not have, and he apologizes.”

Although he apparently needed a paternal lecture to remind him not to bring up racist conspiracy theories on the campaign trail, the 38-year-old is no political neophyte. Jason Thompson has been an active and highly visible campaign surrogate for his father, and he has professional ties to the Wisconsin government through his employment as an attorney for the Milwaukee law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Michael Best has defended Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s controversial collective bargaining bill and represented him in his John Doe investigation, as well as helping multiple Republican state senators fight their recall elections last year. The firm’s involvement with local politicians is so deep that the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a watchdog group that tracks money in politics, told the Wisconsin State-Journal that “They have essentially become the in-house counsel for the Republican Party.”

This is not the first damaging video to shake up Tommy Thompson’s campaign; three weeks ago, video surfaced of Thompson asking “Who better than me, who’s already finished one of the entitlement programs, to come up with programs to do away with Medicaid and Medicare?” The candid comments have helped propel Thompson’s opponent, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, into the lead in most polling of the race.

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  • Isn’t it just like the RethugLIArCONS to say something derogatory and racist in private behind closed doors and, when it becomes public, they completely and totally deny it or pass it off as a joke, a flub or something misunderstood and misinterpreted by the media? “Like father, like son” as they say. Jason Thompson is as much of a racist and enemy to democracy as his father is. What sane people in Wisconsin are going to vote for this right-wing extremist for Senate? Tommy Thompson has already shown you how he is destroying Wisconsin and plans on destroying America with his extremist Marxist views and policies. Wake up the rest of you Wisconites who are supporting and planning on voting for this extremist! WAKE UP! Tommy Thompson has an allegiance to ALEC and he mimics all of theirs beliefs and policies. He has no allegiance to the citizens of Wisconsin, none whatsoever!!!

  • That young man did not fall far from the idiot tree. I sincerely hope this little man was just making a comment to impress the audience and that he does not really believe the birther nonsense. Of course I could be wrong and he does indeed have such idiotic beliefs. Shame on you young man. It is better to be thought the idiot than of open ones mouth and remove all doubt.

  • Jim Lou

    Where the sane Republicans? Even the “moderates” are fawning over the extremists.

    There is no middle of the road in the GOP, much to the disgust of many. That is why Arlen Spector left.

  • Where were the birthers when Sen McCain, a man born in Panama, and Romney’s Dad, a man born in Mexico, ran?

    • Replying to Dominick Vila

      Everyone seems to have forgotten that there was a time, (not that long ago), when the Republicans wanted to change the requirement that only a natural born citizen could become President.

      That was when Arnold Schwartzeneggar was the Governor of California, and the darling of the GOP. The hope was that Arnold would become their hero, and win the White House.

      Now they (falsely) claim that President Obama is not an American Citizen, even though he was born in Hawaii.

      Do they see a reflection when they look in the mirror?

  • Yes, but, McCain and Romney,Sr. are not black…That’s the underlying disgusting issue…One set of standards for the white folks,another for black folks…

    The birthers are complete racists,but they hide behind words like: UnAmerican, Muslim,birth certificate,born in Kenya,etc…

    My daughter and I were discussing this birther–Muslim crap last night..It’s not about the idiocy of birtherism,Muslim,non American,but simply they cannot stand 4 more years of a black president…

    • WhutHeSaid

      You hit the nail right on the head. The GOP candidates should be called out to denounce this rampant racism — or admit they support it.

      • adler56

        They go bezerk denying they’re racist because they don’t use the typical words a racist would use- that doesn’t make their comments any less racist to anyone with a functioning brain.

    • latebloomingrandma

      I just love the ones who claim that Obama is a communist and a Muslim. Since communism, by definition, includes atheism as part of its totalitarian governing, how are they squaring this? They’re not. Just keep throwing epithets against the President.
      I have refused to accept that America in the 21st century is this racist, and was finding other reasons/excuses for the amount of distrust and disrespect given to Obama, but my husband, a former redneck, assures me it comes down to race.

      • adler56

        Your bubba got that right.

      • WhutHeSaid

        Hubby is right. He knows full well when the racist ‘dog whistles’ are being used — that’s what this birther, Muslim, socialist, and Kenyan crap is all about.

        When you hear somebody using any of those terms against Obama you can be certain they are a bigot, and they need to be called on it. I always do, and I don’t care whether they like it. Bigotry can be self-cured, and those who refuse to do so deserve the public scorn they receive.

      • Rick926


        I agree with you, but then I may be considered a bit extreme myself. I am somwhat of an expert on the rise of Hitler and the Nazi’s, and I find VERY troubling similarities:

        Hatred of Blacks, (Nazi’s hated Jews), Homosexuals, and the poor.

        Constant Fear mongering, Just watch Fox for 5 minutes, or listen to Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh.

        Disenfranchizing those they are afraid will vote against them. Etc.

        • latebloomingrandma

          I know. I am much more fearful of creeping fascism than communism. Fascism starts very insidiously, and gradually changes your mindset about many things. Extreme nationalism is one of them. Why do teapartiers call themselves the “patriots”? No one else is patriotic? Why all the fuss about believing in “American exceptionalism”? We can believe we live in an exceptiional country but still recognize that we have many things to improve on, that we don’t have the answers to all societies ills, that we can still learn from other countries and cultures. I heard a good analogy once about how Republicans and Democrats differ in their love of America. Republicans love America like you love your Mom–Mom can do no wrong, and don’t you say anything against my Mom. Democrats love America like they love their spouse–They love them to death, but sometimes get so frustrated, they just want to smack them across the head!

          • Rick926


            You sound like a Very Intelligent person.

          • latebloomingrandma

            Thank you. I read a lot and I DON’T watch Fox News!

          • adler56

            That’s what 150 million other Americans need to do – the other 150 million are lost cause righties and mostly un-american in their behavior.

        • Its also a fact that Nazis hated blacks (actually denied they were human) and Catholics.

          Limbaugh, Rove, and Gov Christie should also be reminded that during his early years, Hitler also spoke out against fat people because he believed if a person was fat, they were a lazy glutton who contributed nothing to the betterment of Germany.

      • grammyjill

        I saw Ann Colter on tv a little while ago. She said they didn’t want a black man in the white house and they didn’t want a black man on air force one. It comes down to racism.

    • F R

      Sad to say it,but I do have to agree with your comment.What convinced me to share your views and formulate this conclusion are tall those comments and innuendos spewed by this republican party and then have the guts to call President Obama a divider. what a darn shame………

      • F R

        And for the record, the only thing I see trickling down from the top down is this new form (politician style) racism. By no means I am saying that everyone in Our Beautiful Country is a racist,but politicians just like the THE EXTREMISTS, know that propaganda works…and sometimes becomes an invincible tool….

    • That is true for some Republicans, especially members of the Tea Party, but not all. Many of them simply believe there are other ways to solve our common goals.

      • WhutHeSaid

        Not if they use the terms ‘socialist’, ‘Kenyan, ‘birth certificate’, or ‘Muslim’. That’s what Alicia’s post was about. Those who use these terms against Obama are just flat out bigots — period.

      • F R

        I do agree with you Dominick not all, but what disturb me is their silence.Put one rotten apple in the bag and it is a matter of time before all become infested. The only republican that I take my hat off is John McCain. He is the only one ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ISLE that I can honestly say that man has integrity……

  • adler56

    That’s expected behavior from the “offspring” of wealthy, ugly, old white republicans- and in most cases obese.

    • Mikey7a

      @adler56 As much as the Republicans who are spouting all this racist garbage disgust me, I must point out that statements such as “wealthy, ugly, old white
      republicans-and in most cases obese” is also a very racist remark, is it not?

      There are racist in every race and creed. When will we all just be the ONLY race
      that matters….the HUMAN race? Sadly, not in my lifetime.

      God Bless President Obama, and bless US dear God, with 4 more years!

      • adler56

        You must be one of those uneducated Republicans. It might be racist if I were black or that fat, ugly, obese, Thompson were black- but since we’re both white the best you could get out of this is bigotry- and yes I hate all fat, ugly, white, obese Republicans. Especially those who have reproduced (uuuggghhh).

        • Mikey7a

          Sigh, no adler, actually I’m a disabled 56 yr old white guy. I am heavy, but that’s do to my disability. I have voted Democrat mostly since 1974. I can’t stand anything THIS Republican Party stands for,
          to be perfectly clear.

          I was just saying we shouldn’t stoop to their level of hate. I certainly wasn’t looking to pick a fight.

          • adler56

            I apologize for that post. After I sent it I read the rest of your post and saw that I had screwed up. I tried to get back in but couldn’t find my response so I hoped you would respond. I’m sorry for not reading the full post.

  • Melvin Chatman

    The Human Brain is like a Sponge – “Garbage In, Garbage Out”
    He just spoke in public what is said @ his house around the Kitchen Table!

  • Wonder how many times he has heard those same words come out of his father’s mouth?