Long before there was a racist, practically brainless, U.S. president whose previous greatest claim to fame was being the host of a reality show, there was Sean Duffy.
To Duffy’s credit, he not only managed to extend his television career by doing additional MTV shows like Road Rules: All Stars and The Real World vs. Road Rules Challenge, but even worked a little bit with ESPN more than a decade ago. As far as his legal dreams, Duffy did indeed become a lawyer and ultimately served as a district attorney in his home state of Wisconsin for several years. Then in 2010, Duffy was elected to Congress along with so many other Tea Party and hard-right Republicans in the midterm elections.
While discussing 45’s Muslim travel ban, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked of Duffy a fairly simple question: “Why isn’t the president talking about the white terrorists who mowed down six Muslims praying at their mosque?”
“I don’t know,” the waste of airtime responded. “There’s a difference.” He then added, “You don’t have a group like ISIS or al-Qaida that is inspiring people around the world to take up arms and kill innocents. … That was a one-off, Alisyn.”
Not that Duffy truly cares about whether or not data can dispel his prejudices. Since that interview, Duffy has tried to clarify his stance, i.e., restate the sentiments in less overtly racist phrasing. That is all at the root of Democrats in his home state admonishing him and columnists calling him an “embarrassment” and asking that he apologize to his constituents.
Last year, Duffy addressed the Black Lives Matter movement only in the context of abortion, claiming that if members of the Congressional Black Caucus valued all black lives, they would speak for the “unborn child.”
There are many other instances of crazy, unsexy, fool with Duffy. Say, the time he falsely claimed that Donald Sterling was a Democrat after he was found to be using the slur nigger. Or when he told Wolf Blitzer that George Soros was rigging voting machines.
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