2014 In Quotes: Potluck Nuttery II

by Dan Quinn

On the first day of 2015, let’s check one last round of nonsense we heard from the right in 2014. Click here to read more quotes from the right in 2014.

“We are not going to do anything to distance ourselves from Ted Nugent. If we had concerns about some of the things that Mr. Nugent has said or done, we wouldn’t have reached out to him and asked him to become involved in our campaign on such a high level.”

— Todd Smith, spokesman for the campaign of Sid Miller, a Republican state legislator running for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, addressing questions about racist and other deeply controversial statements the aging rocker Ted Nugent has made in the past. Nugent has, for example, called President Obama a “mongrel.” Republican Greg Abbott also campaigned with Nugent during his successful race for Texas governor.

“There was an incrementalism to what happened in Germany and other places historically, where they came in slowly. And I think that’s what Obamacare is, that’s what I think most of what he represents. The IRS — I really believe that what we see with the IRS can be compared accurately and historically to the early maneuvers of people like jackbooted thugs, like the Brownshirts [Nazi Storm Troopers]. I really believe that and I think that you are being too soft on them.”

— Ted Nugent, attempting to link the Obama administration to Nazi Germany.

“The supplement and book are fact based, fair and objective, about a man who millions of American citizens consider a real life true to heart super hero for children to look up to. Ted Cruz is history in the making.”

Wayne Bell, publisher of “Ted Cruz Saves America,” a new 8-page addendum to the original coloring book “Cruz to the Future.” The new release depicts Senator Cruz riding the back of a bald eagle with rifle in hand, among other coloring activities.

“My daughters go to a little private religious school and we pay an arm and a leg for it precisely to keep them away from all of this kind of nonsense. I do hope that they go to a Christian college or university and to keep them so far away from the hard left, human-hating people that run modern universities, who should all be taken out and shot.”

— Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, speaking as a guest host on the far-right American Family Radio.

“It was not intended to be taken literally.”

— Austin Ruse’s explanation of comments in which he called for liberal university professors to be “taken out and shot.”

“And let me tell you, the Bible talks a lot about politics. As a matter of fact, did you know that the Bible tells you exactly who to vote for? Very, very clearly the Bible tells you who to vote for. Let me prove it to you.”

Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), speaking at a dinner hosted in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

“There are 75 books, according to the library, that deal with the occult in the teen section. On the top shelf, there is a demonic stuffed doll and a witch’s hat.”

– Houston-area Pastor Phillip Missick, who led a petition to have certain books removed from the shelves of the teen section at a public library.

“The ALS IBC is ritualistic in nature. People are chosen to undergo a form of water baptism with cultic god Oprah leading the charge ‘in the name of ALS.’”

– WorldNetDaily columnist Selena Owens, calling the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a “Satanic ritual.”

“The reason that is very troubling to me is that it’s the very same thing that happened to the Roman Empire.”

– Dr. Ben Carson, citing political correctness as the reason for the fall of the Roman Empire. (Yeah, we don’t get it either.)

“Biblically, the poor are always going to be with us in some form or fashion.”

– Texas Gov. Rick Perry, dismissing concerns about the growing gap between the rich and the large number of impoverished people in Texas.

“Running for the presidency’s not an IQ test.”

– Texas Gov. Rick Perry, dismissing concerns that his last run for president left voters thinking he’s a bit dim.

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