H/T to @griftdrift on Twitter for bringing this one to my attention.
Buzz feed has a nice little video of Paul Broun (you know the current Congressman from Georgia 10 that really wants to be a Senator from Georgia) speaking to a group of College Republicans at the University of Georgia.
Normally this wouldn’t be of any news value, but he relates a story about being at the airport and watching a “man in Eastern dress…. Middle Eastern” go through security without a pat down. Meanwhile grandma and the grand kids are getting wanded.
There’s so much wrong with this statement, and yet it’s completely illustrative of why we as Republicans can’t have nice things. If Broun wanted to talk about airport security, he could have easily found several talking points just from perusing this Cracked article. Each point, though written for a comedy site, is a valid critique of our current system.
Instead, Broun decided to go straight to the knee jerk xenophobe reaction and be shocked that a brown man might go through TSA without being harassed. Or the underlying implication that all single brown men traveling alone are terrorists.
He starts off the story by saying he doesn’t want to “embarrass anyone.” Well all he did was embarrass himself. Unfortunately, we have the opportunity to embarrass ourselves should we nominate him as our candidate.