White nationalists, indicted crooks, and a dead man: The Republican Party sure can pick 'em
If nothing else, the midterm elections were certainly illuminating.
The Democratic Party elected Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first and second Native American women to Congress. The Republican Party, on the other hand, reelected Iowa Rep. Steve King, an open white nationalist who has gained infamy for his personal support of European neo-Nazis.
Democrats elected two Muslim women to Congress, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. The Republican base instead opted for Rep. Duncan Hunter, a man who faces indictment for repeatedly and brazenly stealing money from his own campaign and whose campaign closing message consisted primarily of anti-Muslim attacks on his opponent. If you’re wondering just how much crime you can get away with and still be a darling of district conservatives it turns out you can rob them blind, so long as you toss back a bit of raw racism in return.
In New York, Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to the House.
Also in New York, Republicans re-elected Chris Collins, currently under indictment for insider trading that he engaged in via his phone from the White House lawn.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan won reelection. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan remains credibly accused of helping to cover up the sexual abuse of athletes during his time as assistant wresting coach; now that his base has returned him to the House, he quickly announced his candidacy as House minority leader. He may very well win. (Former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert turned out to be a full-on child molester, we learned only recently; Jordan may have taken this revelation as a sign from heaven that he, too, ought not to let such details stand in the way of gaining true Republican power.)