I’ll admit that I still watch an occasional episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger” from time to time. Perhaps it’s the cheesy 90s fashion complete with the semi-mullet Chuck Norris sports, the improbable slo-mo fights against criminals who always seem to have knowledge of martial arts, or maybe there isn’t much else to watch on TV on Saturday mornings.
What many people may not know is that Chuck Norris is a rabid Tea Party supporter, close friend of Mike Huckabee, and based off his latest op-ed in WorldNetDaily it becomes more apparent that he is a conservative conspiracy nut.
Via Right Wing Watch:
Actor Chuck Norris writes in the far-right outlet WorldNetDaily today that the “Cloward-Piven strategy” will ultimately lead to massive voter fraud that will propel Hillary Clinton into the White House.
Norris explains that the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which requires state governments to offer people an opportunity to register to vote when applying for a driver’s license or other social services, will be used by states to “extend voting rights to illegals.” While actual cases of such voter fraud are extremely low, Norris believes that “these new drivers and voters, who have flooded and are still flooding into our country through porous borders, are also at the heart of plan to overload the U.S. welfare system under the Cloward-Piven strategy.”
“You see, it’s a win-win-win-win-win-win to socialist Cloward-Piven progressives like Obama and Hillary,” he writes. “Illegals flood the country; illegals get driver’s licenses; illegals get voter rights; illegals get welfare benefits; illegals overload the U.S. welfare system; illegals keep progressives in office, who crown the Cloward-Piven strategy and the fundamental transformation of America as a victory.” (Source)
Chuck Norris decided at least few years back to embrace the far right, wingnut Tea Party fringe, and he’s been running with it ever since. Chuck Norris has also been a strong supporter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, endorsing him both in 2008 and again this year. The former TV star also appeared in an ad for Huckabee in 2007, which was based on the “Chuck Norris Facts” jokes which were wildly popular online at the time. He also warned of “1,000 years of darkness” if President Obama won the 2012 election and that President Obama was bringing about the Apocalypse, making him a perfect fit for WorldNetDaily or the thousands of similar sites preaching the same alarmist conspiracies.
The immigration conspiracy Chuck Norris is preaching about isn’t just the unhinged musings of a washed-up, D-list celebrity like Fran Drescher who I recently had a run in with on Twitter. There are many millions of conservatives out there who can’t understand why Republicans have had a very hard time winning the White House over the past couple of decades, and why more and more people aren’t identifying as conservatives. Instead of blaming the ever-further drift by the party to the right along with the increasingly popular and hateful rhetoric of politicians like Huckabee or Donald Trump, they’re blaming immigrants and liberal conspiracies for the decline of their imagined America.
It doesn’t take much to find other rants like this one on WorldNetDaily; you can go to any number of Tea Party and other far-right hysteria sites like Infowars and find the same thing. Every day there’s another story along the lines of how President Obama/liberals/immigrants/gays are going to take their guns/freedom/America/precious bodily fluids away and impose sharia law/communism/socialism/microchips designed to destroy Christianity/marriage/capitalism as we know it.
With rhetoric like this from Chuck Norris, it’s no wonder that Donald Trump is doing so well in the Republican polls right now. They don’t represent a small outlier of the GOP, they are the loudest voices in the room and whether Reince Priebus or the RNC wants to admit it or not, lunatics like Chuck Norris now run the asylum.
It really is too bad Norris is in Huckabee’s corner once again, because I’d love to see a Chuck Norris / Ted Nugent ticket. Their slogan could be “Norris / Nugent 2016 – The Texas Ranger and Stranger Danger.” Oh well.