Republican Congressman Suggests Using Wolves to Deal with Homeless People (Video)

Photo credit: Sam Harrel, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, via AP

Photo credit: Sam Harrel, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, via AP

When I was first made aware of this story, it sounded so absurd that I stopped everything I was doing at that moment because I had to watch the video for myself to believe that it was legitimate. Nobody could really say something so vile, could they?

Well, Rep. Don Young (R-AK) certainly did.

During a debate over the gray wolf and whether or not it should be taken off the endangered species list, Rep. Young, toward the end of an angry tirade, suggested that those in Congress who don’t have these wolves in their districts might want to get some to help solve their homeless problem.

“We’ve got 79 congressmen sending you a letter, they haven’t got a damn wolf in their whole district,” Young said. referring to the wolf as a predator. “I’d like to introduce them in your district. If I introduced them in your district, you wouldn’t have a homeless problem anymore.”

Yes, that’s a sitting United States congressman literally suggesting that we use wolves to get rid of homeless people.

Like I said, when I first heard about this story I honestly didn’t believe it. I thought certainly his comments were being taken out of context by someone trying to push cheap traffic to an article – but I was wrong. He said it clear as day, and there’s no misrepresentation of the context of his words.

His office is now trying to claim that Young was simply emphasizing that these wolves are predators which pose a serious threat to wildlife.


Before moving forward, let me point out the fallacy in his argument against the endangered classification of the gray wolf. Just because an animal is predatory, that doesn’t mean that it still can’t be an endangered species. So, I have no idea where he’s coming from for the “logic” to his argument. Then again, the words “Republican” and “logic” rarely go together.

Besides, nobody is disputing that a wolf is a predatory animal. Does that point really need any sort of emphasis? Are there people out there who don’t think the wolf is a predatory species? So his office trying to claim that his homeless remark was meant for “emphasis” is an insult to those of us with intelligence and was clearly a pathetic attempt to try to add spin to his disgusting comment.

If you watch the video, you can tell that he meant exactly what he said. There are indeed comments that are often made that can seem fairly straightforward, yet there are some out there who might be able to pull out some legitimate semblance of contextual differences from them. Not with Young’s comments, however; there was no “gray area” (excuse the pun) in what he said.

And this will just serve as yet another example, in a seemingly never-ending list of them, where someone from the Republican party showed their utter disdain toward the poorest amongst us.

Watch his comments below via The Washington Post:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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