Well, following his obviously staged encounter with then candidate Barack Obama, “Joe the Plumber” was thrust into the spotlight, becoming an instant Republican hero.
And he fits the profile so perfectly too.
He’s the typical anti-immigration, gun nut loving white guy that Republicans love. Add the fact that he “stood up” to Barack Obama (even though his statement turned out to be nothing more than a stunt) and you’ve got yourself the making of a genuine conservative icon.
Heck, he even ran for Congress. Not only did he run for Congress, he won the Republican nomination. Though he lost badly in the general election to Democratic incumbent Marcy Kaptur.
He’s suggested that gun regulations are what led to the Holocaust, and in response to the shooting in California a few months ago where 7 people died he wrote a now infamous op-ed where he declared “your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.” To follow that up with the icing on the cake, he declared that “guns are mostly for hunting down politicians who would actively seek to take your freedoms and liberty away from you.”
A real classy guy, isn’t he?
Well, to once again prove exactly how “not” racist many conservatives are, “Joe the Plumber” took to Facebook to post a message aimed at African-Americans:
And you might think that such a blatantly racist message might be condemned, right? Well, not when a bunch of conservatives follow you:
As of writing this article, this post has 621 Shares and over 1k Likes. I feel it’s also important to point out that “Joe the Plumber” has nearly a quarter of a million Facebook followers. So this isn’t some “fringe” right-wing individual who nobody follows. Not only that, this outrageous post has gotten quite a lot of positive feedback from those who do follow him, as you can see from the nasty top comments.
So while I’m sure some conservatives who see this will try to dismiss it as just a “fringe” member of the right being ignorant, don’t let them fool you. Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher is someone who many members of the conservative media, and Fox News itself, have propped up in the past as someone representing “Republican values.” After all, he did win a GOP primary election.
Though for most liberals, I’m willing to bet that it’s not at all surprising to see a conservative hero like “Joe the Plumber” post something like this. After the vitriolic attacks I’ve seen many conservatives lob toward President Obama, this kind of absurdity coming from a conservative isn’t anything that I don’t see every single day.