Republican in Nevada Says He Would Bring Back Slavery if Constituents Wanted It

jimwheelerIt’s gotten to a point with many Republicans where much of the time, I simply don’t know what to say anymore.  It seems the moment I think they can’t get any worse—they get much worse.

A prime example of this comes in the way of comments made by Nevada Republican assemblyman Jim Wheeler, who said at a Republican gathering that if his constituents wanted him to vote to allow slavery, he would.

Wheeler said, “If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose —they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah,” in reference to the possibility of him voting to allow slavery if the people in his district supported it.

To his “credit” (if you want to call it that) he at least said he would do so reluctantly, but that still doesn’t excuse remarks which are nothing short of reprehensible.

Mr. Wheeler has since claimed his comments were taken out of context and he was simply displaying his willingness to represent the people in his district.

But you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand the difference between representing the people in your district, (because that is your job) and saying you would support bringing back slavery.  So, even if he didn’t mean exactly what he said (and his comments were taken out of context), at best this man should be described as ridiculously incompetent and lacking any common sense.

Now, of course, Republicans in Nevada have been quick to distance themselves from Mr. Wheeler’s comments.  United States Republican Senator Dean Heller called them “insensitive and wrong.”

I just find it interesting that Republicans often defend themselves against the claim by many that their party is littered with racism, yet there seems to be no shortage of examples showcasing the racism that flows through the GOP.

Living in Texas I see examples of blatant racism by Republicans nearly every day.  As I’ve said it plenty of times, I hear President Obama referred to by some derogatory label for African Americans far more often than I do his actual name.

Now, while Mr. Wheeler’s comments might be slightly taken out of context as it relates to any kind of proof that he’s a racist, they do showcase his absolute ignorance as it relates to the subject of racism and slavery.  For anyone to honestly believe that their constituents supporting slavery is an excuse to vote in favor of allowing slavery is, quite honestly, one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read.

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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  • Gary Menten

    Republicans would happily bring back the Inquisition if they could get away with it.

    • Pipercat

      Bring in the comfy chair!

    • Freiheit

      I don’t believe so because racism isn’t really an issue anymore like people think it is, I’m not saying that he worded it the right way. He should have said “I will vote for what my people want me too” he was trying to prove he will do what the people want regardless of what he thinks. He definitely worded it wrong and its not what he wants, and to the Texas part I have any friends in Texas and that’s a blatant lie, I have never once heard it once while I was there. Everyone there is raised with respect.

  • Rick


  • Sunny

    This is no different than saying “if my constituents wanted it to be legal to rob banks, then I would vote for it!” Come on already! Even though my example here is not equal in the underlaying meaning of his comments, it does show just how ridiculous such statements (and beliefs) are! And how revealing his comment really was!!!

  • Karkadann

    Well, the bibul says that slavery is a-ok, so the GOP should support it unconditionally.

    • Freiheit

      Ha, well played then again it says to treat everyone the same (Jesus hang out with prostitutes and thieves) Those slaves were the Israelites that were liberated from Egypt, and all the other slaves were treated with respect.

  • Kien Tran

    It’s a weakness based on one of our shared values of openness and free thought. Controlling the message would seem to go against the grain of what we represent. However on a pragmatic level we advance goals by winning the fight. The fight happens everywhere, not just on Crossfire. Its in our living rooms and at the locker rooms. At the Barbershops and at our dinner tables. We have to have a winning message from the White House so we can win the debates at the Pub House.

  • KEnzor

    I bet if his constituents wanted Nazi-like labor camps, he’d vote for that too.

    • Andre Owens

      Gas chambers

  • Andre Owens

    So you are standing there, trying to think of an example of how extreme you would be in support of your district voters and BINGO, what pops in your head? SLAVERY???? seriously? I could think of a hundred other things but SLAVERY? Ladies and Gentleman, I think what we have seen here is a glimpse into the ultimate wish, the dream wish, the utopian of wishes, the orgasmic wish of all GOP wishes: TO BRING BACK SLAVERY.

    • Freiheit

      I don even know what to say… The GOP has so many different groups (Libertarian, Conservative, Social Libertarian) so that’s a lie, your saying social libertarians want slavery. Your saying independents want slavery. I guess welcome to liberal logic. Not that all liberals think this way.

  • Crozet_barista

    GOP’s southern strategy reaches its ultimate goal: restore the confederacy.

  • Darrell West

    I know all a long that is what they want to do

    • Freiheit

      What do they want to do? Just saying no laws in this country allow slavery so he would have to go through hell and then something ten times worse to get that changed, then he would rot what he went threw.

  • gemma liar

    anyone find it kinda funny that NO RIGHTWING regressive white TRASH is commenting here upon this? Hmmmmm,,,,,,also: why does FOX “news” not carry this??? Hmmmmmmmmmm

  • Chase

    slavery of who? lmao…that boat has long since sailed….slavery of the weak or poor maybe, but enslaving a particular color in this country? never again.

  • shopper

    He didn’t say ‘black’ slavery. Throughout history slaves have been many colors. We can probably all say we are descended from slaves – we just can’t trace it back to less than 200 years ago. Maybe he just wants the prostitutes in Nevada to be slaves??? Still dumb but consider the source.

  • DaveMan50

    He’s comment shows his corporett mentality. His wordrobe shows his chiuldhood.

  • John Cross

    Racist? Not at all. He meant BIBLICAL slavery of Jews. No soory, that would be anti-Semitic. He meant he would put WOMEN back in slavery. What? That is misogynistic? Then he was being symbolic. Besides, he said he would hold his nose, just like the Catholics who voted for Hitler.

    • Freiheit

      Now a lot of Catholics vote for Obama, Did they have a choice? Anyone who went against him was killed. So your saying Catholics are Nazis, now a majority of your vote? See the irony, or does my conservative brain too complicated?

  • David Ayers

    point he was making folks is representatives should represent the folks who elected them even if they disagree with them because they voted him to represent them . making more out of comment than should be just to get headlines.

    • spewking

      David Ayers, I read on the internet that there is a hugh demand for stupid, white, fat guys with bushy white mustaches as sex slave. Apparently they’re being grab right off the street so you better watch out.

      • David Ayers

        I hope so I could use the exercise if thats the best you got I’ve heard a lot better Are you a lawyer or maybe just a D.A.

    • Freiheit

      I totally agree, finally someone that doesn’t just see racism and say “BAD, BAD HE SAD WORD WHICH MEANS HE IS”

    • tw

      I’m curious how faithful this guy is to his constituents. Would he support slavery meant he and his family would be the ones sold into slavery?

      Would he support Communism if that’s what he was asked to do?

  • jim

    So by this logic I guess he is saying that if his constitutes wanted kiddie porn he would vote for that to, reluctantly but still vote for it….. Of course not…. But yet he’ll vote to reinstate slavery… So I guess the reluctantly part he claims is irreverent

  • kinjiro0101

    It is all well and good he is willing to support his constituents. But to even suggest that kind of blind following is just showing you have no right to be in the position you are in. If I was in that position and my constituents said they wanted something like that I would tell them in no uncertain terms it’s never ever going to happen. Even in that position you have to have a proper moral code and he is just proving how lacks of one he has. And this is the main problem we currently have with the GOP their moral code is so ass backwards its disturbing.

  • Edward Krebbs

    Two question for the “good” gop-er:
    1) What if the group your constituents wanted enslaved were the WASPs ? It looks remote that your area would do so now as whites are in the majority, but remember, in a few decades, there will be no clear white majority.
    2) So you would follow an unethical act as it was the will of the people. Can you think of any examples from history on what happens when that happens ? Conversely, can you think of any examples where the politicians which have historically come to epitomize the idea of statesman are now known as such as they pursued an unpopular but ethical course of action ?

  • Freiheit

    I wounder where the whole Obama lied about health insurance and grandfather policy’s being terminated? Where I ask?

  • Nomer2038

    I dunno. Wheeler doesn’t look much like he’d be a very good slave. He probably would’t fetch much at the market.

  • Matthew Reece

    “’If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose
    —they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah,’ in reference
    to the possibility of him voting to allow slavery if the people in his
    district supported it.”

    That is the nature of democratic government: two wolves and a sheep voting on who gets eaten.

    Also, for those in the Republican Party who wonder why most libertarians don’t want to get under the big tent, this is an example of why.

  • tw

    What was that old conservative quip… if it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.

  • RMN

    I understand what he’s getting at and I applaud his willingness to represent his constituents, but not the best example. I think we all can understand that he was using it as analogy and is NOT in favor of slavery.

  • Gary Menten

    5 things you’ll never hear any Republican say because they are just so much worse than slavery.

    I’d vote to raise taxes on the wealthy if my constituents wanted it.

    I’d vote for tighter gun-control if my constituents wanted it.

    I’d vote for the ACA if my constituents wanted it.

    I’d vote for tighter environmental laws if my constituents wanted it.

    I’d vote to end subsidies to big oil companies if my constituents wanted it.

  • ICantStandTheIdiocyAnymore

    What’s this say about the people in his district if he thinks this is even possible?

  • charlieousley

    United national extremists, going above and beyond our daily thoughts.

  • Pris C

    Yup it is all about getting votes and winning…… What about doing the right thing even if you loose the election ??? Serving your country by taking a stand and standing up for what is right?? Idiot.

  • Mike Williams

    You can represent your constituents and should. I think a better choice of topics would have been in order. Perhaps something like a vote for changing the name of a day of the week.