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Jim Wheeler

If some people had their way, slavery would have never been abolished. Nevada assemblyman Jim Wheeler didn’t outright say he was in favor of slavery but he admitted that if his constituents wanted it, well, he’d just go ahead and vote for it.

Wheeler’s exact comment was made at a Republican gathering in August and video recently surfaced on YouTube. Wheeler was speaking in reference to a June 2010 blog post from conservative activist, Chuck Muth, who wrote the following about him: “What if those citizens decided they want to, say, bring back slavery? Hey, if that’s what the citizens want, right Jim?” Jim told the audience at the August GOP meeting, his answer would be ‘Yes.’ He 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.”

Foot, meet mouth.

Republicans and Democrats have expressed disgust toward Wheeler’s comments. Republican Governor Brian Sandoval said: “He should retract his remarks and apologize.” Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson tweeted that Wheeler’s comments are “outrageous, embarrassing and sad.” “It’s time for Jim Wheeler to find a new line of work,” he added.

As for Wheeler, he claims that his comment was taken out of context and he is being unfairly characterized as a bigot. “Anyone who knows me knows that I could never vote for something like that,” he said, referencing slavery. “It’s disgusting. It’s beyond disgusting.” Right.

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