State Senator Neal Tapio (R-SD) is your typical GOP candidate. Running for Congress, he is of the school of thought that goes something like this: repeat a lie often enough and the
idiots voters will believe it. No, for real – he was even caught on tape saying something very similar.
The Huffington Post got their hands on the audio and released it Monday morning. Last year, he was discussing his chances at the primary in May at the state capitol in Pierre. He outlined his game plan. Tapio was recorded as saying,
There will be one more terrorist attack between now and then and I will be the, just by the Trump effect, I will be the candidate. I can start in a little town like Aberdeen outside of the media glare. I can move it to Watertown, practice a little more, and then by the time I get to Sioux Falls, I will have said this thousands of times. And then Dusty is just going to be so far behind, that they won’t even realize we are running for the same race. And then all that has to happen is that there will be one more terrorist attack between now and then and I will be the, just by the Trump effect, I will be the candidate. That’s the way I look at it.
So, in essence, what he is saying is that terrorist attacks are good for his campaign. If he gets people good and scared, and he promises to do something about terrorism, he will get all the votes. Inciting fear is the modus operandi of many GOPers like Tapio and Trump. They know that the racists of the nation hate nothing more than brown terrorists.
Don’t get us wrong: terrorism is bad. However, these people always exclude our homegrown terrorists. Parkland students can tell you more about those.
When suggested that Tapio was using terrorism to further his campaign, he acted indignant, saying, “To suggest I am advocating for a terror attack is a disgusting smear and you should be ashamed of yourself. Anyone that would even suggest that is a vile and disgusting individual not worthy of being taken seriously.” Except the words came directly from his piehole.
Listen to the audio here.