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Hate in the Mainstream

Quotes from the Far Right

“We’ve got a Muslim for a president who hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates fishing, hates farming, loves gays, and we hate him!”
—Country singer HANK WILLIAMS JR., speaking to a crowd at Texas’ Sept. 2 Stockyards Music Festival, where he also attacked “queer guitar pickers.”

“Huma Abedin is a Muslim Brotherhood operative and she has been all her life. … This is worse than Alger Hiss.”
—Muslim-bashing pundit DAVID HOROWITZ, baselessly comparing State Department official Huma Abedin to Communist spy Alger Hiss, during a Sept. 29 appearance on Salem Radio Network’s “The Janet Mefferd Show”

“Wouldn’t life for blacks in America today be more enjoyable and successful if they would only learn to appreciate the value of a good education?”
—Arkansas state Rep. JOHN HUBBARD (R-Jonesboro) – who also called slavery a “blessing in disguise” because slaves were “rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established” — in 2009 comments he said he stood by in the Oct. 10 Jonesboro Sun

“Same-sex marriage will be the ultimate destruction of our country because it destroys the very foundation upon which this nation is based.”
ROY MOORE, the “Ten Commandments” jurist recently re-elected as Alabama chief justice despite having been stripped of the position in 2003, speaking to a Tea Party rally on Oct. 6

“Our country might have been better off if it was still just men voting. There is nothing worse than a bunch of mean, hateful women.”
—Mississippi Tea Party activist JANIS LANE, in a little-noticed Jackson, Miss., Free Press interview publicized by the blog of The Nation magazine on Oct. 10

“Let’s also stop the insanity by suspending the right to vote of any American who is on welfare.”
—Rock star TED NUGENT, proposing a solution to the debt crisis in a Dec. 3 Washington Times column on the misdeeds of so-called “fedzillacrats”

“So non-whites, non-Christians, and non-marrieds … see it as being in their group interests to tear down traditional American culture.”
ROGER SCHLAFLY, son of Eagle Forum founder and antifeminist Phyllis Schlafly, in a Dec. 11 post on Eagle Forum’s official blog

“[W]e’re basically going to have an open heyday for … polygamy, perhaps adult incest and who knows what else.”
—Pacific Justice Institute President BRAD DACUS, speculating on Dec. 12 about the impact of a possible Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act

Quotes on this page were compiled from media accounts, web pages, e-mail groups and Media Matters for America, a group that monitors the far right.