In a week that seems particularly dire, we should not let any political victory go unnoticed. And the people of Michigan, along with Democrats and all those anti-creep, have just seen a big victory.
Many states held primaries this week, as well as special elections. In Michigan, a Democrat named Carol Glanville won her special election for a State House seat that had only ever been held by Republicans. That in itself is stunning, but what makes it even better is that his Republican opponent, who was favored to win, is exceptional human trash.
Robert Regan said a lot of really despicable things. He pushed conspiracy theories justifying (celebrating, really) Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, railing against COVID-19 vaccines, and he said parts of the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol had been “staged”.
Last year, he posted a meme on Facebook that manages to be racist, misogynistic and anti-Semitic all at once.
“Feminism only applies to white men, as it has absolutely nothing to do with protecting women as a gender or defending women’s feelings individually,” the meme read, according to Detroit Free Press. “It’s a Jewish program to degrade and subjugate white men.”
But probably the worst thing he or perhaps any political candidate has said in recent years came after Regan narrowly won his primary in March. Speaking on a virtual panel along with other local Republicans about baseless voter fraud conspiracies in 2020, Regan dabbled in what I hope was just an ugly metaphor.
“Having three daughters, and I say to my daughters, ‘Well, if rape is inevitable, you should just lay down and enjoy it,'” Regan said, adding, “That’s not how we roll , that’s not how I won this election. We’re going straight to it.
What an absolutely monstrous thing to say. Worse still (maybe?? Can it get worse??) is the implication that a political election is more important – more worth fighting – than a sexual assault.
West Michigan’s values of integrity, decency and concern for the common good won out tonight. The people of the 74th arrondissement have spoken, and I hear you. We are fundamentally united, and I will bring our values and concerns to Capitol Hill to bring about positive change. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/V1fCaRShFG
— Carol Glanville (@caglanville) May 4, 2022
“West Michigan values of integrity, decency and caring for the common good won tonight,” Glanville tweeted Tuesday night after it became clear she had won in a landslide. Her too say it Washington Post that his victory was a sign that people are tired of right-wing extremism.
“We have shown that Republican extremism has no home in Michigan,” she told the outlet. “The big lesson from all of this is that people are tired of radicalism and conspiracy theories.”
Let’s hope so.
(Going through Detroit Free Pressimage: Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
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