Now that E.W. Jackson has gone from obscure right wing crank to the Republican nominee to be the next lt. governor of Virginia, his penchant for making batshit crazy statements is coming back to haunt him. But if anyone was expecting him to back away from the lunatic fringe, think again.
“I say the things that I say because I’m a Christian, not because I hate anybody, but because I have religious values that matter to me,” Jackson told reporters at a campaign stop in Fredericksburg. “Attacking me because I hold to those principles is attacking every church-going person, every family that’s living a traditional family life, everybody who believes that we all deserve the right to live. So I don’t have anything to rephrase or apologize for. I would just say people should not paint me as one-dimensional.”
Well that’s clever. “An attack on me is an attack on every Christian.” Nonsense. I know lots and lots of Christians who find this guy every bit as dangerous and idiotic as I do. It’s another example of how much the Republican party has mainstreamed the crazy. The Tea Party movement has made fringe cranks like Jackson viable candidates for public office.