Walker Appointee’s Totally Not Racist Immigration Stance

Steven Krieser, the #3 official at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and a Scott Walker appointee, has been fired after posting a racist rant on Facebook against immigration. It started when a Democratic party official posted a picture of this sign:


Krieser, ever the magnanimous one, agreed that the sign was “probably over the top” — ya think? — but that it’s wrong to insinuate that “opposition to illegal immigration generally is driven primarily by racism.” And to prove that, he posted this long racist screed, calling them “wretched criminals” and finishing with, “You may see Jesus. I see Satan.” Of course you do.

About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • Michael Heath

    Steven Krieser:

    You may see Jesus. I see Satan.

    If anyone sees either I recommend immediate medical attention.

  • John Pieret

    Yet another victim of the far, far right media echochamber. They so often hear such rhetoric with not the slightest objection, if not outright applause, that, when they find themselves outside of that bubble, where reasonable people may be listening, they are taken completely by surprise that anyone might find such opinions outside the pale.

  • Phillip IV

    Wow, that rant is really one suitable for framing…you rarely get that grade of xenophobic crazy from YouTube commenters, but from a public official it’s pretty much unheard of. The “Satan” thing is bad, but I particularly love the idea that undocumented immigrants commit a crime just by breathing the air of “actual Americans”.

    Seems Walker did the right thing, at least. For once. And the Tea Party will now start hating on him for it.

  • F [is for failure to emerge]

    It’s not racist to hate Satan.

  • iangould

    I see Jesus. He’s the second guy from the end, next to Hector.

  • abb3w

    Oooh, and this isn’t his first stint on a culture war front.

  • scienceavenger

    Hmm, I’m not very facebook savvy, so I may not have gotten the entire screed. I also admit to total ignorance of the langauge in the GOP echo chamber on this issue. But from what I saw, the screed was certainly ignorant (calling all immigrants criminals), and offensive (the hunting sign), but racist? I don’t see it. What race would be the target here? “Hispanic” or “Mexican” are even less races than “white” and “black” are. Further, most of the “real Americans” he speaks of along the border are of the same race as the people he’s criticizing. Do I need to take off my informed liberal glasses or something?

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie


    Think, “NOTwhite” for whatever value of “white” the shitheel holds.

    FWIW, I used to live in the Boston area and most of the ICE action there was directed against sortabrowns to extrablacks; against the Irish from the second diaspora of the late 1970’s through the 90’s? What illegal Irish immigrants.

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    Oh, this filth again. It’s a lovingly revised version of the “Liberal Hunting Permit” that the elimininationists on the right find so droll. Ha, ha, they say. Let’s joke about murdering the people we don’t like.

  • Moggie

    You may see Jesus. I see Satan.

    Tomayto, tomahto.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    — but that it’s wrong to insinuate that “opposition to illegal immigration generally is driven primarily by racism.”

    Actually, I’m sure that’s pretty much it. It would be impossible to understand the crazed anti-immigrant stance of the right if it weren’t being driven by prejudice.

  • skinnercitycyclist
    You may see Jesus. I see Satan.

    If anyone sees either I recommend immediate medical attention.

    Relax, pal, he saw him on a tortilla fastened with aphid droppings to a bird-shit smeared car window. Nothing unusual here.

    As far as “Mexican” being a race, as with all things racial in the US it’s in the eye of the beholder. In Oregon, being Mexican, or Mexican-American (the two are usually conflated into “Mexican”) is definitely a racial appellation. And the race-hatred is strong against them in many quarters.

  • ricko

    He may “see” Jesus, he may “see” Satan… I am, however, an atheist. I don’t see either of them, but Mr. Krieser is doing a pretty good imitation of Satan.

    I say this as someone who lives in the same city of his Governor.