Sometimes the proper reaction to something is “Ma’am, what you just said could only be the depraved ramblings of a lunatic mind. You don’t need to be voting, you need either education or help.” Here is one such example from an elderly lady at a rally for Rep. Jim Bridenstine:
“Obama, he’s not president, as far as I’m concerned, he should be executed as an enemy combatant,” the questioner said, before asking the congressman about “the Muslims that he is shipping into our country through pilots and commercial jets” (a claim based on a bizarreright-wingconspiracytheory).
“This guy is a criminal and nobody’s stopped him,” she declared.
Correct response: “Ma’am, you might disagree with the president, but saying he should be executed is ludicrous.” But this is politics, and in politics setting people straight can cost you their vote. This is how Bridenstine elected to respond:
Here’s the simple truth unpolluted by tact: Tea Partiers are incredibly stupid and morally confused. But what they lack in basic competence they make up for with passion, confidence, and the fact that their vote counts just as much as yours.