In a bizarre interview with the Talk Radio News Service, Jim Moran said millions of voters in “the south and Appalachian states” didn’t vote for Obama because they are racists, and that gun owners are “insecure”.
Here are the strangest excerpts:
TRNS: Are some Republican lawmakers racist against the President?
I think some of the opposition to President Obama has been because he’s African American. I think that’s particularly the case in the south and Appalachian states, because these are not traditional Republicans. They tend to vote Democratic, but in many cases did not vote Democratic in 2008 and 2012, and I suspect the principle reason is because Mr. Obama is African American, and people in Congress are elected to represent their constituents, and I think they understand the reason for some of the opposition to President Obama. It’s more nuanced. I’m not accusing members of Congress of being racist. I think that they understand that race is still an issue in American society, and I do think that they were factors in the 2008 and 2012 electoral results.
TRNS: On gun laws: Will mass shootings stop when Americans are so desensitized they no longer care about them?
… The NRA has become an evil institution in terms of its motivation. It’s all about maximizing the sales of guns, because it’s funded by the manufacturers, and I think that it gets its political support from insecure men who feel that they need to arm themselves to protect themselves. I just find the whole thing repulsive. Men shouldn’t have to have a semi-automatic weapon to feel safe and secure and to be able to protect their families.
Moran made similar comments about race in 2011. Moran cites gridlock as the main reason for his retirement – has it ever occurred to him that he is helping to create the toxic political climate that is responsible for the gridlock?
Jim Moran needs to apologize.