A Republican candidate in South Dakota was caught on tape in a cold calculated voice explaining how a terrorist attack would be just the ticket to his winning a seat in Congress. His response to the leaked conversation was to publicly double down on xenophobic extremism.
Neil Tapio says in the recording:
”And then all that has to happen is that there will be one more terrorist attack between now and then and I will be the, just by the Trump effect, I will be the candidate. That’s the way I look at it.”
He was asked if the words were taken out of context, or if he had any comment, and he just doubled down on Facebook openly responding with his Islamaphobic intent.
In the post he writes, "I don’t agree with President George W. Bush, President Obama, Sen. Clinton, Sen. John McCain or even the Pope that Islam is a 'religion of peace,' and that 'terror has nothing to do with Islam'”… Really? Where the hell do you think this hateful and deadly ideology comes from? Does it come simply by accident? Or from a few extremists who “misinterpret” the true Islam?”
He goes on to explain that he is an expert in Islamic culture, and that he is super happy that a “snake” recorded him so that he could have an opportunity to come out as a bigot, but that also, he totally didn’t mean what he actually said on tape. “To suggest I am advocating for a terror attack is a disgusting smear and you should be ashamed of yourself. Anyone that would even suggest that is a vile and disgusting individual not worthy of being taken seriously.”
It’s interesting that these types always want to run as GOP candidates, isn’t it?
By Being Liberal contributor: Sarah Ficca
Listen to the audio and judge for yourself here, "Neal Tapio talks about impact terrorist attack would have on campaign" written by Todd Epp for KELO Radio on April 7, 2018 and find out more by reading "South Dakota state Senator who says terrorist attack will help his congressional campaign has history of anti-Muslim hate" written by Alejandro Beutel for Southern Poverty Law Center on April 11, 2018.