A Republican Nevada assemblywoman defended the Confederate flag on Wednesday, saying it's a piece of American history and should remain in place at the South Carolina statehouse in spite of efforts to remove it.Yes, discussions of history are necessary -- but you'll notice there isn't a Nazi flag flying right now from the top of the Reichstag dome.
Las Vegas lawmaker Michele Fiore made the comments in a campaign email....
Fiore said she doesn't view the flag as a racist symbol, and compared a ban on the flag to avoiding discussion about concentration camps and genocide.
A version of Fiore's message appears on her campaign website. She writes:
In my opinion, the flag is trivial item that represents a part of our history, but it’s just that, OUR HISTORY! You can’t pick and choose which parts of our history you want to remember because without all of it, the good and the bad, we would not live in the USA we know today. Can you imagine the uproar it would cause if they banned our American flag because despicable groups, like the KKK, marched with it?Er ... right. That's a really precise analogy.
And she makes a promise:
Warner Brothers has stopped production of all merchandise bearing the Confederate flag, including replicas of the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard. The show has also been pulled from TV, after running for 36 years because the Confederate flag is painted on the General Lee....If Fiore's names seems familiar to you, it may be because she's spent a fair amount of time hanging out at Cliven Bundy's ranch. During the armed standoff there she told MSNBC's Chris Hayes: "Don't come here with guns and expect the American people not to fire back."
Next week I’m going to find the General’s Lee’s horn and have it installed in my truck. Click here to listen to the horn.
But wait -- there's more:
Nevada Lawmaker Says Cancer Is A Fungus, Recommends Simply Washing It OutThis, of course, is pure quackery.
Fiore, who is also CEO of a healthcare company, told listeners to her weekly radio show ... that she will soon introduce a “terminally ill bill,” to allow more non-FDA-approved treatments for those diagnosed as having terminal illnesses.
As first reported by Jon Ralston, Fiore told listeners: “If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic line into your body and we’re flushing, let’s say, salt water, sodium cardonate [sic], through that line, and flushing out the fungus... These are some procedures that are not FDA-approved in America that are very inexpensive, cost-effective.”
Weeks after being removed from her position as Republican Majority Leader over allegations of more than $1 million in tax liens, Fiore made news ... for her assertion that “young, hot little girls on campus” need to be armed with guns to prevent themselves from being raped....I sometimes wonder if America is ready for democracy.
(Corrected -- state originally misidentified as Arizona, because I'm an idiot who can't read.)