A magazine’s list of ‘Craziest Politicians” features an overwhelming majority of Republicans, and just a few Democrats. The list features prospective Republican candidates for president in 2016. Furthermore, nine out of the top 10 are from the GOP.
GQ published an article in its January 2015 issue entitled, “America’s 20 Craziest Politicians.” The list features 17 Republicans and only three Democrats. Among them are Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas–two names often mentioned to run for president in 2016–and Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas and Steve King of Iowa.
Part of the reason GQ named Paul was because he “warned that unchecked illegal immigration would lead to a ‘borderless mass continent’ that used a currency known among conspiracy theorists as the amero,” and Cruz because he has a hat with the moniker “Wacko Bird” after Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona gave him the label in March 2013.
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GQ noted Gohmert because when he was a judge, he ordered a man with HIV to get written consent from any future sexual partners–though he has not been on the bench for over a decade–and King for this quote:
“For every [undocumented immigrant] who’s a valedictorian, there’s another one hundred out there who weigh 130 pounds – and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes, because they’re hauling seventy-five pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
Writer Stephen Sherrill acknowledged there were many more Republicans on the list than Democrats. He wrote the following on the bottom of his article:
“Look! A Democrat! Yes, this list is Republican-heavy, and while that may seem like standard liberal-media bias, the reality is that Democrats just aren’t keeping pace right now in the crazy department.
“But to even the score, here’s an incomplete list of crazy Dems from yesteryear: Rod Blagojevich, David Duke, at least one or two of the Kennedys, Anthony Weiner/Carlos Danger, and Jim McGreevey.”
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