It’s bad enough that Kansas features a delusional governor in Sam Brownback and a bumbling secretary of state in Kris Kobach.
But in the last two days, the Sunflower State has drawn national scorn for a pair of issues not involving them. Which somehow makes these incidents even more troubling and embarrassing.
1. The Kansas attorney general’s office seemed to praise an 1857 pro-slavery decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
2. On Thursday, one of its top legislative leaders did praise the tactics once used by Adolf Hitler.
In the first case, Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Wednesday apologized for the inclusion of the ludicrous Dred Scott decision — saying black people could not be considered U.S. citizens — in a legal filing as the state essentially tries to outlaw abortion in Kansas.
“Neither the State nor its attorneys believe or were arguing that Dred Scott was correctly decided,” Schmidt said. “Nonetheless, the reference to that case was obviously inappropriate, and as soon as I became aware of it today, I ordered the State’s brief withdrawn.”
In the second case, Speaker Pro Tem Peggy Mast, an Emporia Republican, posted something stupid to her Facebook page.
“Great quote from Hitler in the video,” she said. “Please listen to it closely. His words are profound! Let’s start using discernment.”
What the hell?
As The Wichita Eagle’s story clears up, “Mast shared a link to an article from JulieRoys.com, a Christian blog. The article included a transcript and video of anti-abortion activist Gianna Jessen testifying before Congress about Planned Parenthood. During her testimony, Jessen quoted Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany during World War II, on propaganda, contending that Planned Parenthood was using similar techniques.”
Ah, yes, it often all comes back to abortion for ultra-conservative politicians in Kansas.
Mast later tweeted, “PP is using the tactics of Hitler. Sorry I did not make myself clear enough for you.”
Oh, I think you made it quite clear, Rep. Mast. You don’t mind praising a man who slaughtered millions of people and started a war that led to many more casualties.
Thank goodness Mast is not running for re-election. But too bad she dragged Kansas’ name through the mud one more time before she could leave office.