The Addidas Soccer Jersey Peril

Today through Sunday, an assortment of Christian Right groups are hosting the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington. Many piously outlandish words will be uttered, and I’ll have a more extensive report on Monday, God willing. But as an appetizer, Right Wing Watch has this item from today’s session by TX Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst:

Dewhurst said President Obama “literally [sic!] opened up the red carpet” for a “tsunami of unaccompanied children” with an immigration law signed in 2008, the year before Obama became president.

“If we don’t stop the bad guys at the border, they’re going to be in your hometown tomorrow,” he said.

He later claimed that prayer rugs found in Texas are proof that ISIS members may be crossing the southern border to “mobilize terrorist Islam against the United States.” We wonder if Dewhurst is referring to the Breitbart News story which confused a prayer rug with an Adidas jersey.

In case you missed that howler, the Brietbartians got very excited about an alleged Muslim prayer rug spotted near the border, presumably proving the Islamic Threat was imminent (you know, all them Muslims are the same). Gawker pretty convincingly suggested the item in question was an Adidas soccer shirt.

Oh well. I guess Dewhurst’s learned there’s no such thing as getting too far to the right, after he lost a Senate primary to Ted Cruz in 2012 and then his own Lite Gov. renomination in to a wild-man primary challenger this year. Even if his political future is confined to a run for dogcatcher, I betcha Dewhurst will be one crazy Con Con hysteria-spouting dogcatcher candidate.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.