The Senate put a cork in Senator and paid Trump consultant Neal Tapio‘s pro-Trump/anti-Islam grandstanding yesterday. After allowing Watertown’s Trump spokesman his eight minutes of pathetic rhetorical stemwindings (complete with a tearful breaking voice as he declared serving “the most courageous President in a generation… an honor of my life”) over SCR 15, the Senate heard Senator Ryan Maher’s motion to table the resolution. A tabling motion is not debatable, so it is the quickest way to shut down debate and move on. The Senate voted 20–15 to drop Tapio’s false fearmongering and get on with not raising teacher pay.
My Trumpy District 3 Senator Al Novstrup voted against the tabling, evidently wanting to spend more time on this useless grandstanding resolution. The more sensible Republican Senator Deb Peters was among those saying enough already:
If you recall the Bible and the story about the Good Samaritan’s parable and how you should treat your neighbors… that has always been the way that my husband and I have been raising our family, that’s how I was raised, and so I felt like it was not in concurrence with how I was raised, and so I did vote no on that [Senator Deb Peters, in Dan Peters, “Statement Supporting Trump Dumped by South Dakota Lawmakers,” KSOO, 2017.03.07].
Senator Tapio came armed to the verbal teeth for the SCR 15 battle with his prepared remarks and a press packet.* Bob Mercer observes a small irony:
Tapio emphasized freedom in his prepared speech. The press packet he provided to reporters featured a quote he said must be printed in whole or not at all [Bob Mercer, “Tapio’s Islamic Terrorism Statement Is Rejected by State Senators,” Watertown Public Opinion, 2017.03.07].
Celebrate freedom, but try to limit the exercise of freedom of speech and press—such is the understanding of freedom of Trumpists like Tapio.
*Update 18:39 CST: A long day of diligent investigative blogging (basically one call) produces Tapio’s written remarks and his press packet quote:
There you go, Neal. Quoted in full, just as you asked.