Putative Republican U.S. House candidate Neal Tapio thinks the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, the Aberdeen Development Corporation, and Aberdeen mayor Mike Levsen are collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood to destroy America.
I kid you not. Tapio roused the rabble at the last Americans First, Task Force public slideshow here in Aberdeen on August 9 with that accusation. Listen at 2:23:30 in this video recently posted by Ken Santema of the event, when Tapio took the floor after Shahram Hadian’s slideshow to lash out at those who defeated his anti-Islam SCR 15 this year and to rally the racists and bigots in the audience to flood the Capitol to support the culture-war bills he promises to bring to the 2018 Session:
The question is, how do we get involved? I’m going to bring in pieces of legislation next time. When I brought in pieces of legislation, the entire crowd was the other side. It was the Muslim Brotherhood, in conjunction with—here in Aberdeen, it’s the Chamber of Commerce, it’s the Aberdeen Development Corporation, it’s the mayor, it’s the special interests that are controlling our politics. We need to show up. They brought busload after busload of people and they filled the committee hall, and it scared people, good people, people that didn’t run to solve this problem. They ran because they believed in good government, how to keep taxes low, and how to fight this little battle of smaller government. They weren’t quite prepared to have a fight on this level. That’s what we’re bringing in speakers like this. That’s why I’m so proud of you guys for showing up. The people that are putting this on have taken a major risk. It’s boldness. This is what movies are written about, are people that stand up and start taking their country back, right? The answer is when we bring legislation next year, please, get in your car, and drive to Pierre. Show up. Bring your friends and neighbors so that we have an equal amount of people in the stands so that we can apply pressure. Let’s have our legislators—let’s show them that we have their back [Senator Neal Tapio; comments to Americans First, Task Force, audience; Aberdeen, South Dakota; 2017.08.09, timestamp 2:23:30].
Funny he didn’t include Lutheran Social Services in his list of enemies of the state as he did in his original SCR 15 text.
I really want to stand with Tapio in his vocal defense of LuAnn Werdel and his new interest in digging into corruption in Pierre. But I cannot support his exploitation of anti-Muslim xenophobia and falsehoods to support his anti-immigrant agenda.