Fascist demagogues used to blame Jew bankers for corrupting politics. Now they blame 190 Muslim doctors in Sioux Falls:
So for instance the legislators from Sioux Falls, they have a very strong Chamber of Commerce, they give a lot of money to these candidates. They have a Lutheran Social Services headquarter. The head of Lutheran Social Services used to be a cabinet secretary for Mike Rounds or Dennis Daugaard. So you have that group of people that know each other really well, that familiarity.
And then there’s 190 Muslim doctors that work at Avera and Sanford and so they don’t want to stir any waves, and so they put their weight behind it, and so all of a sudden if you’re a legislator from Sioux Falls, it becomes very difficult to vote against the people who are giving you money [Neal Tapio, response to voter question, Aberdeen, SD, 2018.01.30].
Tapio goes on to say that he doesn’t want people to contribute to his campaign until they know what he thinks. Well, there’s what he thinks.
The questioner does follow up and say that those 190 Muslim doctors and the Chamber don’t support terrorism. Tapio responds with some vague, unsubstantiated claim (from scared, behind-the-scenes Trump fans, he avers) that immigrant doctors are afraid of being killed by folks back in their homeland for apostasy.
Ri-i-i-ight. Keep talking, Neal… says every person running against you. Just keep talking.
p.s.: Betty Oldenkamp, president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services, served as Secretary of the Department of Human Services for Governors Rounds and Janklow, not Daugaard.