The Brown County Republican Party is complicit in the local anti-immigrant nativism that Senators Neal Tapio, Lance Russell, and Al Novstrup have been stoking in Aberdeen. The Brown County GOP’s latest public Facebook post point to an online newsletter encouraging people to, among other things, sign up to ride a bus to Pierre to promote fear of refugees:
A bus will be leaving Aberdeen Wednesday, February 21 to go to Pierre, for those interested in SB200, a Refuge [sic] Bill. This bill will be in committee Wednesday at 10am. Call Jessica, 216-8694, for details. State Senator Neal Tapio is providing transportation [link mine; Brown County Republican Party, online newsletter, linked on BCGOP Facebook page 2018.02.19].
If you want a seat on Neal’s hate bus, call Jessica at 216-8694. That’s Jessica Carroll, who, unlike the other trembling cowards who attend our local hate rallies, has been willing to put her name on the record as supporting the spreading of irrational fear and hatred of our neighbors.
Neal’s hate bus sounds like the most dreadful way to travel out and back to our state’s capital. But since the Brown County Republicans are promoting the trip, maybe we have to call the hate bus the Party bus. And this Party bus is one more signal that the foul crypto-Klan meetings that have been popping up in Aberdeen and elsewhere in our fair state are not merely a fringe movement of racist malcontents but vile demonstrations backed by key county organizations and leaders of the South Dakota Republican Party.