Possibly the single-most important quote to come out of the Senate State Affairs Committee’s hearing of Senate Bill 200, Neal Tapio’s unconstitutional and unworkable ban on refugees in South Dakota, is this racist statement from Senator Al Novstrup (R-3/Aberdeen) and ACLU policy director Libby Skarin’s accurate assessment thereof:
Sen. Novstrup: “I believe we should be searching the people who look like the people who committed the crimes” of 9/11.
That’s literally advocacy for racial and ethnic profiling. #sdleg
— Libby Skarin (@LibbySkarin) February 21, 2018
Senator Novstrup was the only Senator on the nine-member panel who voted to keep alive Senator Tapio’s rallying cry to his Bigot Brigade. His quote shows the bigotry and racism at the heart of Novstrup’s and Tapio’s politics.
SB 200 is now dead. Come November, let’s put Novstrup’s political career in the same condition.