Sen. Jim DeMint Likens Teachers Striking In Chicago To “Thugs” In The Middle East

Sen. DeMint is an ardent Tea Partier and is expected to use dog whistle politics every time he’s in front of a microphone.

Think Progress

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) “jokingly” compared the teachers strike in Chicago to the unrest in the Middle East during a speech at the Values Voters summit Friday morning.

“You know, we had a lot of bad news this week,” DeMint began. “On my way over, I was reading another story about a distant place where thugs had put 400,000 children out in the streets.  And then I realized that was a story about the Chicago teachers strike.   But we’ve got to think of good things.”

(Ed. Note: Emphasis are mine)


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10 responses to “Sen. Jim DeMint Likens Teachers Striking In Chicago To “Thugs” In The Middle East

  1. Ted

    No problem. It’s OK. Jim DeMint is also a joke.

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  2. The thugs are people who think like DeMint

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  3. I don’t feel like being civil or mature right now.

    I just want to tell Jim DeMint to burn in hell.

    Is that okay?

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  4. David Ziegler

    I just posted on the South Carolina Tourism site that I intend to never visit the state again after DeMint’s remarks, saying that politician’s words matter to me as a traveller.

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  5. Mike

    thugs what about you? Politician are the thugs maybe they should take a pay cut they have not done a thing and they want to get pay. The teachers work for the money

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    • Mike, the point is, the Senator who made this statement is obviously out of touch with reality! No one here is calling the strikers “thugs”. Most would probably empathize with the strikers. You grossly misread the intention of the post.

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  6. LTL, it appears I am the one that “grossly misread” Mike’s comment. Mike, I apologize. LTL, thanks for the heads up.

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