Thursday, July 20, 2017

#1872: Don Larsen

Don Larsen is – or used to be (we can’t quite find the relevant information) – chairman of legislative District 65 for the Utah County Republican Party. In 2007 Larsen gained a bit of attention after he apparently submitted a resolution warning that Satan’s minions want to eliminate national borders and do away with sovereignty.

In a speech at the convention where he proposed the resolution, Larsen told those willing to listen that illegal immigrants “hate American people” and “are determined to destroy this country, and there is nothing they won’t do.” They are apparently in control of the media, and working in tandem with Democrats to “destroy Christian America” and replace it with “a godless new world order – and that is not extremism, that is fact.” It is, of course, extremism, not fact, and that Larsen felt the need to explicitly claim the opposite should perhaps have been a clue. At the end of his speech, Larsen apparently began crying, saying illegal immigrants were trying to bring about the destruction of the U.S. “by self invasion.”

According to his resolution, in order for Satan to establish his “New World Order and destroy the freedom of all people, as predicted in the Scriptures, he must first destroy the U.S.” The resolution then proposed to “prevent the destruction of the U.S. by stealth invasion” by closing the borders, thus trapping everyone in there with Larsen.

Diagnosis: This is not an exception. The voter base for a significant proportion of wingnut politicians consists precisely of people who respond to such public displays of deranged lunacy by voting for them. We haven’t heard about Larsen since this, but there are plenty of likeminded people out there running for office and receiving the support from morons.


  1. You need to do a profile of the largest political wingnut there is: Donald J. Trump

  2. I'm waiting eagerly for you to get to Scott Lively, king of the homophobes.
    I first encountered him in 1988 when he was pushing an anti-gay ballot measure here in Oregon. Among other claims about the gay community was that gay people liked to roll around in bathtubs full of excrement. I couldn't make this stuff up even if I tried.

    1. Did an entry on Lively the first time we went through the alphabet. We should perhaps do him again at some point; in retrospect those earlier entries aren't really comprehensive enough for current standards.