On the 90th episode of Fash the Nation, hosts Jazzhands McFeels and Marcus Halberstram celebrated the victory of insurgent candidate Roy Moore in Alabama’s Senate primary run-off.
McFeels, a former Republican staffer himself, offered a mild critique of the candidate for his fundamentalist Christian leanings. But he was nevertheless pleased with Moore’s defeat of establishment politico Luther Strange, who held the seat since his predecessor Jeff Sessions was elevated to U.S. Attorney General.
After all, he’s staunchly anti-immigrant (despite not knowing what DACA is), routinely disparages Muslims, stirs up unfounded fears of Sharia law, and was relieved of his duty as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for publicly thumbing his nose at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015).
Moore has also received considerable support from Neo-Confederates, and once addressed the Council of Conservative Citizens alongside white supremacist Jared Taylor.
McFeels called this push to unseat establishment Republicans in favor of far-right, oftentimes nationalist candidates “fantastic” and remarked that this “was what we’ve been waiting for all along.” Halberstram boasted that “this dude is gonna be a fucking tornado” when he reaches Congress, and compared Moore to the destructive Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes.
“He really is these Congresscritters’ ultimate punishment for all the years of fucking up,” Halberstram added.
McFeels suggested that, despite President Trump’s decision to back Luther Strange, Moore’s victory is a sign that Trumpism is alive and well. Of the President’s base he said, “This is not the Tea Party. This is not — these are not Reagan Republicans or Reagan Democrats. This is totally different. People are angry. It’s predominantly white people who are angry. White people know that they’re under attack.”
After McFeels predicted that Arizona Senator Jeff Flake would lose his primary, followed by the retirement of several more establishment Republicans, Halberstram said this “really should’ve happened a lot longer ago,” and criticized Tea Party also-rans like Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell for losing.
McFeels replied that he wishes there could have been a “healthy identitarian, nationalist movement” at the height of the Tea Party’s popularity.
“If that was the basis, the foundation upon which then Trump launched his presidential campaign, as we’ve always said, the biggest enemies in Washington are not Democrats, they are Republicans. And if there had been a healthy movement of nationalists in Congress right now, I think things would be a lot different.”