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15 Apr 2022, 11:15 am

Republican Lawmaker Says Homeless Should Look to Hitler for Inspiration

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Tennessee State Senator Frank Niceley on Wednesday used Adolf Hitler as an example of how the homeless can pull themselves up by their bootstraps and make something of themselves. Niceley ultimately acknowledged that Hitler ended up having “a very unproductive life” — begging the question of why the Republican legislator brought him up at all

The Tennessee legislature was debating H.B. 0978, a bill that makes “solicitation or camping along a controlled-access highway or entrance or exit ramp” a misdemeanor warranting a $50 fine and community service work. It also amends an existing law to “apply the offense of unauthorized camping on state property to all public property.” The bill’s purpose is clear: to limit areas where the homeless can be.

The bill passed the Senate in a partisan vote, 22 to 10, with only Republicans voting in favor.

“I haven’t given you all a history lesson in awhile, and I want to give you a little history on homelessness,” Niceley began prior to its passage. “[In] 1910, Hitler decided to live on the streets for awhile. So for two years … he practiced his oratory and body language and how to connect with citizens, and then went on to lead a life that got him in the history books.”

So, a lot of these people — it’s not a dead end,” the Republican continued. “They can come out of this, these homeless camps and lead a productive life. Or in Hitler’s case, a very unproductive life.”

This isn’t the first time Niceley has put his foot in his mouth. In arguing against a bill to ban smoking indoors in Tennessee earlier this month, he said it could hurt the state’s standing with tourists “from the Orient,” who are used to smoking inside.

Last fall, he said he told his grandson that “it’s too early to tell” whether the South lost the Civil War. “I think I can tell my grandson that the war between the states is going on and we’re winning,” he said.


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15 Apr 2022, 4:52 pm

ASPartOfMe wrote:


stopped watching America a while ago. The last few seasons have just been mindnumbingly dumb with little entertainment value.


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15 Apr 2022, 5:34 pm

shlaifu wrote:
ASPartOfMe wrote:


stopped watching America a while ago. The last few seasons have just been mindnumbingly dumb with little entertainment value.



https://youtu.be/jxSHdWsL0HQ